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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Barbara MCSWAIN

Born 12 July 1922 in Guildford, Western Australia [16]
Daughter of Malcolm Munro MCSWAIN and Dorothy BRADY [P34]
Resided with her parents and sisters on farmland in Carnamah [P34]
Student at the Carnamah State School [5: 5-Jul-1935, 13-Sep-1935] [7: page 87]
Wrote a letter to Auntie Kitty, the children's page of The Sunday Times newspaper, in March 1934 [81: 4-Mar-1934]
     In her letter she said it had been very hot in Carnamah but they had a dam to swim in [81]
     She also mentioned her father had just purchased some more sheep, and her mother had a ricked back and was confined to bed [81]
     Requested in her letter for a pen-friend of 11 or 12 years who was fond of horse riding and swimming [81]
Won 1sts for Needlework and Cane & Raffia Work in the Educational section of  the 1935 Carnamah Agricultural Show [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Exhibited in the Fancy Work and Educational sections of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 10 September 1936 [5]
    Won 1st prize for Dressed Doll by girl under 16 years and 2nd prize for Article in Raffia in the Fancy Work section [5]
     In the Educational section received two 1st prizes for Cane or Raffia Work and Needlework [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Attended the Inter-School Sports of the Carnamah Road Board district at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Friday 2 October 1936 [5]
     Came 3rd in the 14 Years & Over Girls Running Race and the 13 Years & Over Girls Skipping Race [5]
     Herself and Vida E. WELLS won the 6, 7 & 8 Years Girls Siamese Race [5: 9-Oct-1936]
By mid 1941, when she spent a holiday with her parents in Carnamah, she was living in Perth [0: image 04009]
Resided in Carnamah prior to enlisting in the Australian Army in Perth on 15 June 1942 [16]
     Gunner W45620 in the Australian Army's Fremantle Coastal Artillery during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 14 January 1946 [16]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Barbara McSwain' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/barbara-mcswain [sources]




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