Stanley William PURNELL married Mary Elizabeth HAMILTON in 1915.

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Stanley William PURNELL married Mary Elizabeth HAMILTON in 1915.

They lived in Railway Ave, James St, and Peats Ferry Road, Waitara before moving to Parramatta for some years, then back to Waitara, Greenwich and then Cremorne in Sydney. They had six children. Amongst various jobs Stan had, one was a powder monkey with the Water Board, which was a very dangerous job, but it was said he was very good at his work. He was a wiry man who was a hard worker and his mates had trouble keeping up with him. Times were very hard during the Depression Years and often there was no work at all. Both Mum and Dad were very artistic in their own way and we have photos of all the lovely toys and things they made for us during those hard years. Dad used packing cases to make wooden toys of all descriptions and Mum used old clothing to make cloth animals and dolls. He used to draw lovely horses.

Through sad circumstances they separated in late 1930's and Stan later went north to work. He would return periodically to Sydney and stay at the People's Palace in the the city. He developed Parkinson's Disease and on one visit back from "the bush" he would have had his savings on him from his work and apparently he was robbed and knocked down the stairs and died in 1952.
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