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Charles PENFOLD (1897-1970)


Charles Edward Powell PENFOLD, Charles Edward Powell Penfold


Spouse: Ida Mavell BURSILL, 1964, age 50, Ida and Ted Powell

1 Charles Edward Powell PENFOLD (1897-1970) [121], son of Charles R PENFOLD (1865-1917) [93] and Mary Anna TUCKER (1860-1945) [94].

Born 4 Sep 1897, Fulham, London, England. Marr Ida Mavell BURSILL 20 Apr 1932. Died 5 Oct 1970, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

CHARLES EDWARD Some seven relatives have left me with impressions of the young Ted. If asked to convey in a few words their gist, I would say ‘a highly principled, and often loveable, scallywag.’ He seems to be the most rebellious of the children. There is the occasion, during one of his fathers ‘ Sunday afternoon family readings (from one of the Socialist periodicals- perhaps ‘Tribune’) when Ted started talking. His Dad said sh, Shush and Ted replied ‘Stop playing trains with yourself.....’

He brought home an ‘unfortunate’ woman, ensconced her in the cellar and fed her for several days, before his mother discovered her.

My Dad, Doug, recalled being at a large family gathering at the Penfold house, which was about to break up late in the evening. His sympathetic eye saw, when Ted came in from a night out with the lads, that he had a heavy skinful on board, but that he conducted himself with meticulous dignity, saying that he was tired and would like to go up to bed. At that time candlelight was needed to get upstairs. He was handed a candle and carefully took matches from his pocket to light it. Unfortunately it was already lit......

His young brother Bill, gave several illustrations of his principled behaviour, one being the discovery of his illicit still in U.S.A, and how it was unthinkable that Ted would have given the Prohibition cops the bribe they were expecting and so went to jail. It seems from accounts from Bill and my mother (Jo) that he was a terrible tease, and sometimes a bit of a bully. Bill was of weaker physique than Ted, but of iron will, and issued an ultimatum that Ted ignored. Hence the bloody crowning with a soup ladle. My mother said he could be a bit of a bully: ‘get to the library Jo!’ etc. but they had a great affinity, not least in the novels they preferred, although Ted was more hooked than Jo on Jack London. As I recall, they both ‘knew their Dickens’. My mother was very distressed when Ted’s letters ceased, but already had a premonition that he had inherited his fathers’ heart weakness. (Transcription of Letters from Peter Reich by Julie Hughes-Owen, December 2000)


“Ted” was born on September 4th 1897 in Fulham. It is said he was a merchant navy seaman. He moved to the USA approxiamately 1925 and mentioned to be living in New York. He mentioned that he carried a “squirt”, a concealed handgun spent time in prison for bootlegging. When things got too hot there he signed up on a ship which came to Australia. After an incident that led to the death of a cook, he jumped ship and changed his name to Ted Powell. He obtained a job in the Marble Bar area digging wells on stations and prospecting, or working on the local gold mines until he got a job in Wiluna on the gold mine there. It is here that he met Ida Bursill. Born June 2nd 1914, in Trafalga, Western Australia, Ida was the youngest child of William and Marion (Acie) Bursill. She was in Wiluna to be with her only sister Hannah whose husband, George Durant was working in the local gold mine. Ida was working at Curly O'Connor's boarding house where Ted was staying. They were married on 20th April 1932 in a civil ceremony. The Marriage Certificate was signed by Ida Bursill and Edward Powell. Ida was not aware that this was not Ted’s legal name at this time.



Bill Powell comments on his father are 'My memories of Dad were that he was a good looking man, about five foot eight or nine, had a good physique and was a hard worker. He was also a hard drinker who loved to bet on anything that ran, galloped or trotted. It was apparent that he had a very good education and could hold his own with any one on almost any subject being discussed, much to peoples' surprise at times. One of these being the local clergy. He would have them at ease and lulled into a false sense of security with a cuppa in hand and in a comfortable chair before he commenced to question them on their religion and shoot their views and theories down in flames. We usually only got one visit from these people. Throughout life he gave the impression he was afraid of nobody and acted accordingly.'


Sp. Ida Mavell BURSILL (1914-1990) [122].

1.1 Peter POWELL (1934-1985) [152].

Born 4 Feb 1934, Wiluna, Western Australia, Australia. Died 20 May 1985.


Peter started working in the mining industry in 1951 as a Survey Chainman and Underground Miner with Great Western Consolidated (later a subsidiary company of Western Mining Corporation) at Bullfinch. From 1951 to 1967, he combined part time study at the Western Australian School Of Mines in Kalgoorlie, while working in a variety of positions at Bullfinch, Norseman and then Kalgoorlie. During this time Peter completed his Underground Supervisors Certificate, Mine Managers Certificate and 1st Class Mine Managers Certificate. In 1967, he qualified with a Diploma of Mining and from 1968 to 1971 was Production Superintendent and Production Manager at Mount Charlotte and Fimiston for Gold Mines of Kalgoorlie( Aust) Ltd. In 1971 Peter joined Western Mineral Sands Pty Ltd (which became Westralian Sands Ltd) as Production Superintendent and acted as Manager of this operation from 1973 to 1975. In 1977 he was made Operations Manager of Westralian Sands, a position he held until he died on the 20th May 1985 from an aneurysm to the brain. A mineral sands concentrator was named in his honour (Powell Concentrator).



Sp. (unknown).

1.2 Edward John POWELL (1932-1941) [176].

Born 24 Aug 1932, Wiluna, Western Australia, Australia. Died 25 Nov 1941.