Hanwell Williams
Hanwell Williams born 5 March 1835 Wareham, Dorsetshire, son of Dr Williams of Wareham, Dorsetshire, arrived Otago early in 1863, arrived Greymouth 1865, married 23 March 1861 Ballarat, Victoria, Ellen Casey - five sons

 Otago Daily Times, Issue 1150, 28 August 1865, Page 6

Those of the inhabitants of the Inangahua who desire to see themselves as others see them, have now a full opportunity of doing so by the presence in town of two well known photographers. Mr W. H. Perkins has opened his studio in the premises adjoining Dowsing and Lines' while Mr H. Williams' has also erected a studio adjoining Mr George Wise's office, the latter under the direction of Mr Ring; both artists appear to be well patronised by the public, and some exceptionally fine portraits and local views are on display. At the opportunity of thus securing a really high class picture will only be open to the public for a week or ten days, those who wish to take advantage of it should do so without delay.
Inangahua Times, Volume II, 16 April 1880, Page 2

Mr Williams' photographic studio will be opened on Thursday or Friday. Since his last visit to this town Mr Williams has gained a first-prize medal at the Melbourne International Exhibition, as well as certificates from the Dunedin, and Invercargill Industrial Exhibitions, for his own work in photography while he now introduces to the public Mr George Gregory, one of the most eminent photographers from the Old Country, who accompanies him as operator, and whose work in portraiture, we believe, is unsurpassed in the Colonies.

Inangahua Times, Volume VII, Issue 1082, 3 May 1882, Page 2

Mr H. Williams announces that his photographic studio is now open in the premises adjoining Mr Schulhofs, Broadway.
Inangahua Times, Volume VII, Issue 1085, 10 May 1882, Page 2

Mr H. Williams, photographer, will leave for Greymouth before the close of the present week, so that those contemplating a visit to his studio should do so at once.
Inangahua Times, Volume VII, Issue 1088, 17 May 1882, Page 2

Two of Greymouth most worthy and respected citizens in the persons of Mr and Mrs Hanwell Williams on the 23rd of March, celebrated their golden wedding. The worthy couple have been blessed with a happy married life and we are pleased to state are still hale and hearty.

Mr and Mrs Williams were married in Ballarat, Victoria, on March 23rd, 1861. Mr Williams was the son of the late Dr. Williams, of Wareham, Dorsetshire, and was born in that town in 1835. Shortly after leaving school he was engaged as a dispensing assistant first at Dorchester and afterwards at Netther Stowey, and finally he entered the noted West of England drug house of Holman and Hams, where he perfected himself as a pharmacist.

Mr Williams came out to Melbourne in 1857 on board Money Wigram's famous ship in those days "The Kent." Immediately on arrival he was engaged by a namesake in Collingwood, as assistant, part of his duties being to dispense at the Melbourne Lying-in-Hospital for Drs. Maund and Tracey. In 1861 he was married at Ballarat to Mrs Williams, who has been a devoted a loving wife, a fit helpmate for a sterling man. Mr and Mrs Williams arrived in Dunedin early in 1863, and Mr Williams after managing a shop in the Octagon, afterwards started on his own account in George Street. In 1865 attracted by the good news from the West Coast he came to Greymouth and established the business which still bears his name to-day.

Mr and Mrs Williams have proved citizens worthy of any town, and have done many kindly acts of devotion and charity. Of their family of five sons, three survive, Charles, Lily, and Heber, and two grandchildren. Mr and Mrs Williams will have the heartiest congratulations of their numerous friends on this occasion, and wishes will earnestly be expressed for many more happy years.
Grey River Argus, 24 April 1911, Page 5 

Hanwell Williams
How gradually, but surely, the hand of death is lessening the number of the sturdy old West Coast pioneers is proved again by the sudden decease of one of Greymouth's best known and most highly respected citizens in the person of Hanwell Williams, who died suddenly last evening from heart complaint, after having lived a life of usefulness to his fellow creatures, respected by all and almost worshiped by many, to whom he had been, a sincere friend, helper and adviser.

The son of an English country doctor, his father having been in practice in Waveham, Dorsetshire, Mr Hanwell Williams was brought up a pharmaceutical chemist shortly after lie left school, being apprenticed and employed first at Dorchester, then at Netther Stowey, and latterly in the well-known establishment of Holman and Hams, of Fore Street, Exeter, one of the leading;- establishments in the West of England. Here it was that he was able to study and perfect himself in pharmacy, and it was from here that he gained' the highest pharmaceutical diploma obtainable.

When he was twenty-two years of age and things were calling on young men of enterprise to come out to Australia, 'Mr Williams obeyed that call, and sailed from England in the Kent, one of Money Wigram and Co.'s passenger boats, and secured employment as assistant to Dr. Williams at the Melbourne Lying-in Hospital, where he remained as dispenser till 1863, when he went to Dunedin and managed Mr Plumber's shop in the Octagon, for which, according to his employer's wish, he succeeded in finding a purchaser, when he opened on his own account in George Street, and continued to prosper and make a large connection, so that when the news of the prosperity of the West Coast was spread abroad he was able to sell out to advantage and came to Greymouth and opened the Medical Pharmacy on Mawhera Quay that he has so ably conducted fill about six years ago, and which, by reason of its success under his and his two sons' able management, has only recently had to be greatly enlarged to cone with the growing demands on the business carried on by Messrs C. P. and L. J. Williams.

For a considerable time, the late Mr Williams filled the post of Superintendent of the Greymouth Hospital, in which position he proved himself of admirable service to the institution. In him. the Trustees had a conscientious and hardworking servant, whilst to the patients he was a true and kind-hearted friend, who always did the utmost to lessen their sufferings and to cheer and encourage them. Of late years. Mr Williams had resided on Albert Terrace. Only a month ago—on March 23rd to be exact —Mr and Mrs Williams celebrated their golden wedding, when they were the recipients of numerous congratulations from their hosts of friends.
The deceased leaves a widow and three sons to mourn the loss of a good and model husband and father.
The funeral will take place to-morrow afternoon.
Greymouth Evening Star, 10 May 1911, Page 5

 Press, Volume LXIV, Issue 19231, 10 February 1928, Page 5


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above cdv courtesy of The Laurence Eagle Collection

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 above cdv courtesy of The Laurence Eagle Collection



Anonymous said...

Extract from: Grey River Argus, Volume XI, Issue 931, 21 July 1871, Page 1

Photography. PHOTOGRAPHY. J. GAUL, in starting shortly on a tour through the Grey District, begs to inform the inhabitants of Greymouth and vicinity that MR. WILLIAMS, Who has practised with him during his stay in Greymouth, being a thorough PHOTOGRAPHIC CHEMIST, And having succeeded in producing FIRST-CLASS PORTRAITS, Will practice in the New Studio in his absence. P.S.— Copies of all Portraits taken by him may be had of Mr Williams. J. GAUL, Greymouth

Unknown said...

Thank you so much, we knew nothing of my families side. All we knew, was Edward Charles Williams was born in Greymouth, and now we know alot more thanks.

Corporal Edward Charles Williams, son of Mr. Joseph Williams, son of Hanwell Williams.