Hilda (Helen) May Ponting, 1908

Helen Stevens
Hilda (Helen) May /Ponting/
Birth 1908 35 35
Address: BRISTOL Avon England Latitude: N51.450156 Longitude: W2.592087
Death of a motherFlora Georgine Rosa Close
January 16, 1930 (aged 22 years) Age: 56
Cause: Pulmonary tuberculosis, heart failure
Note: Buried Toowong 17 Jan 1930- Location 28-4-2

Buried Toowong 17 Jan 1930- Location 28-4-2


Burial of a motherFlora Georgine Rosa Close
January 17, 1930 (aged 22 years)
Cemetery: Toowong Cemetery
Note: The Brisbane Courier Friday 17 January 1930
Obit Flora
Obit Flora

Note: The Brisbane Courier Friday 16 January 1931
Marriage of a parentAlbert Henry PontingAlma Maria EdwardsView this family
October 13, 1945 (aged 37 years)
Note: Lutwyche Methodist Church
Wedding Albert and Mrs Edwards
Wedding Albert and Mrs Edwards

Note: THEY WED TO-DAY; 78 & 76 13/10/1945

THEY WED TO-DAY; 78 & 76 13/10/1945

They met for the first time just over two years ago. Mrs. Edwards revealed last night that her future husband's music attracted her to him. Mr. Ponting is organist at the Spiritual Church in Logan Road, South Brisbane. Mrs. Edwards met him there when she attended a service.

Three children of the bride, two daughters of the groom's, and some their 25 grandchildren will at tend the wedding at 4 p.m. to-day. Silver-haired Mrs. Edwards will wear a lilac frock and a spray of pansies on her shoulder. Fifty-year-old Mrs. L. Rickman will attend the bride, and Mrs. Edwards' son-in-law, Mr. Tom Harris, the groom.

In his flat at Windsor, Mr. Ponting last night smiled over his tea cup. 'No more tea I make my self,' he said. 'I think this will be a shock to my son when he returns from Thailand,' he added. Driver Albert Henry Ponting has been in a Siam prison camp for more than three years. He is now on his way home.

Albert and Alma
Albert and Alma

Note: Courier Mail Saturday 13 October 1945
Death of a fatherAlbert Henry Ponting
December 25, 1948 (aged 40 years)
Address: 113 Merivale Street, South Brisbane
Note: 1948 (Death Certificate Number Queensland 1948/B20…

1948 (Death Certificate Number Queensland 1948/B20160) Buried Toowong cemetery, 27-12-1948 - Location 29A-64-1


Burial of a fatherAlbert Henry Ponting
December 27, 1948 (aged 40 years)
Cemetery: Toowong Cemetery
Note: Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane, Queensland (Portion 28, Section 4, Grave Number 2)
Funeral Notice Albert
Funeral Notice Albert

Note: The Courier-Mail Monday 27 December 1948
Death of a brotherAlbert Henry James Ponting
January 15, 1967 (aged 59 years)
Death of a sisterDorothy Eveline Ponting
January 13, 1994 (aged 86 years)

Family with parents
Albert Henry Ponting
Birth: December 14, 1872 30 31Bath, Somerset, ENG
Death: December 25, 1948Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
Birth: 1873 33 35Westerleigh, Gloucestershire, ENG
Death: January 16, 1930Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
Marriage MarriageJune 1898ENG
18 months
elder sister
Dorothy Evelyn Curran
Birth: December 3, 1899 26 26Bristol, Avon, ENG
Death: January 13, 1994Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
3 years
elder brother
Albert Henry James Ponting in uniform c1941
Birth: October 12, 1902 29 29BRISTOL, AVON, ENG
Death: January 15, 1967Stanthorpe, Queensland, AUS
6 years
Helen Stevens
Birth: 1908 35 35BRISTOL, Avon, ENG
Father’s family with Alma Maria Edwards
Albert Henry Ponting
Birth: December 14, 1872 30 31Bath, Somerset, ENG
Death: December 25, 1948Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
Thanks from Alma's Family
Birth: February 27, 1868Llandwrog, Caernarvon, WLS
Death: September 28, 1948Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
Religious marriage Religious marriageOctober 13, 1945Brisbane, Queensland, AUS
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About Hilda (Helen)

Hilda Stevens was born in Bath, Somerset England in October 1908. She disliked her first name and later changed it to Helen. Her sister Dorothy was nine and her brother Bert six. This completed the family of Albert and Flora Ponting.

The doctor recommended that the family move to a warmer climate to help Flora, who suffered a chest condition caused by the cold, damp English climate.
Almost three years later the family made plans to come to Australia. One of Albert’s sisters had already made the journey and was willing to sponsor the young family. The Australian government was keen to attract skilled migrants and Albert was a baker and confectioner. They were offered an assisted passage which reduced their travel fee to five pounds.

The family of five must have been very excited when they boarded the Thermisticles for the journey to their new country. The sea was rough. Luckily the tables had a high lip right around the edge so that the plates would not fall off. The journey took them six weeks. They came around the Cape of Good Hope where they docked for a short time and were able to get off and have breakfast. Poor Helen caught the measles while at sea.

The family first settled at Lowood where Albert was employed as a confectioner. The three children attended the Lowood State School. It seems the family moved to various bakeries mainly around North Queensland. Flora did not enjoy good health, although the warm climate would certainly have helped her. Dorothy, the eldest daughter helped with the younger children and remained at school for another year and a half. Although only a short child she helped in the bakery, lifting heavy sacks of flour and was taught to make the bread. She was quite proud of the fact that she could judge the amount of dough to make a loaf without using the scales.

Helen also had her chores at home, for example when aged about 13 she was expected to grease many patty cake tins before going to school. She sat for the Scholarship exam and achieved a very high mark of 86%. (The highest in the State was usually around 92%). Her father’s comment was – “You could have done better”.

Dorothy moved to Brisbane and obtained work at Finney Isles, a large department store in the city. She became head girl in the cafeteria. At some stage, her sister Helen who had completed her education, moved to Brisbane where she stayed and worked with Dorothy.

I am not sure when Helen married Eric Stevens. They were both born in England and shared a love of music. Helen was musical and could play the piano both with music and also by ear. I know that the family lived in Eudlo in 1940 when her sister visited. I have been told that I slept in a pineapple case during our stay. ( I was about 7 months old). Much later they lived in Albury and Stanthorpe.

I would like to go back to Albert’s childhood. His father Henry was a local preacher in the Primitive Methodist Church. He took his younger son with him when he visited local churches and by the age of nine Albert was a gifted musician, playing the organ at the church.

All three of Albert’s children inherited his talent for music and Dorothy used to sing at operettas as well as play the organ. Bert’s son Jim was also musical, as well as Helen’s grand-daughter Wendy who is a music teacher.

Helen was about 152 cm tall with medium brown hair and twinkling brown eyes. She was always smiling and was popular with everyone. She loved knitting and crocheting and working on the daily crossword. Gardening also took up much of her time and when visiting us would always have some vegetables which she had grown to share with us.

When she lived in Buderim we would visit each other quite regularly. I always looked forward to seeing her.