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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Maggie" Margaret Swan DOW / BOWMAN

Born 26 February 1877 in Kinglassie, Fife, Scotland [28]
Daughter of John DOW and Helen KAY [28]
Grew up in Kinglassie, initially on her father's Macedonia Farm, then on her cousin's Muirton Farm and later in Kinglassie village [P1]
From the completion of her schooling until getting married she worked as a School Monitor at the school in Kinglassie [P1]
Married John BOWMAN on 28 September 1899 at Saint Giles in Edinburgh, Scotland [28]
Resided for a number of years in Auchterderran, Fife, Scotland where her husband was the manager of Bowhill Colliery [P1]
Along with her children remained in Scotland while her husband was manager of the coal mines on Labuan Island [P1]
On his return to Scotland they resided at Rosefield House on Gardenside Avenue, Uddingston in Bothwell, Lanark, Scotland [P1]
While living at Rosefield gave birth to a fourth daughter, "Bunty" Jane Craig BOWMAN, who died 5 July 1913, aged 18 months [28]
They left Scotland in 1915 after her husband made plans to purchase a Ready Made Farm in Carnamah, Western Australia [P1]
     Along with her husband and their three surviving daughters departed London, England on the steamship Osterley in 1915 [P1]
     The family's domestic employee of many years, "Belle" Isabella M. EASTON, accompanied the family at her own request [P1]
     Also on board the Osterley were the ROBERTSON and FORRESTER families who had also made plans to settle in Carnamah [P1]
     She later told her youngest daughter that she was highly concerned about travelling during the First World War [P9]
     After a voyage of approximately one month they arrived on the Osterley in Fremantle, Western Australia on 11 May 1915 [P1]
Shortly after arrival they travelled to Carnamah by train, in company with Isabella M. EASTON and the FORRESTER family [P1]
     They arrived in Carnamah at about midnight and were met by a man in a cart to take to their farm four miles from town [P1]
     Herself, young daughter Daisy and Mrs Effie FORRESTER travelled in the cart while the others walked behind to the farm [P1]
Resided on The Home Farm on the Carnamah-Perenjori Road in Carnamah from 1915 until 1952 [P9]
     Water was initially scarce and had to be carted, and in later years their domestic water consisted solely of rainwater [P9]
     She was always the first to tell if something had fallen in and died in the rainwater tank, which meant it had to be drained [P9]
Signed the petition in February 1923 for the Irwin Licensing Court to grant a hotel license for Carnamah [10: 9-Mar-1923]
Won 2nd prize for Fancy Scones exhibited at the Annual Show & Sports Carnival in Carnamah on 20 September 1923 [86: 4-Oct-1923]
Travelled to Scotland with son and youngest daughter in 1924 as she wished her only son to see his homeland [P9]
     They departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamshipCeramic and arrived in Southampton, England in May 1924 [204]
     During their visit they stayed with her husband's parents Dundruid Villa in Lundin Links, Fife, Scotland [204]
     On their return they departed Liverpool, England on the steamship Runic for Albany, Western Australia on 6 December 1924 [203]
Attended the Grand Plain and Fancy Dress Ball in Carnamah on 6 August 1925 in an evening dress of brown marocain [9: 21-Aug-1925]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred M. LANG's wedding and reception in Carnamah on 27 March 1928 [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Attended the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday evening 8 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Founding Member of the Carnamah Presbyterian Ladies Guild in 1929 - was Vice President in 1929 and 1930 [105]
Attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Made a donation to the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them purchase premises [5: 29-Jul-1932]
Attended the Ball following the Carnamah Show on 15 September 1932 in a gown of black marocain trimmed with white [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Won 2nd prize for Brown Bread at the Carnamah Agricultural Show at Centenary Park on 14 September 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
When the account came from Charlie and Maggie KROSCHEL's The Don Tearooms she would go into town to pay it [P9]
     Afterwards Maggie KROSCHEL would put some ice cream into two dishes and they would sit down at a table to have a chat [P9]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Flannel Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 3 February 1934 [5: 9-Feb-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Attended John and Mary LANG's Golden Wedding Celebration at Grianaig Farm in Carnamah on 18 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Winner of Rummy at the Presbyterian Card Evening held at the Church Hall in Carnamah on Thursday 29 August 1935 [5: 6-Sep-1935]
After months in hospital in Perth she returned to Carnamah in reasonably good health on Monday 4 November 1935 [5: 8-Nov-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Herself and her daughter Daisy spent a holiday in Perth during part of February and March 1936 [5: 21-Feb-1936]
     Following the holiday she returned to Carnamah with her husband on Saturday 6 March 1937 [5: 12-Mar-1937]
Attended the Coronation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 12 May 1937 in "black lace with white spray on shoulder" [5: 14-May-1937]
     The ball and its festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth [5]
After a visit to Perth herself and her husband returned to Carnamah on Monday 17 May 1937 [5: 21-May-1937]
Herself and her husband entertained visiting parliamentarian Albert E. GREEN, M.H.R. at dinner on 29 May 1937 [5: 4 & 18-Jun-1937]
Donated the adult's first prize of £/1/1/- for the Community Concert at the Carnamah Hall on Wednesday 11 August 1937 [5: 13-Aug-1937]
Following the death of her husband in 1952 she left Carnamah and moved to Perth to live with her second eldest daughter [P1]
Resided with her daughter Mrs "Vi" Violet N. JOHNSON at 15 Princess Road in the Perth suburb of Doubleview 1952-1954 [P1]
Mother of Nell, Vi, Daisy, Bunty, John, Ruth and Lesley [P1]
Died 7 December 1954 at 15 Princess Road, Doubleview; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row F, Plot 12) [1] [P1]


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 11 December 1954:
Obituary - Late Mrs. Margaret Bowman - Funeral at Winchester

"Following a somewhat lengthy period of indifferent health, the death occurred on Tuesday last at the home of her daughter (Mrs. V. Johnson) at Double View of yet another old and highly respected identity of Carnamah in the person of Mrs. Margaret Swan Bowman at the age of seventy-seven years. The deceased lady, who was born at Fifeshire (Scotland), arrived at Carnamah in company with her husband in the very early years of land settlement in the North Midlands, and it is only since the passing of the late Mr. John Bowman about two-and-a-half years ago that she has resided with her daughter in the metropolitan area. The late Mrs. Bowman, whose funeral took place in the Winchester Cemetery on Wednesday last, is survived by five daughters in Mesdames J. Dixon (Bindoon), V. Johnson (Double View), P. Thomson (Marchagee), D. Johnson (Carnamah) and Miss Margaret (Daisy) Bowman (Mt. Lawley), and also one son in Mr. D. Bowman, of Carnamah. At the cemetery the service was conducted in the presence of quite a large assemblage of relatives and friends by Rev. J. R. Albany, of Morawa, the casket being borne from the hearse to the graveside by Messrs. A. Forrester, C. Robertson, L. W. Grierson and R. Niven, and the pall-bearers were Messrs. C. Chapman, R. W. Clark, R. Diamond and E. K. Wells."


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




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