Gladys Daphne Ryan

Female17 October 1907–27 November 1986

Brief Life History of Gladys Daphne

When Gladys Daphne Ryan was born on 17 October 1907, in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, her father, William Thomas Ryan, was 29 and her mother, Ellen May Franklin, was 25. She married Ernest Keith Sowell on 6 October 1928, in Ringarooma, Tasmania, Australia. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She died on 27 November 1986, in her hometown, at the age of 79, and was buried in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.

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Ernest Keith Sowell
Gladys Daphne Ryan
Marriage: 6 October 1928
Beryl June Sowell
Kathryn Daphne Sowell

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  • Gladys Daphne Ryan, "Australia, Tasmania, Civil Registration of Births, 1899-1912"
  • Gladys Daphne Sowell, "Find A Grave Index"
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  • Marriage
    6 October 1928Ringarooma, Tasmania, Australia
  • Children (2)

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    Siblings (5)

    World Events (8)


    Age 4

    Canberra is founded and designated as the capital. The Federal Capital Territory is established as an area of two 360 square kilometers in the Yass-Canberra district.


    Age 7

    August: Australia becomes involved in World War One as Britain is preparing to declare war on Germany.


    Age 32

    Australia joins Britain in declaration of war on Germany.

    Name Meaning

    Some characteristic forenames: Irish Brendan, John Patrick, Dermot, Liam, Paddy, Donovan, Eamon, Eamonn, Kieran, Parnell, Aileen, Brennan.

    Irish: shortened form of O'Ryan , an Anglicized form of Ó Riaghain (modern Irish Ó Riain) ‘descendant of Riaghan’, a personal name probably based on the word ‘king’. Ryan is one of the commonest surnames in Ireland, though there has been considerable confusion with Regan .

    Irish: shortened from Mulryan (Ó Maoilriaghain).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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