VIKINGS IN THE NORTHWEST - HOPE
To assist Ethel’s descendants navigate through Danish records, the names of their ancestors have been transcribed as is in church records and is reflected in the ancestry chart below.
Early in their marriage, Ethel and Charles Edwards Wells settled on land situated eight kilometres beyond Christmas Hills. In the early 1930s, they moved to Trowutta where they resided for some years.
In April 1946, Charles became Councillor of the Horton Ward. His was the only nomination, the first time in many years that an election was not necessary. The other Councillor, Edwin Ernest Poke, retained his position. Two years later, Charles retained his seat after an election.
In 1947 Charles applied for leave due to ill health and in the following year tendered his resignation. It was not long after that he and his wife, Ethel, moved to Berwick in Victoria. It is believed the move was related to Ethel’s parents residing in the same area and Ethel’s association with the Warburton Seventh Day Adventist Church situated in the vicinity.
Following is an excerpt from the Seventh Day Adventist periodical, Australasian Record, published in June 1972:
“An early pioneer of the district, a citizen of excellent integrity, a devoted mother and a good neighbour, was the tribute paid to Ummie Ethelwyn Wells (known as Ethel) who passed to her rest after a long illness on 27 April 1972. She was born at Hobart on 23 September 1893, and settled at Christmas Hills, Tasmania, where most of their ten children were born, six boys and four girls. Her favourite pastime was the reading of the Scripture, and this she continued to do after her baptism by Pastor Bird in the little creek at Irishtown some forty years ago, when she gave her allegiance to the teaching of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and remained a loyal devoted member until she fell asleep in Jesus. On 1 May 1972, a large gathering of relatives and friends paid their last respects at the Smithton church, Tasmania, where the writer, assisted by Brother M L Chamberlain, presented words of comfort and hope to all present. This mother in Israel will be sadly missed by her husband, Charles, and her six sons and four daughters. She also leaves 44 grandchildren and 47 great grandchildren.”
Ethel’s baptism coincided with the establishment of the Irishtown church in 1932. At this time, there were eleven Seventh Day Adventist churches in Tasmania including Launceston, Collinsvale, New Norfolk, Kaoota, Glen Huon, Bishopbourne, Devonport, Burnie and Irishtown. See link for more information.
Charles Edward Wells passed away at Smithton on 26 October 1975.
Lana Benson / Walker / Walsh
Thanks so much for this info. My Grandmother was Ymmie Ethelwyn (Ethel) Hope / Wells & my Grandfather was Edward Charles Wells. My mother was Elsie Doreen Wells who married Terence Joseph Walsh. I have 2 brothers - Errol Phillip Walsh & Barry Walsh. I married Geoffrey Allan Walker, had 3 children, divorced & then married Andrew Thomas Benson. Your info has filled in some missing pieces of the puzzle!
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