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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Adrienne Fay DRAGE / SHINBERG

Born 12 December 1933 in Mount Lawley, Western Australia [P377]
Daughter of "Snowy" Royston Clarence DRAGE and Christina Alice BRAYSHAW [84]
Resided with her parents in Carnamah, Western Australia 1933-1935 [5] [19]
     Baptised at her parents' home in Carnamah on 24 May 1934 by Rev. John BARNES of the Carnamah Presbyterian Church [84]
     She was named after famous Hollywood actresses Adrienne AMES and Fay WRAY [P377]
     Resided with her parents in Carnamah until leaving with her mother, grandmother and uncles on Friday 31 May 1935 [5: 7-Jun-1935]
Received a Silver Cup and a Blue Ribbon in the Baby Competition for babies up to two years in Stawell, Victoria in 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
     From the age of three years, when she dressed up in her mother's clothes and jewellery, she had the ambition to be a model [P377]
After moving about resided with her parents in the Melbourne suburb of Camberwell [P377]
     Educated at Our Lady of Victoria in Camberwell and then at Vaucluse Convent in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond [P377]
     After completing her schooling worked as a typist for the National Mutual Insurance Company [P377]
     Won a modelling contest, topped the class in a course and was offered a position at lingerie firm Prestige as a house model [P377]
     Regularly played tennis with her family and was a member of the Glen Iris Tennis Club [P377]
Met Simon SHINBERG at a fashion agents showroom when modelling swimwear at the age of 19 [P377]
     Simon's family owned and ran the famous Australian fashion house Sharene Creations whose main label was Mr Simon [P377]
     She liked Simon because he was "mature, worldly, sophisticated, well groomed and elegant" and "a lively energetic person" [P377]
     He liked her because he thought she was glamorous, and their first date was to the movies at the Hartwell Picture Theatre [P377]
     They courted for two years during which they dined out, danced and sometimes went to the theatre with Simon's parents [P377]
     Converted to Judaism which she embraced for its sound philosophy on life and its constructive values [P377]
Married Simon SHINBERG on 10 September 1955 at Temple Beth Israel in the Melbourne suburb of Saint Kilda [P377]
     They initially resided in a flat on Havelock Street in the Melbourne suburb of Saint Kilda [P377]
     Regularly took trips to the coastal Victorian town of Lorne with a group of twelve friends [P377]
     Worked with her husband at his family's firm Sharene Creations in Melbourne until six months pregnant [P377]
     Her grandmother gave her lessons in cooking, cleaning, ironing and how to be organised [P377]
     Following the sudden death of her father-in-law she joined her husband in running the family business Sharene Creations [P377]
She and her husband complemented each other perfectly, supported each other and were always a playful dynamic [P377]
She dedicated her life to her family and was a caring and loving grandmother to her five grandchildren [P377]
Passed away at the age of 75 years from complications from surgery to remove her gall bladder [P377]
Mother of Debra and Judy [P377]
Died 22 March 2009; buried Springvale Botanical Cemetery in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Jewish, Garden 2, Row W, Plot 4) [P377]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Adrienne Fay Drage / Shinberg' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 5 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/adrienne-fay-drage [reference list]




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