Winifred Isabel Gouldthorp
- Born: 28 Jan 1908, Granville, New South Wales, Australia
- Marriage (1): Robert Gardiner Fullarton on 30 Mar 1929 in The Presbyterian Church, Granville, , New South Wales, Australia
- Died: 5 Apr 1984, Western Suburbs Hospital, Croydon, , New South Wales, Australia at age 76
- BuriedFem: 9 Apr 1984, Northern Suburbs Crematorium, North Ryde, New South Wales., Australia
Cause of her death was Myocardial infarct (days)/ Ischaemic heart disease (years).
"Winifred Isabel Fullerton was born at Granville on 28th January, 1908, the second daughter of Frederick and Annie Gouldthorp (pro: Goldthorp), her father being in charge of the local fire brigade.
Her education was received at Granville and after leaving school she went to work at Pattersons in Wentworth Avenue, Sydney as a dressmaker. It was through friendships made at work and through her involvement in a Christian youth group, known as the 'Gumleaf Social Club', that Winnie met her husband to be, Robert Fullerton.
Winnie and Bob were married in the Granville Presbyterian Church on 30th. March, 1929, and only last week while Winnie was in hospital they celebrated the 55th anniversary of their marriage.
Together, Winnie and Bob set about creating a home for their family, but the depression caused a great deal of hardship and loss. However, they emerged from those difficult years with a greater appreciation of the things that really matter in life and continued to strive together to provide for their family. They lived at West Ryde, then Katoomba and for the past seven and a half years in Wandoona Hostel at Pitt Wood Presbyterian Homes at Ashfield. While at Katoomba, Bob served as caretaker of 'Berrycourt' the Presbyterian Holiday Home for Children, and was ably supported by Winnie in this work.
Winnie will be remembered as a family person. She was a self-effacing person, always putting others before herself and she made many quiet sacrifices so that her children could be given the things that were necessary. Over the past eighteen months or so, she concealed her own declining health so that she could support and encourage her husband in his illness. Even in the last ten days, while in hospital, she was more concerned for the welfare of her husband and family, than for what she herself had to bear. She was very proud of all her children and their achievements in life. She delighted in her 14 Grandchildren and 7 Great Grandchildren.
Winnie was always very clever with her hands. Her dressmaking skills were used constantly throughout her lifetime for family, friends and herself. She was meticulous in her sewing and her knitting. She was a skilful and artistic decorator of cakes and this talent gave her great satisfaction and much joy to others, especially at some family weddings. After moving to Wandoona, together with Bob, Winnie enthusiastically entered into handcraft work. Together their work raised many hundreds of dollars for both Pitt Wood and Macquarie Presbyterian Church.
Winifred Fullerton never sought any honour, prominence or comforts for herself. She preferred to live quietly, humbly and to enjoy the simple pleasures of life. She instilled into her children Christian values of life, giving to each of them firm discipline and constant love and encouragement.
She was a faithful, loving and supportive wife setting a wonderful example of sincerity, devotion and hard work.
We give thanks to God for the life and personality of Winifred Isabel Fullerton, and for the privilege that has been ours in having known her and loved her."
Noted events in her life were:
• She worked as a Dressmaker at the time of her marriage on 30 Mar 1929 in Granville, New South Wales, Australia.
• She resided at the time of her death on 5 Apr 1984 in 11 / 21 Bland St, Ashfield, , New South Wales, Australia.
Winifred married Robert Gardiner Fullarton, son of William John Fullerton and Margaret Napier Gardiner, on 30 Mar 1929 in The Presbyterian Church, Granville, , New South Wales, Australia. (Robert Gardiner Fullarton was born on 25 Dec 1903 in 7 Sandeman St, Partick, Glasgow, Scotland, died on 13 Dec 1989 in Morling Lodge Nursing Home, Red Hill, ACT, Australia and was buried on 15 Dec 1989 in Norwood Park Crematorium, A.C.T., Australia.). The cause of his death was Hypostatic Pneumonia 24 hrs/ Uraemia 1 mth / Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy 12 mths.
Witnesses were H. McKay and A. E. Grindlay.