Jim's Genie Jottings

A history of the Fleming, Jolliffe, Kessey and Murphy families of New South Wales - and their forebears

Person Page 3,372

Ivy May Josephine Bowen

b. 14 November 1889, d. 5 March 1940

Family surname

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Ivy May Josephine Bowen was born on 14 November 1889 in Bourke.1,2,3


FatherJohn Henry Bowen (b. 23 June 1853, d. 8 January 1902)
MotherAlice Clarkson Poulton (b. 23 March 1860, d. 27 November 1927)

Family life

James Henry Williams and Ivy May Josephine Bowen were married.

Children with James Henry Williams (b. about 1888)

SonJohn Bowen Williams+ (b. about 1916)
DaughterEllen Ruby Bowen Williams (b. about 1917, d. 13 May 1938)
SonPatrick Bowen Williams+ (b. about 1918)
DaughterMyn Bowen Williams (b. about 1922)
SonCornelius Bowen Williams (b. about 1923)
SonNoel Bowen Williams (b. about 1924)
DaughterAlice Mary Bowen Williams (b. about 1927)

Residence information

Ivy May Josephine Bowen lived at Con-Lea in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia, on 27 November 1927.3


At the age of at age 50 Ivy May Josephine Bowen died on 5 March 1940 in Bourke, New South Wales, Australia. ||Halvene Therese Kessey recalls that her (Great) Aunt Ivy died when she and (Ivy's son) Joe Williams were about 5 years old. She recalls that the extended family was grouped together in the kitchen and a number were crying. Joe and Halvene were sitting on the step. Halvene said to Joe "Why are they crying". He replied "Mum died". Halvene recalls that Aunt Ivy was suffering high blood pressure and that Halvene's mother (Ena Ruby Murphy) thought that Ivy was "swinging the lead".4,5 She was buried on 6 March 1940 at Bourke Cemetery in Bourke.5


  1. [S440] Death Certificate, Mary Murphy, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1879 No 4301.
  2. [S474] Interview with Ena Ruby Murphy (Bourke), by Halvene Therese Kessey, 1983. Fleming Family History Archive (Sydney.)
  3. [S458] Death Certificate, Alice Clarkson Bowen, Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, NSW, Vol 1927 No 22759.
  4. [S475] Interview with Halvene Therese Kessey (Bathurst), by Reginald Bruce Fleming, various. Fleming Family History Archive (Sydney.)
  5. [S615] Ivy May Josephine Williams Gravestone, Cemetery, Bourke; Jim Fleming, March 1940.
ReferencesBohen clan
Poulton clan
Last Edited21 August 2018