Name: Thomas Williams

Date of Birth: 9 January 1907

BDM WA Registration Number: 6600021

Birth Location: Capel, Western Australia

Age at Burial: 10 days

Date of Death: 19 January 1907

BDM WA Registration Number: 6600009

Death Location: Capel, Western Australia

Date of Burial: 20 January 1907

Denomination: Anglican

Row/Grave: Unknown Grave

Grave Transcription: N/A

Father: Thomas Williams, born December 24 th 1872, Capel, Western Australia. Died 20 December 1928, Victoria Park, Perth, Western Australia. Aged 56 years. Buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Anglican Section ZA, Gravesite 0205.

Married: 1904, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Mother: Beatrice Margaret Barker, born 1876, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, Died 25 January 1952, Mt Lawley, Perth, Western Australia. Buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Anglican Section ZA, Gravesite 0205.

Grandparents (father):

Thomas Williams, born 1837, England. Died 19 February 1921, buried Capel Cemetery, Anglican Section D, Row 4, Grave 36.

Married 2 March 1867, Picton Church, Bunbury, Western Australia

Elena Louisa Dilley, born 1851, Fremantle, Western Australia. Died 4 November 1928, Capel, Western Australia. Buried Capel Cemetery, Anglican Section D, Row 4, Grave 37.

Grandparents (mother):

Charles Barker, born 1846, England. Died 28 July 1917, Claremont, Perth, Western Australia.  Buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Wesleyan Section EC, Gravesite 0267

Married 4 June 1868, Wesley Church, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia

Margaret Sheeran, born 1851, Ireland. Died 8 February 1909, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. Buried Ballarat Old Cemetery, Avenue Section 02, Row 2, Grave 10, in Ballarat City, Victoria, Australia


Thomas Leonard Williams born 1904, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. BDM WA Registration Number: 1678.  Died 29 March 1952, Mount Lawley, Perth Western Australia. Aged 47 years.  Buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Anglican Section ZA Gravesite 0216A.  BDM WA Registration Number: 100730

Their Story

Thomas Williams was the infant son of Police Officer – Sergeant Thomas Williams Jnr and Beatrice Margaret Barker.  His father Sergeant Thomas Williams Jnr was the son of Thomas Williams Snr and Elena Louisa Dilley. Sergeant Thomas was born on Christmas eve 1872 in Capel, Thomas was the third of twelve children to this couple.

After Sergeant Thomas Williams death in 1928, an obituary was published in the Daily News Newspaper, and it provides us with an overview of his and his family’s life and movements within Western Australia. We can see he was transferred to Kalgoorlie in late 1899, and this is where he married his wife, Beatrice in 1904. They have their first son Thomas Leonard Williams in Kalgoorlie in 1904 and they continue living here until transferred to Perth in 1906.  It is unclear as to why they were in Capel when there second child in born in 1907, he lived for 10 hours and was also named Thomas, he was buried at Capel Cemetery, sadly his burial location is unknown.


Sergt. T. Williams Passes

The sudden death of Sergt. Thomas Williams Tuesday night deprived the Western Australian Police Force of one of its most conscientious and popular officers.  The death came as a great shock to his many friends, few even knowing that was not in his normal state of health.  Sergt. Williams was on duty until noon Tuesday, and, complaining of feeling “off color” in the afternoon, went to his home.  He died about 6.15 p.m.

A few weeks ago, Sergeant Williams’s aged mother died in the Capel district, of which she was one of the oldest pioneers.  It was there that the sergeant was born on December 24, 1872.

He joined the police at Perth on May 5, 1899, and served in the capital for four months before being transferred to Kalgoorlie.  In July, 1906, he returned to Perth, where he remained until February, 1917.  He then went to Day Dawn.  In January 1919, he returned to Perth, but was soon on the move again, being transferred to Busselton on May 4, 1920.  Following on his return to the city in September 1932, he was stationed at Victoria Park since December, 1923.

On July 1, 1927, he was promoted to third-class sergeant, and soon afterwards was graded second-class sergeant in charge of Victoria Park.  Recent classifications made Victoria Park a third-class station, however, and at the time of his death negotiations were proceeding for Sergt. Williams’ transfer to the West Perth station.

A big, good-natured man, Sergt. Williams had a pleasant word for everyone and everything, and during his association with the force he gained a reputation for his fairness and integrity.  His frequent visits to police headquarters were popular, while at Victoria Park he was well-known and respected figure.  He was also a prominent member of the Victoria Park Bowling Club.

Sergt. Williams leaves a widow and a son.

Trove Newspaper Article – The Daily News – Sergeant Thomas Williams Obituary – 20 December 1928

Trove Newspaper Article – Sunday 23 December 1928 – Sergeant Thomas Williams – death notice

Beatrice Margaret Williams died on the 25 th January 1952.  She was living with her only son Thomas and his second wife Winifred, at 42 Chelmsford Road, Mt Lawley at the time of her death.

Trove Newspaper Article – The Daily News – Friday 25 January 1952

Thomas Leonard Williams the eldest son born 1904 in Kalgoorlie, went on to become a Dental Surgeon in Perth, and lived at 42 Chelmsford Road, Mt Lawley.  He was married to Myra Veronica Logue in 1937 and was divorced in 1947. He married once again in 1948 to Winifred Joyce Randell.  He died unexpectedly at an early age in 1952, shortly after his mother’s passing in January of the same year. The Grantee on Thomas Leonard Williams grave was Winifred Joyce Michell. Winifred passed away in 2006 and was laid to rest in the same plot as Thomas. Winifred married in 1961 to Joseph Thomas Michell who passed in 2002.

Note: Winifred Joyce Randell was born in 1914 in Perth, Western Australia to parents Samuel Joseph Randell and Charlotte Kate Scrymgour.  Winifred’s first marriage was to Edward James Cosson in 1931.  Her second marriage to Thomas Leonard Williams in 1948 and her third marriage to Joseph Thomas Michell in 1961. Winifred died on the 15 November 2006 in Doubleview, Perth, Western Australia.

Note: Myra Veronica Moriarty was born in 1894 in Launceston, Tasmania to parents Thomas Moriarty and Louisa Mead. Myra’s first marriage was to Cecil Thomas Purvis in 1916 and they were divorced in 1927. Her second marriage was to Joseph Henry Logue in 1929 and Joseph died in 1935.  Myra then third marriage was to Thomas Leonard Williams in 1937 and they divorced in 1947. Myra then married John Henderson Stalker in 1949, John died in 1956.  Myra Veronica Stalker died in 1981 and is buried in Launceston, Tasmania.  She had one daughter born to Cecil Thomas Purvis in 1918.

Trove Newspaper – The West Australian – 2 July 1947 – Divorce Cases

Trove Newspaper – Sunday Times – 30 March 1952 – Dentist Dies


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Compiled and Researched by Petrina Prowse (CDCP team member).

© Capel District Cemeteries Project 11/09/2023

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