Five Woodbury Flowers

These ladies were the daughters of Matthew James Woodbury pioneer inn-keeper and timber-getter of the Wyong district, and his wife Eliza O’Neill. They are seen here dressed-up at a flower show in about 1904, All five were deeply involved in raising funds for the building of their church, and for various local charities. Matthew and Eliza also had two sons, Edwin and William Bernard Woodbury. A sixth daughter Elizabeth died in her infancy.

These ladies were the daughters of Matthew James Woodbury, pioneer innkeeper and timber-getter of the Wyong district. Seen here dressed up at a flower show in about 1905, they were deeply involved in raising funds for the building of their church, and for various local charities. A sixth daughter died in infancy. Back L-R: Alice Gertrude (known as Olive, Mrs Michael Hogan); Ethel Lilian (known as Lily, Mrs William Baldwin); Maud Mary (Mrs Thomas Lloyd); Front L-R: Teresa Amy (known as Amy, Mrs William Arthur Chapman); Cecelia Ann (known as Cissy), in memory of whom Wyong’s St Cecelia’s Catholic Church was named.

Five Woodbury girls – Back L-R: Olive Gertrude (known as Olive, Mrs Michael Hogan); Ethel Lilian (known as Lily, Mrs William Baldwin); Maud Mary (Mrs Thomas Lloyd); Front L-R: Teresa Amy (known as Amy, Mrs William Arthur Chapman); Cecilia Ann (known as Cissy).

Cecilia Ann died in 26 April 1905 in her 33rd year. Wyong’s St Cecilia’s Catholic Church was named in her memory. The following report from the Freeman’s Journal, Thursday 16 April 1908, highlights the upcoming opening of the new church.

Wyong's New Church : Freeman's Journal, Thursday 16 April 1908

Wyong’s New Church : Freeman’s Journal, Thursday 16 April 1908

St Cecelias Catholic Church, Wyong, circa 1910

St Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Wyong, circa 1908

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SOURCES: Trove Digital Newspaper Archive; NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages Historical IndexesDiocese of Broken Bay websiteA Pictorial History of the Wyong Shire, Edward Stinson.

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  1. Is there any further information about Olive Gertrude Woodbury who married Michael Hogan? I think this Michael Hogan is my great uncle. I have not found where she is buried. She died on 22/04/1953.

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