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Albert Thomas Wales

Albert Thomas Wales

Male 1864 - 1942  (78 years)

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  • Name Albert Thomas Wales 
    Born 07 Apr 1864  Pudman Creek, near Boorowa, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
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    • Albert Wales was brought up on his grandfather William Wales' farm at Pudman Creek, lots 56 and 57, which totalled 90 acres. A further 50 acres were also bought in the name of William's son Patrick. His grandfather taught him to shear sheep and to split fence posts.

      Albert also spent a lot of time with his father, Edward Wales, who was a carrier with his own wagon and horses. They would cart wool away after the shearing. Albert joined the Shearer's Union in 1880.

      On one occasion when Albert was cutting railway sleepers in the mountains (Ben Hall country) he found a revolver which is now in the Forbes museum.

      As a young lad, Albert was a good foot runner and he won many events around the Boorowa district.

      Next to William Wales' farm (Ashfield or Ashford), the Perks family owned a number of blocks of land which was how Albert met his future wife Esther Jane Perks, born 23rd January 1869. On 1st April 1891 Esther received a block of land from Benjamin Perks. This block had been taken up by Benjamin on 8th April 1862 (County of King, Parish of Olney, portion 7, area 40 acres). It is believed that Esther sold this land when she married Albert.

      Albert and Esther left Pudman Creek and went to live at 13 Murringo Street (corner of Murringo and Currawong) now known as Gordon Street, Young, NSW. On the property was a four roomed house with a verandah at the front and back. On one end of the back verandah was an extra room, which Albert and Esther used as their bedroom. Some distance from the house, at the back fence, was another building they called the dairy, and next to that was a 20ft well with a pump on it. They used the water from this well for the house and for Albert's horses. In the hot weather they put their butter in a basket and lowered it down into the well to keep cool.

      Also on the property was a large shed about 12x20x15ft high in which Albert kept bagged chaff for his horses and cows. On the side of this chaff shed was a lean-to of about 20x8ft in which he kept his sulky and spring cart, and at one end was a work shop. Between the house and the horse yard was a cow bail for milking, a fowl house and a wood heap. In the middle of the horse yard was the double shafted wagon. Albert's horses were named Trump, Star, Smiler, Nell and two others. There was also Snowy, a red eyed albino that he trained to count with it's front hoof.

      Further along Currawong Street on the Burrangong Creek Albert had a large block of land where he turned out his horses at night. He brought them back again at dawn the next day to feed them and get them ready to go to work.

      Albert taught himself to read and write. Although he was a religious man, he seldom went to church; but no way would he work on a Sunday, and did not like to see anyone else working on a Sunday.

      Albert would sell milk and cream to some of his neighbours, but if they didn't have much money, he would not ask for payment. He also did that with loads of wood, and he would not accept payment from a widow. It was the way he was brought up at Pudman Creek, so Albert was always a poor man.

      When he first went to Young and while bringing up his children Albert was a shearer and was one of the early members of the Shearer's Union when he was 25 years old. In later life Albert took up fence contracting. He erected the fence around 43 Pritchard Street, Yass where his daughter Mabel Mote and her husband, Albert Thomas Mote, were to build their new home. Albert also erected a fence for Mick Sexton of Shaw Street, Yass when the Sextons built their new house. The Sextons had been neighbours of Mabel Mote in Pritchard Street before they moved to Shaw Street.

      Albert Wales would also drive his horse and sulky from his home at Young to visit his youngest daughter, Hilda I'Anson at "Uppingham" near Grenfell to help in the garden. On one of these trips to "Uppingham" Albert took a turn in the garden and had to be taken back to Young in Alfred I'Anson's car. Albert's grandson Gordon (Bob) Mote, son of Mabel Mote, was also working at Uppingham at the time and was given the job of returning Albert's horse and sulky to Young. Bob had to take his push bike in the sulky so as to be able to ride it back to "Uppingham" after delivering the sulky.

      Albert Wales' brothers Oliver and Fred would visit him and Esther at Murringo Street. They kept in touch all of their lives. Olly Wales worked for many years for the Young council and Fred was a part owner of The Young Witness newspaper. Ern Begg, Albert's brother-in-law, also spent a lot of time with Albert. Ern was a blacksmith
    Obit a local paper, Young, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • LINK WITH THE EARLY DAYS
      SEVERED BY DEATH OF MR. ALBERT THOMAS WALES

      The death occurred at the Young District Hospital on Wednesday evening last of Albert Thomas Wales, 78 yrs, of Murringo Street, one of the oldest and most highly respected residents throughout the district.

      Deceased was born at Rye Park and was the third son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wales. He was married at Boorowa to Esther Jane Perks on September 4th 1889, at the age of 25. He spent all his early life at Rye Park and after marriage, came to Young where he had resided ever since. He had lived in the same house in Murringo Street for over fifty years. In his early years he engaged in the carrying business - in the days of horses and waggons, and he took a keen pride in his team. His last big carrying job was carting all the building materiel for the settlers homes at Kingsvale, Prunevale and Waterview. He took interest in politics and Local Government matters and possessed a very retentive memory for dates, and could recall important events away back in the early days.

      In his young days Albert Wales was an excellent horseman and all round athlete, being a well-known foot runner at district sports meetings. For the last fifteen years the late Mr. Wales had lived in retirement.

      His wife predeceased him about eleven years ago.

      Deceased took suddenly ill on Monday last and was conveyed to the Hospital by the Youg Ambulance, where his condition gradually declined and he passed away about 5 pm on Wednesday.

      He had four children of whom Desmond predeceased him many years ago. The surviving children are Mabel (Mrs A Mote) Yass; Hilda (Mrs A I'Anson) Iandra; Earl, Kingsvale. Other remaining relatives are his brothers, Oliver and Fred (Young), Charles (Summer Hill), Hubert (Waverley); sisters, Mrs A Pearsall, Mrs W Herrett (Canterbury), Mrs A Gannon (Melbourne), Mrs W Gabel (Oatley), Mrs T McBeth (Hurstville).
    Obit 1942  a local paper, Young, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • THE FUNERAL

      The funeral took place yesterday afternoon, the cortege leaving the Methodist Church after service conducted by Rev. N W Lickiss. During the service two of deceased's favourite Hymns "Jesu Lover of My Soul" and "Abide With Me" were sung. Mr Lickiss made feeling reference to the life of deceased. He said "The late Mr Wales possessed those qualities which we had learned to associate with the pioneers. He was a man of simple tastes, independent spirit, high principles and Christian faith. In past years the family had been closely associated with the Church at Young, but of late Mr Wales depended largely on the Bible for inspiration and comfort. That Book was his constant companion and guide, and on its teaching he was no mean authority.

      Speaking of the present upheaval in the world and the inevitable changes after the war Mr Lickiss said "That a new generation may interpret the Bible and the truths of Christianity in a way that will differ from the pioneers, but the need of God and spiritual things will still exist. We can best honor the dead by building characters and homes on the Christian foundations which alone have proved adequate to meet the storm of life".

      The deceased was laid to rest in the family enclosure, alongside the remains of his late wife in the presence of a large number of sympathising relatives and friends. The pallbearers were Messrs Bernie Wales (Grandson), Jack Wales (Light Horse) Nephew; Alfred I'Anson (Son-in-Law), and Ollie Wales (Nephew). Rev. Lickiss officiated at the grave side. The family wreath was lowered with the coffin.

      Many beautiful floral tributes were laid on the grave, from; The Family; Joy, Cyril, Aunties Beth and Sadie; Bernie, Joan, and Dick; Albert, Ivy and Lorna; Fred Lizzy and family; Olive and Reg; Ken and Joyce; Claude and Mrs Symonds; Glad and Ernest; Mr and Mrs Owens and family; Bob, Audrey and Robert; Mr and Mrs W Eldridge; Mr and Mrs Frank Sheedy and family; Mrs A Bladwell and family; Will and Ada; Mr and Mrs R S Norman; Wambanumba Church; Harold, Louie and Zella (Sydney); Edgar and Vi; Mrs Howell and Ethel; Tom and Beau and family; Friends of the Methodist Church; Annie Kleem and family; Mary, Oliver, Peter and Kevin; Pearl and Carl Star; Mr J Morris (Bexley); Mr and Mrs A E Collins and family; Grandad Joyce and AuntMargaret; A R Chellew and family; Charlie and family (Summer Hill); Mrs A Wales and family (Rockdale); Mr and Mrs H Star; Clarice, Harold and family; Albert and Mabel; Boy, Norma and Mona; Mr and Mrs Reg. Foster and Joan; Miss Olga Wiggins; Alfred, Hilda and Keith; Erle and Angie and family; Members of the Greenthorpe C.W.A.; Norma and Mrs Bingham; L N I'Anson and Mrs Geriche; Mr and Mrs George Dooley; The Misses Tonkin; Brother Oliver; Myra, George, Gordon and Margaret; Mr and Mrs Ridding and Raymond; Mr and Mrs Harold Kleem and family; Mr and Mrs A Rivers.

      H. R. BLACKETT & SON CONDUCTED THE FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS
    Buried Jun 1942  the Cemetery, Young, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    The Grave of Albert Thomas Wales in the Young Cemetery.
    Photograph provided by Thea Harris.; headstone
    Died 03 Jun 1942  Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • at 5 pm
    Person ID I194  Mote/McInnes
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2010 

    Father Edward Wales,   b. 19 Jul 1837, Bowning, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Feb 1915, Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Margaret Ann Percival,   b. 15 Feb 1842, Argyle Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Feb 1930, 28 Villiers Street, Rockdale, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 01 Jan 1859  Burrowa, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F148  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Esther Jane Perks,   b. 23 Jan 1869, Pudman Creek, near Boorowa, County of King, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1932, Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 04 Sep 1889  St John's Church, Boorowa, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Florrie Wales,   b. 1890, Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1891, Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    +2. Ruphenai Desmond Wales,   b. 06 Jul 1891, Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Apr 1928, Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 36 years)
    +3. Mabel Beryl Wales,   b. 22 Aug 1893, Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1954, Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
     4. Hilda Ruth Wales,   b. 06 Apr 1896, Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1976, Cowra, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +5. Erle Ray Wales,   b. 07 Jun 1900, Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Mar 1984, Ashfield, NSW, Australia, -33.8885698,151.1241979 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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