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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Clarice Lavinia PERRY / RUDDUCK

Born 6 April 1906 in Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia [P363]
Daughter of Bennett PERRY and "Maude" Alice Maude Matilda GREGORY [P363]
In 1908 her mother passed away and in 1910 her father married her mother's sister Lila Gertrude May GREGORY [15] [54]
Her father was an Industrial Chemist and in 1909 joined the staff of Cuming Smith & Company Pty Ltd in Melbourne [P363]
Shifted with her father and stepmother to Western Australia in 1910 [P363]
Her father supervised the building of sulphuric acid and superphosphate works in WA and then managed them 1911-1933 [P363]
Resided with her parents at 26 Kenny Street in the Perth suburb of Bassendean [P363]
She was educated at Guildford Girls School in the Perth suburb of Guildford and at Perth College in Perth [P363]
Married "Arnold" Samuel Arnold RUDDUCK on 25 October 1927 at Saint Matthew's Church in the Perth suburb of Guildford [P363]
Resided on El Cala Farm in Coorow 1927-1948 and then on Koobabbie Farm in Coorow 1948-1962 [P363]
Her stepmother and aunt, late of Bassendean, passed away on 9 July 1928 and was buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth [2]
Won 2nd prizes for Marmalade, Bulbous Flowers and Lady's Spray at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1934 [5: 7-Sep-1934]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society in 1935 [5: 3-May-1935]
     After an absence she was again a Committee Member in 1945, 1946 and 1949 [5:20-Apr-1945, 5-Apr-1946, 31-Mar-1949]
Exhibited in the Flower and Farm Produce sections of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on Thursday 5 September 1935 [5]
     Received 2nd prizes for Artistically Arranged Vase of Flowers, Lady's Hand Bouquet, and Brown Hen Eggs [5: 3-May-1935]
Won 2nd for a Rainbow Cake in the Confectionary section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 19 September 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
She spent a weekend in Geraldton during May 1936 and stayed at the Railway Hotel [86: 28-May-1936]
Attended the Surprise Linen Tea for Miss Mary E. GREENWOOD at Maryland Farm in Waddy Forest on 22 July 1937 [5: 23-Jul-1937]
Sent a wreath for the funeral of Coorow stationmaster William C. Cox at the Karrakatta Cemetery on 4 November 1937 [5: 12-Nov-1937]
Exhibited in the Flower, Vegetable, Preserves, Farm Produce, Poultry and Fancywork sections of the Coorow-Waddy Show in 1937 [5]
     Won 1st and 2nd for Home Made Sweets; 1st for Stocks, Lady's Hand Bouquet and Parsnips; 2nd for Preserved Fruits, [5: 10-Sep-1937]
     White Hen Eggs, Artificially Arranged Basket of Garden Flowers, female White Leghorn and Embroidered Tea/Supper Cloth [5]
Exhibited at the Coorow-Waddy Forest Red Cross Flower & Vegetable Show in Coorow on 8 September 1945 [5: 21-Sep-1945]
     Won 1st and 2nd for Lady's Hand Bouquet and 1sts for Bulbous Flowers, Gent's Buttonhole, Peas and Collection of Vegetables [5]
Foundation Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Country Women's Association (C.W.A.) in 1946 [5: 3-May-1946]
     She was the branch's Inaugural President 1946-1949 one of two Vice Presidents in 1949-50 [5: 3-May-1946, 30-Apr-1948, 21-Apr-1949]
     On 24 September 1946 she opened the Carnamah C.W.A. Bazaar held to raise money for their Building Fund [5: 27-Sep-1946]
     Represented the Coorow branch at the 16th Birthday Party of the Carnamah C.W.A. on 15 November 1947 [5: 21-Nov-1947]
     She was one of two Coorow delegates to the C.W.A. Annual Conference in Perth on 28 September 1948 [5: 16-Sep-1948]
     Her plan for for the branch's Proposed Rest Room in Coorow during August 1949 was the winning entry [5: 11-Aug-1949]
Entered vegetables, flowers and preserves in the 9th annual Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 5 September 1946 [5:11-Oct-1946]
     She won 1st prizes for 24 Pods of Peas, Three Parsnips, Sweat Peas and Collection of Eight Varieties of Vegetables [5]
     Also received four 2nd prizes for Two Varieties of Marmalade, Gent's Buttonhole, Lady's Spray and Lady's Hand Bouquet [5]
Won 1st for Beetroot and 2nd for Collection of Vegetables at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1947 [5:12-Sep-1947]
She and her husband donated £20 towards the erection of a Silver Chain Hostel in Three Springs in 1949 [5: 21-Apr-1949]
In January 1955 they spent their summer holiday staying at the Freemasons Hotel in Albany [120: 20-Jan-1955]
She was a very active member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Country Women's Association [P363]
Resided in Coorow until her death in 1962 [2]
Mother of Alison and Wendy [P363]
Died 24 September 1962; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, Lawn 1, F108) [2]

From The Sunday Times newspaper, Sunday 17 October 1926:
"Clarice, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs Bennett Perry, of Kenny Street, Bassendean, and Samuel Arnold, only son of Mr and Mrs S. B. Rudduck, of Koobabbie, Coorow."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Thursday 21 April 1949:
Annual Meeting of Coorow-Waddy Forest C.W.A.
"A large number of members and several visitors attended the 3rd annual meeting of the Coorow-Waddy Forest C.W.A. held on the 6th April. Mrs Rudduck presided prior to the election of officers. After the minutes of the previous annual meeting had been read and general business attended to Mrs Rudduck read out her report on the activities of the branch for the past year. Mrs Rudduck has terminated her three years as President and all members agree that she has been a very able and efficient leader, The branch has grown and prospered under her leadership... At the conclusion of the meeting afternoon tea was served and Mrs Rudduck cut a birthday cake made in her honour by Mrs Hogbin and decorated by Mrs Ken Jones. Mrs A.H. Jones on behalf of the members wished Mrs Rudduck a happy birthday and presented her with a crystal vase in recognition of the good work she has done for the branch. Members joined heartily in singing Happy Birthday and For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow..."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Clarice Lavinia Perry / Rudduck' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 July 2022 from [reference list]

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