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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Elsie" Daisy Elsie Margaret NICHOLLS / CAMAC

Born 20 July 1917 in Yarram, Victoria, Australia [64]
Daughter of Arthur George NICHOLLS and Margaret Elizabeth JEFFS [54]
Educated at the Sale State School and later at the Sale High School in Sale, Victoria, Australia [64]
Following her mother's death when she was three she lived with an aunt, her grandparents and then with her father and stepmother [64]
After leaving school she worked in the grocery and hardware departments of a store in Sale [64]
During the Second World War she met Western Australian farmer Don CAMAC when he was stationed in Sale [64]
Married "Don" Donald Reginald CAMAC on 1 September 1945 in Sale, Victoria, Australia [64]
After Don was discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force they made their way to Carnamah, Western Australia [64]
Arrived in Carnamah with Don on 24 January 1946 [64]
Resided with her husband on Daldee Farm at Five Gums on the Carnamah-Perenjori border 1946-1985 [19] [P21]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club 1947-1964 - was a Committee Member 1951-1960 and Ladies Captain in 1955-56 [89]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association - was President in 1957 [4: 15-Mar-1957]
Founder and Leader of the Five Gums Sunday School [7: page 73]
     Initially ran the Five Gums Sunday School in the shade of trees at the Five Gums Tennis Courts [7: page 73]
     Purchased a small harmonium which was taken to tennis at Five Gums on a Sunday on the back of her ute for Sunday School [7: page 73]
     Later ran the Five Gums Sunday School from the verandah of her home and then in the shearing shed on Daldee Farm [64]
     For many years also hosted monthly Church services in the shearing shed on Daldee Farm [7: page 73]
Member of Carnamah's Ladies Guild and Parents & Citizens Association [64]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1958-1971 [13]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society - was Vice President in 1960, 1962 and 1991-1994 [141]
Member and later Life Member of the Carnamah Bowling Club - was Foundation President of the Associates [7: page 206]
Served on the Management Committee of retirement home the Lady Brand Lodge in Three Springs [64]
Won 1st prize in the Country Women's Association State Homemaker Contest in 197 2[79: 10-Aug-1972]
     Her winning item was "an elegant see-through evening dress in a rich purple pure wool" with a plain bodice and flared sleeves [79]
Member of the North Midlands Agricultural Society - was Treasurer in 1974 and 1975 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Embroiderer's Group [64]
     In 1982 approached the Carnamah Shire with an offer to make a tapestry depicting the Carnamah Shire Council's chambers [7: page 110]
     She created the tapestry with Mrs Robin S. BODYCOAT and Mrs Lois B. LUCAS and presented it to the Carnamah Shire in 1984 [7]
Received a Certificate of Merit for 50 years service to the Country Women's Association [64]
Foundation Committee Member of the Carnamah Historical Society in 1983 [7: page 251]
In 1985 shifted from Daldee Farm to 12 Bierman Place in Carnamah and resided there until her death in 1999 [64]
Secretary of Carnamah's Bi-Centennial Committee in 1986 [7: page 252]
Member of the Carnamah Uniting Church - was an Elder in 1987 [7: page 240]
Received the Citizen of the Year Award for Carnamah in 1989 [64]
Mother of Alan, Heather and Keith [14]
Passed away at the age of 82 years at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [1]
Died 24 November 1999; buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia (Row I, Plot 11) [1] [45]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Daisy Elsie Margaret Nicholls / Camac' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 January 2020 from [sources]

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