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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Betty Alice STOKES / AIREY

Born 1921 [15]
Daughter of Walter Edward STOKES and Flora Annette DENNIS [15] [86: 16-Jun-1942]
Married "Bob" Robert Crowther AIREY on 10 June 1942 in Adelaide, South Australia [86: 16-Jun-1942]
Her brother Pilot Officer Reginald STOKES was killed in air operations in Burma on 21 May 1943 [86: 29-May-1943]
Resided in Three Springs, Western Australia 1946-1951 [4: 23-Feb-1946, 11-Aug-1951] [19]
Shifted with her husband to Three Springs in February 1946 where he worked for the National Bank [4: 23-Feb-1946]
Dressed as a "Peasant Girl" she attended the C.W.A. Fancy Dress Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 9 March 1946 [5: 15-Mar-1946]
Member of Three Springs Tennis Club 1946-1949 [5: 12-Apr-1946, 19-Dec-1947, 11-Nov-1948, 10-Mar-1949]
     In 1949 won the Ladies Handicap Doubles with Mrs Win THOMAS and with her husband won the Mixed Handicap Doubles [4]
Member of the Three Springs Badminton Club in 1947 [5: 15-Aug-1947]
Member of the Three Springs Golf Club in 1948 and 1949 [5: 15-Jul-1948, 9-Jun-1949]
She exhibited in the Flowers and Plants section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 18 September 1948 [5: 30-Sep-1948]
    Awarded three 1st prices for Pot Plant in Bloom, Collection in Bloom and for Collection not in Bloom [5: 30-Sep-1948]
During December 1948 she, her husband and their daughter holidayed in Northampton [5: 9-Dec-1948, 6-Jan-1949]
She visited Perth in early January 1949 [5: 13-Jan-1949]
Won 1st prizes for Pot Plant and Collection of Pot Plants at the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 24 September 1949 [5: 6-Oct-1949]
They left Three Springs in August 1951 after the National Bank transferred her husband to Perth [4: 11-Aug-1951]
Prior to leaving they received a public farewell at the Three Springs Hall on Thursday 9 August 1951 [4: 11-Aug-1951]
The farewell consisted of music, dancing, speeches and a "delectable supper" served by the associates of the local Golf Club [4]
It was remarked they were "an extremely popular couple" who "worked most zealously for the welfare of the town and district" [4]

From The Geraldton Guardian and Express newspaper, Tuesday 16 June 1942:
"AIREY – STOKES. – On Wednesday, June 10th, 1942, at the Pirie Street Methodist Church, Adelaide (S.A.) by the Senior Chaplain, Rev. C. Perry, Sergeant Robert Crowther (R.A.A.F.), youngest son of Capt. And Mrs J.J. Airey, of East Fremantle (W.A.), to Betty Alice, second daughter of Mr and Mrs W.E. Stokes, of Northampton (W.A.)."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Thursday 6 October 1949:
"Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Airey on the birth of a son."

Relative, Mr MITCHELL of Adelaide, stayed with him and his wife in Three Springs in January 1949 [5: 20-Jan-1949]

Mother of Janice and Reginald [84]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Betty Alice Stokes / Airey' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 July 2022 from [reference list]

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