browser icon
You are using an insecure version of your web browser. Please update your browser!
Using an outdated browser makes your computer unsafe. For a safer, faster, more enjoyable user experience, please update your browser today or try a newer browser.

Raven and Williams Families

Posted by on March 1, 2012
Henry Raven

Henry Raven

The Williams Family By: Nell Callister

“There were eight of them, Dave, Bill, Jim, Tom, Ted, Jane, Emily and Alice.

Along with the Raven kids, they walked two and a half miles to attend the Waanyarra School. The families had no money but they had plenty of fun, and my brother and I were made to feel quite envious when we’d hear some of their stories.

Jane married a garage owner by the name of Frank Zinnecker. With their daughter Hazel and friend they decided to be the first to cross the Nullabor Plain by car from Perth to Melbourne, which they did in 1926.

There was no real road to follow, only telegraph poles. As they left each outpost a phone message was sent to the next stop to say there were travellers on the way, so that if they did not make their destination in a certain time a search party would be sent out. Fortunately, this measure was never used. They had many stories to tell about the trip. The Melbourne ‘Herald’ had a large spread on the journey when they arrived in Melbourne.

Jane Williams c1870

JANE WILLIAMS c1870

My parents were Jane Raven, the youngest of the Raven children and Thomas Williams. Being the youngest, my mother wore all the hand-me-down shoes and never had a new pair all her childhood. One time she had no shoes as there were none ready to be handed down so could not attend a picnic. I remember my mother being very conscious of the upkeep of her shoes, and would have them repaired immediately they became slightly worn, probably the memories of being shoeless remained with her all her life.

My parents were born and bred at Waanyarra. Henry Raven and his wife raised a large family, five girls and two boys and there is not one ‘Galah’ amongst all the Ravens.”

Emily Williams c1870

Emily Williams c1870

3 Responses to Raven and Williams Families

  1. Daniel Montero

    Hi,

    I am sorry, my great grandfather was named Henry Raven, do you know where this Raven family comes from?

    Thank you!

    • mort30

      We don’t have any more information Daniel.
      Why not post some additional information about your connection with the Raven family—you may find someone with some extra details.

  2. peter walker

    hi
    my grandfather frederik thomas williams was born in tarnagulla one several children
    just wondering if the williams of this area would be connected in anyway
    regards
    peter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *