Colin Thomas Turton Wood

Isaac Wood was the son of an Isaac, from Drumagh-but definitely from Co. Down

It appears that the Wood/Woods families of Ireland, possibly went to Ireland from Scotland in the mid sixteen-hundreds as a part of the Plantation of Ulster  or Ulster Plantation.

Isaac Wood 1775 ~ 1823 Married Elizabeth Wood (Sims) 1794 ~ 1821  a

William Henry   1813 Eliza                1817

Joseph          1819

Louisa  1822 (this must be  the year she was baptized)

HenryI.1833 Eliza J.1837 Joseph J       1838 Archibald A.  1841 GeorgeW.1843 ElizabethI.1844 MatildaA.1846 Robert. 1847


ThomasF. 1850

Percy  1877


Arthur 1881

Cecil Turton  1883

John  1896


LeslieTurton  1905 - 1983 Mrd Olga Daphne

Reginald Charles(fonney)

Stanley Married


Walter Married Gwen

Allan  Married Valerie Brenda Lofsten

Alice Married Colin Donnelly

Sydney Married Dorothy

Keith Mrd Betty

Ivy Irene

Daphne Lillian1927

Mrd James Howarth (dec)

Shirley Maude Wood 1930


Clem Long (dec)

Colin Thomas Turton 1935

Mrd Janice Hodge 1960

and Jenny Gethridge 1978

Fay Howarth Mrd 


Allan William Wood        

Fay ~


Michael Amanda


Ross James


Judy ~ Robert

Christine (dec)~ Child of Christine

Peter Colin



David Andrew


Jennifer Susan

    Children of Colin & Jenny              

Ian William Turton


Tanya Aileen


Ross James

Peter Colin

David Andrew

Jennifer Susan Wood

married Warren Stefanac

Ian William Turton married Katrina

Tanya Aileen

married Gregory Camelleri


Justin James






Bradley Isaac Turton

Christian Mario        





Jacob Brian


















Elizabeth (Felicia) Wood arrived on HMS Kangaroo 14th Jan 1814 with son? don’t know if she was free or convict. Children as at census 1828
                 Joseph                          9          male Institute Orphanage Cabramatta
                 Eliza                             11        border James Smith Parramatta
                 Louisa                          6          female Institute Orphanage Parramatta
                 William Henry   15        15 living with F E Forbes Liverpool
If as the records say Elizabeth arived in Oz with son where is he as joseph was born in 1821.
Also Elizabeth died in 1821 aged 27 (see below) so she was born in 1794 allowing 9 months travelling she was at most sixteen when this unmentioned son was born unless he was born on voyage (father Isaac not possible ) .  But no mention of him again..  If louisa was 6 in 1828 and Elizabeth died in 1821 it means louisa was born in 1822.  Something wrong!!

Reference text in graves book Felicia Wood wife of Isaac Wood of Macquarie St Academy died 30th March 1821 aged 26 years??? leaving husband and children.  Also Mr Isaac Wood died 23rd Jan 1823 aged 43 years also Eliza Jane Wood Grand-daughter of the above died 16th Dec 1837 aged 8 months and 2 days



William Henry Wood 1816-?  Back to top

William Henry Wood was born on 16th July 1816. He was baptised at St Lukes church on 13th October 1816.
When his father Isaac died he went to live with a Mr F.E. Forbes a farmer at Liverpool.
On 23rd June 1835 he married Rachel Sophia Turnbull at the 2nd Scot’s Presbyterian Church in Sydney. His occupation at that time was a publican.
He held the licence of the “Golden Fleece” hotel in George St Sydney, the licence was dated 22nd June 1835, and cost 25 pounds a year. The day before he was married (quite a wedding present).
His wife arrived in the colony in 1819 at the age of 3 on the ship the “Baring” her fathers name was Robert, mothers name Elizebeth she had 2 brothers James & John & a sister Charlotte (1828 census).
Harrow Inn
The old “Harrow Inn” stood at the side of the Great Southern Road in the Parish of Towrang near the site of the Towrang Stockade which quartered the convict road gangs and their military overseers.
The first proprietor, John Passmore, received a 100-acre grant under an early soldier settlement scheme. On it he built his Inn, securing his first licence in 1840.
Passmore soon cultivated other local interests and by 1843 the licence had passed to George Dunn, who in turn transferred it to William Henry Wood in 1849. On Wood’s death his wife Rachel took over the licence, holding it from 1854 to 1857.


He must have “owned land” in Goulburn as he is described on his sons marriage certificate as a squatter.
I can’t find his death certificate, he may have died in Goulburn & is not recorded or it may have been lost.
I have a reference to a William Henry Wood in a book which describes him as a pioneer in the Penrith district I don’t know if this is the same man.
I have also found a reference to a William Henry Wood buried at the Emu Plains cemetary.
The two references could refer to our William Henry because his name was never shortened to W.H. or William H. it was always written fully as it was in these references.


Charles Wood 1848-?  Back to top

Charles Wood was born in Goulburn in 1848.
In 1876 his occupation was described as a managing clerk living in Hamilton Newcastle.
He was married to Ann Turton on the 26th January 1876 at Christ Church St Laurence George St Sydney.
It was Ann who started the tradition of calling the first son the middle name of Turton this has gone on for five generations.
They had 5 children.


Cecil Turton Wood 1883-1962  Back to top


Cecil was born at Wagga Wagga in 1883 although I can find no record of his birth, his marriage cert shows he was born at Wagga.
He was married to Fanny Maud Markcrow on 22nd March 1905 at the Whitefield Congregational Church Sydney.
He died in 1962 at a private hospital in Banksia while living with his eldest son.
He had 9 children.
 His working life is open to some speculation. He has been described as a boundary rider in Q/land where he met his wife. Canvasser, collector & on his son’s marriage cert he describes himself as a carpenter.
He also has been credited with being a vaudeville performer. His stage name was Preston Sinclair
I remember him as a funny man doing all sorts of tricks & telling funny stories & nonsense poems.
I have asked my father if he remembered his grand-parents (Charles) he has no recollection of him, the same story came from my uncles & aunts, My aunt Alice used to say we had some relationship with the Scrutton family a very big scrap and new metal merchants well I have found some relationship as she said.


Leslie Turton Wood 1905-1983  Back to top

Leslie Turton wood was the eldest child of Cecil Turton Wood and Fanny Maud (Markcrow). He was born on the 16th May 1905 at Duck Creek Granville. Cecil & Fanny were very proud of their first-born, so much so in fact that he was followed over the subsequent years by other 8 other children, 6 boys & 2 girls.

Because of his employment as a commercial traveller, Mr Wood snr moved around quite a bit, & it was early in Dad’s life that he was taken to Toowoomba, Queensland. After a spell there, he was taken back to Sydney for 6 years to live at Glebe Point. A short spell of schooling at Forest Lodge, then to West Maitland for 12 months & again to Sydney, 12 months in Redfern then again to Glebe, where the family finally took root, Dad being a local lad living there 16 years. Although leaving school at 12 years of age, he had broken an arm playing football and was not fit to start work till 13 years old.

His first job was with an Auctioneer in City road. Opposite Victoria Park Bowling Club, & his duties included ringing a bell outside the auction room. After a while he sought to improve his lot & joined the printing industry via a small shop in Chippendale where he stayed two years. He then transferred to N.Le Roy Tracy’s, printers, office systems office furniture, & here he found his niche in life's serious business of earning a living . He stayed with this firm for 45 years, starting as a guillotine operator, promoted to control of the paper store, transferred to the main office, becoming successively over the years, production manager, factory manager, & finally internal sales manager. On retiring in 1970, & in appreciation of his devoted service he was presented a small plaque, or more officially an “ illuminated address” something which the management relied heavily, sounding very impressive but costing very little. The firm had been taken over in latter years by Wormald Bros.

While only 21 years of age, in 1926 he courted & wed Olga Daphne Chandler of Lidcombe, who in subsequent years gave him 2 daughters & 1 son, who in turn helped make him a grandfather 10 times over & a great-grandfather once (1979) His first two years of married bliss were spent at Belmore, then he moved to Earlwood in 1928, where he lived till his death.

From as early as he could remember, Dad has always had a passion for sport. At school he played everything going, including some sort of aquatic contest, which consisted pinching planks of wood from Hudson’s timber yard as a craft for paddling races across Blackwattle Bay with one of his 6 brothers. Later he played Junior league in the Balmain district, & in 1922 while only 17 was in the B grade footy team 1923. He started as a front row forward but the weight just wasn’t there, so he soon transferred to the wing. For three years he played cricket for the firms side in the City Houses competition, with Moore Park the venue for games before joining Earlwood Cricket Club , to becoming secretary of that club in the 1930’s . Dad carries many memories of those days. His nickname given in his football career was “Splinter” . He has vivid recollections of referees & police being dumped in horse troughs around Balmain by irate players & supporters, one favourite trough being in Bay St. As regards cricket, he said Bill O’Reilly played in the city houses competition with David Jones, but one season at least Dad beat him in the bowling averages. Their usual ground was just across from the “Bat and Ball” hotel, & as a non-smoker & non-drinker all his life , he was entrusted with the job of digging out the next batsman from the “Bat and Ball” when a wicket fell. Dad was a good bowler , but the least said about his batting the better.

As the years slipped by, he gravitated from cricket to tennis, playing for 26 years in the Dulwich Hill & Earlwood districts , (Sydenham-Bankstown Tennis Association) & again displaying his penchant & flair for administration & organisation, taking the job as Secretary over the years with 3 different clubs, as well as taking a seat on the board of management of the Dulwich Hill Hardcourt Association.

Then came the move to bowls, when Dad joined Campsie South in 1960. Again he was quick to adapt to a new sport, once again bringing to it the same enthusiasm for playing & administration  he had shown throughout his other fields of endeavour. He just about played every Pennant season since joining , won the minor consistency event in 1965.And with Jack Smith the club pairs in 1971, And as such winners, entered the Champion of Club Champions Pairs to go & win 3 rounds.

Around 1967 Dad became a member of the Competitions committee, serving 2 years & learning the workings of competition events & the rules governing them. In 1969 he gravitated to the demanding job of bowls secretary , which he occupied with distinction for four successive years. When Kevin Dillon retired from the post Dad was returned unopposed in 1978. However, serious illness forced him to resign from the only 4 months later.

From 1960 on, coincidentally from the time he joined Campsie South , his life was plagued with ill-health . Over the following 19 years he was in hospital 14 times, ray treatment in 1962, a major operation in 1965, a heart attack in 1970 & then another major operation in 1978 . Mum died in 1971, & this sent Dad back to work. He stayed with Lampson & Paragon in Kingsgrove for 15 months. In 1975 he met & married Betty Shields also a member of the club, gaining a step-daughter into the bargain.

 His other activities include the Masonic lodge. He became the master of Illawarra-St George in 1957. Some years later after a long absence from the lodge he thought to attend lodge once again only to find Mum had given his monkey suit to Vinies. Through the years he has been a loyal supporter of Balmain Rugby League football team & had a Tiger on his bowls.

Campsie gives him a flowing tribute “In avenues of administration, his even placid, unflappable nature, has stood him in good stead, particularly in the trying post of bowls secretary, where the ugly side of so many natures must be coped with as tactfully as possible. He handled all problems with dispassionate reason, common sense & courtesy, & almost always sent the disgruntled on their way, if not satisfied at least mollified.

He has been an excellent officer of this club, efficient & enthusiastic, a keen bowler but always a fair & generous sportsman with it, he enjoyed life to the full & gave a lot to this club. It is fitting that his name is left to posterity on both sides of the honour board, in the winners circle & as a top administrator.”



Colin Thomas Turton Wood 1935 ~  Back to top