Arthur Mouat (Moad) and Mary Ann Ward
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Arthur Moad Jr Mary Moad Arthur Mouat was born in Bardister, Northmavine, Shetland Is on 19 June 1841, the son of Arthur Mouat and Martha nee Smith. Arthur was baptised on 14 July 1841 at the Wesleyan Chapel in Northmavine, Shetland Is and again on 18 July 1841 in the Church of
    In 1857, Arthur, then 11, accompanied his father to Australia aboard the South Carolina. They arrived in Melbourne, Victoria from Liverpool in November 1857.
    Arthur married Mary Ann Ward at the Ward home, "Trolva Farm", near Bathurst, NSW, on 25 August 1868. William Macnamara Fell officiated at the Wesleyan ceremony. On his marriage certificate Arthur's residence is given as Lucknow and his occupation as gold miner. Mary Ann Ward was born in Kelso, NSW on 20 May 1847, the daughter of William Ward and Sarah Robards.
    Arthur and Mary Ann farmed "Little Springs" near Spring Hill, NSW. Arthur and Mary Ann had fifteen children: Arthur (1869), William Ward(1871), Sarah (1872), James (1874), Martha (1876), Mary Ann (1877), Robert (1879), Elizabeth (1882), Robina Fordyce (1884), Ada Evelyn (1885), Grace (1886), Edith May (1888), Thomas Tullock (1889), Raymond Wesley (1891) and Francis Cornwell (1894). Three (Martha, Grace and Edith May) died in infancy. A staunchly religious man, Arthur was superintendent of the Spring Hill Methodist Church Sunday School from its inception and a lay preacher for 45 years. Later in life, Arthur and Mary Ann moved to Orange to live at 85 Kite St which they named "Trolva".1
    Arthur died at home (85 Kite St) on 20 January 1920 aged 78. The cause of death was stated as stomach cancer and heart failure. Mary Ann also died at 85 Kite St, Orange, NSW on 9 May 1935 aged 87. The cause of death was stated as coronary thrombosis. Arthur and Mary Ann were buried in the Methodist section of the Orange cemetery.

Grave of Arthur Moad and Mary Ann (nee Ward)
Orange Cemetery (photo ca. 1980)
Tombstone inscription:

In memory of
DIED JAN 20th 1920
DIED MAY 9th 1935 

An inscription re Frances Cornwall Moad who died in service in France on 8th November 1916 also appears on the lower part of the stone

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Golden Wedding

Leader (Orange NSW)
Wednesday 28 August 1918

Moad — Ward.—August 25th, 1868, at Trolver, Emu Swamp, by the Rev. W. M. Fell, Arthur, eldest son of the late Arthur Moad, of Shetland, to Mary Ann, third daughter of the late William Ward, of Bathurst. Present address, Little Springs, Spring Hill. They celebrated the golden wedding at their home on the 26th August, 1918.
   Spring Hill district is very wet and boggy. Most of the rabbit burrows are filled with water, and the rabbits can be seen running along the roads in great numbers, but so far the crops seam woll forward and in splendid condition, and, the lambing, so far, is well up to the average.
   Many of the local farmers are erecting up-to-date dairies. The past two springs being so good, perhaps they are expecting another good one this year, or perhaps, the price of meat being fixed, has something to do with it.

Friday 13 September 1918

There was a gathering of the clan at Little Springs, the residence of Mr. A. Moad, senr., on the 25th and 26th August last, the occasion being the celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Moad's golden wedding. With the exception of Private Ray Moad, who is on active service in France, all the surviving sons and daughters with their families gathered to celebrate the event. Mr. and Mrs. Moad were married at "Trolver," Emu Swamp, in the Orange district, on August 25th, 1868, and shortly afterwards purchased and took up their residence at "Little Springs," Spring Hill, where they still reside. The 50th anniversary, falling on Sunday, was quietly observed, only members of the family being present. At luncheon Mr. and Mrs. Moad received presentations from their children and grandchildren, all the grandchildren, twenty-five in number, being present. On Monday other relatives assembled and all were entertained at wedding breakfast. The bridesmaid of 50 years ago, Mrs. Pearce (Millthorpe) was present. The Rev. P. O. Davis presided and proposed the toasts: "The King" and the "Bride and Bridegroom." Mrs. Rowan proposed the bridesmaid (Mrs. Pearce responded) and Mr. C. Brown, the absent member, Private Ray Moad.
   The sons present were. Mr. Arthur Moad (Blayney), Mr. W. W. Moad (Bodangara), Mr. J. Moad (Millthorpe), Mr. R. Moad (Gilgandra), and Mr. T. Moad (Spring Hill); the daughters, Mrs. W. A. Parker (Norton), Mrs. A. Downey (Maryvale), Mrs Robards (Sydney), Mrs. Wearing (Junee), and Miss A. E. Moad (Little Springs). The youngest member of the family, the late Francis Cornwall Moad, made the supreme sacrifice in France nearly two years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Moad were the recipients of numerous congratulations from their many friends, who hope they will live to celebrate their diamond wedding.


Leader (Orange, NSW)
Wednesday 21 January 1920


The second pioneer of the Spring Hill district to pass away within a few days was Mr. Arthur Moad, senior, who died shortly after 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, his end coming after a very short and painful illness, in his 79th year. Mr. Moad was a native of Shetland Islands, and came to this State with his father when a la d of 15. After visiting various mining fields they came to Lucknow, and 52 years ago the subject of this notice settled on the land at Spring Hill, where, by dint of application, energy and perseverance, be established himself as one of the most prosperous farmers and orchardists of the Orange district. He gave his whole attention to rural pursuits, apart from which the principal matter which interested him most was the advancement of Methodism. For over 50 years he was a church officer and Sunday School superintendent, and in religious circles, as in private life, he was respected for his probity and sincerity. A few months ago he retired and came to live in town, the evidences of debility being upon him, but his last illness was only of a few days' duration. He leaves a widow, six years his junior, who, by the way, is a native of Bathurst, and of fifteen children born to them eleven survive. One (Frank) died at the front, and the other three in infancy. Those who are left with their mother to mourn an ideal husband and father are Arthur (Blayney), William (Millthorpe), Mrs. W. Parker (Blayney), James (Millthorpe), Mrs. A. Downy (Maryvale), Robert (Gilgandra), Mrs. E. Robards (Orange), Mrs. S. Wearing (Junee), Miss Ada (Orange), Thomas T. (Spring Hill), Raymond (late A.I.F, Spring Hill), Frank (deceased, killed at the front). The deceased also leaves two sisters, viz., Mrs. C. Glasson (New Zealand, and late of Molong), and Mrs. J. Pearce (Millthorpe). The funeral is appointed to leave his late residence, Kite-street, at 5 o'clock this afternoon, for the Methodist portion of the Orange cemetery, Mr. Frank Ford having charge of the arrangements.


Descendants of Arthur Moad and Mary Ann Ward


Pedigree of Arthur Moad

Pedigree of Arthur Moad

Pedigree or Mary Ann Ward

Pedigree of Mary Ann Ward 
(truncated to 5 generations)

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References and Notes

[1] The Moad Family Tree Book Lottie Bell (ed.) (1984)

[2] The following extract is taken from The Moad Family Tree Book [1]

as told by her grandaughter, Lesley Marion Trudgen (nee Patrick)

  "Grandmother Mary Ann Ward, a Cornish woman, met Grandfather Moad at the Cornish settlement of Byng, near Orange. They were the first couple to be married in the Kelso Methodist Church near Bathurst. They Settled at "Little Springs" property, Spring Hill.
    Grandfather owned houses in Orange and when he died, Grandma and Mother Ada lived at "Trolva" in Kite Street Orange, Ada married Les Patrick by Rev. Holland of the Methodist Church in this home during that year.
    "Trolva" was named after the town of Trolva, Shetland Islands where Grandfather came from. Ada and Les Patrick bought a house in North Anson Street and called 'Mavine' after Grandfather's home in Trolva, Shetland Islands.
    The life story must have been fascinating for Arthur Moad traveling by boat from Shetland Islands. I only remember tit bits passed on by Grandma. He was so broad in his speech that even my mother had trouble understanding him, especially if he got excited.
    He was Superintendent of the Spring Hill Methodist Church Sunday School and local preacher for 45 years. There was a special recognition service when he retired, in the Spring Hill Church.
    The joke of the family - how the sons used to climb out the window of the "Little Springs" home while their father went on and on with family prayers at the table, kneeling on a large red plush cushion on the floor.
    I can remember Grandma Mary Ann, especially during the last five years of her life very well, having lived with her three quarters of the time.
    One morning, my cousin Noel Robards and I were woken up at 7 am to be taken in to say "Goodbye" to Grandma, as she was going home to heaven to be with her Heavenly Father and my Grandfather. She lay peacefully in her big four-poster bed with a smile on her face.
    We, as children had no fear of death: she had talked to us so often of "going home" and she just went to sleep as she had prayed she would.
    Those were wonderful years, even though a small child, I remember the little things -
    Counting Grandma's fingers over and over, five on one hand four on the other. Yet we all had ten fingers. She had a poisoned finger many years ago and it was taken out' joint and all right down to the palm of the hand.
    She always wore black dresses to the ankle, with two black aprons on, taking one off to answer the door, so she always had a clean one on in case of visitors.
    Her hand held out to whoever sat alongside of her at the meal table, for a piece of cheese to finish the meal.
    The twenty or so Christmas puddings, made each year, to give one to each family, plus enough to feed the 40 to 50 family members home each Christmas Day, with threepences for children to find. The year she tipped a whole bottle of peppermint essence in the pudding mixture instead of almond essence. Me scampering to the shop for more vanilla and lemon essence to to drown the peppermint, being sworn to secrecy till everyone told her it was the best flavoured pudding she had ever cooked.
    Buying current buns from the bakery over the back fence, Grandma saying " they must have stood on top of Mount Conobolas to throw the currents in " as they were so scarce in the buns.
    The big mangle on the verandah, where Noel and I turned the handle to mangle the sheets.
    The full buckets of cream: thick enough to turn upside down, brought in from "Little Springs" by Uncle Tom: Noel and I sitting on the edge of the verandah churning the butter - often under protest.
    Her fine white hair knotted into a bun on the top of her head, being always rinsed in blue bag water, not enough to colour it, Just to keep it pure white.
    History would not be complete without mentioning the effort the families made to come home for Christmas and disappointment if not able to make its also for Grandma's birthday in May.  Usually 40 to 60 people. Meals were held in two sittings, children first, then out to play, while adults had time to catch up on family news.
    Christmas presents for each Grandchild up to high school age. The Christmas night concert at Uncle Jim's at Millthorpe, where the children were encouraged to perform their little acts be it poem, song or dance: and charades were played by young and old.
    Such wonderful reunions, to one small child, being in the midst of all the plans and preparations. The excitement of letters coming, " yes, we will be there".
    I could go on but I will always remember a loving, gracious lady, who always took Noel and my side and saved us from corporal punishment many a time after our pranks. As she sat in her rocking chair most of the time, but she knew everyone and everything, confident to all.
    We had lost a friend."


[3] Cook, K. A History Springs to Mind Orange City Council: Orange, NSW, 2001.

There are some discrepancies between the information provided in this book and that which appears above and in the database.  It is believed the information here is correct.

[4] Additional sources are provided on the individual Person Cards —
    Arthur Moad
    Mary Ann Moad (nee Ward)

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