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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Winifred" Annie Winifred DAVIESON / FARRELL

Born 1889 in Fremantle, Western Australia [15]
Daughter of "Dave" Edgar DAVIESON and Annie MCMAHON [15]
Along with her mother purchased the vacant block at 2 Macpherson Street in Carnamah on 14 February 1914 [27]
     The block, Lot 8 of Victoria Location 1936, was 2½ acres in size and cost £29, payable in six instalments over two years [27]
     Lot 8 was purchased from the Midland Railway Company of Western Australia [27]
     A tin and weatherboard shop was constructed on the block, which was on the southwest corner of Yarra and Macpherson Streets [51]
General Storekeeper at 2 Macpherson Street in Carnamah 1914-1920 [6] [7: page 153] [9: 16-Jul-1920] [10: 26-Feb-1915] [51]
     Ran the store in partnership with her mother Annie, trading as "A. & W. Davieson" [6]
     Their store sold all sorts of goods and supplies and was also an agency for the Bank of Australasia [7: page 153]
     They also sold copies of the regional The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, which was produced in Moora [9: 25-Oct-1918, 26-Dec-1919]
     In 1915 their shop was the only one in Carnamah, and was said to have been about 10 by 10 foot in size [P300]
Won a gold bangle at the Euchre Party & Dance held at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs in early September 1914 [10: 29-Sep-1914]
On 29 September 1915, along with her mother, purchased the block next to their shop for £20 (Lot 9 of Victoria Location 1936) [27]
Conducted the Refreshment Booth and did the catering at the Sports Meeting held in Carnamah on 4 May 1916 [10: 16-May-1916]
     It was remarked how she miraculously fed 106 people with food for sixty, after a greater than expected turnout at the Sports [10]
Helped cater for 180 people at the luncheon of the Carnamah Races on Easter Monday 9 April 1917 [9: 27-Apr-1917]
Candidate for Carnamah in the Ugly Woman Competition conducted in Three Springs for the Y.M.C.A. in May 1917 [9: 25-May-1917]
     She came sixth in the competition with 2,985 votes which helped raise £208/17/6 for the war efforts of the Y.M.C.A. [9]
Collected subscriptions for the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1918 [124]
Played the piano at the dance held in the evening of the Peace Day Celebrations in Carnamah on Saturday 19 July 1919 [10: 25-Jul-1919]
Herself and Mrs Ettie PARKER hosted a Grand Euchre Party & Dance in Winchester on Thursday 4 September 1919 [10: 29-Aug-1919]
     The event was held at Ettie's homestead on Glenwilli Farm in Winchester and raised £23 for the Carnamah Hall Fund [10]
     From a financial perspective the evening was proclaimed to have been the most successful event ever held in the district [10]
     It was also reported that "from a social point of view the party was everything that could be desired" [10: 12 & 19-Sep-1919]
     By collecting subscriptions herself and Mrs PARKER ended up raising a total of £26/11/7 for the Carnamah Hall Fund [10]
Entrant in the Popular Girl Competition conducted by the Carnamah Hall Committee in 1920 and 1921 [10: 10-Sep-1920]
     The competition was held to raise funds for the building of a local hall, and by September she was in the lead with 12,000 votes [10]
     She later withdrew from the competition, however still managed to come third (out of five) with 13,188 votes [10: 1-Apr-1921]
     It is likely that she was one of the "popular girls" who was claimed "for better or worse" during the competition [10: 8-Apr-1921]
In July 1920 she and her mother sold their storekeeping business in Carnamah to her brother Theodore T. DAVIESON [9: 16-Jul-1920]
Married "Tom" Thomas Patrick Joseph FARRELL in Perth in 1921 [66]
     Resided with her husband on farmland in Perenjori 1921-1926[50]
     Resided in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park prior to her death in 1926, at the age of 36 years [2] [15]
Died 13 January 1926; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, DA, 61)[2]

From The Daily News newspaper, Saturday 23 January 1926:
Obituary - The Late Mrs Annie W. Farrell
    "The funeral of the late Mrs. Annie Winifred Farrell, wife of Mr. Thomas J. Farrell, of Perenjori, took place on the 13th inst. and was very largely attended. The deceased, who was thirty -five years of age, was born in Freemantle and had resided in this State all her life, during which time she became very well known and highly respected by all with whom she came in contact. The cortege moved from Messrs. Bowra and O'Dea's private Mortuary in Pier-street, and proceeded to the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Karrakatta, where the remains were interred, the Rev. Father W. Lyons officiating at the graveside. The chief mourners were: Mr. Thomas J. Farrell (husband), Mr. and Mrs. E. Dayieson (father and mother), Mr. T. Davieson (brother), Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Farrell (brother-in-law and sister-in-law), Mr. Michael Farrell (brother-in-law) Mr. and Mrs. F. Craig (cousins), Mr. and Mrs. W. Cary (very old friends).
     The pail-bearers were Messrs. E. Nicholas, W. Cary, A. P. Hamilton, R. E. Saunders, G. H. Jackson, and W. L. Beatty. Those present were Messrs. M. Kennedy, M.L.A., T. Moore, M.L.C., F. Craig, M. A. Auld, F. Sanderson, W. Carlyon, J. Quelch, W. Cary, Christie, J. Holland. Wreaths were received from her loving husband, Mr. and Mrs. E. Davieson, Agg, Matt, and family, Nita and Jim, Mr. and Mrs. Tony Farrell, Jack and Violet Kenny, Mr. and Mrs. Cary and family, Mr. and Mrs. Christie, Mr. and Mrs. Auld, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Welbourne, Mr. and Mrs. Downer and family, Mrs. Williams and Gwyn, and Mr. and Mrs. F. Craig. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Bowra and O'Dea."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Annie Winifred Davieson / Farrell' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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