Stephen Alexander Goodsell was born 15 January 1877 in Young, New South Wales, Australia to Alexander Letch Goodsell (1854-1908) and Ellen Matthews (1860-1937) and died 21 April 1944 Grenfell District Hospital, Grenfell, New South Wales, Australia of unspecified causes. He married Mary Ann Mato Woods (1886-1938) 17 June 1903 in Grenfell, New South Wales, Australia. He married Amy Florence Millar (c1879-1960) 25 September 1939 .


Offspring of Stephen Alexander Goodsell and Mary Ann Mato Woods (1886-1938)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Charles Abraham Goodsell (1907-1981)
Joy Mary Goodsell (1919-2002)



The death occurred in the local Hospital on Friday last of Mr. Steve Goodsell, a member of one of the district's best known families, and himself an esteemed citizen.

Deceased was 67 years of age, and was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Goodsell, who in the early days took up "Redcliffe," now owned by Mr. R. M. Hore.

Following in his father's footsteps the late Mr. Goodsell also went on the land, becoming a successful farmer and grazier, his properties at different times including Meyra, Parkside, and a holding at Warraderry.

He was very interested in all matters relating to farming and grazing pursuits and was successful.

Deceased was a member for years of the Grenfell P. and A. Association, and during later years he was elected as a member of the Forbes P.P. Board, in which office he gave good service.

He was an Elder of the Presbyterian Church, and gave generously towards the upkeep of the work in the Grenfell Charge.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Goodsell were very keenly interested in the work of the V.D.C., and in the earlier days of this Corps organised the catering for the Sunday parades.

The late gentleman was twice married, a son (Charles), and daughter (Joy) by his first wife, surviving.

His second wife—formerly Miss Amy Miller—survives, as does a brother (Mr. Richard Goodsell, of Queensland), and three sisters (Mrs. J. Ingrey, Mrs. Shone and Mrs. Victor Filby).

Prior to the funeral on Saturday afternoon a service was held in the Presbyterian Church, which was crowded, Rev. Geo. Cowie, who is a great friend of the family, coming from Sydney to take the services.

Members of the V.D.C. were the Guard of Honor at the church, and also marched to the cemetery, the Last Post and Reveille being sounded by Bandsman J. Stiff. The casket was decorated with the Union Jack.

The M.U.I.O.O.F. service was read by Bro. H. J. Rabbets, P.D.M.

Many beautiful wreaths were forwarded to the bereaved family. Mrs. J. Ingrey (sister) and Mr. Dick Goodsell (Queensland) were able to be present at the funeral, Mrs. Goodsell's sister (Mrs. Spence, of Wagga) arrived here on Tuesday.

The Grenfell Record And Lachlan District Advertiser, 27 April 1944, page 3


Footnotes (including sources)

‡ General
¶ Death
  • GOODSELL.—April 21, at Grenfell District Hospital, Stephen Alexander, beloved husband of Amy and father of Charlie and Joy.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 April 1944, page 12