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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Julia REECE / WALLEY

Born 1883 [239: Tree 22A]
Daughter of Edward REECE and Nancy BANGALAN [239: Tree 22A]
Her father was a full-blood Native American from North America while her mother was a full-blood Aboriginal [P474] from Esperance [239]
As she was part-Aboriginal, she was abducted from her parents' care and taken to the Benedictine Monastery in New Norcia [P474]
Married Aboriginal man Martin WALLEY in New Norcia in 1900 [91]
In 1923, when their daughter Mavis was baptised, they were living in Carnamah [91]
Following her husband's death in 1960 she wore black clothing until the day she died [P474]
Remembered by her grandchildren as a strong woman who wore a soldiers hat and had long black hair [P474]
She was commonly seen sitting by the campfire smoking her favourite pipe [P474]
Father of John, Mary Mercy [15], Piney, Cyril Malcolm, Harold, Clarence Thomas [239: Tree 26], Mavis [91] and Lionel [15]
Died 29 July 1967; buried at the Goomalling Cemetery in Goomalling, Western Australia [138]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Julia Reece / Walley' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 December 2017 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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