James Martin
(1850-1911)
Marion Mitchell
(1854-1949)
Alexander Duncan McPhee Jnr
(1865-1935)
Harriett Priddle
(1867-1945)
Robert William Martin
(1892-1982)
Myra Jean McPhee
(1893-1991)

Elizabeth Marjorie (Betty) Martin
(1924-2019)

 

Family Links

Spouses/Children:
1. Arthur Nicol Davies

Elizabeth Marjorie (Betty) Martin

  • Born: 13 Sep 1924, Biggenden, Queensland Australia
  • Marriage (1): Arthur Nicol Davies on 18 Apr 1959 in Auchenflower, Queensland Australia
  • Died: 8 Feb 2019, Macquarie Salvation Army Lodge, Arncliffe, NSW Australia at age 94

  Noted events in her life were:

connection. The connection between Rosemary Vine and me is as follows:

Rosemary Vine . . .
She is linked to . . .
Charles Dolgner (1822)
He had Matilda Dolgner (1854) who married Joseph Priddle (1843)
His father was John Priddle (1803) & he also had George Priddle (1837)
He had Harriett Priddle (1867) who married Alexander McPhee (1865)
They had Myra McPhee (1893) who married Robert Martin (1892)
They had Elizabeth Martin (1924) who married Arthur Davies (1921)
His father was G. A. Davies (1894) & he also had Colin Davies (1925)
He had me - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)

Another connection between Rosemary Vine & Robert is as follows:

Rosemary Vine . . .
She is linked to . . .
Charles Dolgner (1822)
He had Matilda Dolgner (1854) who married Joseph Priddle (1843)
His father was John Priddle (1803) & he also had George Priddle (1837)
He had Mary Priddle (1862) who married Thomas Auliff (1843)
He had Herbert Aulife (1882) who married Ellen Smith (1879)
Her father was James Smith (1833) & he also had Elizabeth Smith (1871) who married Godfrey Pearson (1866)
His father was William Pearson (1830) who married Susannah Dawes (1841)
Her father was Edward Bannister Dawes (1813) & he also had James Dawes (1843)
He had Annie Florence Dawes (1873) who married Arthur Augustus Bray (1869)
They had Albert Alan Bray (1896)
He had Robert Alfred Bray (1920)
He had Robert Arthur Bray (1947) who married me - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)

connection. The 6 connections between Mark Grace & myself are as follows:

1) Connection to me through Davies line:

Mark Grace (1959)
His father is Anthony Grace (1902) who married Margaret Sanders (1932)
Her father was Leonard Sanders (1904)
His father was Arthur Sanders (1871)
His father was Joseph Sanders (1848)
His father was James Sanders (1826) who married Eliza Bidmead (1826)
Her father was William Bidmead (1805)
His father was Benjamin Bidmead (c1770) who married Rachel Duffkin (c1769)
Her father was Samuel Duffkin (1739)
His father was Marmaduke Duffkin (1706)
His father was Richard Duffkin (c1677) & he also had Grace Duffkin (c1710) who married Jonathan Biggs (c1710)
They had Elizabeth Biggs (1739) who married John Parrish (c1740)
They had Jeremiah Dufkin Parrish (1778)
He had Edwin Parrish (1826)
He had Charles Parrish (1861)
He had Charles Parrish (1886)
He had Ronald Parrish (1913)
He had Geoffrey Parrish (1939) who married Lynette Shackel (1943)
Her father was Cecil Shackel (1910)
His father was William Shackel (who died in 1948) who married Margaret Rice (1874)
Her father was William Rice (1844) who married Margaret Moore (1854) & they also had Leslie Rice (1885) who married Annie South (1891)
They had Hazel Rice (1903) who married Emmett Whyte (1899)
They had Sandra White (1943) who married Colin Parker (1936)
His father was Arthur Parker (1894)
His mother was Martha Parker (1872)
Her mother was Elizabeth Roser (1844)
Her father was John Roser & he also had John Roser (1838)
He had George Roser (1868)
He had Charles Roser (1897)
He had George Roser (1923) who married Olive Elliot (1924)
Her mother was Doris Emery (1903)
Her mother was Phoebe Davies (1876)
Her father was Joseph Davies (1852) & he also had G A Davies (1894)
He had Colin Davies (1925)
He had me Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)


2) Connection to me through Nicol line:

Mark Grace (1959)
His father is Anthony Grace (1902) who married Margaret Sanders (1932)
Her father was Leonard Sanders (1904)
His father was Arthur Sanders (1871)
His father was Joseph Sanders (1848)
His father was James Sanders (1826) who married Eliza Bidmead (1826)
Her father was William Bidmead (1805)
His father was Benjamin Bidmead (c1770) who married Rachel Duffkin (c1769)
Her father was Samuel Duffkin (1739)
His father was Marmaduke Duffkin (1706)
His father was Richard Duffkin (c1677) & he also had Grace Duffkin (c1710) who married Jonathan Biggs (c1710)
They had Elizabeth Biggs (1739) who married John Parrish (c1740)
They had Jeremiah Dufkin Parrish (1778)
His father was John Parrish (c1740)
His father was John Parrish (1708) & he also had Thomas Parrish (1744)
He had Phebe Parrish (1776) who married Joseph Pearson (1776)
They had John Pearson (1808)
He had Edward Pearson (1838) who married Flora Griffits (1841)
Her father was John Griffits (c1811)
His father was John Griffits (1784) & he also had Henry Griffits (1816)
He had John Griffits (1854) who married Elizabeth Train (1862)
Her father was George Train (c1807) & he also had Archibald Train (1842) who married Maria McPhillamy (1844)
Her parents were James McPhillamy (1817) & Mary Keegan (1815) & they also had Elizabeth McPhillamy (1854) who married Thomas Garrett (183)
His father was John Garrett (1805) who married Sarah Stafford (1803)
Her father was William Stafford (1777)
He also had William Stafford (1811) who married Elizabeth Goodall (1814) & they also had William Stafford (1842)
He had Eva Stafford (1874) who married Arthur Clinton (1868)
They had James Clinton (1895) who married Martha Walker (1901)
Her father was Thomas Walker (1854)
His father was William Walker (1820) & he also had Martha Walker (1865) who married John Sutherland (1861)
His father was John Sutherland (1829) who married Margaret Elliot (1835)
They had Elizabeth Sutherland (1863) who married John Nicol (1844)
They had Margaret Nicol (1889) who married G. A. Davies (1925)
He had Colin Davies (1925)
He had me - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)

3) Connection to me through Martin line:

Mark Grace (1959)
His father is Anthony Grace (1902) who married Margaret Sanders (1932)
Her father was Leonard Sanders (1904)
His father was Arthur Sanders (1871)
His father was Joseph Sanders (1848)
His father was James Sanders (1826) who married Eliza Bidmead (1826)
Her father was William Bidmead (1805)
His father was Benjamin Bidmead (c1770) who married Rachel Duffkin (c1769)
Her father was Samuel Duffkin (1739)
His father was Marmaduke Duffkin (1706)
His father was Richard Duffkin (c1677) & he also had Grace Duffkin (c1710) who married Jonathan Biggs (c1710)
They had Elizabeth Biggs (1739) who married John Parrish (c1740)
They had Jeremiah Dufkin Parrish (1778)
He had Edwin Parrish (1826)
He had Thomas Parrish (1860) who married Amelia Smith (1866)
Her father was James Smith (1833) & he also had Ellen Smith (1879) who married Herbert Auliff (1882)
His father was Thomas Auliff (1843) who married Mary Priddle (1862)
Her father was George Priddle (1837) & he also had Harriett Priddle (1867) who married Alexander McPhee (1865)
They had Myra McPhee (1893) who married Robert Martin (1892)
They had Elizabeth Martin (1924) who married Arthur Davies (1921)
His father was G. A. Davies (1894) & he also had Colin Davies (1925)
He had me - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)

4) Connection to me through Robert & the Dawes line:

Mark Grace (1959)
His father is Anthony Grace (1902) who married Margaret Sanders (1932)
Her father was Leonard Sanders (1904)
His father was Arthur Sanders (1871)
His father was Joseph Sanders (1848)
His father was James Sanders (1826) who married Eliza Bidmead (1826)
Her father was William Bidmead (1805)
His father was Benjamin Bidmead (c1770) who married Rachel Duffkin (c1769)
Her father was Samuel Duffkin (1739)
His father was Marmaduke Duffkin (1706)
His father was Richard Duffkin (c1677) & he also had Grace Duffkin (c1710) who married Jonathan Biggs (c1710)
They had Elizabeth Biggs (1739) who married John Parrish (c1740)
They had Jeremiah Dufkin Parrish (1778)
He had Edwin Parrish (1826)
He had Thomas Parrish (1860) who married Amelia Smith (1866)
Her father was James Smith (1833) & he also had Elizabeth Smith (1871) who married Godfrey Pearson (1866)
His father was William Pearson (1830) who married Susannah Dawes (1841)
Her father was Edward Bannister Dawes (1813) & he also had James Dawes (1843)
He had Annie Florence Dawes (1873) who married Arthur Augustus Bray (1869)
They had Albert Alan Bray (1896)
He had Robert Alfred Bray (1920)
He had Robert Arthur Bray (1947) who married me - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)

5) Connection to me through Robert & the Landeryou line:

Mark Grace (1959)
His father is Anthony Grace (1902) who married Margaret Sanders (1932)
Her father was Leonard Sanders (1904)
His father was Arthur Sanders (1871)
His father was Joseph Sanders (1848)
His father was James Sanders (1826) who married Eliza Bidmead (1826)
Her father was William Bidmead (1805)
His father was Benjamin Bidmead (c1770) who married Rachel Duffkin (c1769)
Her father was Samuel Duffkin (1739)
His father was Marmaduke Duffkin (1706)
His father was Richard Duffkin (c1677) & he also had Grace Duffkin (c1710) who married Jonathan Biggs (c1710)
They had Elizabeth Biggs (1739) who married John Parrish (c1740)
They had Jeremiah Dufkin Parrish (1778)
His father was John Parrish (c1740)
His father was John Parrish (1708) & he also had Thomas Parrish (1744)
He had Phebe Parrish (1776) who married Joseph Pearson (1776)
They had John Pearson (1808)
He had Edward Pearson (1838) married Flora Griffits (1841)
Her father was John Griffits (c1811)
His father was John Griffits (1784) & he also had Richard Griffits (c1823)
He had Zenobia Griffits (1866) who married Theodore Gardiner (1863)
They had Jessie Gardiner (1904) who married Robert Watson (1899)
They had Leonard Watson (1931) who married Valma Harrigan (1930)
Her father was George Harrigan (c1890) who married Alice Martin (1891)
Her father was George Martin (1856) who married Hannah Townsend (1855)
Her father was Henry Townsend (1833) who married Margaret Gosper (1839)
Her father was John Gosper (1801) & he also had Agnes Gosper (1825) who married Charles Ivory (1820)
They had Roland Ivery (1861)
He had George Ivery (1907) who married Ivy Brien (1913)
Her father was Leslie Brien (1878)
His father was William Brien (1846)
He had Leslie Brien (1878)
He had Una Brien (1907) who married Clifford Wilson (1906)
They had Marie Wilson (1928) who married Arthur Ward (1930c)
He had Clifford Ward (c1950) who married Dorothy Trounce (1950)
Her father was Allan Trounce (1908)
His father was Gordon Trounce (1880)
His father was Humphrey Trounce (1834) who married Mary Perry (1850)
Her father was Simon Perry (1820) who married Elizabeth Ralph (1820)
Her father was Peter Landeryou Ralph (1796)
His mother was Charity Landeryou (1769)
Her father was Peter Landeryou (1738)
His father was John Landeryou (1706) & he also had Blanch Landeryou (1741)
She had Robert Landeryou (1768)
He had John Landeryou (1803)
He had Sarah Ann Landeryou (1826) who married Thomas Bray
They had Arthur Augustus Bray (1869)
He had Albert Alan Bray (1896)
He had Robert Alfred Bray (1920)
He had Robert Arthur Bray (1947) who married me - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)

6) Connection to me through Les Collins & the Bryant line:

Mark Grace (1959)
His father is Anthony Grace (1902) who married Margaret Sanders (1932)
Her father was Leonard Sanders (1904)
His father was Arthur Sanders (1871)
His father was Joseph Sanders (1848)
His father was James Sanders (1826) who married Eliza Bidmead (1826)
Her father was William Bidmead (1805)
His father was Benjamin Bidmead (c1770) who married Rachel Duffkin (c1769)
Her father was Samuel Duffkin (1739)
His father was Marmaduke Duffkin (1706)
His father was Richard Duffkin (c1677) & he also had Grace Duffkin (c1710) who married Jonathan Biggs (c1710)
They had Elizabeth Biggs (1739) who married John Parrish (c1740)
They had Jeremiah Dufkin Parrish (1778)
His father was John Parrish (c1740)
His father was John Parrish (1708) & he also had Thomas Parrish (1744)
He had Phebe Parrish (1776) who married Joseph Pearson (1776)
They had John Pearson (1808)
He had Edward Pearson (1838) who married Flora Griffits (1841)
Her father was John Griffits (c1811)
His father was John Griffits (1784) & he also had Richard Griffits (c1823)
He had Zenobia Griffits (1866) who married Theodore Gardiner (1863)
They had Jessie Gardiner (1904) who married Robert Watson (1899)
They had Leonard Watson (1931) who married Valma Harrigan (1930)
Her father was George Harrigan (c1890) who married Alice Martin (1891)
Her father was George Martin (1856) who married Hannah Townsend (1855)
Her father was Henry Townsend (1833) who married Margaret Gosper (1839)
Her father was John Gosper (1801) & he also had Agnes Gosper (1825) who married Charles Ivory (1820)
They had Roland Ivery (1861)
He had George Ivery (1907) who married Ivy Brien (1913)
Her father was Leslie Brien (1878)
His father was William Brien (1846)
His father was Timothy Brien (1813)
His father was Daniel Brien (1769) & he also had Sarah Jane Brien (1825) who married Benjamin Warby (1825)
His father was also Benjamin Warby (1805)
His father was John Warby (1767) & he also had Elizabeth Warby (1802)
She had Eleanor Layton (1821) who married James Keighran (1808)
She had John Joseph Keighran (1845)
He had Joseph William Keighran (1879)
He had Leslie William Keighran (1904)
He had Mary Keighran (1927) who married Mervyn Collins (1924)
She had Les Collins (1950) who married me - Robyn Bray (nee Davies) (1950)

eulogy, 15 Feb 2019, Macquarie Salvation Army Lodge, Arncliffe, NSW Australia. 1 Eulogy by John Davies (step son) at Betty's funeral:Elizabeth Marjorie Davies

On 8th Sept 1924, newspapers around the world announced that the League of Nations discussions on disarmament following the Great War had concluded. It was a time of hope for a new world order. That was also the day that saw the birth in Biggenden, south-east Qld, of Elizabeth Marjorie (Betty), the third of eight children, to Robert William and Myra Jeannie Martin. Betty's early years were spent on the family dairy farm at Coalstoun Lakes in the Biggenden district, helping to look after her younger brothers and sisters. The rough farmhouse had no ceilings, and if the stories are to be believed, possums and carpet snakes lived in the rafters. There was no electricity, so dinner would be eaten by the light of a kerosene lamp.

This was the era of horsedrawn ploughing and hand milking. Betty regularly helped to milk the cows, getting out in the often long wet grass with her rubber knee-boots, to catch the horse and, with the help of the blue cattle dog, round up the 70 or so cows. Then after walking the mile to school and back, she would do the same again in the afternoon. Some days, though, she got to stay home from school to keep the cows from straying onto the newly planted crops.

As was typical for many of her generation in rural Qld, because of limited opportunities, her formal education did not extend beyond primary school.

As a young woman, she used to enjoy the weekly dances at the local hall (a fact which would have scandalised our father! I think dancing could
lead to holding hands!). She particularly enjoyed dancing with one young man, who sadly did not return from the Second World War.

Following the end of the war, Betty embarked on the big adventure of leaving the farm with her sister Clytie to go to Brisbane for work and found employment with a printing company. Her parents and some younger siblings later relocated to suburban Brisbane and Betty moved into the new family home. I remember the house in Auchenflower as it was in the late 50s and early 60s: a typical Queenslander, high off the ground with surrounding verandahs partly enclosed to make additional bedroom space.

There in Auchenflower Betty became involved in the local church where she taught Sunday School. This also brought her into contact with the fledgling work of the Christian Broadcasting Association and she accepted a position as one of its first employees doing secretarial and script-writing work for its radio programs, particularly Morning Devotions. This did involve a fair bit of "cut and paste" \emdash which, I must explain to the younger generation, had nothing to do with pressing computer keys! Actual scissors and Perkins paste were involved. Presumably, since the program lasted many years in Brisbane, it brought a message of encouragement to many.

When the CBA relocated to Sydney in 1953, Betty moved with the director's family. It was through the CBA that she then came into contact with the organist for one of their weekly broadcasts. When I say contact, she sat close beside him on the organ stool to be his page turner \endash one might think just about as close as dancing! I think the story can now be told of how our father Arthur, a shy man, proposed. Betty had no inkling
of his growing feelings towards her until out of the blue she received his letter (which we still have) informing her that he believed he was in love with her, or words to that effect, and proposing a courtship with a view to marriage \emdash plus instant family. Their first date, then (after the proposal!), was to an event at the Town Hall, only this time they kept a safe distance as Betty sat in the audience while Dad was high up at the organ. As small boys of 8 and 5 who some years earlier had lost our mother, Noel and I observed with considerable interest this blossoming romance, which led in 1959 to Betty's marriage to our father. It was quite a challenge for Mum (as we quickly came to call her) to take on this ready-made family and a whole new experience for us boys who were no longer latchkey children, but now for the first time in our lives came home from school each day to a loving mother. Shortly after the marriage, the family moved from Beverly Hills to Clemton Park so as to be on a bus route to the Five Dock studies of the CBA (Mum never did learn to drive), for while Dad was old school and didn't think married women should be in the workforce (hard to credit now, but not an uncommon view in the 50s), voluntary work was acceptable.

After the sadness of a stillbirth, Mum and Dad then had the joy of the birth of Jeanette. From the home in Clemton Park, life revolved around the routines of bringing up a family and the activities of the local Methodist church. Some years ago Mum wrote down the things in her life she treasured, and high on that list, after her relationship with her Lord, and family, was the support and fellowship of friends in the congregation.

Dad died in 1982 shortly after early retirement and the sale of his printing business, and some time after this Mum and Jenny moved to a villa in Kingsgrove. Dad hadn't been much of a traveller, though they did take a
trip to Fiji to visit Dad's sister Beth who was working there. But Mum with Jenny got the travel bug for a few years and enjoyed quite a number of overseas trips. Mum recalled Canada as her favourite.

Mum had very simple tastes. I don't think she would have won any prizes on Masterchef. If you knew what day of the week it was, you pretty much knew which meat and 3 veg was for dinner, but we were fed and we were loved.

Mum had a caring nature, and took on the responsibility for the care of her elder sister Clytie for a number of years.

She enjoyed family gatherings, though in later years her progressive hearing loss made it difficult for her to follow much of the conversation. When she was no longer able to live independently, Mum moved here to Macquarie Lodge and we are grateful to the staff for the care she received in her declining years, particularly in the last few years when she could no longer feed herself or communicate.

Mum will be missed by Jenny, by Noel and his family and by me and my family \endash her step-grandchildren and g'g'children, her sister Isabel and others of the Martin and Gates families, and by her friends. Thank you for being here to help us celebrate Mum's life and to give thanks to God for the many blessings she enjoyed and those which she was able to bring to others.


Elizabeth married Arthur Nicol Davies, son of George Arthur Davies and Margaret Helen (Nell) Nicol, on 18 Apr 1959 in Auchenflower, Queensland Australia. (Arthur Nicol Davies was born on 18 Aug 1921 in Roslyn Private Hospital, Arncliffe, Sydney, NSW Australia, died on 14 Aug 1982 in Earlwood, Sydney, NSW Australia and was buried in Woronora Cemetery, near Sutherland, Sydney, NSW Australia in the Methodist section.)


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