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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Bea" Beatrice May WILLSHER / BENTLEY

Born 10 December 1892 in England [P192]
Daughter of Ernest WILLSHER [55]
Married "Tony" Edgar Henry BENTLEY on 23 August 1913 at the Methodist Church in Maitland, South Australia [55]
Her children Edgar and Roma died at the ages of two years eight months and two months on 21 January 1920 and 28 June 1921 [P192]
Along with her husband and surviving children shifted from South Australia to Carnamah, Western Australia C.1926 [P139]
Initially resided in Carnamah on a farm belonging to FRANCIS Bros and later on a farm on the Inering Estate [P139]
Taught her children at home by correspondence, and travelled to Carnamah each Sunday to teach Sunday School [P139]
Along with her husband and children spent Christmas at Dongara Beach in 1927[4: 7-Jan-1928]
In latter part of 1930 Miss Ottilie E. STRMPEL, teacher of the Inering State School, boarded with herself and her family [132]
Member of the Inering Tennis Club in 1932 [5: 29-Jul-1932]
Attended the Surprise 21st Birthday for George AUNGER in Carnamah on Sunday 2 October 1932 [5: 7-Oct-1932]
Attended the Dance & Bridge Party held at Maurice and Eliza AUNGER's home in East Carnamah on 8 October 1932 [5: 21-Oct-1932]
In late 1932 purchased 2,501 acres of farmland in Carnamah from the Estate of the Late Donald MACPHERSON [117]
The 2,501 acres consisted of Lots M1071, M1072, part of M1703 and M1321 of Victoria Location 1936 [3]
Farmer with her husband of Maitland Farm in Carnamah 1933-1945 [P139]
The farm was situated on the east side of the Midlands Road a short distance south of Carnamah [62]
Herself and her husband were reported to have been spending a vacation in Perth during early October 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Sold 21 lambs at 18/- per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 8 April 1936 [5: 10-Apr-1936]
Attended the Reunion of South Australians in the North Midlands at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 26 September 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
In November 1936 sold a quantity of Comeback Premium Wheat to Westralian Farmers Ltd for 5/6½ per bushel [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Sold three bales of wool at 16d. and one bale at 15¾d. per pound through Goldsbrough Mort & Co Ltd in 1936 [5: 27-Nov-1936]
Travelled from Carnamah to South Australia by truck with a group of other erstwhile South Australians in December 1936 [5]
     They departed Carnamah on 16 December 1936 and after travelling overland hoped to be in South Australia by Christmas Day [5]
     Everyone on the truck was from Carnamah or Winchester included her husband Tony, daughters Ida and Shirley, son Russell, [5]
     "Moray" Maurice S. B. & Eliza A. AUNGER, C. George AUNGER, Mrs I. Gertrude ALLEN, Mervyn A. PERRY, [5]
     T. Gordon PERRY, Eileen R. PERRY, Maxwell J. BARKER and Thomas J. BARKER [5: 18-Dec-1936]
     Herself and the rest of the group arrived back in Carnamah on the truck on Monday 15 February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Sold 40 lambs at 14/5 per head through Goldsbrough Mort & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 21 April 1937 [5: 23-Apr-1937]
During September 1937 she sold six bales of wool - two bales at 16d. per pound, two at 15d. and two bales at 14½d. [5: 17-Sep-1937]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society [141]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and general repairers Henry Parkin & Son in 1942 and 1944 [53]
Left Carnamah around June 1945 [0: image 04342]
Returned to South Australia with her husband Tony to care for his elderly Uncle Joe and Aunt Elisa [P139]
Around 1953 [3] sold Maitland Farm in Carnamah to her son Jack[P192]
Returned to Western Australia C.1960 and settled in the Perth suburb of Scarborough [P139]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Scarborough until her death in 1977 [2]
Mother of Coral Beatrice, Jack, Edgar Roland, Ida Willsher, Roman May, Shirley Dawn and Russell Joseph [55] [P192]
Died 4 September 1977; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (EC Section, Garden of Remembrance, 5, 218) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Beatrice May Willsher / Bentley' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 21 July 2024 from [reference list]

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