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Arthur Williams

Arthur Wiliams was born on 14/7/1896 at a place called "The Four Mile", Gilgunnia N.S.W. His first job was on the Cobar press at age 13 (1909) where he began to learn the printing trade. He progressed to be the compositor on the paper.

After spending a short time in Dubbo, he took a position with the "Junee Southern Cross". Conscription was then on the political agenda during the 1st World War and Arthur was quite vocal on the subject. He approved of conscription for the defence of Australia, but not to send young Australians to fight battles in far away countries for the British or other European nations.

He was urged by supporters to stand for Federal Parliament, but he never did. Monty Williams (of Goulburn) said Arthur was too gentle a man to ever have been a successful politician.

He was a newspaper man all his life. During World War 11 he carried an Associated Newspapers Pass to enable him to pass through all barriers in a state of emergency. Click here to view the pass.

Arthur Williams & Kathleen Moloney

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Eadie Williams. Lee Williams. Arthur Williams, Kathleen Moloney & Rev Fr Pat Moloney

Arthur & Kathleen going to the fancy dress ball

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Arthur Williams married Kathleen Moloney on 19/11/1921 at the Catholic Church, Newtown. They rented a home in Belmore until they could purchase one of their own, which they did in due course. Arthur worked on the Sydney Metropolitan Press including Smith's Weekly, The Bulletin, The Sun and the Sun Herald.

Depression Years

During the world wide depression years of the 1930's, like many others he became unemployed. With a young family of three children, this created considerable difficulty for he and Kathleen.

For two years he walked the streets of Sydney seeking emloyment to no avail. He and Kathleen always said it was the Lang Labour Government of NSW that saved the family home. Jack Lang, Premier, introduced what they referred to as the "Moratorium" which had to do with the interest charged on the home loan.

He died 14/5/1952 at age 56 from heart disease. Kathleen died 9/11/1976. They are buried at Rookwood Catholic Cemetery, Sect 11 Graves No. 1701/1702

Arthur and Kathleen had four children, Noelene, Denis, Moya and Kieran. Moya was a twin but the other baby did not survive the birth. It is Kieran who provides the direct line for our family.

Noelene - 10/12/1924 - Belmore

Denis - 13/8/1927 -      Belmore

Moya - 24/3/1930 -      Belmore

Kieran 30/3/1935 -       Campsie

                                         

   Denis, Dad, Muma, Kieran, Moya, Noelene - May 1947

                                  Denis, Moya Joyce & Kieran

 Dennis, Moya, Joyce Watmuff (nee Williams) & Kieran - March 2000

                                         

                        Noelene & her husband Keith Phelan

                                          

                                         Noelene - Easter 1946 - Hay N.S.W.

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