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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Barbara Katie FARNSWORTH / PLUNKETT / DANS

Born 12 March 1904 in West Perth, Western Australia [P264]
Daughter of Alexander FARNSWORTH and Katie PHILLIPS [15]
Married (1) "Maurie" Maurice PLUNKETT in Wagin on 20 November 1923 [P40]
Resided with her husband and children in Mullewa in 1935 [19]
Along with husband and children shifted to Carnamah in March 1936 [P40]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's 1936 season Opening Day at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 26 April 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1936 [5: 8-May-1936]
Attended the Coorow Golf Club's Opening Day for the 1936 season in Coorow on Sunday 17 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Sang 'Until' at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of Mrs Florence PRICE of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 1 September 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association in 1936 and 1937[5: 4-Sep-1936, 15-Jan-1937]
Attended the Ball after the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 3 September 1936 dressed in white satin and lace [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Sang a song at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social at the Carnamah Hall on Friday evening 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Sang a song at the Linen Gift & Social Evening for Dinty & Hazel CHATEL in Carnamah on Thursday 15 October 1936 [5: 23-Oct-1936]
Sang a song at the Annual Birthday Celebration of the Carnamah C.W.A. in Carnamah on Thursday 26 November 1936 [5: 27-Nov-1936]
Sang the solo "Ciribiribin" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Concert at the Carnamah Hall on 9 December 1936 [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Sang a song at the local C.W.A. Farewell for Mrs Amy F. DYKE and Mrs Clarissa E. HUMPHRYES on 9 January 1937 [5: 15-Jan-1937]
Travelled from Carnamah to Perth by car with Carnamah bank clerk William H. MOORE on Friday 15 January 1937 [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Rendered a vocal solo at the Valedictory Social for the PARKER family at the Carnamah Hall on 28 January 1937 [5: 5-Feb-1937]
Employed the services of Alexander R. G. BARR to auction her furniture and effects on Saturday afternoon 20 February 1937 [5]
     Up for sale was a 3-piece bedroom suite, double bed, cot with matrass, three 3-foot beds, one 2-foot 6-inch bed, pedestal, [5]
     four matrasses, cane table, cane chairs, extension table, Singer 66 sewing machine in new condition, settee, medicine chest, [5]
     Salonola gramophone with cabinet and 132 records, four kitchen chairs, passage lino, lino from all other rooms, linen press, [5]
     two pine stools, chest of drawers with mirror, large cooler, electric iron, petrol iron, three full and one small verandahs blinds, [5]
     and a large quantity of crockery, glassware, kitchen utensils and household sundries - all on cash terms [5: 5, 12 & 19-Feb-1937]
She was bid farewell by members of the Carnamah C.W.A. at a Valedictory on Wednesday afternoon 17 February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
     The afternoon consisted of musical items, singing, speeches and concluded with the singing of Auld Lang Syne [5]
     The branch expressed their regret at losing her as a member and thanked her for her contributions, especially her vocal items [5]
     In response she said she would be in Carnamah from time to time to see her husband and would remain a member of the branch [5]
     Those at her Valedictory included Mrs Millie G. LEITHHEAD who hosted the afternoon at her home, Mrs Nellie F. TIMMS, [5]
     Mrs Nancy M. PIKE, Mrs "May" Maria FORD, Mrs Violet N. JOHNSON, Mrs V. Doris TUCKER, Mrs Alma M. M. PRICE, [5]
     Mrs Gladys E. MORTIMER, Mrs Emily L. HELLEWELL, Misses Bernice M. PRICE, Verna P. PRICE and Erica A. PRICE [5]
Herself and her children left Carnamah for Perth on Tuesday 23 February 1937[5: 19 & 26-Feb-1937]
     They travelled to Perth as passenger of Rex A. F. SOLLING ofCoopooloo Farm in Winchester [5: 26-Feb-1937]
Resided in Perth from February to June 1937 [5: 28-May-1937, 4-Jun-1937]
In later May 1937 herself and her children spent a holiday visiting her husband in Carnamah [5: 28-May-1937, 4-Jun-1937]
     During her holiday she attended the Official Opening of the new golf links in Three Springs on Sunday 23 May 1937 [5: 28-May-1937]
     They returned to Perth on Wednesday evening 2 June 1937 [5: 4-Jun-1937]
Appears to have left Perth and shifted back to Carnamah around late June 1937[5]
Sang a song at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 25 June 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1937 [5: 2, 9 & 30-Jul-1937]
Attended the Social of the Carnamah Golf Club Associates at the home of Mrs Millie G. LEITHHEAD on Friday 9 July 1937 [5]
     During the evening of music, vocal items, games and competitions she "favoured the gathering with two songs" [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Sang a song at the Valedictory Social for William H. & Eva M. MOORE at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 31 July 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1937 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
Sang the solo "The Fairy Fiddlers" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Concert at the Carnamah Hall on 20 August 1937 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
Resided with her husband and children in Carnamah until 1939 when they shifted to Perth and then Laverton [P40]
On 1 August 1940 her husband enlisted in the Australian Army and was Killed in Action on 27 July 1942 [16]
During the war left Laverton and shifted with her children to the Perth suburb of Mount Hawthorn [P40]
Married (2) Alfred John DANS in Perth on 11 January 1947 [P40]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Leederville [2]
Mother of Hester, Gwen, Lila, Maurice and Margaret [P264]
Died 5 January 1998; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Lawn R, 558) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Barbara Katie Farnsworth / Plunkett / Dans' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 30 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/barbara-katie-farnsworth [sources]




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