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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Claire" Clara Veronica BERRIGAN / BROWN

Born 13 September 1902 in Bulong, Western Australia [98]
Daughter of "Tom" Thomas Joseph BERRIGAN and Johanna Catherine KEYS [15]
Resided with her parents in Bulong and then at Leonora where her father worked as a miner [P134]
Later resided with her parents in Three Springs for 16 years before shifting with them to Carnamah [4: 8-Sep-1928]
     Attended the Red Cross Society Basket Social & Dance held in Three Springs on Wednesday 22 November 1916 [10: 5-Dec-1916]
     At the Red Cross social herself, her sisters, Annie BYRNE and the Misses THOMAS sang the song "Australia Will Be There" [10]
     Student at the Three Spring State School until 1916; enrolled at the new Convent School in Three Springs on 30 January 1917 [98]
     Student at the Dominican Convent School in Three Springs 1917-1919; left school at the end of 1919 [98]
     Winner for the Girls with 2087 votes of the Popular Girl & Boy Competition conducted in Three Springs in 1917 [10: 2-Nov-1917]
     Performed the song and dance "Killarney" at the Dominican Convent School's Annual Concert on 20 November 1918 [10: 29-Nov-1918]
     Also performed in the Dominican Convent School's Annual Concert in Three Springs on Monday 8 December 1919 [9: 12-Dec-1919]
Shifted with her parents from Three Springs to Carnamah in mid 1927 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
     Resided with her parents at 14 Boojerabba Street in the Carnamah townsite in 1927 and 1928 [--]
     Along with Horace W. MORRISON organised the Bachelors' & Spinsters' Ball at the Carnamah on Monday 31 October 1927 [39]
     The Bachelors' & Spinsters' Ball was attended by 400 people which was the then record attendance at the hall [39: 8-Nov-1927]
Married Alexander John Fairfield BROWN on 28 August 1928 at the Carnamah Hall[4: 8-Sep-1928]
     Wore a Parisian model dress of white ivory georgette, trimmed with tissue and ornamented with silver beads and rhinestones [4]
     Her bridesmaids were her sister Eileen Annie BERRIGAN and Alexander's sister Miss Una BROWN [4: 8-Sep-1928]
     The wedding ceremony, reception and toasts were followed by a dance in the Carnamah Town Hall [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Included in those present at her wedding were Charlie and Maggie KROSCHEL, Atrie MORTIMER, [4: 8-Sep-1928]
     Oswald and Mary SOWERBY, Mrs Elizabeth IRONSIDE, Miss Ena BOOR, Bert and Gladys MORTIMER, [4: 8-Sep-1928]
     Ned and Maggie WELLS, Lou and Ettie PARKER, Kim HOLMES, Jack and Annie LYNCH, and Mr and Mrs COLPITTS [4]
A large number of guests had been invited to their wedding dance from Winchester, Carnamah, Inering and Three Springs [4: 8-Sep-1928]
     At the conclusion of their wedding dance herself and her husband left Carnamah by train en route to Esperance [4: 8-Sep-1928]
     After their honeymoon proceeded to her new home on 17 September 1928, visiting her parents in Carnamah on the way [4: 22-Sep-1928]
Attended the Card Evening held at the home of her parents in Carnamah on Thursday 12 September 1929 [4: 21-Sep-1929]
Along with her daughter spent a holiday in Carnamah staying with her parents in September 1932 [5: 2-Sep-1932]
Resided in Gingin in 1934 and 1935 [5: 8-Jun-1934, 26-Jul-1935]
     Along with her husband and children arrived in Carnamah for a holiday on 7 June 1934 and left on 21 June [5: 8-Jun-1934, 22-Jun-1934]
     Herself, her husband and their daughter spent a holiday staying with her parents in Carnamah in July 1935 [5: 26-Jul-1935]
     She represented the Carnamah Golf Club in the competitions against the Three Springs Golf Club on 28 July 1935 [5: 2-Aug-1935]
Following her husband's transfer they shifted from Muchea to Three Springs in March 1937 [5: 25-Mar-1937]
Resided with her husband in Three Springs where he was the local Railway Stationmaster 1937-1946 [4] [6] [19]
     Her sister Eileen A. BERRIGAN of the Perth suburb of Maylands spent a week with them in Three Springs in June 1937 [5: 4-Jun-1937]
     Member of the committee that organised the very successful Annual Catholic Ball in Three Springs on 3 June 1937 [5: 11-Jun-1937]
     Won 1st prize of 10 charity tickets in a Three Springs Parents & Citizens Association raffle in mid 1937 [5: 9-Jul-1937]
     Member of the Three Springs Golf Club in 1937 and later  served Captain and Secretary [4: 10-Aug-1946] [5: 18-Jun-1937]
     Ran the Fancy Stall at the Dominican Convent School's Annual Concert in Three Springs on Friday 20 August 1937 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
Herself and her husband were tendered a Farewell Dance at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Saturday 3 August 1946 [4]
      Rev. Father GALLAGHER spoke of how she had "always been a very valuable helper in all Church activities" [4]
      It was remarked she would be greatly missed by the townspeople of Three Springs and the students of the Dominican Convent [4]
      During the evening she was presented with a golf bag from the associates of the Three Springs Golf Club [4: 10-Aug-1946]
Left Three Springs in August 1946 following her husband's transfer to Mingenew[4: 10-Aug-1946]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Swan View [2]
Died 18 November 1978; buried Midland Cemetery, Midland WA (Roman Catholic, F, 61) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Clara Veronica Berrigan / Brown' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 23 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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