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Gordon Williams
Gordon Williams
Williams in 1988 at the age of 107 (almost 108)
Birth: 28 May 1880
Cunnamulla, Queensland, Australia
Death: 10 July 1988
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Age: 108 years, 43 days
Country: AustraliaAUS

James Gordon "Pop" Williams (28 May 1880 – 10 July 1988) was an Australian centenarian who was the oldest known living man in Australia at the time of his death. He was also the last Australian Second Boer War veteran.


Gordon Williams was born in Cunnamulla, Queensland, Australia on 28 May 1880. His parents were James Williams and Annie (née Huxley) Williams. He had five siblings.

He served in the Australian Army during the Second Boer War. He served around one year in South Africa, together with his brother. Later, he joined the Lighthorse in the AIF World War I.

He worked as a farmer. He married Flora Thompson in Tibooburra, New South Wales, Australia on 12 September 1928.

At the age of 60, he tried to join up in the World War II, but was refused because of his age.

He became the oldest known living man in Australia, following the death of 107-year-old Robert Hewson on 28 August 1986.

At the age of 107 (almost 108), he still walked with the help of a walker. In 1988, aged 107 (almost 108), Williams was interviewed by Phoebe Hinton for an Australian TV show, in which he told about his war experiences.

Gordon Williams died in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on 10 July 1988 at the age of 108 years, 43 days. At the time of his death, he was the oldest known living person in Queensland, and the third-oldest known living person in Australia, behind Agnes Dodds and Mary Hurley.

Following his death, 108-year-old Frederick McGill became the oldest known living man in Australia.



Australia's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Robert Hewson • Gordon WilliamsFrederick McGill • Robert McMiekenKosta Malco • James Wright • Robert Jordan • Jack Lockett • William CaddySydney Bond • Frank Scarrabelotti • John Campbell Ross • Claude Choules • James HopeAnthony Hoffman • Fred Lunghusen • Alfred Date • Alfred Powell • Hilton NunnDexter KrugerFrank Mawer