Woods Family

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Of late we’ve had a few inquiries about Woods families associated with Sherbrooke and Bulli Mountain – both via Facebook pagea and at the Black Diamond Heritage Centre Museum. A check of Westie Hapgood’s “Deep Valleys, Tall Trees, Tough Men and Women” sheds some light on Fred Woods ….

According to Westie, Fred Woods had a bullock team that drew logs to the Sassafras Saw Mill on Bulli Mountain and from drew sawn timber from Knights saw mill too  …. the Woods family, with seven boys and four girls, lived around the Slacky Flat area .. though he had lived at Woonona. The Woods were under contract to supply timber to Old Bulli Colliery for roof supports. Westie reckoned that Fred was the best Bullock Driver on Bulli Mountain, and a mate of Bill Kimbrey. Later Fred became a ranger for the Lady Fuller Reserve, in particular checking on illegal cutting of cedar, which still actually existed. There is more in Westie’s book which is available from the Black Diamond Heritage Centre Museum.

We have also been asked about an Arthur Woods who also went up Bulli Mountain and Sherbrooke according to his grandson Bryan ? And it appears that Fred and Arthur Woods may in fact have been cousins of some sort …

Fred’s grandson, Vernon, has shared a few memories …

“That’s Fred. Poppy Woods. He had a pretty amazing life. He was one of ten children, seven boys and three girls. His mother was Therese Woods whose maiden name was Theresa Ballintyne and she grew up in Thirroul when there was only a hand full of cottages. Fred drove the bullock Team and brought the timber down the mountain in an area which is now Bulli Pass and he had a particular association with the bush. When people went missing which happened a bit in those days Fred was called to locate them. As you said later he became a ranger for the old Bulli Shire Council. He was known as the Last Sheriff of Austinmer where Lady Fuller Reserve is located. His job was to prevent the theft of cedar trees which were still in high demand for furniture. He did this on horseback and leaving his home from Bulli he rode to Thirroul and up Laughlin Street and into the Bush where he head across to Austinmer and along the escarpment and returning down through Asquith Street. He was very well known to the locals

….  I also have a newspaper article about his mother. His father was working at Old Bulli Mine when the explosion happened. He survived and his wife Therese was on hand to assist with the catering for the rescue workers

…. Not sure about Arthur Woods … nearly all the Woods were related in the Bulli area. As he may have been connected to one of these in some way. What I can tell you is that there was Thomas, Martin, Charles, John, Rachel, Fred, George, Walter, David and Alice as the children and Theresa also had a brother whose name was James Ballantyne. Theresa is buried in the Old Church of England church in Park Road Bulli. It’s only a small area and is looked after by the current church caretaker and he knows all the history as well.”

Preliminary research suggests the following Woods family tree details .. with a few Arthur Woods in there … and the Woods have been connected with a number of old Illawarra families, especially from the northern end – Bessell, Ball, Coltman, Pendlebury and Frew. It appears that it was Fred Wood and perhaps some of his brothers who were the one’s who were associated with Bulli Mountain.

Francis Woods

  • Charles Henry Woods (1820 Essex – 1868 Bulli)  married Anne Sullivan (1832 Athlone County Westmeath Ireland – 1906 Granville)
    • Thomas Woods (1852 Mt Keira – 1928 Bulli),  miner,  in 1873 an a member of the Bulli Cricket Club in – assisted in the search following the 1887 Bulli Mine Disaster – married Caroline Bessell (1849 Wollongong – 1932 Bulli)  – mid 1870’s they were living in Wollongong but by 1883 they were in Woonona. (Note Caroline’s sister Jane Bessell (1837 – 1882) was married to Thomas Loveday (1834 – 1873), perhaps a relative of Sherbrooke’s patriarch John Loveday ?) 
      • Charles Mowbray Woods (1874 – 1973 ) married Alice Beatrice Ball (1876 – 1959), daughter of Thomas J N Ball and wife Hannah
        • Daughter
        • Oriel C N Woods (1898 – 1915)
        • Arthur E W R Woods (1899 – 1969) – served in WW1
        • Hector G T Woods (1905 – 1969)
        • Alma Woods (1906 – 1907)
        • Clifford F M Woods (1908 – )
        • Sidney R Woods (1915 – 1966)
        • Victor Woods (1915 – 2005)
      • Arthur Ernest Woods (1876 – 1954 Bulli) married Sarah Jane Ball (1880 – 1964), daughter of Thomas J N Ball and wife Hannah
        • Gordon A O Woods (1911 – ?) married Edna May Simpson (1910 – ?)
        • Phyllis H L Woods (1912 – 1912)
        • Keith T E Woods (1915 – 1976) married Adelaide J Minch (1913 – 1982)
      • John Woods (1878 – 1945 ) married Helena M M O’Brien
        • Reginald T Woods (1904 – 1985)
        • Brian John Woods (1906 – 1974)
        • Joseph T Woods (1908 – 1976)
        • Robert M Woods (1910 – 1983)
        • Valerie H Woods (1913 – 2003)
        • Bernard L Woods (1915 – 1984)
        • Francis M Woods (1917 – 1994)
      • James Woods (1881 – ) married Christina M Jeffries (1182 – 1972)
        • Thomas J Woods (1906 – 1971)
      • Thomas David Woods (1883 – ) married Annie Matilda Oke (1888 – 1967)
        • Agnes Eileen Oke Woods (1909 – 1991)
        • Kathleen E Woods (1910 – 1980)
        • Dorothy I Woods (1912 – 1981)
        • Allen David Woods (1914 – 1979)
        • Mary V Woods (1916 – 1985)
        • Charles T Woods (1918 – 1988)
        • Raymond A Woods (1921 – 1996)
      • William Woods (1885 – ) married Alice Maude Parker (1888 – 1961)
        • Leonard G Woods
        • William C Woods
      • Henry Davis Woods (1888 – 1951) married Hannah Isabella  Findley (1876 – )
      • Leonard Woods (1890 – 1954) married Rose Wright (- 1944)
        • Mavis Joyce Woods (1918 – 1989)
        • Arthur T Woods (1916 – 1997)
      • Albert J Bertie Woods (1893 – 1926 ) – served in WW1 – married Gertrude Highland (1894 – )
        • Albert E Woods (1916 – 1983)
    • John Woods (1856 – 1920) married Teresa Jane Ballentyne (1858 – 1941) (possibly daughter of David Ballentyne (1801 – 1874) and Rachel Christie (1872 – 1901). Apparently Teresa kept several teams of horses and the bullock team that Fred drove. John may have applied for a billiards licence in 1890, but was refused, charged with allowing stock to stray in 1892, a not uncommon charge in those times across the country; a contractor to the North Illawarra Council also in 1892. In 1898 a John Woods nominated for the position of Councillor for North Ward of the Bulli Shire Council. His will of 1920 nominated his wife Teresa Jane as Executrix.
      • Thomas Woods (1876 – 1956) – living in Bulli in 1912 –  married Sarah Wilson (1882 – 1947)
        • Sidney John Woods (1906 – 1972) married Dorothy May Coltman (1907 – 1999) (daughter of Henry John Coltman & Hannah Brodie)
        • Edna May Woods (1910 – 1986) married Frederick Pendlebury (1906 – 1994)
      • Martha Woods (1878 – 1953) married Appin’s  Edward Hewitt (1871 – 1951) – the story of their wedding reported that Edward was a relative and beneficiary of Australia’s first self made millionaire James Tyson, of Cowpasture.
      • Charles Woods (1880 – 1969) married Mary Felicia
      • John Woods (1882 – 1945 ). He was described as living at Main Rd Thirroul, a Horse Driver in 1930 – 1937 electoral rolls, but in 1943 roll, as a labourer. He was described as a former nightwatchman of Newbold Bricks Thirroul,  in the news story of his death in 1945. Possibly married in 1916 to Miriam Lavinia Seddon, daughter of Joseph Pickles & Esther Seddon.
        • John Woods
        • Dorothy May Woods married Harold William Bott in 1944
        • Tessie Woods married Allen Whitfield in 1943.
      • Teresa Jane Woods (1884 – 1907)
      • Rachel Woods (1886 – 1980) married Charles Frew (1879 – 1938)
      • Frederick “Fred ” Woods (1888 – 1969) – his 1930 – 1968 electoral roll entries have his occupation as Teamster. He married Elsie Marion Flint (1897 – 1974)
        • Daughter married Victor Crick (1925 – ?)
        • Doreen Woods (1923 – 1979) married Private
      • George Woods (1891 – 1980)
      • Walter Henry Woods (1893 – 1978) married Annie Clara Hayes (1894 – 1976)
      • David James Woods (1896 – 1956)
      • Alice May Woods (1899 – 1970) married Mark Perry ( – 1959)

Another John Woods of Russell Vale died in 1946,  who was the son of Edward Woods ( – 1927) – and both had been Shire Councillors. Woods Avenue Woonona was named in John’s honour, however neither he nor Edward were related to Fred Woods, the Best Bullock Driver on Bulli Mountain.  

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