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Edward Arthur OWEN (1909-1972)

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Edward Arthur Owen

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Ted Owen and Betty Owen (nee Collins) inside St Benedict's Ultimo

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Betty King at Condell Park with her ever faithful, Penny

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Betty on her wedding day to Jack

Edward Arthur OWEN1 (known as 'Ted'), son of John OWEN (1879-1970) and Rachel Elizabeth BURLEY (1883-1963), was born on 9 August 1909 in Adaminaby (Old), NSW.2,3 His relationship to John is Father. On 9 August 1909 Ted was a follower of the Catholic faith . He was born into it.1 On 9 August 1909 he resided in Adaminaby (Old). He lived here from birth with his parents.1

In 1929/30 (estimated) Ted was a trainee tailor . He lost this job due to the Great Depression.1 Between 1930 and 1933 he resided at various locations . After leaving Adaminiby, he lived with his parents at Wollongong and then the house "Fransyl" at 67 McDonald St, Lakemba (c.1930 - c.1933) before eventually they moved to 97 Thomas St, Ultimo (c.1934 - 1941) from where he was married.3,4 On 27 September 1941 he was a sawyer . This was his stated occupation at the time of his marriage.5 He married Gladys Elizabeth COLLINS when he was 32 and she was 22 on 27 September 1941 at St Benedict's Catholic Church, The Broadway in Ultimo, NSW. St Mary's Cathedral, Sydney was Betty's parish church but she was told she could not be married there as she was a convert to the Catholic religion and so they were married at Ted's parish church.3,6

In 1942/43 (estimated) Ted was a chargehand . He held this position during World War II while working with Austral Bronze, a metals foundry which was mainly producing bullets. Because of the defence nature of his work he was not allowed to enlist. There is a family story that he was actually caught on board ship about to leave as an army private but the authorities brought him back on shore to keep working at the factory. It is believed that he received a number of white feathers during the war due to the ignorance of his situation by the senders. (White feathers were sent, usually annonymously, to people as a means of saying they were a coward). He probably ceased this line of work c.1949.1 Between 1949 and 1964 he was a self-employed person . He ran a fruit and vegetable business. Between 1949 and 1950 he had a regular household run over many parts of Sydney. When this business began to decline, he switched to run a contract dry cleaning business along similar lines to the fruit and vegetable run. He used to call at peoples' homes, collect the garments and take them to a factory run by Don Goldfinch where they were cleaned. Ted was charged a fixed price for articles and set his own price to the customer. He had to stop this after he had his heart attacks c.1964.1 In 1964/65 (estimated) he was a storeman at British Paints in Revesby, NSW. After he recovered from his heart attacks, he worked for this company up to about 1970, before cancer forced him to stop work entirely.1

his interests included sport. He was very sport oriented. He was an "A" Grade Tennis Player; he played 3rd Grade Rugby League for Canterbury-Bankstown Football Club in the Sydney Premiership; he was regarded as a very fast runner. There is a family story that while wearing football boots he was able to run 100 yards in 14secs; later in life he was a member of the Bankstown Bowling Club where he played lower grade pennants.1

Over their married life they lived at three places. When they were first married, Ted and Gladys Elizabeth COLLINS lived at a small flat in Stanmore, NSW. Its location is unknown. By the time their son John was born on 6 June 1943, they were living at 37 Ormond St, Ashfield, NSW (which was later renumbered to 25). On 24 December 1952 they moved into their own house, at "Jonden" (Lot 4) 7 Ethel St Condell Park, NSW which they had built. They both lived there for the rest of their lives.7,8

he died (aged 63) on 12 August 1972 at 7 Ethel St in Condell Park, NSW. The cause was Lung Cancer caused by excessive smoking; [ (a) Bronchial Haemorrhage for 10 Minutes and (b) Carcinomia of Lung for 10 Months ].9,10 He was buried on 15 August 1972 in the Catholic Lawn, Section L3, Lot 870, in Woronora Cemetery in Sutherland, NSW.10,11,12

 

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Gladys Elizabeth COLLINS1 (known as 'Betty') was the daughter of Henry d'Arcy COLLINS (1887-1957) and Florist Amelia GEGG (1886-1953). She and Edward Arthur OWEN had the following children:

 

John Edward OWEN

Denise Elizabeth OWEN

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1{S0021}, Researcher : OWEN, John Edward (0001). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
2{S0064}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Births (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Births Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&event=...). Cit. Date: 15 January 2010. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : 21866 / 1909
3{S0162}, Certificate - Marriage : OWEN, Edward Arthur (0010) and COLLINS, Gladys Elizabeth (0009). Custom Id: NSW 21282 / 1941 (Orig Cert (C556414). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.
Registration no : 21282 / 1941
4{S0485}, Electoral Roll : Federal (Reid); NSW State (Lakemba); Sub-Division (Lakemba). 1930 - 1933. Cit. Date: 28 November 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
5{S0162}, Certificate - Marriage : OWEN, Edward Arthur (0010) and COLLINS, Gladys Elizabeth (0009). Custom Id: NSW 21282 / 1941 (Orig Cert (C556414). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : 21282 / 1941
6{S0318}, Verbal ( Personal Knowlege) : OWEN, Denise Elizabeth (0008). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Denise says her mother told her that they could not be married at the Cathedral
7{S0021}, Researcher : OWEN, John Edward (0001). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.


{value} {date} {couple} lived <at {address}> {_place} at three places. {note}
frm Sep 1941 to Aug 1972
8{S0484}, Electoral Roll : Federal (Unknown); NSW Division : (Unknown); Sub-Division (Ashfield). Cit. Date: 28 November 2011. Assessment: Primary evidence.
9{S0066}, BDM (NSW) Online Indexs : Deaths (NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages Deaths Index : http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/Index/IndexingOrder.cgi/search?SessionID=&amp;event=...). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Secondary evidence.
Registration no : 58144 / 1972
10{S0021}, Researcher : OWEN, John Edward (0001). Cit. Date: before 1 July 2009. Assessment: Primary evidence.
11{S0779}, Headstone : OWEN, Edward Arthur. Cit. Date: 14 December 2013. Assessment: Primary evidence.
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Ted's headstone in Woronora cemetery, Sutherland

12{S0385}, Cemetery : Woronora (http://www.woronoracemetery.org.au/location-guide). Woronora Cemetery Search : http://www.woronoracemetery.org.au/name-search.html. Cit. Date: 31 January 2010. Assessment: Questionable.
Text From Source: "Surname: Owen : Type: Burial : First Name: Edward : Other Names: Arthur :
Date of Death: 11/08/1972 : Interred Date: ? : Roman Catholic Lawn, LAWN 3, 0870"
Date of Death is incorrect

Compiler of this family history is : John Owen

              

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Updated : 23 August 2014