Mavis Constance Smith

#24, (11 March 1916-17 June 2018)
FatherJames Smith (11 Oct 1881-16 Jun 1950)
MotherElsie Florence Darby (4 Apr 1884-27 Feb 1966)
ChartsAylott Family - descendants
Brett Family - descendants
Darby Family - descendants
Deane Family - descendants
Fairclough Family - descendants
Leonard Family - descendants
Manthorpe Family - descendants
Read family - descendants
Smith family - descendants
Wayte Family - descendants
Descendents of Richard Darby
Last Edited20 Jun 2018
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Mavis was born on Saturday, 11 March 1916 at Adelaide. She was the daughter of James Smith and Elsie Florence Darby. Her grandmother Martha Alice Miller (also called Patty) thought the 'Mavis Constance' was an awful name and said "I am christening her Patricia" and she has been Pattie ever since.1,2 She moved with her parents to Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, circa 1923. However, they only stayed there a year before moving to Sydney.3 25 September 1931 there was a determination in a Worker's Compensation hearing between 'Patricia Smith and her next best friend James Agincourt Smith', and Anne Matheson. This probably related to Pattie being emplyed by Anne Matheson but was represented in some capacity by her father.1

Throughout their lives, the three sisters were very close despite being very different. They were intelligent, interested in world affairs and great conversationalists.4

She married Hec Willson, son of Frank Bourne Willson and Marie Louise Loutit, at St. John's on Monday, 16 February 1942 at the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst. She was 25 and her husband Hec was 27. News of the fall of Singapore to the Japanese reached Australia the same day..5
Pat and Hec Willson 16 Feb 1942
Pattie lived in 1943 at at 8 Birriga Road in the Sydney suburb of Bellevue Hill.6 Hec was 2IC of the Cowra Japanese POW camp's hospital when at least 545 Japanese attempted to break out. The prisioners inflicted ghastly wounds on themselves and Hec operated for 72 hours. His wife read in the paper about the breakout but was not informed of Hec's condition for a month. He sufferred from emotional and physical injuries; his back and neck was injured, and he said he witnessed far more disturbing wounds in Cowra than he saw in New Guinea.7 Pattie, aged 28 and Hec Willson, aged 30 became the parents of Peter John Willson on Friday, 23 February 1945 at at St. Luke's hospital in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst.5 Pattie, aged 31 and John Hector Willson, aged 33 became the parents of Richard Frank Willson on Thursday, 4 December 1947 at Brisbane.5 Mavis and John lived in 1948 at at 185 Adelaide Street in the Brisbane suburb of Clayfield.8 Mavis and John lived in 1949 at at 'Bidston' 42 View Street in the Brisbane suburb of Eagle Junction.9

Her father died 16 June 1950 at the age of 68. Pattie was aged 34 when this happened.

Her mother died 27 February 1966 at the age of 81. Mavis was aged 49 when this happened. Mavis and John lived in 1968 at at 14 Bale Street in the Brisbane suburb of Ascot.10 Mavis and John lived in 1972 at at 179 Spit Road in the Sydney suburb of Mosman.11

Her husband John died 9 May 1975 at the age of 61, leaving her a widow at age 59. Pattie and Richie lived in 1987 at Wamberal, New South Wales.

Mavis died on 17 June 2018 at age 102.

Timeline

DateEventPlace
Family
1916BirthAdelaide
1931Note memo onlySydney1
1942Marriage at St. John's in the Sydney suburb of Darlinghurst5
Pat and Hec Willson 16 Feb 1942
1943Residence at 8 Birriga Road in the Sydney suburb of Bellevue Hill6
1944Note memo only7
1948Occupation-hide8
1948Residence at 185 Adelaide Street in the Brisbane suburb of Clayfield8
1949Occupation-hide9
1949Residence at 'Bidston' 42 View Street in the Brisbane suburb of Eagle Junction9
1958Occupation-hide12
1958Residence-hideEagle Junction12
1963Occupation-hide13
1963Residence-hide at 42 View Street in the Brisbane suburb of Eagle Junction13
1968Occupation-hide10
1968Residence at 14 Bale Street in the Brisbane suburb of Ascot10
1972Occupation-hide11
1972Residence at 179 Spit Road in the Sydney suburb of Mosman11
1987ResidenceWamberal, New South Wales
2018Death

Family

John Hector Willson (7 May 1914-9 May 1975)
Children

Citations

  1. [S268] The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 25 Sep 1931 p.6.
  2. [S536] Letter from Mavis 'Patti' Willson to Tim Hill, dated 15 Feb 2012.
  3. [S259] Mavis 'Patti' Willson, 11 Mar 2018.
  4. [S1076] Barbara Nicholson, 03:50 - 04:30, 06:00 - 06:40.
  5. [S259] Mavis 'Patti' Willson,.
  6. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Wentworth, Subdivision of Bellevue Hill 1943 p.86.
  7. [S543] Letter from Mavis 'Patti' Willson to Tim Hill, dated various.
  8. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Lilley, Subdivision of Toombul 1949 p.194.
  9. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Petrie, Subdivision of Windsor 1949 p.19.
  10. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Lilley, Subdivision of Clayfield 1968 p.168.
  11. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Warringah, Subdivision of Middle Harbour 1972 p.25.
  12. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Petrie, Subdivision of Windsor 1958 p.171.
  13. [S483] Australia - Electoral Rolls 1900-1980 - Ancestry.com, Electorate of Petrie, Subdivision of Windsor 1963 p.165.