Elizabeth Jane Buttsworth was born 7 October 1864 in Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia to Josiah Buttsworth (1836-1914) and Ann Cavanough (1839-1866) and died 29 May 1942 Ryde, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. She married Alpheus Wenban (1859-1936) 13 October 1887 in Wilberforce, New South Wales, Australia.


Offspring of Alpheus Wenban and Elizabeth Jane Buttsworth (1864-1942)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Lillian Victoria Wenban (1888-1973)
Bertram Aubrey Wenban (1890-1967)
Ilma Mary Wenban (1892-1976) 6 January 1892 Orange, New South Wales, Australia 4 October 1976 Thomas House, Westmead, New South Wales, Australia Rufus Augustus Richmond Lee (1892-1956)
Alpheus Eric David Wenban (1896-1918) 24 February 1896 Millthorpe, New South Wales, Australia 30 March 1918 Hangard Wood, Somme, Hauts-de-France, France
Donald Joseph Wenban (1899-1899)
Eula Vera Buttsworth Wenban (1903-1966)



Elizabeth Jane Wenban was born at Wilberforce in the Windsor district on the 7th October, 1865. She was the daughter of a pioneer Methodist of that district, Josiah Buttsworth. In 1887 she married Alpheus Wenban, and made her home in the Millthorpe Circuit for upwards of 35 years. She was a member of that church, and gave of her best unstintingly. Both in the church and Sunday school she held office over a long period. She also held office in the Ladies' Church Aid, and was secretary of the W.C.T.U. Friends of the Millthorpe Church will long remember her kindly Christian spirit, and her family will indeed be influenced by her example and advice. Since 1935 Mrs. Wenban has had to give up most of her activities on account of failing health.

Two years ago she came to Sydney to live, and about a year ago developed a serious illness which she bore bravely.

On the evening of 29th May she was suddenly called Home, as was her dearest wish.

On Sunday afternoon, 31st May, she was laid to rest in the Millthorpe Cemetery beside her husband, who died in 1936. A service was held previously in the church, which loving hands made beautiful with flowers. The church was filled with friends from near and far although the afternoon was a bitterly cold one.

The services at the church and graveside were conducted by Rev. Dillon, of the Millthorpe Circuit, who spoke very feelingly, and comforted the family with the knowledge that her life was a worthy one. "Until the day breaks. "

The Methodist, 25 July 1942, page 6

Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
Ω Birth
  • BDM Index ref for birth: 16267/1864
¶ Death
  • BDM Index ref for death: 13273/1942
  • WENBAN.—May 29, 1942, Elizabeth Jane, widow of Alphaeus Wenban, late of Milthorpe, N.S.W., and loving mother of Lillie (Mrs V J White) Bertram (Milthorpe), Ilma (Mrs R A Lee), Eric (deceased), Donald (deceased) and Ula (Mrs E Goodman, Milthorpe). In her 78th year.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 May 1942, page 18