G5 06 Florence Grace Bryant (nee Sullivan)

Florence Grace Sullivan was a great grand-daughter of Tomothy Sullivan through her grandfather John Sullivan and her father Arthur Herbert Sullivan.


Florence Grace Sullivan (Flo) was the fourth child of Arthur Herbert Sullivan and his wife Mary (nee Alexander). Florence was born in in Shepparton in 1913 and spent her early years as part of the Sullivan community centred around Dunbulbulane. She moved with the family to the Lake Cargelligo region of NSW in 1923.

During the second world war Flo joined the Land Army of Australia and served in northern Queensland. She met her husband to be William Byant during that war service, and they were married in Lake Cargelligo in January 1946. Bill served during the war as a baker.

In the 1940s they moved to Erina on the Central Coast of NSW where Bill found work as a labourer with the Gosford Shire Council where he remained for the rest of his working life. Flo worked voluntarily, mainly for church organisations.

The Byants had four children, all born in Gosford. Elwyn Lindsay Byant was born in August 1949, Leon Wesley Bryant in November 1951, Nancy Bryant in August 1955, and Kim Bryant in August 1957.

Flo's parents Arthur and Mary moved in with Flo and Bill in 1950s, remaining with them for about five years. There are fond family memories of gatherings at the house to prepare the Christmas puddings for the family.

Florence died from kidney failure in 1985 aged 72. Husband Bill lived on until 2008.