Richard Henry Way (1817-1883)
Anna Maria Johnson (1822-1887)

Anna Maria Johnson was the youngest of thirteen children born to William Jonathon Johnson & Eliza Harris Tompson. She married Richard Henry Way on 02 Jul 1842 in St Peter’s Church, Cooks River, Sydney. Richard was born on 25 Aug 1816 in Hampshire, England, and baptised in Saint Thomas’ Church, Portsmouth, on 20 Sep that year.

Richard Henry Way became a solicitor (The Australian, Tue 20 Feb 1844) working in Bulli and Bombala.He passed away on 31 Jul 1883 at Hoembush

They had eleven children:

01. Richard Cecil Lucas (b. 1843, d. 06 Apr 1925)

02. Leicester James William (b. 1845, d. 1852)

03. Harmsworth Robert (b. 1846, d. 16 Dec 1909)

04. Francis Freeman (b. 1849, d. 1926)

05. Sydney Henry (b. 1851, d. 1853)

06. Isabell Hannah Victoria (b. (18 Feb 1854, d. 14 Apr 1943)

07. Florence Elizabeth Maria (b. 1856, d. 1857)

08. Melbourne Henry Philip (b. 1858, d. 1903)

09. Robert Haviland  (b. 1860, d. 1863)

10. Constance Maud Harriet (b. 1864, d. 1875)

10. Mary Ethel (b. 1866, d. 1893)

Generation 2

01. Richard Cecil Lucas Way married Harriette Albinia Unwin on 30 Apr 1870 in St James Church, Sydney (The Sydney Morning Herald, Thu 05 May 1870). He became a solicitor  and was part of the firm Way & Way Harriette died in 1922, and Richard on 06 Apr 1925; from The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 08 Apr 1925:


The death occurred, at his residence, Anhelado, Wattle-street. Killara, on Monday, of Mr. Cecil Way, at one time a member of the firm of Messrs. Way and Way, solicitors.

Mr. Way, who was born in Maitland, was 81 years of age. He retired from professional work 10 years ago, but retained, almost to the last, full possession of all his faculties. His father, the late Mr. R. H. Way, was an English solicitor, who arrived in Sydney in 1840, and in 1870 married a daughter of Mr. Frederick Wright Unwin, one of the earliest solicitors practising in the colony, and one of the founders of the A.M.P. Society.

Mr. C. Way has left two sons, Mr. Frank Way (Messrs. Allard, Way, and Hardie) and Mr. Max Way (Orient Co.), and two daughters, Mrs. Todhunter and Mrs. Curlewis.

The funeral took place yesterday morning from St. Martin’s Church, Killara, where a service was conducted by the Rev. L. Charlton, who also officiated at the graveside in the Church of England Cemetery, Northern Suburbs.

There was one other son, deceased, as set out in the coroner’s report to his death, aged 3, from an accidental drowning; from The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 18 Nov 1876:

YESTERDAY forenoon the City Coroner held at Lymarston, Marrickville, the residence of Mr. Harmsworth Robert Way, an inquest touching the cause of death of Richard Frederick Cecil Way, aged three years and seven months. Harriette Albinia Way, residing at Lymarston with her husband, Cecil Way, deposed that deceased was her son; she last saw him alive early on Thursday morning at home; he came up to his aunt’s with his cousins about that time; about 11 o’clock she had occasion to go to the pond at the back of her residence to get some water, and she saw deceased’s hat on the top of the water; this excited her alarm; on seeing it witness went up to his aunt’s, which was only a few yards off from her house, to inquire if deceased was still there; she learnt that he was not there, and that they did not know where he was; several of them then went to the pond; a boy named Henry Baynes, a servant of her brother-in-law, went into the pond at her request, and almost immediately after going in he discovered the body and brought it out; life appeared to be extinct; means were adopted with the view of restoring animation, but without avail; the pond to which reference had been made was close to the house, within a few yards of the back door; there was no fence around it; the deceased had formerly been in the habit of playing about the pond, but he had been checked and did not go lately but once, rather more than a week ago, when he went there to gather flowers. Sophia Elisabeth Way, aunt of the deceased, was also examined. She said that he left her place between 10 and 11 o’clock in the forenoon, saying that he was going home; he had been in the habit for the last two years of going backwards and forwards between the two houses; the pond was dry last summer; he had only been gone from her place about a quarter of an hour, when his mother came to inquire after him. The evidence of the boy who recovered the body was then taken. He said that he found it in from three to four feet of water the pond was from six to seven yards in length, and from three to four yards in width. Charles Russell Watson, a legally qualified medical practitioner, gave it as his opinion that death had resulted from suffocation by drowning. The jury found that the child had been accidentally drowned. Although no rider was appended to the verdict, the jury had remarked on the great danger attendant upon having open ponds or waterholes in the immediate vicinity of dwelling-houses.

03. Harmsworth Robert Way married Sophia Elizabeth Smedley on 09 Mar 1872 in St James Church, Sydney (Australian Town and Country Journal, Sat 16 Mar 1872). Harmsworth also was a solicitor and attorney. He died on Dec 16 1909 at Kennalvale, Mowbray Rd, Chatswood. Sophia died at her residence, Braeside, Pearson avenue, Gordon, on 24 Oct 1927. The couple had one daughter and at least three sons:

From The Sydney Morning Herald, Sat 18 Jan 1913:

FAWL-WAY.- January 2, at St. James’, Sydney, by the Rev. W.L. Langley, Herman, second son of the late James MacAlpine Fawl, to Grace Isabel, only daughter of the late Harmsworth Robert Way and Mrs. Way, Chatswood.

From The Sydney Morning Herald, Fri 10 Jul 1942:

WAY.-July 7, 1942, Leicester Melbourne Way, third son of the late Harmsworth Robert Way, solicitor, aged 67 years. Privately interred.

04. Francis Freeman Way married Florence Amy Soper on 28 Nov 1874 in Christ Church, Sydney. We know little about this family.

From The Daily Telegraph, Mon 31 May 1926:

WAY.— May 30, 1926, at his late residence, “Lymerston,” Torrlngton Road, Strathfleld, Francis Freeman, beloved husband of Florence Amy Way, aged 77 years.

06. Isabell Hannah Victoria Way became a teacher, retiring as Head of School. In the 1913 electoral rolls she is listed as a teacher living in Rosebank, Robert St, Drummoyne. In the rolls in the 1930s she is listed in Kooyong, 29 Esher St, Burwood. Probate was granted within a month of her death; from The Sydney Morning Herald, Mon 24 May 1943:

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF NEW SOUTH WALES -Probate Jurisdiction – In the Will of ISABEL HANNAH VICTORIA WAY, formerly of Robert street but late of Esher Street Burwood near Sydney in the State of New South Wales Retired School Mistress deceased.- Application will be mode after fourteen days from the publication hereof that Probate of the last Will and Testament dated the twenty-first day of May one thousand nine hundred and eight of the abovenamed deceased may be granted to MARY ETHEL WAY the Executrlx named In the said Will, HARMSWORTH ROBERT WAY the Executor named in the said Will having predeceased the Testatrix and all notices may be served at the undermentioned address …

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