Emma Lily Anderson


Name: Emma Lily Anderson

Date of Birth: 1896

Maiden Name: Harrison

Birth Location: Busselton, Western Australia

Age at Burial: 93 years

Date of Death: 13 March 1990

Death Location: Cunningham Nursing Home, Busselton, Western Australia.

Date of Burial: 16 March 1990

Denomination: Anglican C section

Row/Grave: Row 3 Grave #26

Grave Transcription:

Treasured Memories of



Beloved wife of




Dearly loved mother of

Jim (dec) Frank, Edna

Fay, Hazel & Dick

Passed away 13th March 1990

Aged 93 years.

Father: Julian Harrison

Mother: Eliza Mary Ann Turner

Grandparents (father): Thomas Harrison and Sarah Ann Prince

Grandparents (mother): James Turner and Emma Dilley


Isabel May Harrison, born 1902, Northam, Western Australia.  Died 1991, Midland, Perth.  Buried at Karrakatta Cemetery.  Married Charles Roberts

Beatrice Harrison, born 1907, Northam, Western Australia.  Died 19 January 1992, Mount Lawley, Western Australia.  Married Leitham Alexander Pettit.

Edna Connie Harrison, born 1915, died 12 November 2007. Buried at Capel Cemetery.  Married Frederick Wyatt.


Relationship with Herbert Allen Williams – birth of son 1913.  Herbert Allen Williams was born in 1894 to parents Thomas Williams and Elena Louisa Dilley, he died in 1959.

Married Joseph Frank Barrett,  24 November 1914 – birth of son 1915.  Joseph Frank Barrett was born in 1893 to parents Joseph Barrett and Elizabeth McPherson, he died on the 24th April 1918, in France during WW1.

Married Ernest Charles Anderson, 1924 – had 4 children together. Ernest Charles Anderson was born in 1903 to parents William Anderson and Sarah Jane Coles, he died 14th May 1994, and is buried at Capel Cemetery.


Vivian Roy Harrison, (Jim) born 1913, died 1989.  Married Lorna May Williams

Thomas Frank Barrett, (Frank)born 1915, died 2002. Married Edwina Alice Simmons

Edna Jean Anderson, born 1924, died 2015.  Married James Douglas Bramwell Craigie

Faye Rose Anderson, born 1925, died 2009.  Married Geoffrey Thomas Gibson

Hazel Beatrice Anderson, born 1928, died 2018.  Married Robert Meads

Keith Noel Anderson, (Dick) born 1930.  Married June Beverley Hammond

Military Service:

Their Story

Emma Lily Harrison was born in Busselton, Western Australia in 1896 to Parents Julian Harrison and Eliza Mary Ann Harrison (nee Turner).  Julian and Eliza were married in 1895 in Busselton, so it wasn’t long before this couple welcomed their first child together.

Julian and Eliza not long after Emma’s birth moved to Northam, Western Australia and lived on Carleton Street.  Julian was employed as a labourer during this time and they also had two daughters whilst living here, Isabel May Harrison born 1902 and Beatrice Harrison born 1907.

It can be assumed that Emma would have received her education at Northam as the family lived there until late 1912 when they moved to Capel before their last daughter Edna Connie Harrison was born in 1915.

In the year 1913 at the age of 17 years, Emma gave birth to her first child Vivian Ray Harrison in Capel on the 28 th July.  He was the son of Herbert Allen Thomas Williams, whom Emma had had a relationship with. Vivian or Jim as he was known to everyone was raised with the help of Emma’s parents. 

Emma’s parents owned and ran the local town Bakery fronting the main street of Capel (Forrest Road), along with 2 blocks behind on Stirling Street.

The shop sold bakery products which had been baked onsite, confectionary, drinks and ice creams. In later years the bakery oven was updated. The flour was delivered by horse and cart from the railway siding, and Eliza unloaded the flour and did all the heavy lifting as her husband had a bad heart and lungs. Julian delivered the bread in a spring pulled by ‘Dolly Grey’, a white horse. 

On the 24 th November 1914 in Perth, Emma married for the first time to Joseph Frank Barrett.  He was the son of Joesph Barrett and Elizabeth McPherson.  Emma was 18 years old and Joseph 20.  At the time of marriage Joseph had already enlisted in the Australian Army on the 7th November 1914 as had many from Capel and surrounding districts.  He departed on the 14 December 1914, at this time Emma was pregnant with their first child.  Joseph died on the 24 April 1918.  Private Leonard Hannaby a local lad from Capel had written to Emma to advise her of his death.  The last letter she received from him was dated the 20th April 1918.  There son Thomas Frank Barrett was born on the 6th June 1915, just a few days before the birth of his Aunt Edna on 19th June.  One can only imagine their were both moments of joy in these years of War but many moments of fear and apprehension, awaiting news of  your loved ones fighting overseas. Emma continued to write to the Army requesting Joseph’s War Medals and received his Distinguished Conduct Medal in 1919 and his 1914/15 Star in 1920 along with a memorial plaque and scroll.  Joseph would have known he had a son, through their letters, but sadly did not get to meet him.

Joseph’s war record is attached for you to read his placements dates and final days.

National Archives of Australia – Joseph Frank Barrett

Virtual War Memorial – Photo 

Anzac Heros – Great War 1914 – 1918


In 1924 at the age of 28, Emma would marry for the second time in Perth to Ernest Charles Anderson.  Ernest was the son of William Anderson and Sarah Jane Coles and born on the 8th March 1903.  This couple can be found living on Busselton Road, Capel.  Ernest occupation listed as labourer on the electoral roles of 1925.

Trove Newspaper Article – Bunbury Heral and Blackwood Express – 8th January 1924 – Barrett-Anderson Wedding – Capel

They had four children together, Edna Jane Anderson born 1924,  Faye Rose Anderson born 1925,  Hazel Beatrice Anderson born 1928 and Keith Noel Anderson born 1930.

Electoral Role from 1931, the couple are living on Preston Road in Boyanup.

Frank Barrett and Edwina Simmons were married in Bunbury in 1935, they later moved to Yarloop.

Jim Harrison and Lorna Williams married in Perth in 1939, they continued to live in Capel.

Electoral Roles from 1937, 1949 and 1954 Ernest and Emma are living in Capel.

There eldest daughter Edna married James Craigie on the 6th October 1945, at St John’s Church in Capel.

Trove Newspaper Article – Harvey Murray Times – 1st November 1945 – Craigie Anderson Wedding

There daughter Faye married on January 31st 1948 to Geoffrey Gibson at the St. John’s Church in Capel

Trove Newspaper Article – South Western Times – 12 February 1948. – Wedding Fay and Geoffrey

Hazel married Roberts Meads and Keith married June Hammond


Electoral Role from 1980, Ernest and Emma are living on Stirling Road, Capel.

Emma Lily Anderson died on the 13th March 1990 in Busselton and is buried in Capel, her husband Ernest died in 1994 and is buried alongside his wife.

 Photos kindly provided by Grandson Rob Gibson.

Information and story complied by researcher Petrina Prowse (member of the CDCP project)

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© Capel District Cemeteries Project 10/04/2022 – Story updated 18/02/2024

Emma Lily Harrison Communion

Ernest and Emma Anderson – July 1986

Uncle Charlie, Auntie Bell Roberts, Granny and Grandfather Harrison, Emma, Uncle Alec, Auntie Tot Pettit.

Charlie and Bell Roberts, Granny and Grandfather Harrison, Emma, Alec and Tot Pettit

Emma Harrison

Emma and Ernest – 60th Wedding Annerversary-Jan 1984

Daughter Emma with son Frank, Eliza and Julian Harrison

Emma, Frank, Eliza and Julian Harrison

Fay, Hazel, Win, Edna, June, Emma, Lorraine, Lorna, Unknown

Emma Lily Harrison/Barrett

Emma Harrison/Barrett

Emma Lily Anderson Grave
Uncle Charlie, Auntie Bell Roberts, Granny and Grandfather Harrison, Emma, Uncle Alec, Auntie Tot Pettit.

Back Row:  June, Doug, Lorna, Hazel, Joe, Jim, Geoff

Front Row: Frank, Fay, Ernest, Emma, Edna, Dick

January 1984