Cudgegong Valley History Project

Hazel KeechAge: 5418991953

Hazel Keech
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Hazel Bowles

Hazel Bowles
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Birth 1899 34 26

Birth of a sisterEsmee Keech
1903 (Age 4)

Death of a paternal grandmotherMartha Harris
January 12, 1911 (Age 12)
Death of a maternal grandmotherMary Ann
August 28, 1913 (Age 14)

Death of a paternal grandfatherWilliam Keech
April 14, 1914 (Age 15)

DEATH OE A PIONEER. Mr. William Keech, aged 86, passed away at his residence, Camboon, on Tuesday evening, 14th instant. Deceased was one of the pioneer settlers of Rylstone district, and was one of the most successful. He came from the Motherland. He was not afraid of hard work and long hours, and did things thoroughly. These qualities were the medium of his success. His motto might have been "Waste not, want not." Few, if any men, were more respected, and he leaves a family of sons and daughters who will honorably sustain and preserve the reputation of their parents. Mrs. Keech predeceased her husband by several years. To record all that might be written of the late Mr. Keech's life and connection with this district would run into columns. Suffice it to say that he was a moral, exemplary unit of this locality during the fifty odd years of his residence, and as he lived so he died. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, and was well attended, though the news of the passing had not reached far into the surrounding district. The remains were interred in the Methodist portion of the cemetery, the Rev. Mr. Drummond carrying out the service at the grave most impressively (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 23 April 1914, page 7).

Shared note: The late William Keech came out to this country with the father of the well-known Dewey family, now deceased. Both were hardy pioneers, and knew how to hold money when they earned it. A coincidence was that both men, though they parted, when landing, eventually drifted to this district. (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 23 April 1914, page 7).
MarriageArthur Henry BowlesView this family
1922 (Age 23)

Birth of a daughter
Joan Kathleen Bowles
1926 (Age 27)

Death of a maternal grandfatherFrederick John Smede
January 22, 1930 (Age 31)


Obituary JAMES FREDERICK SMEDE Mr. James Frederick Smede, one of the pioneers of the Mudgee dis-trict, died in the local hospital on Tuesday night, aged 90 years. Deceased arrived at Lue over 70 years ago, and for a considerable period was sheep overseer for the late Mr. W. V. Dowling. Later he acquired a nice grazing property near Lue, from which he retired some years ago, coming to reside in Mudgee. It is considered that the shock he received when fire destroyed the residence of his daughter (Mrs. King) a week or so ago hastened his end, as he was only rescued with some difficulty from the burning building. His wife predeceased him by several years. The following daughters are left to mourn:- Mesdames J. King, H. Rope, W. Kurtz, and Miss May Smede (all of Mudgee), Mrs. F. Williams (Sydney), Mrs. A. Ander-son (Sydney), Mrs. D. Clarke (Sydney), and Mrs. A. Keech (Rylstone). The body was taken to St. John's Church of England where a service was conducted by the Rev. Canon Parr, who afterwards officiated at the graveside. Mr. J. C. Swords conducted the funeral arrangements (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Friday 24 January 1930, page 8).

Death of a fatherArthur Harris Keech
November 15, 1941 (Age 42)

Death of a motherMary Ann Louisa Smede
May 12, 1947 (Age 48)

Death of a husbandArthur Henry Bowles
April 15, 1951 (Age 52)


MR. ARTHUR BOWLES After a lengthy illness the death occurred on Saturday at Lewisham Hospital of Mr. Arthur Henry Bowles. Deceased was born at Rylstone 64 years ago and had resided in the district all his life. In the early days of the Kandos Works erection, he was employed by the company, and later transferred to the Kandos Colliery, where he carried out his duties as an electrician until he retired owing to ill health some 5 years ago. The late Mr. Bowles was a grand gentleman, held in very high esteem by his employers, workmates, and by everyone with whom he came into contact. After a service in the Kandos Catholic Church, conducted by Rev Father Goodacre, the remains were interred in the Rylstone General Cemetery on Tuesday morning. The esteem in which deceased was held in the community was evinced by the large numbers who attend to pay their last sad tribute. The casket was covered by many beautiful floral tributes. The last sad graveside rites were conducted by Father Goodacre. To the sorrowing widow, daughters, Joan and Nola, and son, Henry, we join in extending our heartfelt sympathy. Mrs. Roy George and daughter, Jan are holidaying in Sydney (Mudgee Guardian and North-Western Representative, Thursday 19 April 1951, page 11).

Death June 30, 1953 (Age 54)

Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: 1897
1 year
elder brother
3 years
5 years
younger sister
Family with Arthur Henry Bowles - View this family
Marriage: 1922
5 years

  1. Generation 1
    1. Hazel Keech, daughter of Arthur Harris Keech and Mary Ann Louisa Smede, was born in 1899 and died on June 30, 1953 at the age of 54. She married Arthur Henry Bowles, son of Patrick Henry Bowles and Elizabeth Owen, in 1922. He was born in 1886 and died on April 15, 1951 at the age of 65.

      Children of Hazel Keech and Arthur Henry Bowles:

      1. Joan Kathleen Bowles (19261995)
  2. Generation 2
    1. Joan Kathleen Bowles, daughter of Arthur Henry Bowles and Hazel Keech, was born in 1926 and died on May 2, 1995 at the age of 69. She married Mieczyslavy Ratuszko on May 15, 1954 in St Dominic's Roman Catholic, Kandos, New South Wales, Australia. He died on March 18, 2002.