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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Mick" Clifford Felix COFFEY

Born 8 May 1900 in Surrey Hills, New South Wales, Australia [P40]
Son of Edward COFFEY and "Kathleen" Catherine Helen Philbert MARKHAM [32]
His father was publican of a hotel on Powell Street in Kathleen Valley 1902-1906[6] [50]
Following his father's death in 1906 his mother ran the Shamrock Hotel in Mount Sir Samuel in 1908 [6] [15]
His mother ran the Sandstone Hotel in Sandstone in 1909 and 1910, and in 1910 married "Mick" Michael QUAIN [15]
His stepfather and mother ran the Sandstone Hotel 1911-1915 and then the Commonwealth Hotel in Geraldton 1916-1920 [6]
By 1921 he was living in Three Springs [10: 10-Jun-1921]
Labourer, later Tobacconist and then Draper in Three Springs [19]
     He ran his business from a shop in Three Springs which contained billiard tables for games of billiards, snooker and pyramids [120]
     The premises he ran his business from had previously been occupied by Michael GANNON [P2]
     In 1936 he was working in Three Springs as a "General Agent, Hairdresser and Tobacconist" [120: 15-Oct-1936]
     Obtained the telephone at his business premises and his home around 1947, which were numbers TS-235 and TS-238 [60]
     From 1958 to 1863 he also operated as a Bookmaker (Bookie) from Railway Road, Three Springs [60]
Member of the Three Springs Football Club 1921-1929 - was Captain in 1927 and 1929 [10: 10-Jun-1921, 12-Jun-1924] [4: 7-May-1927, 25-May-1929]
He hoped to return to the football field in September 1927 after breaking his collar bone in a match earlier in the year [4: 10-Sep-1927]
His stepfather "Mick" Michael QUAIN was also living in Three Springs for at least the years 1927-1933 [19]
Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1928 [124]
He was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Attended the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show and Show Ball on Thursday 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Travelled from Three Springs to Perth on Monday 15 April 1929 [4: 20-Apr-1929]
As a "Frenchman" he was the best dressed gentleman at the Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on Thursday 27 June 1929 [4: 6-Jul-1929]
He was among those from Three Springs who attended the Perth Royal Show in October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Attended the Three Springs Football Club's Welcome Home Social for two newly wedded couples on 1 November 1929 [4: 9-Nov-1929]
Attended the evening dance at the Three Springs Hall after the R.S.L. Sports Day at Arrino on 5 November 1932 [5: 18-Nov-1932]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Secretary of the Catholic Church Committee in Three Springs in 1934 [5: 20-Jul-1934]
Attended the Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 June 1934 to raise funds for Church organ repairs [5: 6-Jul-1934]
Married "Rene" Irene Agnes THOMAS on 25 October 1934 in Three Springs [P40]
Following their honeymoon they returned to Three Springs and were tendered a Welcome Home on 21 November 1934 [5]
They received a cheque from the residents of the district at their Welcome Home, which was attended by 120 people [5: 23-Nov-1934] 
Attended the Saint Patrick's Day Picnic & Sports Meeting at the Three Springs Show Ground on Monday 18 March 1935 [5]
     Competed in the sports, coming 2nd in the Handicap 120 yard Race and winning the Throwing at Wicket competition [5: 22-Mar-1935]
     On the drums he was a member of the orchestra which provided the music at a Grand Ball which followed the Picnic & Sports [5]
Member of the Three Springs Golf Club in 1935, 1936 and 1937 [5: 12-Jul-1935, 10-Jul-1936, 25-Jun-1937]
He and his wife Rene were among those from Three Springs who attended the Royal Show in Perth in 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Secretary of the Saint Patrick's Day Picnic & Sports in Three Springs on 17 March 1936 and 18 March 1937 [5: 6-Mar-1936, 26-Feb-1937]
Competitor in the Billiard Tournament held in Three Springs in May 1936 to raise funds for the Hospital in Three Springs [5: 8-May-1936]
Competitor at the Carnamah Golf Club's Open Championship over 36 holes in Carnamah on Sunday 29 August 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Attended the Valedictory Social for Miss Rachel M. A. WALLACE in Three Springs on Tuesday 15 December 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
He and his wife holidayed in Perth during February 1937 [5: 26-Feb-1937]
Won the Gent's Singles at the Official Opening of the Three Springs Golf Club's new golf links on Sunday 23 May 1937 [5: 28-May-1937]
Member of the committee that organised the very successful Annual Catholic Ball in Three Springs on 3 June 1937 [5: 11-Jun-1937]
Attended the Official Opening of the Nurse's Quarters in Three Springs on Friday afternoon 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
     With great difficulty himself, Frank ARNDT and Mick COFFEY rode a triple seated bike in a novelty procession to the opening [5]
Helped organise the Farewell for Barney & Frances BARNHART, which was held in Three Springs on 3 February 1938 [4: 12-Feb-1938]
Helped arrange the Valedictory for Minnie WATSON & Arthur MORTIMER held in Three Springs on 15 February 1938 [4: 19-Feb-1938]
Ran a drapery shop in Three Springs in the 1940s [103: page 82]
Speaker at the Social & Dance held in Three Springs for six local soldiers serving in the Army on 20 September 1943 [4: 25-Sep-1943]
Speaker at the Farewell Function for departing hotel manager William A. DUNCAN in Three Springs on 12 April 1944 [4: 22-Apr-1944]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Fanny Jane BRIMSON of Three Springs at the Three Springs Cemetery on 29 April 1946 [4: 4-May-1946]
Speaker at the Valedictory Social for stationmaster Herbert E. REYNOLDS in Three Springs during November 1949 [4: 19-Nov-1949]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1946 [13]
Resided in Three Springs until at least 1965 [19]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Floreat Park [2]
Died 17 December 1993; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Lawn, J, 552) [2]


"Mick" Clifford Felix COFFEY was a supplier of music at the following local functions:
Provider of music at the social evening tendered in Three Springs to Gladys BASTIAN on Thursday 24 May 1934 [5: 1-Jun-1934]
Supplier of music at the social tendered to Mario and Annie MAYRHOFER in Three Springs on 15 October 1934 [5: 19-Oct-1934]
Played the drums at the C.W.A. Ball held at the Three Springs Hall on Thursday 22 November 1934 [5: 23-Nov-1934]
Supplier of music at the Valedictory to Jack HODKKISS and the BICKELL family in Three Springs on 21 January 1935 [5: 25-Jan-1935]
Played the drums at the North Midlands District Hospital Ball at the Three Springs Hall on Easter Monday 22 April 1935 [5: 26-Apr-1935]
     He and four other musicians, including his wife on the piano, supplied the music under the name of "Coffey's Orchestra" [5]
"Coffey's Orchestra" provided music at the Anglican Church's Ball held in Three Springs on Thursday 20 June 1935 [5: 14-Jun-1935]
Part of Coffey's Orchestra which supplied the music at the Arrino Tennis Club's Annual Ball on Tuesday 25 June 1935 [5: 28-Jun-1935]
Supplier of music at the Carnamah Football Club's Opening Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 29 June 1935 [5: 5-Jul-1935]
Played the drums at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Ball at the Three Springs Hall on Thursday 4 July 1935 [5: 12-Jul-1935]
Drummer of Coffey's Orchestra which played at the Three Springs Football Club's Dance held on Thursday 18 July 1935 [5: 26-Jul-1935]
Coffey's Orchestra supplied the music for the Three Springs Convent School's Annual Concert on 18 August 1935 [5: 9-Aug-1935]
Played the drums at the Three Springs Golf Club's Annual Ball at the Three Springs Hall on Wednesday 2 October 1935 [5: 4-Oct-1935]
Played the drums at the Three Springs C.W.A. Younger Set's Leap Year Ball in Three Springs on 21 February 1936 [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Played the drums at the North Midlands District Hospital's Annual Ball in Three Springs on Easter Monday 13 April 1936 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Played the drums at the Three Springs Anglican Church's Annual Ball held in Three Springs on Thursday 25 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Played the drums at the Three Springs Golf Club's Annual Ball at the Hall in Three Springs on Thursday 1 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Supplier of music at the Anglican Church's Children's Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on Friday 27 November 1936 [5: 4-Dec-1936]
Played the drums at the Coorow Rifle Club's Annual Ball at the Coorow Hall on Saturday evening 28 November 1936 [5: 4-Dec-1936]
Played the drums at the Three Springs Rifle Club's First Annual Ball at the Hall in Three Springs on 12 December 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
Provider of music at the Valedictory Social for Miss Rachel M. A. WALLACE in Three Springs on 15 December 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Anglican Church's New Year's Eve Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 31 December 1936 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Played the drums at the Social Evening for local newlyweds Richard H. S. & Rachel M. A. JAMES on 5 January 1937 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Played the drums at the Three Springs Tennis Club's Flannel Dance in Three Springs on Saturday 6 February 1937 [5: 12-Feb-1937]
Played the drums at the Annual Ball of the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs on Monday 29 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Played the drums at the Coronation Ball in Three Springs following the Coronation of King George VI in May 1937 [5: 14-May-1937]
As part of the "Three Springs Orchestra" played the drums at the Anglican Church's Annual Ball on 17 June 1937 [5: 25-Jun-1937]
Coffey's Orchestra were engaged to provide the music at the Arrino Football Club's Annual Ball on 29 July 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
Played the drums at the Coorow Rifle Club's Presentation Ball at the Coorow Hall on Saturday evening 10 July 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Coffey's Orchestra supplied the music at the farewell for the CARMODY family in Three Springs on 12 July 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Played the drums at the Grand Ball of the North Midlands Popular Girl Competition in Three Springs on 31 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Supplier of music at the Farewell for Barney & Frances BARNHART at the Hall in Three Springs on 3 February 1938 [4: 12-Feb-1938]
Played the drums at the Farewell for EK, Les & Dorine BYRNE and Merv WILLIAMS in Three Springs on 16 June 1938 [4: 25-Jun-1938]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Clifford Felix Coffey' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 August 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/clifford-felix-coffey [reference list]




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