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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Clarissa Eleanor BARR / HUMPHRYS

Born 13 February 1889 in Wild Horse Plains, South Australia [55]
Daughter of Robert BARR and Catherine Eleanor GILBERT [55]
Married "Charlie" Joseph Charles HUMPHRYS on 20 April 1910 at the Church of Christ in Bews, South Australia [55]
They resided in the Yorke Valley district of South Australia for 14 years [235: 17-Jan-1934]
Prior to leaving their home in Maitland she, her husband and their younger sons were farewelled in January 1934 [235: 17-Jan-1934]
     The large crowd who attended their farewell "bore testimony to their popularity and esteem in the Yorke district" [235]
     She and her husband were presented with a leather suitcase while their sons received a shaving set and silver serviette ring [235]
Moved with her family from Maitland, South Australia to Carnamah, Western Australia in January or February 1934 [5: 16-Feb-1934]
Resided with her husband and two younger sons on Celojium Farm on the Caron Road in Carnamah 1934-1937 [6] [P46] [P114]
Exhibited in the Confectionary, Dairy Produce and Flower sections of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
     Won 1st for Puff Pastry and 2nd prizes for Afternoon Tea Cakes, Yeast Buns, Butter, Iceland Poppies and Vase of Flowers [5]
Local Presbyterian minister David H. DYKE conducted services from their home on 1934 and 1935 [5: 14-Dec-1934, 15-Mar-1935]
Helped run the Afternoon Tea Stall at the Presbyterian Church Fair at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 18 May 1935 [5: 24-May-1935]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association - was President in 1935 and 1936 [5: 14-Jun-1935, 29-May-1936]
     She was said to have made the work and efforts of the C.W.A. her first consideration outside of her home [5: 15-Jan-1937]
Spoke on behalf of the C.W.A. at the Farewell Social to Mrs Hetty GETHING at the Carnamah Hall on 8 June 1935 [5: 14-Jun-1935]
Won the Levinson & Sons Trophy for the Confectionary section at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 12 September 1935 [5]
     Awarded five 1st prizes for Afternoon Tea Cakes, Biscuits, Fruit Cake, White Bread, and Decorated Cake [5: 20-Sep-1935]
     Also received two 2nd prizes for Puff Pastry and Brown Bread; and attended the Show Ball wearing blue ottoman silk [5]
Mr and Mrs HOLLETT of Maylands stayed with them in Carnamah during the second half of October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the quarterly conference of the Northern Section of the C.W.A. in Northampton on Saturday 19 October 1935 [5: 8-Nov-1935]
Her brother Robert W. BARR was the farmer of Malleevale Farm in Morawa in 1935 [5: 14-Jun-1935]
     Her brother and sister-in-law stayed with them in Carnamah over the first weekend of November 1935 [5: 8-Nov-1935]
Proposed the toast to King & Empire at the 4th birthday of the Carnamah branch of the C.W.A. on 16 November 1935 [5: 22-Nov-1935]
She and her husband travelled to Perth on Monday 2 March 1936, and the next day sailed for South Australia [5: 6-Mar-1936]
     Following a holiday in South Australia they arrived back in Carnamah during the first quarter of April 1936 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Won the Perfume Smelling Competition at the C.W.A. American Afternoon in Carnamah on Tuesday 26 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 Surprise 21st Birthday for Miss Eileen R. PERRY in Carnamah on Saturday evening 18 July 1936 [5: 24-Jul-1936]
Under the C.W.A. she gave a demonstration of Fancy Icing at the Carnamah Hall at 2:30 on Tuesday 18 August 1936 [5: 7 & 14-Aug-1936]
     A large number attended the demonstration which resulted in a successful sale of goods from their C.W.A. Stall [5: 21-Aug-1936]
Won the Levinson Trophy as the most successful exhibitor in the Confectionary section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1936 [5]
     Awarded 1st prizes for Afternoon Teas Cakes and White Bread; and both 1st and 2nd prizes for Biscuits and Puff Pastry [5]
     Received 2nd prizes for Brown Bread, Decorated Cake, Garden Flowers, Vase of Flowers and Photography Portraits [5]
     Also won the Robertson Trophy for the exhibitor gaining the most points in sections K, L and M [5: 18-Sep-1936]
During September 1936 her future daughter-in-law Miss Cloris E. FOLEY stayed with her family in Carnamah [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Attended the Reunion of South Australians in the North Midlands at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 26 September 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social including three plays at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Attended the Annual Birthday Celebration of the Carnamah C.W.A. on Thursday afternoon 26 November 1936 [5: 27-Nov-1936]
In her usual capable manner as President she opened the C.W.A. Farewell for Mrs Amy G. DYKE in Carnamah on 9 January 1937 [5]
     Without knowing beforehand or to begin with she was also a guest of honour with Farewell Afternoon being held in her honour [5]
     The pleasant afternoon was spent in chatting, competitions and presentations interspersed with musical and vocal items [5]
     She received a presentation during which it was remarked she would be greatly missed and very hard member to replace [5]
     Afterwards she expressed regret at leaving and said the Carnamah C.W.A. was the most amicable branch she'd been a part of [5]
     She hoped the members would continue to pull and work together, and that she would see more of them after she moved [5]
Along with her husband left Carnamah in March 1937 and shifted to Strawberry in the Mingenew district [5: 19-Mar-1937]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Joondanna [2]
Mother of Reo Wallace, Elma Joyce, Joffre Barr and Ian Gilbert [P114]
Died 29 May 1979; ashes scattered to the winds at the Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA [P114]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Clarissa Eleanor Barr / Humphrys' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 March 2024 from [reference list]

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