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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


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Catherine Christina LUGG / GROSVENOR

Born 27 July 1909 in Boulder, Western Australia [P369]
Daughter of Richard Bunt LUGG and Lucy Beatrice BLOXSOME [P369]
Grew up on the goldfields where her father worked as an electrical engineer, mostly on the mines [P369]
Educated at the Boulder Central State School in Boulder and at the Eastern Goldfields High School in Kalgoorlie [P369]
Later a student at the Bunbury High School in Bunbury and then Perth Modern School in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [P369]
Entered the service of the Education Department and attended Claremont Teachers' College from June 1928 to June 1929 [41]
    "She manages her school well with a brisk business like manner. She is bright, encouraging & her enthusiasm is reflected [41]
     in her pupils. They enjoy working with her. Work is well prepared & presented carefully. She is a good pianist and would [41]
     do well with young children. Refined and ladylike. She will have a splendid influence." [41]
Probationary Assistant Teacher at the Collie State School in Collie from 4 June 1929 until the end of 1930 [41]
Head Teacher of the Claymore State School in Claymore near Busselton throughout 1931 and the start of 1932 [41]
Head Teacher of the Pickering Brook State School at Pickering Brook in the Perth hills from 15 April 1932 until resigning [41]
Married Neil Rudolph GROSVENOR on 6 May 1933 at the Congregational Church in the Perth suburb of West Leederville [P369]
     Resided with her husband and later children at Wamenusking 1933-1935 and then at Buntine 1935-1937 [41]
     During their sojourn at Wamenusking her husband was the school's Head Teacher and she was its Sewing Mistress [41]
They resided at the School House in Dudawa, East Arrino in 1938 and at the School House in Yandanooka 1939-1948 [19] [41]
     Sewing Mistress of the Yandanooka State School from 1939 to 1941 and for periods of 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947 and 1948 [41]
     Her husband was called up for full time Home Defence on 7 April 1942 [41] and later enlisted in the Australian Army [16]
     Filled in for her husband as Head Teacher on Supply of the Yandanooka State School from 8 April 1942 to 15 October 1943 [41]
     Her husband briefly returned to Yandanooka and resumed teaching before being granted leave without pay for war service [41]
     She was once again Head Teacher on Supply of the Yandanooka State School from 1 February 1944 to 21 March 1944 [41]
     During the war she obtained permission to close the school and briefly left Yandanooka to stay with relatives in Cowaramup [P369]
     Following her husband's discharge and return to Yandanooka he took over the teaching of the school on 23 March 1944 [41]
     Presumably during an illness or absence of her husband she was Head Teacher on Supply for two days in November 1946 [41]
     Member of the Yandanooka branch of the Country Women's Association [P369]
     Member of the Yandanooka Tennis Club [P369]
     She was a pianist and played the piano at dances held in Yandanooka [P369]
In 1949 her husband was Head Teacher and she was Sewing Mistress at Group Settlement 39 on the Peel Estate [41]
They resided in Geraldton from 1950 to 1953 [41]
     For six weeks in 1951 she was an Assistant Teacher on Supply of the Geraldton State School [41]
     She was later in charge of the Geraldton Kindergarten and prior to shifting to Perth taught at the Geraldton High School [P369]
Resided in the Perth suburb of East Fremantle from 1954 until her death in 2003[P369]
     Mistress on Supply at Girdlestone High School in Perth in 1954 [41]
     Mistress on Supply at Princess May High School in the Perth suburb of Fremantle in 1955 and 1956 [41]
     Mistress on Supply at John Curtin High School in the Perth suburb of Fremantle in 1957 and 1958 [41]
     Mistress on Supply at the Applecross High School in the Perth suburb of Applecross in early 1959 [41]
     Mistress on Supply at the Tuart Hill High School in the Perth suburb of Tuart Hill from 9 March 1959 until the end of 1959 [41]
     Mistress on Supply at the Kent Street High School in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park in early 1960 [41]
     Mistress on Supply at the Applecross High School in the Perth suburb of Applecross from 28 May 1960 until the end of 1960 [41]
     Following the death of her husband she was a Mistress at the Applecross High School from 1961 until resigning in June 1968 [41]
     Despite resigning she worked as a Temporary Mistress at various schools in 1968, 1969 and 1970 [41]
     Temporary Mistress at Attadale, Spearwood, Guildford, South Fremantle High, Medina, Coogee South and Beaconsfield [41]
     Mistress at the Applecross Senior High School in the Perth suburb of Applecross 1971-1973 [73]
Mother of daughters Lalage, Lethne and Lianwe [P369]
Died 14 May 2003; memorialised at the Fremantle Cemetery, Perth suburb of Palmyra (Crematorium C, Garden Plaque, 57) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Catherine Christina Lugg / Grosvenor' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 August 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/catherine-christina-lugg [reference list]




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