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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Dorcas Lilian COLE / FOWLER

Born 25 December 1912 in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia [P120]
Daughter of "Fred" Frederick William COLE and Hilda Mabel GRILLETT [54]
Resided with her parents in a goldmining area of Victoria before moving with them to Western Australia [P120]
Resided with her parents in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [6] and attended Perth College in Beaufort Street, Perth [P120]
While studying at Perth College she became friends with "Millie" Millicent M. B. GREENWOOD of Waddy Forest [P120]
Met her future husband for the first time while spending a holiday on Manell Farm in Waddy Forest with her friend Millie [P120]
Had to drop out of a business course at Perth College when her parents decided to shift to their farm in Carnamah [P120]
Shifted with her parents and brothers Fred and Gordon to Carnamah in 1929 [P33]
Resided with her parents on Ginawarra Farm on the Carnamah-Bunjil Road in Carnamah 1929-1940 [P33]
Attended the Show Ball following the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 18 September 1930 in a frock of fawn georgette [4: 4-Oct-1930]
In July 1933 she spent an enjoyable holiday staying with friend in the Waddy district [5: 7-Jul-1933]
Won 1st prize for Three Doyleys in the Fancywork section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 14 September 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
She was among the 150 who attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 9 December 1933 [5: 15-Dec-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Sewing Mistress at the Billeroo State School in Billeroo, East Winchester in 1934 [73]
Attended the Surprise Party tendered to Mrs Eva and Miss Joyce COWDEROY in Carnamah on Friday 5 January 1934 [5: 12-Jan-1934]
On the evening of Thursday 15 March 1934 attended the Carnamah Race Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-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]
Attended the Inering School Dance held to raise money for books at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 July 1934 [5: 27-Jul-1934]
In August 1934 spent a holiday staying with Guy, Edith and Milly GREENWOOD on Manell Farm in Waddy Forest [5: 3-Aug-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball on Saturday 20 October 1934 in a white lace voile dress [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club 1935-1939 [5: 30-Aug-1935, 17-Jul-1936, 7-May-1937] [489]
     After she commenced seeing Edgar FOWLER he requested that she no longer participate with or perform in the Repertory Club [P4]
Won 2nd prize for Middle of Bacon in the Farm Produce section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 12 September 1935 [5]
To the Ball after the 1935 Carnamah Agricultural Show she wore a gown of apple green marocain trimmed with ruching [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Herself and Edgar W. FOWLER won the Spot Waltz at the Coorow Rifle Club's Grand Ball on Saturday 26 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Performed at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
     She gave a credible interpretation of her role as a bride in one of the two plays, which was her first performance on stage [5]
     Accompanist on the piano during songs rendered, and also supplier of music for the dancing held after the two plays [5]
Attended the Ball after the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 3 September 1936 dressed in apple green marocain [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Attended the Show Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 dressed in delphinium georgette [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Played Pansy the maid in the play "The Paris Model" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Attended the largely attended Carnamah Tennis Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 17 April 1937 in marina blue georgette [5: 23-Apr-1937]
Played the daughter in the play "The Dangerous Age" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening on 25 June 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
Supplier of music at the Kitchen Tea for Albert E. MILES and Mary E. GREENWOOD in Waddy Forest on 31 July 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
Sang a song to the crowd of over 300 at the Community Concert at the Carnamah Hall on Wednesday evening 11 August 1937 [5]
     Also sang a quartette with E. Vera STEPHENS, Thomas H. PARKIN and Francis ROOKE, all of Carnamah [5: 13-Aug-1937]
She was a talented artist, trained pianist and had learnt how to make clothes from her mother who was a trained dressmaker [P120]
Married Edgar William FOWLER on 23 February 1940 at the Wesley Church in Perth[5: 8-Mar-1940]
     Her bridesmaids were Edgar's sister Miss Dulcie J. FOWLER and Miss Margaret N. D. CLARK [5]
     Wore "a beautiful gown of French lame, designed with square shaped neckline caught with shirring and finished with flames [5]
     of orange blossoms, long sleeves and buttons; swathed uplift bodice and a full skirt extended to form a long trail" [5]
Resided in the house on Lot M1300 of Glen Waddi Farm in Waddy Forest 1940-1972 [P120]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Country Women's Association (C.W.A) in 1946 [5: 7-Jun-1946]
Won 2nd prize for Baby's Three Piece Set in the Wool Work section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1947 [5: 12-Sep-1947]
Exhibited in the the 11th annual Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show held in Coorow on 15 September 1948 [5: 23-Sep-1948]
     Awarded both 1st and 2nd prizes for Gentleman's Buttonhole in the Flower section [5]
     In the Cookery section she won 1st prize for her Decorated Sponge Sandwich and 2nd for Fancy Cakes [5]
Received 2nd prize for Knitted Cardigan at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1949 [86: 29-Sep-1949]
Member of the Waddy Forest Tennis Club [P120]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Country Women's Association - was President 1963-1965 [173]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club [P120]
Resided on the north east corner of North Street and Poynton Parade in the Coorow townsite 1972-2002 [P120]
Mother of Barry, Lindsay and Kevin [P120]
Died 23 May 2002; cremated at the Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA [2]

From The West Australian newspaper, Saturday 22 January 1938:
"Mr and Mrs F. Cole, of Carnamah, announce the engagement of their only daughter, Dorcas Lilian, to Edgar William, eldest son of Mr and Mrs D. E. Fowler, of Coorow."

From The Sunday Times newspaper, Sunday 10 March 1940:
"Of interest to their many friends, was the wedding of Miss Dorcas Lilian Cole, only daughter of Mr and Mrs F. W. Cole, of Ginawarra, Carnamah, and Mr Edgar William Fowler, eldest son of Mr and Mrs D. E. Fowler, Glen Waddi, Coorow. The ceremony was at Wesley Church, Perth, Rev. A.B. Lloyd officiating, and the bride being given away by her father. The trained wedding frock, designed on Princess lines, was of French woven silver lame, with three tiered veil edged with tulle lace. She carried a sheaf of white carnations, tuberoses and frangipani. She was attended by Mrs Frank Bradley, Misses Dulcie Fowler and Margaret Clark, their frocks of georgette over satin being of midnight blue, primrose and dusty pink, each designed alike in picture style. Topknots of lilies were worn and they carried roses. The groom was attended by Messrs Frank Bradley, Tom Read and Fred Cole, jnr. The reception was at Stirling Social rooms, Mrs Cole receiving and wearing navy self patterned georgette. Mrs Fowler chose cyclamen wool de chine. For her travelling frock, the bride chose golden brown wool georgette, with brown hat, shoes and gloves."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Dorcas Lilian Cole / Fowler' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 16 April 2024 from [reference list]

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