Died from Heart failure, cancer of colon
Headstone has aged 77 years.
Morning Bulletin Wednesday 2 June 1943
DEATH OF MR H. E. WILLIAMS
The death occurred in the Muttaburra District Hospital of Mr Horace Edward Williams, Bannockburn. Torrens Creek, aged 78 years. Mr Williams was born in Manchester. England, and came to Australia when 16 years of age. He was associated with various properties in the Hughenden, Prairie, and Aramac areas, including Lammermoor, Telemon and Corinda, until 1933, when he acquired Bannockburn. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Miss Sheila Williams, Bannockburn and two sons, Douglas, Bannockburn, and Flying Officer Charles Ryland, RAAF, England. The latter was only a few days ago reported missing in activities over enemy country.-Longreach correspondent.
[Source: DEATH OF MR H. E. WILLIAMS. (1943, June 2). Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld.: 1878 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved November 18, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article56280453]
The Northern Miner Monday 19 July 1943
I pay a tribute now to one of these men, namely Horace Williams, of Bannockburn Station, who breathed his last at the Muttaburra Hospital on May 24. The late Mr. Williams was a fine type of man who set an excellent example to all those who knew him. He had a wide and varied experience in pastoral matters, much of which I will reveal through these columns in the months that are to come. When the late pioneer purchased Bannockburn, he built it up to be one of the finest in the West and remained on it until his death at 77 years. He established himself as a pioneer by “loving the land he adopted” and spending more than 50 years in the West.
Mr. Williams could come to town like all other important men from Outback, but he always left his heart in the bush. He knew it could only be happy out there. Before his success in life he endured many hard ships and the only comforts he had during his life’s battle” were the happy smiles provided by Mrs. Williams. Yes, this grand lady is a pioneer, too, and loved by all who know her, especially those in the Torrens Creek area.
[Source: THE BUTCHER’S WOOING. (1943, July 19). The Northern Miner (Charters Towers, Qld.: 1874 – 1954), p. 6. Retrieved November 18, 2013, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article81316193]