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Mabel Beryl Wales

Mabel Beryl Wales

Female 1893 - 1954  (60 years)

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  • Name Mabel Beryl Wales 
    Born 22 Aug 1893  Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
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    • MABEL BERYL WALES was born at 13 Murringo St. Young 22nd August 1893 to Albert and Esther Wales and her Mother and Father called her "Mabs" and her sister called her "Top" when she was young. Mabel loved riding horses and was a bit of a tomboy. Mabel learnt to play the piano and became an accomplished pianist and received a certificate for this. One of Mabel's special hobbies was painting, she started when she was about 12 years old painting landscapes and still life. Mabel was a very progressive person, she took on all sorts of work, including a course in Pittman's short hand and did very well at this. When it was time to learn a trade she chose tailoring, and spent her early days with a local tailor as an apprentice, then going to Earlwood, in Sydney as a tailoress, and then on to Kiama in the same type of work.

      Mabel arrived at Yass the end of 1914 to work for George Weatherby a tailor, he was a brother to James K.E. Weatherby, a step brother to Albert Mote, now Albert's brother Walter Mote was also a tailor working for George Weatherby, and it was through this that Mabel met Albert Mote who worked in a shoe shop next door. Their relationship grew and they were married in the Methodist Church at Young on 15th September 1915, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. William Weston. They left for Sydney for their honeymoon and then back to Yass to 46 Church Street to live in one of Albert's Mother's homes. The rent was 10 shillings a week and Albert was earning 2 pounds a week working in the shoe shop with his step-brother.

      At Yass Mabel soon started into her hobbies, making clothes, making sweets, cooking cakes and meat pies which was her speciality. After the birth of her daughter Joyce on 27th September 1916 and her son Gordon on 20th April 1918 she started to enter her hobbies into the Yass Pastoral and Agricultural Association Show. She was very successful with her chocolates, jubes, licorice all sorts, and other sweets, also she was successful with her cakes, fancywork and knitting, and especially baby clothes. When the show was over people would buy her products.

      After 13 years at 46 Church Street Mabel and Albert decided to build a house at no. 43 Pritchett Street Yass. They bought the land which had an 80ft. frontage, from Mr. Tate. This took place in 1927 and Mabel designed the house that was to be built by her brother Earl Wales. Building commenced immediately, the hall was 6ft. wide and 40ft. long, the lounge room was 15x20ft., and from the back verandah there was a good view of the town.

      The new house was one of the first built at Yass to have water and electricity connected during construction, so Mabel was very happy with this, they also had the gas put on. The frame and roof timbers were constructed from oregon.

      About this time her son Gordon contracted Rheumatic Fever with 3 others from the school, the 3 others died within 2 or 3 years and Mabel was told by the doctor that her son would be very lucky to reach the age of 18yrs. At the same time her brother Desmond Wales became very ill. Mabel and Albert moved to their new home in May 1928, her son was put to bed to stay for a long spell, this was the end of Gordon's school days, at the same time her brother Des. died so it was a trying time for Mabel and she hardly left the house for a couple of yrs. This was an expensive time for the Motes so they took in a lady boarder to help pay expenses.

      When 43 Pritchett Street was being built by her brother Earl, he was staying with his wife Angela and two others (Patterson & Molloy) from Young. They were staying with Mabel at 46 Church Street Yass which was her home at the time. At night they would have a sing-song. Earl playing his Violin, and the next door neighbour Tommy Hearne on the cornet, and Mabel playing the piano. Half the town would have been able to hear them.

      Mabel had many friends at Yass, Marie Styles, the Sextons, Albert's stepsister's children the Sheekey Family. Herb. Phillips who owned the picture theatre and his wife Maggie who was a school mate of Mabel's at Young. Being a good gardener Mabel soon had some flowers growing everywhere. She entered many flower shows every year and would win prizes. She supplied flowers for the picture theatre, never did the Motes pay to go to the pictures. Other good friends were the McIntosh girls who owned a baby wear shop and Mabel made a lot of baby clothes for them. There were many more friends.

      In 1930 Mabel's mother had a stroke and was paralysed down the right side and her speech was affected. Mabel's sister Hilda (Wales) with her husband Alfred I'Anson brought her to Yass to stay with Mabel for 1 year. After this her mother went back home to her husband Albert Wales until she died having an operation for appendicitis on 15th January 1932.

      Now Mabel had a break until November 1942 when Gordon had to go into the Army, and his wife Audrey and his son Robert came to Yass to live with Mabel and Albert until the war ended and Gordon came home in March 1946. During this time Gordon was home on leave for a couple of times, the last time, Gordon and Audrey decided to have another child, and Mabel's second grand daughter Janice was born 2-2-1946. Mabel was very proud of her grand children.

      When Gordon came home, Mabel decided to open a shop at Young selling baby clothes that she made. This had always been her ambition as she had promised the McIntosh girls at Yass that she would never open a shop against them. She stayed for about 6 to 8 months and then came back to Yass.

      Nearly every Christmas Alfred and Hilda (her sister) I'Anson would come to Yass to spend their holidays. One year Hilda thought it would be a good idea to bring down some of the young people from the Greenthorpe Church to Mabel's for a couple of weeks, about 9 or 10 of them, so Mabel had a house full. They went to the Cotter River, Burrinjuck Dam, Boambla, and Good Hope. A good time was had by all.

      At the end of 1947 Gordon and his family left Yass to go to live at their farm block at Bowral. It was here that Audrey heard of her mother's death, and later that year in 1948 Mabel and Albert, while at Gordon's place at Bowral received word through the police that their daughter Joyce had died at Forbes, at the age of 31yrs., leaving a husband and two children, David and Margaret McLean. So no more trips to Forbes for Mabel and Family like they did in the war years while Gordon was in the army. The McLeans moved to Sydney to live.

      After Gordon moved to Goulburn in 1949, Mabel and Albert would come to Goulburn and spend time with the family. It was on the 10th. August that Gordon received the news by phone that Mabel had been taken to the Yass Hospital, and by the time Gordon had arrived at Yass, Mabel had passed away after having a stroke. She always said that she would be like her mother and die when she was 60 years old, which she did.

      This is only a small reference to Mabel's life, there were many things that could be told. It was lucky that there were a lot of photos taken through her life to be looked at by her family many years later.

      Gordon Mote
    Buried Aug 1954  Methodist Cemetery, Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Died 10 Aug 1954  Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I8  Mote/McInnes
    Last Modified 4 Feb 2014 

    Father Albert Thomas Wales,   b. 07 Apr 1864, Pudman Creek, near Boorowa, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Jun 1942, Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Albert Thomas Mote,   b. 04 Feb 1888, Yass Hotel, Yass, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1960, Goulburn Base Hospital, Goulburn, NSW, Australia, -34.747656,149.712743 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 15 Sep 1915  Methodist Church, Young, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Newspaper 17 Sep 1915  The Chronicle, Young, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 


    • WEDDING OF ALBERT THOMAS MOTE
      AND
      MABEL BERYL WALES

      WEDNESDAY FIFTEENTH SEPTEMBER NINETEEN FIFTEEN

      The Methodist Church was nicely decorated by friends for the marriage on Wednesday of Mr Albert Thomas Mote, of Yass, and Miss Mabel Beryl Wales, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Albert Wales of Young.

      The Rev. William Weston performed the ceremony in the presence of a fairly large assemblage. As the bride entered the Church the Choir sang "The Voice That Breathed O'er Eden" and as the couple left as man and wife the Wedding March was played.

      The brides dress was a brocaded crepe de Chine with over dress of ninon, trimmed with shadow lace and pearls. She also wore the customary wreath and veil and a gold wristlet watch, the gift of the bridegroom, and carried a bouquet of white carnations and sweet peas. The bride's gift to the bridegroom was a shaving outfit. The bridesmaids were Miss Alice Mote and Miss Hilda Wales. They each wore a white chiffon dress, the former's being over a shell pink slip, and a gold bangle each, the gifts of the bridegroom. The bouquets, also gifts from the bridegroom, were of pink carnations and sweet peas. Mr Walter Mote was the best man and Mr Frank Delaney groomsman.

      The wedding breakfast was partaken at Mrs Fred Fisher's, where the Rev. Mr Weston presided and the usual toasts were honored. Mr and Mrs Mote left by the evening train for Sydney, where the honeymoon is being spent. Their future home will be at Yass. The bride traveled in a dress of saxe blue crepe de chine relieved with shadow lace, and a hat to match.

      The wedding presents were numerous and costly.
    Newspaper 17 Sep 1915  The Young Witness, Young, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 


    • WEDDING.

      MOTE-WALES.

      A very pretty wedding was celebrated at the Methodist Church on Wednesday afternoon last, the contracting parties being Mr. Albert Thomas Mote, of Yass, and Miss Mabel Beryl Wales, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Wales, of Marengo Street, Young, the ceremony being performed by the Rev. W. Weston. The bride, was prettily dressed in brocaded crepe-de-chine, with an overdress of ninon, trimmed with shadow lace and pearls, with customary wreath and veil, and also carried a bouquet of white sweet peas, carnations and asparagus fern, gift of bridegroom, entered the church on the arm of her father, who subsequently gave her away. She was attended by Miss Alice Mote (sister of the bridegroom) who was attired in a white crepe de chine dress over a shell pink slip; and Miss Hilda Wales (sister of the bride) who was dressed in a white crepe de chine. Both bridesmaids carried bouquets of pink sweet peas, carnations and asparagus fern (gifts of bride- groom). Mr. Walter Mote (brother of bridegroom) acted as best man, and Mr. Delaney (brother-in-law of bride- groom) was groomsman. The bride- groom's gift to the bride was a gold wristlet watch, and to the bridesmaids, a gold bangle to each. The bride's gift to the bridegroom was a silver shaving outfit. After the ceremony the wedding party adjourned to Mrs. Fisher's refreshment rooms, where the wedding breakfast was served. The Rev. Mr. Weston occupied the chair and the usual toasts were honored. The happy couple left by the 7.20 train for Sydney where the honeymoon will be spent. The bride's travelling dress was a saxe blue crepe de chine, relieved with shadow lace, hat to match. The future home of the young couple will be at Yass. The presents were numerous and costly.
    Children 
     1. Joyce Mote,   b. 27 Sep 1916, Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Jun 1948, Wynola, near Forbes, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
    +2. Gordon Mote,   b. 20 Apr 1918, Young, NSW, Australia, -34.301401,148.29895 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Sep 2005, the Woden Hospital, Canberra, ACT, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Mabel Beryl Wales with Diploma
    Mabel Beryl Wales with Diploma
    Mabel Beryl Wales, with diploma
    Photograph provided by Gordon Mote
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    Mabel Beryl Wales
    Mabel Beryl Wales
    Photograph provided by Gordon Mote