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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Myrtle" Deborah Myrtle BRAND / BROUN

Born 1905 in Cookernup, Western Australia [15]
Daughter of George David BRAND and Elizabeth Sarah CLARKSON [15]
Married "Vic" Victor Walwin BROUN on 15 March 1933 at the Methodist Church in Pingelly [86: 11-Apr-1933]
Resided with her husband on farmland in Coorow 1933-1973 [19]
Won 2nd prize for Fancy Scones at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show at Maley Park, Coorow on 3 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Sang a song and gave a recitation at the Social Evening at the Waddy Forest Hall on Tuesday 15 December 1936 [5: 18-Dec-1936]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society in 1937 [5: 20-Nov-1936]
     Exhibited in the Confectionary, Preserves and Farm Produce sections of the Society's Annual Show on 10 September 1937 [5]
     Won 1st prizes for Biscuits, Marmalade and Non-White Hen Eggs; and 2nd prizes for Fruit Cake and Madeira Cake [5: 10-Sep-1937]
     She was again a Committee Member in 1945, 1948 and 1949 [5: 20-Apr-1945, 9-Apr-1948, 31-Mar-1949]
Steward of the Preserves section at the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1939 [150]
She and her husband conducted the Sunday School in Coorow for many years in the 1930s and 1940s [P361] [5: 31-Dec-1947]
Performed a recitation at the Community Concert held at "Allen's corner" on the main road in Winchester on 13 April 1945 [5: 27-Apr-1945]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Red Cross Society - was Vice President in 1945 [5: 20-Jul-1945]
Won 2nd for Lettuce and Beetroot at the Coorow-Waddy Red Cross Flower & Vegetable Show on 8 September 1945 [5: 21-Sep-1945]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Parents & Citizens Association 1946-1948 [5: 26-Apr-1946, 9-Apr-1948]
One of the speakers at the ladies' farewell afternoon given to Mrs Phoebe E. HUNT at the Coorow Hall on 26 March 1947 [5: 4-Apr-1947]
Gave an item at the farewell afternoon tea to departing Waddy Forest resident Mrs Ethel B. FOWLER in 1947 [5: 9-May-1947]
Stayed with her parents on Albany Highway in the Perth suburb of Kelmscott during February 1948 [417: 13-Feb-1948]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Country Women's Association (C.W.A.) - was Vice President in 1948 [5: 30-Apr-1948]
    Sang "The Creed" at the Christmas meeting of the C.W.A. in Coorow on 7 December 1949 [5: 15-Dec-1949]
    Served as President of the North Midlands Division of the C.W.A. in 1953 and 1954 [39: 21-Apr-1954]
    Along with two other ladies she attended the meeting of the Carnamah District Road Board on 19 May 1948 [5: 27-May-1948]
    At the meeting they sought support for the erection of a Rest Home for waiting mothers in Three Springs [5: 27-May-1948]
Sang a song and performed a recitation at the Coorow-Waddy Forest P. & C. Community Concert on 21 August 1948 [5: 16-Sep-1948]
Won prizes in the Cookery and Preserves sections of the 11th annual Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 15 September 1948 [5]
     Awarded 1st prize for Nut Loaf, Preserved Jams and tied for 1st place for Coffee Rolls [5]
     Received 2nd prizes for Fruit Cake, White Bread, Wholemeal Brad, Plum Pudding, Coffee Cakes and Jams [5: 23-Sep-1948]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Bentley [2]
Mother of Adrian, Desmond, Colin and Winston [P8]
Died 31 March 1981; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (IC Section, Rose Memorial, CA, 5) [2]


From The Geraldton Guardian and Express newspaper, Tuesday 11 April 1933:
Wedding Bells - A Pingelly Ceremony - Broun–Brand
    "On the evening of March 15th, the Pingelly Methodist Church was the scene of a picturesque and popular wedding,  the contracting parties being Deborah Myrtle, eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs G.D. Brand, of 'Glengyle', Pingelly, and Victor, son of Mr and Mrs McBride Broun, of 'Bouganville', Pingelly. The church was prettily decorated by members of the Ladies’ Guild, of which the bride was an active member, the officiating clergyman being the Rev. Steer.
     Miss Minda Brand (sister of the bride) and Miss Alma Broun (sister of the bridegroom) were the bride’s attendants and little Betty Fogg (cousin of the bride) was the little flower girl. Mr Clem Broun and Mr Roy Brand officiated respectively as best man and groomsman.
To the strains of the wedding march played by Mr Melville Broun (brother of the bridegroom), the bride entered the church on the arm of her father. She made a charming picture in a beautiful gown of white georgette and Chantilly lace, cut on medieval lines, the circular skirt being effectively trimmed with tiny tucks, and falling softly to the ankles. A charming tone was lent to the gown by the bodice of Chantilly lace, made with a round low neck, finished in front with a cluster of tiny pastel shaded rosebuds, and fully puffed shirt sleeves. Her hand worked Honiton lace veil (worn by the bride’s mother on her wedding day) was daintily arranged from off the face, and held in place by a coronet of orange blossoms, falling in graceful folds to form a train. A beautiful bouquet of Easter lilies, carnations and maiden hair fern completed a charming bridal ensemble.
     The bridesmaids were similarly gowned and looked very sweet in frocks of shrimp pink crepe-de-chene, made ankle length, with tiny frills rounds the hips, the bodices being made with round low necks and fully puffed short sleeves. Juliet caps of silk lace of the same shade as the frocks were worn, together with pink shoes and stockings. Their bouquets were of Easter lilies, carnations and maiden hair fern, and both wore crystal bead clusters, the gifts of the bridegroom.
     The little flower girl looked very charming in her sweet frock of shrimp pink crepe-de-chene, made with tiny frills, her bonnet being of silver lace. She carried a basket of pink roses and fern, and wore a dainty brooch, the gift of the bridegroom.
     During the signing of the register, the solo “Because” was beautifully rendered by Mrs Fogg (cousin of the bride).
     After the ceremony the guests were received by the bride’s mother at Mrs Monger’s Coffee Palace. Mrs Brand wore a striking frock of navy blue and white marocain, with chic navy blue chip straw hat to tone, and carried a posy of cream and red roses. She was assisted by the bridegroom’s mother, who wore a smart frock of cinnamon and brown crepe-de-chine, with a smart brown hat. Her bouquet was of cream and pink roses.
     The tables were prettily decorated with Easter lilies in pink and white shades, and directly above the bride was suspended a large white wedding bell, with white streamers, and the initials of the bride and groom worked in silver on either side, During the breakfast the usual toasts were honoured, many of the speakers eloquently testifying to the esteem and regard in which the bride and bridegroom and their parents and families were held throughout the district. A large number of telegrams of good wishes were received from all parts of the State, these being read at the breakfast by the best man. At the conclusion of the repast the bride cut the handsome wedding cake, made as a gift by Miss Clarkson, of Claremont (aunt of the bride), and the celebrations were concluded when the happy couple left by car on a honeymoon trip to the South West.
     The bride travelled in a smart frock of crepe suede, in tonings of blue and nut brown, made with a smart little coutee , and vest of pale blush pink, a small blue chip straw hat and brown accessories completing the smart outfit.
     The bride’s present to the bridegroom was a wristlet watch, and that of the groom to the bride a handsome rhinestone necklet. Many useful and valuable presents were received including a number of cheques.
     An interesting feature of the reception was that of the tablecloth used on the bride’s table, this being the same cloth that was used at the wedding of the bride’s mother.
     Mr and Mrs Broun will make their future home at Coorow."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Deborah Myrtle Brand / Broun' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 23 April 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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