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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Matilda JOHNSON / QUINNELL

Born 1875 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England [20] [21]
Daughter of Peter and Harriet JOHNSON [20]
     In 1881 was living with her parents, sisters Mary Ann and Alice and brother Richard at 41 Ely Lane in Tunbridge Wells [20]
     By 1891 she was working as a general domestic servant and by 1901 was working as a laundress [20]
     Resided with her parents and siblings Alice, Richard, Charlotte, Ellen, John and Edith at 32 Ely Lane in Tunbridge in 1891 [20]
     In 1901 was living with her parents and siblings Richard, Ellen, John, Edith, Arthur and Fanny at 69 Camden Road in Tunbridge [20]
Married George William QUINNELL in 1902 in Kent, England [19]
     Her husband left London, England on the steamship Orvieto on 12 December 1912 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
     Herself and their daughter remained in England for 15 months before sailing to join him in Western Australia [203]
     They departed London, England on the steamship Orvieto on 13 March 1914 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
     In 1916 herself, her husband and presumably their daughter were living on Clayton Street in the Perth suburb of Bellevue [50]
Resided with her husband, daughter and foster son in Coorow 1917-1921 [6] [50] [215]
     Guaranteed to contribute to the teacher's salary if the attendance at the Coorow State School fell below eight students in 1919 [215]
     Their foster son Jack attended the Coorow State School held at Coorow House in Coorow in 1919 and 1920 [215]
Resided with her husband, daughter and foster son in Winchester 1922-1927 [19]
     Assisted the Coorow Hall Committee with the Official Opening of the Coorow Agricultural Hall on 1 February 1923 [9: 23-Feb-1923]
     Purchased from the Midland Railway Company Lot 9 of the Winchester townsite for £20 on 11 April 1923 [27]
     By 1932 she had sold her Lot 9 of the Winchester townsite to W. George MULLIGAN [3]
Later relocated to Geraldton with her husband, daughter Ivy and son-in-law Herbert B. BOYS where they grew tomatoes [P89]
Departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Hobsons Bay and arrived in Southampton, England on 16 June 1929 [204]
     She spent four months in England, during which time her address was 88 Queens Road in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England [203] [204]
     Departed Southampton, England on the Jervis Bay and arrived back in Fremantle, Western Australia on 28 November 1929 [63]
Mother of Ivy May QUINNELL [P89]; and foster mother of Jack Hynes EARNSHAW [215]
Died 13 January 1956; buried Utakarra Cemetery, Geraldton WA [26]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Matilda Johnson / Quinnell' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 21 January 2018 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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