G5 2 Richard John Williams

This article is about Richard John Williams, a great grandson of Timothy Sullivan through his grandmother Ellen Wearne Henwood (nee Sullivan), and Richard's mother Julia Williams (nee Henwood).

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G5     TS/EWH/JW/ RICHARD JOHN WILLIAMS (1899 - 1971) 

Richard John Williams was born in Bowden in January 1899, the second child of Richard Henry Williams and wife Julia (nee Henwood). His older sister Ellen May Williams was born 10 years earlier in 1889.

Richard attended the BromptonSchool from 1907, then at the Hindmarsh School, commencing in 1908, and leaving in 1912 to start work. (1)

He married Gertrude Winifred Tomkins at the Church of Christ, Robert St, Hindmarsh on 23/12/1925, Pastor E J Paternoster officiating. Newspaper reports of a church social the week before the wedding record that both Richard and Gertrude attended the church where she was a “kindergarten teacher” and he was “Librarian and choir member.” The newspaper reports of the wedding indicate a real family affair where three Sullivan brothers Cecil, Wilfred and Jack attended with their wives, with Ernest down from Broken Hill on his own. The Mesdames Henwood (Ellen) and Mesdames Sullivan (Hannah Maria and Elsie ) also attended along with Mr and Mrs P Bowering who must have travelled from Glencoe with their children. Richard was 26 when married, and described as an engineer by profession

Richard and Gertrude moved into a home at 33 Lower North Rd (later Churchill Rd) where they remained for most of the rest of their married life. Newspaper reports record the 25th Wedding Anniversary in 1950 “at Home” at “Martinga”, 33 Churchill Rd. Richard worked as a meter fixer or meter fitter for the Kent Town Waterworks, continuing in the metal working tradition of his father.

Richard John Williams died aged 72 12/02/1971 at Prospect

Gertrude Winifred Williams of 33 Churchill Rd Prospectdies aged 84 in August 1982, aunt of Peter and Margaret, Max, Rowland, Edna and Shirley. The Williams are buried together at Dudley Park Cemetery.

No records have yet been found of any children from the marriage. From the Newspaper death notice for Gertrude, they appear to have not had any children, or any who had survived both parents.