Month: January 2017

Best baby in the Empire – Mary Patricia Wilson 1924

Patricia (she was known as Pat in the family) earns a place in our family honours and deservedly so in light of her being selected from 60,000 other babies from all over the British Empire to win the Empire Championship of 1924 for the best baby. How proud must have been her parents and close relatives at this achievement – and we can all share this pride so many years hence as we now learn about our young relative’s time of fame. The image below appeared in the Melbourne Herald on Wednesday 30th of July 1924, apparently one of...

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Madame Rosa Alba – noted concert soprano

A concert soprano on the leading concert hall stages of England and Australia, our very own Amy Ethel Boulter, daughter of Elizabeth Wilson & James Boulter and grand daughter of William Sorell Wilson. Named, as was the custom for great singers, Madame Rosa Alba, after the subtle beauty of the ancient rose – Rosa Alba Maxima. We suspect this naming might also have been influenced by the name of her grandmother’s sister Rosa Wilson. After many years of search for an image of Rosa Alba it seems likely one has at last been discovered. Sisters and research colleagues Karen...

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Sport – Sandra McCaw (Williams), Champion Golfer

Sandra is a gg-grandaughter of John W Bowman Wilson via his son Albert Edward Wilson and grand-daughter Ann Elizabeth Emma Wilson. Her career on the Australian Amateur Golf circuit commenced in the late 1960s and reaching its zenith during the 70s and 80s. Sandra played against some of the truly great golfers of the Australian Circuit of that period, many of whom also subsequently entered the international circuit, both as amateurs and professionals – such greats as Edwina Kennedy, Jane Lock, Lindy Goggin and many others. Sandra was a great champion, winning the Australian Women’s Amateur Golf Championship in 1972 and 1974, and again in 1983 and 1984 defeating Lindy Goggin, Jane Lock, J Dale and Edwina Kennedy. She is one of only four women to have won four times in the Championship’s 110 year history – her equalling record now stands for over 20 years. In due course we hope to feature on this page some action photographs of Sandra recorded on the occasions of her victories. Sandra’s profile is recorded by Golf Australia in its History & Honours register. A copy is attached here. Golf Aust – Sandra McCaw...

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Sport – ‘Billy’ Wilson, Champion AFL Footballer

Football (AFL that is, or in Billie’s case its forerunner VFL) fanatics can readily rattle off all the greats of the past 50 years. Well, we Wilsons can lay claim to at least one who fits the ‘bill’ literally in ‘Billy’ Wilson, rover for Richmond in the 1940s and 1950s. Billy (William Phillip Wilson), son of William Phillip Wilson and gggrandson of Bonnie William down the John Bowman Wilson line roved to such greats as ‘Captain Blood’ Jack Dyer, Roy Wright, Bill Morris, Ray Durham all great Tiger ruckmen of the era. Bill won Richmond’s Best & Fairest award...

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For Valour – WW2, Thomas A Milton Boulter, MM

  A remarkable life of courage, stamina and achievement – this summary taken from the records of the Caulfield Grammar School (previously the Malvern Memorial Grammar School when Thomas was a student there) pretty much points to Thomas’ character, and his dedication to survival and high achievement. Colonel Thomas Alfred Milton (Mick) Boulter QC (1928–32 MMGS) – Solicitor, Barrister, Queens Counsel (1966), Judge of the District Court of NSW (1973–83), President North Shore Historical Society (1968–83), Chairman of the Donbank Museum Trust (1977–83), AIF (1940–46), CMF (1946–62) Colonel, GOC1 (Int) Lt.Col Eastern Command (1959–61), recipient of the Military Medal...

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