Mary Hawksley nee Reid c1935

Mary Hawksley nee Reid c1935


Photo Courtesy of the Hewitt family.

Notes:  Mary Reid b.1852, the daughter of James Reid and Mary Barker, married George Hawksley in 1874.  Strangely one branch of the Hawksley family did not seem to know that Mary had other brothers and sisters, even though most of the siblings lived in the same area of the North Shore of Sydney. George Hawksley was the son of James Hawksley and Louisa Booth who married at Parramatta on 13/08/1842.  James Hawksley had arrived per Fairlie in 1833. George and Mary Hawksley nee Reid,  had seven children and a descendant, Betty Hewitt, was of assistance in researching this family.


DEATH OF MRS. M. HAWKSLEY  –  Sydney Morning Herald,  4th November 1938.

Mrs. Mary Hawksley, who died at Roseville on Wednesday,was the first white child born in the area now comprising the municipality of Willoughby. She would have celebrated her 87th birthday on December 23. She lived in the distict all her life, and saw remarkable development take place. In the early days the nearest shopping centre was at North Sydney. Her father, Mr. James Reid,was one of the signatories to the petition presented to the authorities in 1865 to have “the rural district of Willoughby” declared a municipality. Mrs. Hawksley was a life-long member of the Congregational Church, and led the singing in the Willoughby Church for many years. Her husband, Mr.George Hawksley, died 35 years ago. She is survived by one son and four daughters, 22 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. The funeral took place at the Gore Hill Cemetery yesterday, after a serivce at the Willoughby Congregational Church. The Revs. R. C. Chapman and W. G. Shepherd officiated.