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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Bess" Celia Bessie SHEPPARD / GERSCH

Born 26 November 1910 [332]
Daughter of "Jack" John Richard SHEPPARD and "Meg" Margaret NAIRN [332]
Great Grand-daughter of Carnamah pioneers James & Sarah NAIRN and Coorow pioneers William & Sarah LONG [P3]
Resided with her parents on Redbank Farm in Dudawa, East Arrino [P3]
She was baptised by Rev. Ernest GILL, the Church of England rector in Dongara [332]
Attended the Arrino Race Club's Annual Ball held at the Arrino Hall on 3 April 1930 in a dress of pink crepe de chine [4: 26-Apr-1930]
Attended the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Ball on 25 September 1930 in a lemon lace dress with uneven hem [4: 11-Oct-1930]
Attended the evening Ball following the Carnamah Races on 2 October 1930 in a dress of purple crepe de chine [4: 18-Oct-1930]
Attended the Show Ball following the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 15 September 1932 in a gown of blue satin [5: 23-Sep-1932]
On 5 November 1932 attended the evening dance at the Three Springs Hall after the R.S.L. Sports Day at Arrino [5: 18-Nov-1932]
Attended the Three Springs C.W.A. Husbands Evening at the Three Springs Hall on Saturday 10 December 1932 [4: 17-Dec-1932]
Attended the Hospital Appeal Grand Ball in Three Springs on 8 June 1933 in a dress of pale pink georgette with frill [5: 16-Jun-1933]
For a number of years worked helping in the house and living with the GERSCH family in Winchester, South Carnamah [P3]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
On the evening of Thursday 15 March 1934 attended the Carnamah Race Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Grand Opening Ball on Saturday 12 May 1934 in a dress of sky blue organdie [5: 18-May-1934]
In a dress of floral silk voile attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball on Saturday 20 October 1934 [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Anglican Church's Mid-Winter Ball on Saturday 11 July 1936 dressed in blue crepe de chine [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Attended the Ball after the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in Coorow on 3 September 1936 in blue windswept crepe [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1936-37, and Committee Member in 1937-38[5: 16-Oct-1936, 20-Aug-1937]
     In 1936-37 won the trophy donated by Albert W. MARRIOTT for the Club's Most Improved Player [5: 30-Apr-1937]
Competed in the Carnamah Tennis Club's Easter Tennis Tournament at Centenary Park in Carnamah in March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Attended the very largely attended Carnamah Tennis Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 17 April 1937 in ivory crinkly crepe [5: 23-Apr-1937]
Attended the Coronation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Wednesday evening 12 May 1937 dressed in pink silk crepe [5: 14-May-1937]
     The ball and its festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth [5]
By June 1937 she had left Carnamah-Winchester and was once again living in Dudawa, East Arrino [5: 11-Jun-1937]
Attended the hugely successful Annual Catholic Ball in Three Springs on 3 June 1937 dressed in pink crepe [5: 11-Jun-1937]
Later worked as a waitress in Mrs REYNOLDS' tearooms in Carnamah [P3]
Married "Bert" Albert Edmund GERSCH on 20 February 1941 at Saint James' Anglican  Church in Three Springs [4: 1-Mar-1941]
     Her bridesmaids were Miss M. BOWTELL and her sister Miss Edith SHEPPARD, while her brother Bill was groomsman [4]
     Owing to her father being indisposed she was given away at her wedding by her brother Albert F. N. SHEPPARD [4]
Resided with her husband on farmland in Winchester, Carnamah and later in Three Springs [P3] [P88]
Gave birth to a still born in Three Springs on 14 June 1946, who was buried at the Three Springs Cemetery (Anglican, Plot 64) [24]
In August 1947 gave birth to another still born child who was also buried at the Three Springs Cemetery (Anglican, Plot 68) [24]
Retired with her husband to the Perth suburb of Wembley, and resided there until her death in 1995 [P3]
Died 30 October 1995; buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, Lawn 6, D7) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Celia Bessie Sheppard / Gersch' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 29 June 2022 from [reference list]

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