21 November 1915Ousey-presentation_Page_004b

Born at Lincoln Street, Longsight, Manchester.

Parents: Frederick and May Ousey (nee Sargeant).

Christened Frederick Henry Ousey.

1920 – 1929

Elementary education at Schools in Manchester.


Worked in cotton warehouse in Manchester.


Father dies of tuberculosis.

1933 – 1936

Went to London to train as an architect.

1936 – 1939

Territorial Army, Ardwick, Manchester.

June 1939

Enlisted in the Royal Artillery and was posted to Woolwich Barracks where he spent the whole of the wartime period.

7 February

Married Eleanor Maden of Rawtenstall,


Lancs. accounts clerk with Manchester Municipal Education Department at Longsight Baptist Chapel, Manchester.

1941 – 1945

Lived at 114, Wellmeadow Road, Catford, London.

Home damaged in bombing raid.


Demobbed from the Army.

1946 – 1947 

Lived with relatives in Nursery Road,  Eaton Norris, Stockport.


Moved to Hill Farm, Kinder, Hayfield, Derbyshire.


First visit to St. Ives Cornwall looking for a place to live and work.

1951 – 1960  

Lived at Sunnyside Cottage,Perranuthnoe, Marazion, Mousehole, Lamorna Cove, Breage, Mount Hawke, Devon, Scotland.

Visits to family in Cheshire and Hertford.

1960 – 1968

Following his first solo show in London he moved to Hertfordshire & Primrose Hill, London

1968 – 1971

Moved to Trevorrian House, Breage, Helston.

1971 – 1974  

Opened Ousey Fine Arts Gallery, Painswick, Gloucester.

January 1976

Moved to the South of France.

1976 – 1978

Visited many places in the South of France living mostly in his VW Caravanette.

Many months were spend in Grimaud & St Tropez.

1978 – 1979

Sestri Levanti, Italy.

1979 – 1984

Institut Franco Scandinave, Aix-en-Provence and Marseilles.

23 May 1985 

Died in Foundation Hospital Saint Joseph, Marseilles.


Wife, Susie, returned to England to live in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

26 January 1997

Susie died peacefully in Watford General Hospital.