Frederick David Williams

Frederick David WILLIAMS

Name: Frederick David Williams

Date of Birth: 1886

Birth Location: Capel, Western Australia

Also Known As: Dave

Age at Burial: 74

Date of Death:  15 March 1961

Death Location: St John of God Hospital, Bunbury

Date of Burial: 16 March 1961

Denomination: Anglican A

Row/Grave: Row 2 Grave # 12

Grave Transcription:

In loving Memory


Our Beloved Husband and Father

Frederick David Williams

Passed Away 15 March 1961

Aged 74 years

Father: Thomas Williams

Mother: Elena Louisa Dilley

Grandparents (father): Thomas Williams parentage unknown – possibly William Williams

Grandparents (mother): William Dilley and Ellen Boyte


Henry Williams.  Born 1868, Died 22 October 1941, Capel, WA. Buried Capel Cemetery.

Stephen Williams.  Born 6 October 1869.  Died 12 November 1946, Capel, WA.  Buried Capel Cemetery.  Married Ellen McPherson.

Thomas Williams.  Born 1871.  Died 20 December 1928, Vic Park, Perth, WA. Buried Karrakatta Cemetery Perth.  Married Beatrice Margaret Barker.

Walter Williams.  Born 1873.  Died 29 May 1931 in Koorda, Bruce Rock Shire, WA.  Buried at Karrakatta Cemetery Perth.

Emma Williams.  Born 1876.  Died 29 August 1929. Capeldene, Westonia, WA.  Buried Westonia, Western Australia.  Married John Charles McCarlie.

Ellen Dilley (Elenor) Williams.  Born 1879.  Died in Malvern, Victoria in 1960.  Married William Henry Atkinson

Alice Eliza Williams.  Born 1880, Died 1 July 1951.  Buried Karrakatta Cemetery Perth.  Married Albert John Coverley.

Grace Evelyn Williams. (born Olive Grace Williams) Born 1884.  Died 27 Feb 1958.  Buried Bunbury Cemetery.  Married William Richards

George Clarence Williams.  Born 1889.  Died 27 Jan 1972.  Buried Capel Cemetery.  Married Martha Isabella (Isobel)Turner.

Evaline Bertha Williams.  Born 1892.  Died 6 July 1974.  Buried Bunbury Cemetery.  Married Percy Clarence Payne.

Herbert Charles/Allen Williams.  Born 1894.  Died 22 Feb 1959. Perth, WA.  Married Elizabeth Maud Ethel Hartnett.

Spouse: Martha Harris – Married 12 June 1912 in Capel


Gladys Williams.  Born 1912, Capel.  Died 23 April 1924.  Buried Capel Cemetery

Linda Jesse Williams.  Born 23 February 1915, Capel.  Died 28 Jan 1988.  Buried Capel Cemetery.  Married Harold Leslie Griffiths.

Colin George Williams.  Born 6 March 1917, Capel.  Died 10 October 1992.  Buried Capel Cemetery.  Married Dulcie May Heatley

Lorna May Williams.  Born 1919, Capel.  Died 8 September 1999.  Buried Capel Cemetery.   Married Vivian Roy Harrison

Mavis Joyce Williams.  Born 1922, Capel.  Died 2007.  Buried Bunbury Cemetery.   Married Richard Okle

Clarice Dawn Williams.  Born 5 February 1929.  Died 19 September 2018.  Buried Capel Cemetery.  Married Brian Barnes Sanderson.

Occupation: Farmer, Roads Department – Foreman

Military Service: N/A

Their Story 

Frederick David Williams was born in Capel in 1886 to parents Thomas Williams and Elena Dilley he was the ninth child in a family of thirteen.  Frederick was always known as Dave to all family and friends.  He grew up in Capel and would have been surrounded by gran parents, aunts, uncles and many cousins and his brothers and sisters. In 1898 he appeared in the newspaper along with his brother George for receiving stolen money from Willie Hannaby, David had given the money to his mother, and both Williams boys did not get into trouble.

Trove Article – Stolen Money – link

He married Martha Harris from another local farming family, he was 25 years of age and Martha was 22. They were married at St John’s church in Capel and the guests were then invited to tea at the local hall.  David and Martha then travelled to Perth for a honeymoon.

Trove Article – Williams + Harris Wedding – link

In 1931 David had his car stolen from the Bunbury Racecourse it was found later abandoned near Coolup.

Trove Article – Stolen car – link

He worked as a foreman for the main roads department and spent a lot of time away from home while, working on creating and maintaining roads in the Capel district.  David and his wife Martha Harris lived in Capel on Stirling Road, they had a small farm behind the house next to the river and many fruit trees, milking cows and lived in an old house until the new one was built.  Clarice said during the depression years, she didn’t notice going without because they had everything, they needed in the back yard, chickens, eggs, fruit trees and grape trellis and they milked the cows and made butter.

They raised their family in Capel and had five children together, Gladys, Linda, Colin, Lorna, Mavis and Clarice.

Unfortunately, their eldest daughter Gladys died at a young age from measles. Granddaughter Lorraine who lived with her Grandmother in her late teens, can remember going to the cemetery on regular visits to lay flowers on her grave.

All their remaining children grew to adulthood and married and had children.

Trove Article – Ruby Wedding Anniversary 1952 – link

In later years David walked with a stoop

David died in hospital in Bunbury and is buried at the Capel Cemetery, next to his wife Martha.

His Newspaper Obituary reads: 1961.

The Late Mr. Williams

Capel: Mr Frederick David Williams, son of a Capel Pioneer family, passed away at St. John of God Hospital, Bunbury on March 15 after a lengthy illness.  The fifth child of the late Thomas and Elena Williams family of eleven he was born in the district where his parents lived and farmed 74 years ago.  In 1912 his marriage took place in St. John’s Church of England at Capel.

For many years the late Mr. Williams was a foreman with the Main Roads Board and his work took him to many parts of the Southwest.

Among his assignments was the supervision of a gang on the laying of the original section of bitumen road approaching Busselton in 1933.  During his later life he and his wife ran a small diary farm at Capel.

The Funeral took place at the Capel cemetery last Thursday, following a service at St. John’s Church conducted by Canon R. E. Davies.

The deceased is survived by his widow, four daughters Mesdames L. Griffiths, J. Harrison, B. Sanderson, and R. Okle, and one son Mr Colin Williams, his eldest daughter Gladys being deceased.

Story compiled by Petrina Prowse – Great Granddaughter.

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