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George John COWDREY
Elizabeth TOLLIS
Charles HOURN
Eliza Mathilda HILDER
Grace Freeman HOURN
Grace Hilda COWDREY


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1. Ernest Henry FLETCHER

2. Lionel Joseph LAMBERT

Grace Hilda COWDREY

  • Born: 24 Aug 1898, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • Marriage (1): Ernest Henry FLETCHER on 12 Apr 1916 in Welllington, New South Wales, Australia
  • Marriage (2): Lionel Joseph LAMBERT on 14 May 1954 in Booker Bay, , New South Wales, Australia
  • Died: 17 Apr 1978, Gosford District Hospital, Gosford , New South Wales, Australia at age 79
  • Buried: 18 Apr 1978, Rookwood Crematorium, Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia

bullet  General Notes:

Grace married ERNEST HENRY FLETCHER 12 April 1916. The marriage took place at St Silas Church, Waterloo and the officiating minister was John Howell Price, a clergyman of the Church of England. Ernest was 22 years old and a Batchelor, and his trade was Carriage Painter. At the time of the marriage he lived at Hardie Street, Mascot NSW. Grace was a spinster and her occupation listed as Home Duties, and at the time of the marriage her place of residence was 104 Botany Road, Alexandria. The witnesses were G Cowdery, H W Fletcher and D Cowdrey, and the consent of her father George Cowdrey was obtained as Grace was 17 years old. The marriage certificate lists William Francis Albert Fletcher, Boot-clicker and Frances Ann Petchell as the grooms parents and George Cowdrey, Boot-maker and Grace Hourn as the brides parents. (Original Marriage Certificate held by Shirley O'Rourke. Certificate No C27416 Number 565 in Ministers Register) Grace Hilda started her married life in Bankstown at the age of 17. Subsequent moves took her to Mascot, then Neutral Bay before she and Ernest finally settled at 22 Morden Street, Cammeray. Grace spent almost three years of her early marriage alone while husband Ernest was serving in Egypt in WW1. Grace and Ernest had two children: George Ernest Fletcher, 22nd March 1921 and Ernest Bertram Fletcher, 27th July 1926. On returning to Australia, Ernest worked for the NSW Department of Railways and Tramways until his forced retirement due to illness in 1949. The Title for the family home was transferred into the Name of Grace Hilda Fletcher and was effected on 21 March, 1934. The marriage ended when Ernest died just two years later, 14th June 1951.
Hilda married LIONEL JOSEPH LAMBERT 1953. The marriage took place at 16 Mulbong Road Booker Bay NSW and was officiated by Rev Brian Haywood Thitchener, a minister of the Baptist Church. Lionel was 71 years, a retired Mining Engineer of 16 Mulbong Road, Booker Bay, and a widower. His father is listed as Robert Mann Lambert, accountant (deceased) and his mother as Phoebe Martha Parry (deceased). Grace was 55 years, home duties, of 22 Morden Street Cammeray, and a widow. Her father is listed as George Cowdrey (deceased) Bootmaker and her mother as Grace Freeman Hourn (deceased). The witnesses were Mrs R A Lappin, R A Lappin and G E Fletcher (her son). Lionel and Hilda lived in Mulbong Road Booker Bay, where the garage was renovated into a flat where they always welcomed family for visits. They remained there until his death 3 November 1959. (Original Marriage Certificate held by Shirley O'Rourke. Certificate No C 888767. No 8 in Ministers Register)
In 1960 Hilda moved to Umina and Helen Fletcher (Ernest Bertram's daughter and Hilda's granddaughter) lived with her for a number of years. In 1968 an extension was added to 11 Barker Street Lewisham, the home of George and Connie Fletcher, and Hilda moved to live independently in this extension for the remainder of her life. At the time of her death, Grace was enjoying a holiday at Umina with her son George and daughter-in-law Connie and suffered a heart attack and was taken to Gosford Hospital. Grace Hilda Lambert died in Gosford Hospital on 17 April 1978. In the NSW Register of Deaths No 8584 her name is Grace Hilda Lambert, Female, 79 years, Widow of 11 Barker Street, Lewisham. It lists her father as George Cowdrey and her mother as Grace HOURNE. Cause of death: Myocardial Infarction. 1 day and certified by Dr. J Mitchell. Hilda was cremated on 18th April, 1978 at Rookwood Crematorium and her ashes were scattered. No plaque was erected. (Photocopy of Register of Death held by Shirley O'Rourke. No 8584)


bullet  Noted events in her life were:

Also Known As: TILLY or HILDA.

Occupation 1: Home Duties age 17 (Source: Marriage Cert.), 12 Apr 1916.

Residence 1: 104 Botany Road, Alexandria, 12 Apr 1916.

Fact 1: Fact 1 Age 22 (Source: Son's Birth Cert.), 22 Mar 1921.

Residence 2: STANLEY STREET, BANKSTOWN NSW, 22 Mar 1921.

Widow, 14 Jun 1951.

Occupation 2: Home Duties age 55 (Source: Marriage Cert.), 14 May 1954.

Residence 2: Mulbong Road, Booker Bay, 3 Nov 1959.

Fact 2: Widow age 79 (Source: Death Cert.), 1978.

Death Reason: Myocardial infarction (Source: Death Cert.), 17 Apr 1978.

Residence 3: 11 Barker Street, Lewisham, 17 Apr 1978.

Cremation: ROOKWOOD CREMATORIUM NSW, 18 Apr 1978.

Death Source: Ryerson Index SMH, 18 Apr 1978.

Death Rego: Informant - G. Fletcher (Son) Certificate No 8584, 28 Apr 1978.


Grace married Ernest Henry FLETCHER on 12 Apr 1916 in Welllington, New South Wales, Australia. (Ernest Henry FLETCHER was born on 10 Dec 1893 in Ultimo, New South Wales, Australia, died on 14 Jun 1951 in Cammeray, , New South Wales, Australia and was cremated on 16 Jun 1951 in Northern Suburbs Crematorium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.)


Grace next married Lionel Joseph LAMBERT on 14 May 1954 in Booker Bay, , New South Wales, Australia. (Lionel Joseph LAMBERT was born in 1882 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia and died on 3 Nov 1959 in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia.)

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