Lady PoynterIrene May Williams was born in Abertillery in May 1907 the elder daughter of Cornelius Edward Williams and Rachel Ann (nee Edwards). On the 1911 census Cornelius Edwards was listed as a milk vendor and the family were residing at Campbell House, Cwm Cottage Road, Abertillery. The family moved to Queen Street prior to taking on the business at the Marlborough Stores in Six Bells. Irene attended Queen Street and Abertilery Grammar Schools and the family worshipped at the Somerset Street Methodist Church, (South Wales Gazette 29 December 1939).
On 24 April 1924 the family left for Australia sailing on the TSS Esperance Bay and settled in McMahon's Point, Sydney. Cornelius Edwards became a Justice of the Peace and worked for the Government Education Department in Sydney. Irene May Williams initially worked as a librarian at the Alliance Francaise Library prior to taking a staff position with the Australian Broadcasting Company.
On 01 November 1939 Irene May Williams became the third wife of Sir Hugh Edward Poynter of Wahroonga, who succeeded to the title 3rd Baronet Poynter in 1923. The wedding was held at St. Mary's Cathedral, McMahon's Point.
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Lady Poynter died 08 April 1965 at Eastbourne, Sussex, aged 60. A requiem was held on Tuesday 13 April 1965 at Our Lady of Ransom Church, Eastbourne, and following the service Lady Poynter was cremated at Eastbourne Crematorium, (The Times 10 April 1965).
Sir Hugh Edward Poynter was born in Kensington, London, on 28 January 1882 and died on 28 June 1968, aged 86. He was the son of Edward John Poynter and Agnes (Macdonald) Poynter.
Sir Hugh married Mary Mason in 1906 and Linda Rule-King in 1933.
The Poynter family are relatives of Stanley Baldwin and Rudyard Kipling.