Constance Stephens, 18971972 (aged 75 years)

Name
Constance /Stephens/
Given names
Constance
Surname
Stephens
Married name
Constance /Moulds/
Birth 1897 33 23
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STEPHENS CONSTANCE Registration number 6888/1897 Father's Given name(s) DUDLEY J Mother's Given name(s) MARY E District RYLSTONE

MarriageGeorge Francis MouldsView this family
1919 (aged 22 years)
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Registration number 6936/1919 Groom's Family Name MOULDS Groom's Given Name(s) GEORGE F Bride's Family Name(s) STEPHENS Bride's Given Name(s) CONSTANCE District PARRAMATTA

Occupation
Harness racing driver and trainer
1924 (aged 27 years)
Note: MOULDS, CONSTANCE (1897-1972), trotting trainer, w…

MOULDS, CONSTANCE (1897-1972), trotting trainer, was born on 14 February 1897 at Rylstone, New South Wales, daughter of London-born Dudley Joseph Stephens, mounted-police constable, and his Victorian wife Mary Eleanor, née Calvert. In 1908 the family moved to Rouse Hill and on leaving school Connie worked as a clerk. On 17 May 1919 she married George Francis Moulds, butcher, at Christ Church, Rouse Hill. Her only child Lawrence was born in 1923.

By 1922 George was a smallgoods man at Riverstone and from 1925 a fruiterer. Although he suffered from spinal arthritis, they began to train trotters after the purchase of Tiny Loche for £30; the mare won her first three starts (which carried total prize money of six guineas) and later established a family of winners. Constance trained the horses full time, sometimes for other owners.

After winning open events against all-comers at shows, in 1924 Mrs Moulds was granted by the New South Wales Trotting Club a trainer-driver licence to compete at registered meetings outside the metropolitan area. She was the only woman granted such a licence in New South Wales although there were women drivers in other States. At Richmond on 10 June she rode Chester in a rough race and finished second. A fortnight later at Menangle, she had weighed in when she was notified that she could not compete. The stewards later said that men might be inhibited by chivalry from protesting against interference by women drivers. Thereafter her racing was confined to events restricted to women. This action set back the cause for women's participation in registered trotting in New South Wales for many years.

By the early 1930s the Moulds had about twelve horses in constant work. After George was killed on the Windsor Road while driving Charming Ribbons in 1932, Mrs Moulds was 'granted permission' to continue training but kept only one pacer, Robert Loche, a winner on provincial tracks and at Victoria Park, and used him to pass on her knowledge and training expertise to her son Lawrie, who became a leading reinsman.

In the 1940s she twice rescued a nondescript gelding, Machine Wood, from the knackery. Her kindness and gentle training were rewarded when the gelding gave Lawrie his first win at Harold Park in 1944. At the inaugural night-trotting meeting at Harold Park on 1 October 1949 Machine Wood won the New Zealand Handicap. She was soon frustrated when ordered to transfer her horses to a man before they could compete at Harold Park; so, many of her entries appeared under Lawrie's name. Nonetheless Constance Moulds was largely responsible for training Van's Dream and Miss Josephine, winner of the Tom Austin Cup at Richmond.

At trotting meetings, her dumpy little figure was conspicuous in wide-brimmed hat and jodhpurs—she was rarely seen in a dress. She was affectionately known as 'the little mother' for her sympathy and practical help. Survived by her son, Constance Moulds died at Blackheath on 27 September 1972 and was buried in the Anglican cemetery at Rouse Hill.

Death September 27, 1972 (aged 75 years)
Burial
Cemetery: Rouse Hill Anglican Cemetery
Note: In Loving Memory of

In Loving Memory of CONSTANCE MOULDS BELOVED WIFE OF GEORGE & FOND MOTHER OF LAWRENCE DIED 27TH SEPT 1972 AGED 75. ALWAYS REMEMBERED.

Family with parents
father
Stephens, Dudley Joseph (1863-1954)
18631954
Birth: April 1863Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom
Death: 1954Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
mother
Calvert, Mary Eleanor (1874-1916)
18741916
Birth: about 1874Lucknow, Victoria, Australia
Death: 1916Windsor, Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: 1894Cowra, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
herself
Stephens, Constance (1897-1972)
18971972
Birth: 1897 33 23Rylstone, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 27, 1972Blackheath, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Family with George Francis Moulds
husband
18981932
Birth: 1898 25 30Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 24, 1932Windsor, Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia
herself
Stephens, Constance (1897-1972)
18971972
Birth: 1897 33 23Rylstone, Central Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: September 27, 1972Blackheath, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: 1919Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
5 years
son
19231982
Birth: 1923 25 26Rouse Hill, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 31, 1982Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
BirthNew South Wales. Department of Justice and Attorney General. NSW Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages. [data-base on-line]. Sydney: the Registry.
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STEPHENS CONSTANCE Registration number 6888/1897 Father's Given name(s) DUDLEY J Mother's Given name(s) MARY E District RYLSTONE

MarriageAncestry.com. Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
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Registration number 6936/1919 Groom's Family Name MOULDS Groom's Given Name(s) GEORGE F Bride's Family Name(s) STEPHENS Bride's Given Name(s) CONSTANCE District PARRAMATTA

OccupationAustralian Dictionary of Biography. Online edition. [database - on-line]. Canberra: Australian National University, 2006
DeathAustralian Dictionary of Biography. Online edition. [database - on-line]. Canberra: Australian National University, 2006
Occupation

MOULDS, CONSTANCE (1897-1972), trotting trainer, was born on 14 February 1897 at Rylstone, New South Wales, daughter of London-born Dudley Joseph Stephens, mounted-police constable, and his Victorian wife Mary Eleanor, née Calvert. In 1908 the family moved to Rouse Hill and on leaving school Connie worked as a clerk. On 17 May 1919 she married George Francis Moulds, butcher, at Christ Church, Rouse Hill. Her only child Lawrence was born in 1923.

By 1922 George was a smallgoods man at Riverstone and from 1925 a fruiterer. Although he suffered from spinal arthritis, they began to train trotters after the purchase of Tiny Loche for £30; the mare won her first three starts (which carried total prize money of six guineas) and later established a family of winners. Constance trained the horses full time, sometimes for other owners.

After winning open events against all-comers at shows, in 1924 Mrs Moulds was granted by the New South Wales Trotting Club a trainer-driver licence to compete at registered meetings outside the metropolitan area. She was the only woman granted such a licence in New South Wales although there were women drivers in other States. At Richmond on 10 June she rode Chester in a rough race and finished second. A fortnight later at Menangle, she had weighed in when she was notified that she could not compete. The stewards later said that men might be inhibited by chivalry from protesting against interference by women drivers. Thereafter her racing was confined to events restricted to women. This action set back the cause for women's participation in registered trotting in New South Wales for many years.

By the early 1930s the Moulds had about twelve horses in constant work. After George was killed on the Windsor Road while driving Charming Ribbons in 1932, Mrs Moulds was 'granted permission' to continue training but kept only one pacer, Robert Loche, a winner on provincial tracks and at Victoria Park, and used him to pass on her knowledge and training expertise to her son Lawrie, who became a leading reinsman.

In the 1940s she twice rescued a nondescript gelding, Machine Wood, from the knackery. Her kindness and gentle training were rewarded when the gelding gave Lawrie his first win at Harold Park in 1944. At the inaugural night-trotting meeting at Harold Park on 1 October 1949 Machine Wood won the New Zealand Handicap. She was soon frustrated when ordered to transfer her horses to a man before they could compete at Harold Park; so, many of her entries appeared under Lawrie's name. Nonetheless Constance Moulds was largely responsible for training Van's Dream and Miss Josephine, winner of the Tom Austin Cup at Richmond.

At trotting meetings, her dumpy little figure was conspicuous in wide-brimmed hat and jodhpurs—she was rarely seen in a dress. She was affectionately known as 'the little mother' for her sympathy and practical help. Survived by her son, Constance Moulds died at Blackheath on 27 September 1972 and was buried in the Anglican cemetery at Rouse Hill.

Burial

In Loving Memory of CONSTANCE MOULDS BELOVED WIFE OF GEORGE & FOND MOTHER OF LAWRENCE DIED 27TH SEPT 1972 AGED 75. ALWAYS REMEMBERED.

Shared note

BURI: CEME Rouse Hill Cemetery