OLIVER, Gwendolen

1909 - 1962

Gwendolen Oliver, was born at Coggeshall, Essex on 15 November 1909, youngest of two daughters of Revd Harri Oliver (16 July 1876-1 June 1930), congregational minister at Coggeshall, and his wife Margaret Lewis, daughter of David Lewis of Langharne, Carmarthenshire, who married at Stamford Hill Congregational Church, Hackney, London on 21 February 1907. In 1911, a 1 year old, living at The Manse, Coggeshall with her parents, 34 year old Harri and 40 year old Margaret, and her 3 year old sibling sister Winifred Eileen. In 1928 she exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool from 81 Royal Avenue, Lowestoft, a town where her father had been pastor for some 5 years, and the following year the family moved to Bocking, Essex where her father died in 1930. In 1931 Gwendolen was living with her mother at 3 London Road, Braintree, Essex. In 1939, an art school mistress, living at 'Domburg', Herne Bay Road, Sturry, Bridge, Kent, the home of the Back family. She married at Colchester, Essex in 1962, Edgar Harry Cunningham, a school teacher. She was of 18 Cambridge Road, Colchester when she died at The Essex County Hospital, Colchester on 28 April 1962.