Wray Owen Funerals is proud to be supporting Bravehearts

Bravehearts Inc. is Australia’s leading child protection advocacy group and the nation’s only charity specifically dedicated to combating child sexual assault in Australia.
Bravehearts’ work sets out to educate, empower and protect Australian children through specialist therapy, support, education, research and legislative reform.

Our Mission is to stop child sexual assault in our society.
Our Vision is to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child.


Our country mourns the passing of one of our WWII diggers – Roy Cornford

USS Pampanito floating museum at Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco

WRAY OWEN FUNERALS CONDUCTED THE FUNERAL SERVICE OF ROYDON CHARLES CORNFORD of Vincentia formerly of Mount Ousley. Aged 93. Passed away peacefully on 2nd July 2015 after a short illness.
Beloved Husband of Joan. Dearly loved Father and Father in law of Beryl and Don, Barbara, Stephen and Margo. Loving Grandfather of Sheridon, Andrew, Melinda, Bernadette and David. Much loved Pa Corny of Charlotte, Ashton and Layla. Roy will be sadly missed by his loving family and many friends.

ROY CORNFORD, a 19 year old labourer from Wollongong, enlisted into the Second Australian Imperial Force (AIF) in September 1941. Arriving in Singapore late in the Malayan campaign as a reinforcement for the 2/19th Battalion, Roy was fortunate enough to be evacuated from Singapore to Java a week before the city fell to Japanese force. His luck was not to hold out, however, and Roy was taken prisoner by the Japanese when Java fell in March 1942.
Transported back to Singapore, Roy went on to work in Thailand on the notorious Burma-Thailand Railway. In March 1944, Roy was amongst a group of prisoners of war (POWs) in Thailand selected by the Japanese for transport to Japan to work as slave labour.
After many delays and a tortuous trip from Thailand to Singapore, Roy departed Singapore on 6 September 1944, aboard the Japanese cargo ship Rakuyo Maru, part of a convoy bound for Japan.
On 12 September, the convoy was attacked by a US Navy submarine ‘wolf pack’, consisting of US Ships Growler, Pampanito and Sealion. Two ships in the convoy which were carrying POWs, Rakuyo Maru and Kachidoki Maru, were sunk by the submarines. As the ships carried no special markings and as the Japanese government had made no application for safe passage of the ships as POW transports, the American submarine crews had no way of knowing that Allied POWs were aboard the ships when they were torpedoed.
The presence of POWs aboard the ships was discovered on 15 September, three days after the sinkings, when the USS Pampanito returned to the area to continue operations against the convoy and discovered men clinging to rafts who were identified as British and Australians.
Pampanito immediately set about rescuing as many survivors as possible and called in three of her sister ships to assist. Roy Cornford was one of the 73 survivors picked up by Pampanito.
Roy and his mates were transported by Pampanito to the US base on the island of Saipan, where they were disembarked and immediately admitted to hospital. From Saipan, Roy was returned to Australia by ship, arriving at Brisbane on 18 October 1944. After further hospital treatment, Roy was discharged from the AIF in May 1945.
Roy married his wife Joan in 1947 and they have raised three children. Trained as a painter after the war, Roy originally worked as an employee of a painting contractor and then set up his own business, which he ran for almost 30 years. Roy was an active member of the RSL and following retirement he and his wife Joan established a successful plant nursery and donated all of the profits from 1987 to 2009 to charity. He remained actively involved in community and charity work.
Roy preferred to forget the horrors of his time as a POW, concentrating instead on remembering how he and his mates all helped each other through difficult times and conditions.
See links below for more of Roydon’s story:

Roy enlisted in the AIF in 1941 and was taken captive by the Japanese in Java and became a POW after the fall of Singapore
The US submarine USS Pampanito rescued 73 Australian and British Pow’s from the sinking of the ‘Rakuyo Maru’ The submarine is now a floating museum docked at Fishermans Wharf, San Francisco
Roy Cornford being interviewed by the ABC for the ‘No Prisoners’ television program on Four Corners
‘Rakuyo Maru’ before being sunk by a US wolf pack of submarines
POWs being rescued by the submarine USS Pampanito after 3 days floating on wreckage


Wray Owen Funerals continues to sponsor Terara Country Music Festival

Over the past few years Wray Owen Funerals as part of it’s Community Service programme has continued to sponsor the small but very successful Terara Country Music Festival.
Unique due to its rural setting and camping sites located in dairy paddocks, this festival continues to grow in popularity.
Each year in March, caravan and tent dwellers campout on Owen and Thelma Ison’s 146 Millbank Road, Terara property to enjoy local and country music bands perform their best.
Affectionately known as “Owie’s World”, this year’s campout attracted 270 caravans from across the country. Owen hopes next year’s event, which is scheduled for the first week of March, will be even bigger and better than 2015. Proceeds donated to Noah’s Ark Shoalhaven to purchase vital equipment for students. Photo courtesy of Max Cochrane.

terara festival

Jervis Bay and Basin Arts


Parents of artist, Fiona Ryan, photographed with Wayne Pryor, President of JBBARTS beside her winning painting entitled ‘Flare’ at the exhibition opening at Shoalhaven City Arts Centre. ‘Now Shoalhaven’ exhibition closes on 8th August.

Wray Owen Funerals's photo.

Shoalhaven Art Society

Wray Owen sponsors $1,500 Acquisitive Award at The Shoalhaven Art Society’s 50th Annual Open Art Exhibition.

The Wray Owen Acquisitive Award was won by Amber Crowe for her painting titled: ‘Mantis Shrimp’.
Amber received a Highly Commended Special Award for the same painting in Section ‘C’ – Life Form.
Photographed at the exhibition were Hazel Hensler (Shoalhaven Art Society) and Ian Strathie (Wray Owen Funerals).

Wray Owen Funerals's photo.
Wray Owen Funerals's photo.