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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Kate" Catherine Frances KUHLMANN / KENNY

Born 15 November 1887 in Queensland, Australia [241]
Daughter of Frederich Wilhelm KUHLMANN and Sally Lavinia BELL [241]
Resided with her parents at Broken Hill, New South Wales and later in Coolgardie, Western Australia [334: 23-May-1904]
Her mother, who was born in England, passed away in Coolgardie in 1904 at the age of 48 years [15] [334: 23-May-1904]
Married "Jack" John Albert KENNY on Wednesday 7 November 1906 at her home on Lindsay Street in Coolgardie [66]
Known to have resided in Carnamah 1930 to 1965 [4] [19]
Attended the Ball in Carnamah in aid of the local Roman Catholic Church's building fund on Thursday 24 May 1930 [4]
     She was noted in the newspaper report of the ball as wearing "black lace with scarlet shoulder flower" [4: 31-May-1930]
Attended and was one of the costume judges at the annual Fancy Dress Ball in Carnamah on Thursday 28 August 1930 [4: 6-Sep-1930]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Anglican Church 1931-1933 [4: 30-May-1931] [5: 9-Jun-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Grand Ball at the Carnamah town hall on Thursday 28 July 1932 in a gown of floral georgette [5: 5-Aug-1932]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association 1932-1952 [0: image 04686]
Along with Frances DUNNING, Peg WELLS and Maggie KROSCHEL made the afternoon teas at football matches in Carnamah [P41]
Helped run the Produce stall at the Carnamah Anglican Church Bazaar held in Carnamah on Saturday 12 August 1933 [5: 18-Aug-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club's Social Committee in 1934 [5: 20-Apr-1934]
Helped organise the Carnamah Football Club's Presentation Ball which was held on Saturday 27 October 1934 [4: 3-Nov-1934]
Her sister Mrs TULIP of Perth stayed with her husband in Carnamah while she spent a holiday in Perth in May 1936 [5: 15 & 22-May-1936]
     Her sister won one of the bridge prizes at the Parkinson Tennis Club's Annual Social Evening in Carnamah on 14 May 1936 [5]
     Following her vacation in Perth she returned to Carnamah on Monday night 25 May 1936 [5: 29-May-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Anglican Church's Mid-Winter Ball on Saturday 11 July 1936 dressed in figured georgette [5: 17-Jul-1936]
In 1937 donated a trophy to the Carnamah Golf Club which was awarded to the winner of a stapleford competition [4: 7-Aug-1937]
She was among the 80 who attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening at the Carnamah Hall on 25 June 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
The North Midland Times newspaper reported that after a few days in Perth she returned to Carnamah on 18 August 1937 [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Following the death of her husband in 1938 she ran his newsagency, hairdressing and billiard saloon business in Carnamah [P9]
     After his death she had to quickly get him buried and return to Carnamah to keep the business going and earn a living [P9]
     The business was conducted from one of the three shops in Mackie's Buildings at 19 Macpherson Street, Carnamah [P4]
     The newsagency was at the front followed by a large room with two billiard tables and a fireplace at the end of the room [P7]
     A barber's chair used at her store is now part of the Carnamah Museum and is featured in the Business Houses virtual exhibition [P1]
     She resided in private room/s situated behind the room containing the billiard saloon [P4]
Donated the Font for Saint George's Hall in Carnamah (later used as a flower stand in the Church of the Holy Apostles) [7: page 238]
Advertised her business in the schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1939 [13]
     "C. F. Kenny - Newsagent and Stationer - Men's Drapery and Mercery. Tobacconist and Fancy Goods" [13]
     "Whybrows Boots and Shows, Pelaco Shirts, Collars and Pyjamas. Up-to-date Ladies' and Gents' Hairdresser" [13]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1940-1958 [13]
Seller of The Irwin Index newspaper in 1951 [4: 7-Apr-1951]
When she broke her hip she employed Miss "Les" K. Lesley BOWMAN to help her in the store [P22]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society [141]
Vice President 1941-1947 and Vice Patron in 1951 of the Carnamah Football Club[0: images 04007, 04466 & 04607]
Received electricity from Carnamah firm Henry Parkin & Son; in 1952 electricity for the month of August cost £2/19/3 [53]
On 21 October 1952 was presented with a badge for 20 years faithful service to the Country Women's Association [0: image 04686]
Member of the Carnamah R.S.L. Women's Auxiliary in 1954 [7: page 193]
Appears on Electoral Rolls under Carnamah for the last time in 1965 [19]
Resided at 224 John Street in the Perth suburb of Guildford from as early as 1968 until at least 1980 [50]
Died 20 October 1981; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Lawn 5, Niche Wall, W6, 220) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Catherine Frances Kuhlmann / Kenny' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 June 2019 from  [ sources ]

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