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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Louise" Augusta Johanne Louise HANDTKE / GERSCH

Born 13 June 1886 in South Kilkerran, South Australia [55]
Daughter of Johann Gottlieb HANDTKE and Johanna Auguste RUGE [55]
Married "Ernest" Heinrich Ernst GERSCH on 28 January 1909 in South Australia[55]
Arrived in Western Australia in May 1931 with her children Lawrence, Gladys, Edgar and Rita to join her husband and son Bert [P88]
Resided with her husband and children at Caron, West Perenjori in 1933 and 1934[19]
Resided on Gregorfields Farm in Winchester with her husband and children from 1935 to 1942 [0: image 04201] [25] [P88]
She was "dressed in wine marocain and carried a posy of carnations" to her daughter Gladys' wedding on 29 May 1936 [5: 5-Jun-1936]
In January 1943 shifted with her husband from Gregorfields Farm in Winchester to the Carnamah townsite [0: image 04201]
Resided with her husband in a house on Macpherson Street in Carnamah 1943-1946 [P88]
She spent a short holiday in Perth in November 1945 to meet her son Edgar on his return from active service in the Pacific [5: 9-Nov-1945]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club [72]
Mother of Albert, Laurence, Gladys, Edgar and Rita [P88]
Died 22 March 1946 in Three Springs; buried at Three Springs General Cemetery in Three Springs (Roman Catholic, Plot 45) [5] [24] [95]
Her funeral, which was undertaken by Henry Parkin & Son of Carnamah, cost £31/13/- [53]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 29 March 1946:
Obituary - The Late Mrs. L. A. J. Gersch of Carnamah
"Approximately 160 relatives and friends attended the Three Springs Cemetery on Sunday morning last to pay their last respects to the memory of the late Mrs. Louise Auguste Johanna Gersch, who passed away at Three Springs District Hospital on Saturday, March 22, after a brief illness. Deceased, who was 60 years of age, was prior to her marriage Miss Handtke, and was born at South Kilkerran, South Australia. Together with her husband and family, she came to Western Australia 15 years ago, and they settled in the Carnamah Road Board district as farmers. Deceased had gained the highest respect and esteem of the whole of the community and her untimely death is a sad loss to the district. She is survived by a sorrowing husband, Heinrich Ernest Gersch, sons Laurence, Albert and Edgar, daughter Gladys (Mrs. E. Griffith, Winchester) and Rita (Mrs. Robert Sheppard, Dudawa). The Rev. Ross officiated at the graveside. The pallbearers were Messrs. Arnold Bierman, E. K. Wells, J. Ovenden, R. Power, B. W. Gallahawk, R. Niven. G. B. Raffan and H. Fowler. A touching feature of the ceremony was the burying with the deceased of the bridal bouquet of her younger daughter, Rita, who was married at Carnamah on Tuesday, March 19."


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 29 March 1946:
Bereavement Notice
"Mr. H. E. Gersch and family wish to thank all relatives and friends for their kind services, expressions of sympathy, telegrams, condolence cards, letters and wreaths in their recent sad bereavement. Especially would they like to thank Dr. Mayrhofer and Staff of the North Midlands Hospital . Kindly accept our sincere thanks."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Augusta Johanne Louise Handtke / Gersch' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 August 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/augusta-johanne-louise-handtke [reference list]




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