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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Elva Irene HUTCHINSON / LEWIS

Born 1914 [15]
Daughter of Robert HUTCHINSON and "May" Sarah Josephine May CHAPMAN [33]
In 1917 was living with her parents on 10th Avenue in the Perth suburb of Maylands [50]
Later resided with her father on Onslow Street in South Perth [81: 13-Jul-1930]
She was one of three girls with sisters Rita and Nancy [39: 15-Sep-1933]
Her engagement to Caron farmer Max LEWIS was announced during July of 1930 [81: 13-Jul-1930]
Married Max Swinburne LEWIS at the age of 17 in South Perth on 14 February 1931 [33]
Resided with her husband and his brother Denis on their Punyarra Farm in Caron, where she died aged 19 years [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Died 12 September 1933 in Caron; buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah (Row B, Plot 7) [1]
Rev. John BARNES of Carnamah officiated at her burial, which was undertaken by Henry Parkin & Son of Carnamah [1]
An inquest into her death was held in Carnamah on 13 September 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]


From The Geraldton Guardian and Express newspaper, Thursday 14 September 1933:
Young Woman's Death
"Advice was received by the local police yesterday of the death in tragic circumstances at Caron, on the Wongan line, yesterday, of Mrs Elva Irene Lewis, aged 19 years. According to the report, deceased was seized with sudden illness at her home, and although she was rushed to the hospital at Three Springs by her husband, for medical attention, she died before the institution was reached. After a post-mortem examination has been held, it will then be decided whether an inquest will be necessary."


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 22 September 1933:
Death by Poisoning - Caron Tragedy
"I find that Elva Irene Lewis came by her death at the farm of Lewis Brothers, Caron, from the effects of cyanide poisoning, self administered, while suffering a temporary lapse of mental distress." This was the finding of the acting coroner (Andrew Smart, J.P.) at an inquest held on Wednesday of last week into the death of a young married woman, only 19 years of age, who was dead when admitted to the Carnamah Hospital on the Tuesday night previous. Evidence was given by Dr. Rosenthal, who had performed a post mortem examination, Max Swinburne Lewis, the husband, and his brother and father, and Constable Doye."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Elva Irene Hutchinson / Lewis' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 24 November 2017 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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