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Parker Family

Journal by hopemarg

I am researching the Parker Family.
John PARKER born Lancashire, England c 1819 died 1850 Carcoar, NSW
Married Ann SMITH.
John 1850 -1931 M1:Mary BOURKE 1871, Carcoar M2:Margaret HARRIS 1897
Jane 1853-1938 M: John VANE (Bushranger) 1873. Carcoar,
Maria 1855 - ? M: Michael MURRAY 1871. Carcoar
Thomas 1856 -1933 M: Jane WILLIAMS 1889. Carcoar
William 1858 -1938 M: Clara WILLIAMS 1891. Carcoar

Would love to contact anyone related.

Surnames: Bourke Harris Murray Parker Vane Williams.
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by hopemarg Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2006-09-24 09:35:37

hopemarg , from New South Wales, Australia, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Sep 2006. is researching the following names: PARKER, , GUY and 21 other(s).

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by marlin1945 on 2006-09-29 09:24:30

Hi Marg,
Allycat, the other Parker researcher has put me onto this site. I have posted what I can with the hope that some gems are unearthed.

by jrourke on 2006-10-11 21:18:01

William Parker was my Great Great Grandfather.

He had a daughter Maude Sylia who married Ernest Smith 1909. They had a son Carlyle who married Emily Gay who had a daughter Karlene, my mother who passed away 1969.


by dojo on 2006-10-13 20:47:27

my grandmother was a parker her mother was fanny parker from gilberdyke in yorkshire

by AnthonyR on 2006-10-28 01:13:22

Hi, My father's mother was Gladys Jane Parker, her father was William Parker and her mother was Clara Parker, so William Parker was my Great Grandfather.

It looks like William and Clara Parker of Carcoar had six children - Maud B:1891, Clara B:1893, Gladys Jane B:1895 D:1970, William J B:1898, Grace I A B:1901, Lila M B:1903.


by AnthonyR on 2006-10-28 02:35:29

Further - Gladys Jane Parker married William Richards at Carcoar in 1913, they lived in Rankin Street Bathurst and had four children - Rene, Marie, Leslie (my father, Born 1920, Died 1996, his three sisters having predeceased him) and Neita.
Gladys Jane Richards (nee Parker) and William Richards are both buried at the Bathurst cemetery.

by allycat on 2006-10-28 03:43:54

Hello all, it seems there were several PARKER families in NSW, Australia in the late 1800s. Mine were all from Grenfell, Forbes, Camden, Campbelltown and Yass areas.


by AnthonyR on 2006-10-28 10:20:18

Here's some more info on the six children of William and Clara Parker of Carcoar -

Maud Sylvia Parker
1891 - at Carcoar

1953 Maud Sylvia Smith - at Blayney

Clara Parker
1893 Clara Parker - at Carcoar

There are a number of Clara Parker deaths in NSW, her lack of a middle name makes me not sure which one she is.

Gladys Jane Parker
1895 - at Carcoar

1970 Gladys Jane Richards - at Kogarah (nursing home, she spent most of her life in Bathurst), Cause of death - Paget's Disease (perhaps heredity)

William James Parker
1898 William J Parker - at Carcoar

1973 William James Parker - at Blayney

Grace I A
1901 Grace I A Parker - at Carcoar

1959 Grace Isabelle A Booth - at Bathhurst

Lila M
1903 Lila M Parker - at Carcoar

She Married in 1935 but no NSW record of death can be found so she must have either moved interstate or more likely died later than 1975.

1935 to Bertram J P White - at Carcoar


by AnthonyR on 2006-10-28 13:32:22

The four children of Gladys Jane Richards (nee Parker) and William Richards in order of birth -

Rene Richards - Married(? no record) Donald Smith (a career soldier), they lived in Sydney, Rene had no children. May have previously been married to Geoffrey Metcalfe Allen in 1937. Rene outlived both her younger sisters.

Nita Winifred Richards - Married Leslie Albert Charles Stapley at Bathurst in 1940, had two children - Julie (who has at least one child) and Ralph (who has two children and presently lives in Bathurst).

Leslie William Richards - Married Gabrielle June Mayer (originally Meyer) at Carcore in 1950, they lived in Goulburn and had one child - Anthony, who is presently childless and will probably remain so.

Marie Jean Richards - Married Emmett Ernest Powell in 1949, they lived in Sydney and had one child - Gregory, who is presently childless and will probably remain so.

William Richards worked on the railway as a Guard up until his retirement, he died at Bathurst in late 1961. William Richards was not originally native to the area, he having come up from down south with the railway, he quite likely met Gladys Jane Parker in the course of his job on the Bathurst southern line.


by Gregzz on 2013-09-18 23:43:04

I just found this site and would like to contribute some information and correct a couple of things.

Gladys Parker and William Richards met on the railway platform of Carcoar Railway Station while he was carrying out his duties as a railway guard.

William Richards was said by the family to have been born in Leongatha, Victoria and came to New South Wales in search of work. Apparently he had been a timber cutter in Victoria.

William and Gladys were married in the tiny Presbyterian Church on the top of the hill in Carcoar, just across the road from where she had gone to school.

During the course of William Richards employment with the 'New South Wales Government Railway' he was often the guard on a train driven by Ben Chifley; who was later to become the Prime Minister of Australia. They knew each other well. By strange coincidence they are both buried in Bathurst Cemetery within sight of each of others graves.

Gladys Parker's children:

"Rene" is actually Irene Gladys Richards, whose second marriage was to Frederick William Smith in 1946. (Frederick William Smith was also know as "Don"). He retired from the army in the early 1970's with the rank of WO1. He was awarded an MBE in June of 1970. He died in 1980 and Rene died a year or two later. Rene was the eldest of Gladys (Parker) Richards four children.

Nita Winifred Richards was the second eldest daughter of Gladys Parker and died suddenly while holidaying in Western Australia about one or two years after Rene. (Nita died either 1982 or 1983).

Leslie William Richards was the third eldest child and only son of Gladys and William. The information provided for Leslie is correct other than he was married in Carcoar (not "Carcore").

Marie Jean Richards (my mother)was the youngest child of Gladys and William. However she died at the young age of 48 - predeceasing all her siblings (She died in June, 1973).

All of Gladys (Parker) Richards female children died suddenly of heart attacks. Whereas Les had other health complications including emphysema.

Heart problems may run in the family genes. Nita's son Ralph had a heart attack in 2001 and I had a heart attack in 2004. Martin who is a great grandson of Gladys had a heart attack while aged only in his thirties.


On 13 July 1863 Johnny Gilbert and John O'Meally led by Ben Hall held up the Commercial Bank at Carcoar. A brave bank teller fired a shot into the ceiling, alerting the towns people that something was happening at the bank and the gang fled empty handed. The bank teller's surname was Parker.

In 1873 Jane Parker married a former member of the Ben Hall gang, John Vane!

Hope this information may prove helpful to people doing research.

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