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Gowans William Purves

Gowans William Purves

Male 1867 - 1938  (70 years)

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  • Name Gowans William Purves 
    Born 26 Sep 1867  1 High Street, Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • at 11.15 p.m.

      Name William Purves Gowans
      Gender Male
      Baptism/Christening Date
      Baptism/Christening Place
      Birth Date 26 Sep 1867
      Birthplace HAWICK,ROXBURGH,SCOTLAND
      Death Date
      Name Note
      Race
      Father's Name James Gowans
      Father's Birthplace
      Father's Age
      Mother's Name Isabella Scott Purves
      Mother's Birthplace
      Mother's Age
      Indexing Project (Batch) Number C11789-1
      System Origin Scotland-ODM
      Source Film Number 6035516
      Reference Number
    Gender Male 
    Census 1871  1 High Street, Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1881  1 High Street, Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Scholar
    Immigration Abt 1884  ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cannot find record of entry into Australia. Aunty Belle had said that William ran away because he didn't want the career that was mapped out for him by the family.
    Residence 11 May 1890  17 Harwood Lane, Pyrmont, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1893  17 Stephens Street, Balmain, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation 15 Feb 1896 
    Wharf labourer 
    Occupation 5 Jul 1896 
    Wharfinger 
    Residence Between 5 Jul 1896 and 1898  340 Young Street, Annandale, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1898  340 Young Street, Annandale, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    _ATTR 3 Dec 1898  North Coast Company Wharf Sussex Strre, Sydney, new South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Saved a life 
    • William Purves Gowans.-On December 3, 1898,
      Mr. Gowans, who was on the North Coast Com-
      pany's Wharf, Sussex-street, hearing cries of
      "Man overboard," at once ran to the spot, and,
      without divesting himself of his clothing, jumped
      in ard succeeded in rescuing a youth named
      Rose, who had accidentally fallen into the wa-
      ter which is very deep at this spot, and Rose
      was unable to swim, and would undoubtedly
      have been drowned. (Awarded silver medal and certificate of merit.)
    _ATTR 26 Aug 1899  [4
    Silver Medal 
    • The annual meeting of the National Shipwreck Relief Society of New South Wales was held in Sydney Town Hall and Gowans was awarded a silver medal and certificate of commendation.
    Residence 1904  340 Young Street, Annandale, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1907  352 Young Street, Annandale, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • P.O. Dir. 1907
    Residence 7 Dec 1909  80 Redfern Street, Redfern, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From Eliza P. Gowans birth cert.
    Occupation 29 Oct 1913 
    Tobacconist 
    Residence 1915  22 Eurella Street, Burwood, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 13 Oct 1915 
    Tobacconist 
    Residence 13 Oct 1915  188 Albany Road, Petersham, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From Belle's Marriage cert.
    Residence 13 Nov 1915  188 Albury Road, Petersham, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Occupation 1 Sep 1923  ,Burwood, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Independent means. 
    Accident 21 Oct 1924  , Rouse Hill, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Occupation 1930  [8
    Tobacconist 
    Residence 1930  Mena, Eurella Street, Burwood, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation 1936  [9
    Tobaacconist 
    Residence 1936  Mena, Eurella Street, Burwood, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Died 12 Apr 1938  22 Eurella Street, Burwood, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    Cause: Natural causes viz heart disease probably coronary thrombosis. 
    Obituary 13 Apr 1938  ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    • GOWANS-April 12 1938 at his residence 22
      Eurella Street Burwood William Purves beloved husband of Eliza Ann Gowans and loving father of Bella Elizabeth, John, Florrie and Jean. aged

      70 years
    Buried 13 Apr 1938  Rookwood Cemetery, Rookwood, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Presbyterian Section 5C 4035l. Conducted by A. M. Ferrie In loving memory of/My dear husband and our father/ William Purves Gowans/ Died 12th April 1938 Aged 70 years/ Also Eliza Ann/Beloved wife of the above/Died 29th May 1941/Aged 75 Years
    Notes 
    • Secretary Masonic Lodge Rose of Sharon No. 116 He reached the 33rd degree in the Masons and had to travel to Scotland to receive this.
    • William Purves Gowans. 3rd December 1898. Mr. Gowans who was on the North Coast Company's wharf, Sussex Street, hearing cries of 'man overboard' at once ran to the spot, and, without divesting himself of his clothing, jumped in and succeeded in rescuing a youth named Rose, who had accidentally fallen in the water, which is very deep at this spot, and Rose was unable to swim and would undoubtably have been drowned. (awarded Silver Medal and Certificate of Merit) Royal Humane Society of New South Wales.
    • Per Bendigo to Sydney Age 59

      Ship : BENDIGO 1922
      The BENDIGO was a 13,039 gross ton ship built by Harland & Wolff, Greenock in 1922 for P.& O. Line. Her details were - length 519.8ft x beam 64.2ft (158,42m x 19,56m), one funnel, two masts, twin screw and a speed of 13 knots. There was accommodation for 491-3rd class passengers plus 743 temporary berths. Launched on 26th Jan.1922, she commenced service from UK to Australia via the Cape in August of that year. Re-engined and converted from coal to oil fuel in 1929 which gave her a speed of 15 knots. Resumed service from UK to Australia via Malta, Suez and Colombo on 5th Jul.1929 and started her final sailing to Australia on 17th Jan.1936. She was scrapped at Barrow-in-Furness the same year. [Merchant Fleets by Duncan Haws, vol.1, P.& O, Orient and Blue Anchor Lines]
    • Arrived Fremantle
    • GOWANS -The Relatives and Friends of Mrs. " ELIZA A GOWANS and FAMILY are Invited lo attend the funeral of their beloved HUSBAND and FATHER Mr William P Gowans which will leave his late residence 22 Eurella Street, Bur-

      wood THIS AFTERNOON at 3 O'clock for the Presbyterian Cemetery, Rookwood. Section 5.

      JOSEPH MEDCALF A F D A

      372 Redfern Street Redfern Phon- M-765 (2 Lines)

      GOWANS - MASONIC LODGE ROSE OFSHARON

      No 116-The Officers and Brethren of the above and Sister Lodges are fraternally Invited to attend the funeral of our late Secretary Wor Bo WILLIAM P GOWANS which will leave his late residence - Eurella Street Burwood THIS

      AFTERNOON at 3 o'clock for Presbyterian Ceme- tery, Rookwood. Regalia at Grave. [12]
    • A large number of members of the Sydney Scot- tish Borderers' association and friends celebrated Burns's Anniversary with a " haggis supper," held in Quong Tart's Elite Hall, Victoria Markets, on Friday evening. The chairman, Mr Kerr, having wel- comed the company, repeated Hume's celebrated Selkirk grace. The " haggis " and other good things provided having been tdone justice to, Mr M'Dougall proposed the toast of " The King," paying a high tribute to the memory of our late beloved Queen Mr William P Gowans sang Burn's birthdayy song, '* Thero Was a Lad Born in Kyle," the chorus being taken up with vigour by all the company Mr. Stephenson proposed the toast of the evening, " The Immortal Memory of Burns " A programme of songs and recitations was carried out. The toast of " Success to the Sydney Scottish Borderers' Associa-tion" was honoured. [13]
    • The monthly meeting of the Sydney Borderers'
      Association was held on Wednesday evening, at the
      SchooI of Arts, Mr W Kerr being in the chair
      There was a good attendance The office-bearers for
      the ensuing 12 months were us follows -President,
      Mr W Kerr; vice-president, Mr W P Gowans;
      secretary, Mr E. Kennedy; and treasurer, Mr. T
      Clark. During the evening a programme consisting
      of vocal and instrumental music and step-dances was
      given, and contributedo by the following mem-
      bers -Mrs. Walker, Mrs Easton, Miss Coultor, Miss
      Stewart, Miss Ellison, and Messrs, McIntrye and
      Bailey [14]
    Person ID I41  Geniaus Family Tree
    Last Modified 3 Nov 2013 

    Father Gowans James,   b. 17 Mar 1836, ,East Linton, Haddingtonshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1917, 30 Dover St, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Mother Purves Isabella Scott,   b. Abt 1844, ,Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1898, 5 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Married 26 Apr 1859  1 High Street, Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F49  Group Sheet

    Family Elms Eliza Ann,   b. 18 Sep 1864, Rupert Street, East Collingwood, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1941, 22 Eurella Street, Burwood, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married 8 Jul 1896  The Registrar's Office 50 Trafalgar Street, Annandale, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Gowans William James,   b. 16 Oct 1890, ,Pyrmont, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1919, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years)
     2. Elms James Scott Purves,   b. 1892, 17 Stephens Street, Balmain, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1897, 340 Young Street, Annandale, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 5 years)
     3. Gowans Isabella Purves,   b. 19 Aug 1894, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1994, Gosford Hospital, Gosford, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 100 years)
     4. Gowans Eliza Anne,   b. 15 Feb 1896, 340 Young Street, Annandale, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Apr 1962, ,Katoomba, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     5. Gowans John Stewart,   b. 11 Jun 1898, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1970, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     6. Gowans Florence Joanna,   b. 3 Nov 1900, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1975, Nursing Home, Wentworth Falls, NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     7. Gowans Jean Robinson,   b. 1905, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1955, ,,NSW, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F29  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Sep 1867 - 1 High Street, Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1871 - 1 High Street, Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1881 - 1 High Street, Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 11 May 1890 - 17 Harwood Lane, Pyrmont, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1893 - 17 Stephens Street, Balmain, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Between 5 Jul 1896 and 1898 - 340 Young Street, Annandale, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1898 - 340 Young Street, Annandale, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1904 - 340 Young Street, Annandale, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 7 Dec 1909 - 80 Redfern Street, Redfern, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1915 - 22 Eurella Street, Burwood, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 13 Oct 1915 - 188 Albany Road, Petersham, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 13 Nov 1915 - 188 Albury Road, Petersham, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Natural causes viz heart disease probably coronary thrombosis. - 12 Apr 1938 - 22 Eurella Street, Burwood, NSW, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Familysearch, Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 for William Purves Gowans.

    2. [S48] Ancestry.co.uk, VDirectories & Member Lists > Sands Directories: Sydney and New South Wales, Australia, 1858-1933 > 1893 > G.

    3. [S48] Ancestry.co.uk, Directories & Member Lists > Sands Directories: Sydney and New South Wales, Australia, 1858-1933 > 1898 > G.

    4. [S139] Australian Town and Country Journal (NSW : 1870 -, Saturday 26 August 1899 Page 22.

    5. [S48] Ancestry.co.uk, Directories & Member Lists > Sands Directories: Sydney and New South Wales, Australia, 1858-1933 > 1904 > G.

    6. [S2] Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 13 November 1915.

    7. [S2] Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 21 October 1924 P9.
      The accident yesterday afternoon occurred at Rouse Hill. William Purvis Gowans, 57 years, of Eurella-street, Burwood, was driv- ing his car down the hill on his way to Syd ney;' from Windsor, with Jack Douglas, an en- gineer, of Burwood, as passenger, when he turned to the side of tho road in order to avoid a patch of loose gravel, the wheels locked, and the car immediately capsized. Some people In the neighbourhood fortunately saw the accident, and ran to extricate the two men from the wreckage. After first aid had been rendered, they were taken to the Windsor District Hospital, where Gowans was admitted in a serious condition, with concussion, in- ternal injuries, severe facial abrasions, and a lacerated left hand, and Douglas, after being treated for severe abrasions, was allowed to go home. The damage to the car was con-siderable

    8. [S48] Ancestry.co.uk, Directories & Member Lists > Australian Electoral Rolls, 1901-1936 > New South Wales > 1930 > Martin > Croydon > G.

    9. [S48] Ancestry.co.uk, Directories & Member Lists > Australian Electoral Rolls, 1901-1936 > New South Wales > 1936 > Martin > Croydon > G.

    10. [S2] Sydney Morning Herald, 13 April 1938.
      GOWANS -April 12 1938 at his residence 22
      Eurella Street, Burwood. William Purves beloved
      husband of Eliza Ann Gowans and loving father
      of Bella, Elizabeth, John, Florrie and Jean. aged
      70 years.

    11. [S52] NSW BDMs, index number 11895l. .

    12. [S2] Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 13 April 1938.

    13. [S2] Sydney Morning Herald, 29 January 1901.

    14. [S2] Sydney Morning Herald, 8 3 1901.