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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Dora Townley RIVETT / SPORK

Born 22 May 1894 in Liscard, Cheshire, England [P239]
Daughter of master boot-maker William RIVETT and his wife Mrs Annie RIVETT [20]
In 1901 she was living in Liscard with her parents and siblings William, Robert, Edith, Ada, Arthur, Edward and Fred [20]
Married "Jack" Johan Christian SPORK on 26 December 1918 at Saint Mary's Church in Liscard, Cheshire, England [30: item 8091361]
Her husband was a Private in the Australian Imperial Force's 51st Battalion, and had been twice Wounded in Action in France [30]
At the time of their marriage she was living with her parents at 14 Liscard Village in Liscard, Cheshire, England [30]
Departed England with her husbandon the Konigin Luise and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 2 August 1919 [30] [P239]
On 1 January 1920 she gave birth to a possibly still born daughter named Dora who was buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery [P239]
Resided in Perth until settling with her husband on a Soldier Settlement farm in Carnamah in either 1920 or early 1921 [P239]
The farm, which was situated on the Carnamah Estate, was named Liscard, after her native parish in England [P239]
Resided with her husband and children on Liscard Farm in Carnamah 1921-1929 [P239]
Their home on the farm was a four roomed weatherboard house [P239]
Stayed with friends in Perth for the birth of their second child, who was also named Dora [P239]
Her husband travelled from Carnamah to Perth in a horse and cart to pick up herself and their newly born daughter [P239]
She was good friends with Mrs Annie NIVEN and some of the elder NIVEN daughters who lived on nearby Craigend Farm [P239]
Signed the petition in February 1923 for the Irwin Licensing Court to grant a hotel license for Carnamah [10: 9-Mar-1923]
Attended the Grand Plain & Fancy Dress Ball in Carnamah on 6 August 1925 in an evening dress of blue brocaded satin [9: 21-Aug-1925]
Attended the local farewell for Jack and Annie LYNCH at the home of Mr and Mrs R. W. CLARK on 6 April 1929 [4: 13-Apr-1929]
Along with her husband and children left Carnamah later in 1929 and shifted to the Perth suburb of Maylands [P239]
Initially resided with her family in a rented house in Maylands and then in their own home in Peninsula Road, Maylands [P239]
Resided in Peninsula Road, Maylands until her husband's death in 1968 and then lived with her daughter Dora in Inglewood [P239]
She never returned to England [P239]
Mother of Dora, Dora, Jack and Joan [P239]
Died 1 August 1984; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Lawn 2, Niche Wall, W1, 1) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Dora Townley Rivett / Spork' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 July 2022 from [reference list]

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