Wilsie Elizabeth GOLDING
- Born: 8 Feb 1916, Waverley, New South Wales, Australia
- Marriage: Drewe Stewart LEIGH on 6 Jan 1939 in Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Died: 10 Dec 2007, Heildeberg, Victoria, Australia at age 91
Wilsie Elizabeth Golding was born at 'Marston Hospital', Albion Street, Waverley in Sydney on 8 February 1916, the younger child of Gertrude Charlotte Cunliffe and Norman Robert Golding.
She started her education at 'Ferresley' a private kindergarten in Bellevue Hill being taught by Miss Maude and Miss VanderVorde. She remembers having her eye cut open while playing and her teachers taking her to the chemist to have it attended to, which earned the wrath of her mother.
The family were living at Arthur Street, Bellevue Hill, the house being named 'Tewantin'. It was next door to her maternal grandparents where she spent much of her childhood as both her parents were working. She was obviously very influenced by her grandfather with regards to politics and remained a staunch 'red ragger' all her life. It is ironic that she married into a very conservative family but she and her husband, Drewe, agreed to differ over matters political. She started school at Bellevue Hill Public School but was later sent to St Catherine's as a day pupil. When her parents bought the farm at Shellharbour, she became at boarder at St Catherine's for one year. The effects of the 'Great Depression' were being felt by her father by then and the farm was sold and they moved back to Sydney. Wilsie was sent to Woollahra Public School where she remained for three years, sitting for the High School Entrance examination in Year 7.
She commenced her secondary education at Sydney Girls High School where she made many friends amongst them Linda Handel, who has remained a lifelong friend. Whilst at Sydney Girls High, she and a group of friends went to Mt Kosciusko staying at 'The Chalet'. They all learned to ski, no chairlifts or towbars in those days! The Chalet was burned down some years later, it was located approximately where Smiggins Hole is now.
She often went to the Blue Mountains with Linda and her family for holidays and Wilsie and her friends took a cottage at Ettalong on the Brisbane Waters on the Central coast where she learned to Aquaplane (an early kind of water skiing).
Her progresssive thinking parents allowed Wilsie to complete her education and she matriculated from Sydney Girls High School having studied English, French, German, Latin, Mathematics and History. She spent one year at business college learning stenographic skills and gained a position at Craftsman Books in the T & G Building opposite Hyde Park where she remained until her marriage in 1939.
Wilsie married Drewe Stewart Leigh at All Saints Church, Woollahra on 6 February 1939, her attendants were Betty Lockwood and Gwen Alderson.
Wilsie married Drewe Stewart LEIGH on 6 Jan 1939 in Woollahra, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. (Drewe Stewart LEIGH was born in 1915 and died on 14 May 2003 in Lindendale, New South Wales, Australia.)