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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Jean" Dorothy Jean ROWLAND / DAVIS

Born 13 May 1922 in Dongara, Western Australia [P13]
Daughter of "Jim" James Hostley ROWLAND and "Dorrie" Martha Dorothy SLOPER [P13]
Not long after being born shifted with parents from Dongara to Carnamah [P13]
Resided with parents and siblings in Carnamah on Billaloo Farm near Billeroo 1922 onwards [P13]
Student at the Billeroo State School in Billeroo, East Winchester 1930-1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936] [7: page 77]
     She described the things they grew at school in a letter to Auntie Kitty, the children's page in The Sunday Times newspaper [81]
     They had a sweet pea trellis, vegetable and flower gardens and in 1933 had planted twelve trees around the school for shade [81]
     Five of the trees died over summer with the only surviving being one that had bush and wire netting around it [81]
     In March 1934 their teacher made a shade house so they could keep plants at school alive over the summer months [81: 1-Apr-1934]
Competed in the tennis match between the Billeroo-Winchester and Carnamah schools on Friday 8 November 1935 [5: 15-Nov-1935]
Attended the Inter-School Sports of the Carnamah Road Board district at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Friday 2 October 1936 [5]
     Won the 13 Years & Over Girls Skipping Race and was 3rd in the 12 Years & Over Siamese Race with Daphne R. CHAPMAN [5]
     Also came 2nd in the 12 Years & Over Girls Potato Race and 2nd in the 14 Years & Over Girls Running Race [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Came 3rd in the Single Ladies Race at the R.S.L. Easter Athletic Sports Meeting in Carnamah on 29 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
After her sister Mavis left her job working at the Macpherson Homestead she got the job [P7]
Employed by Miss Elizabeth MACPHERSON to do domestic duties at the Macpherson Homestead [P7]
Member of the Carnamah Social Club in 1937 and 1938 [0: images 03704 & 03781]
Member of the Carnamah Badminton Club in 1939 [0: image 03792]
Worked for Miss Elizabeth Macpherson until her death in 1939 [P7]
Resided in Carnamah until at least 1942 [0: image 02964]
Married Harold DAVIS in Perth on 30 December 1944 [P13]
Resided with husband in Victoria, Australia [P13]
Died 19 September 1991; buried Birchip Cemetery in Birchip, Victoria, Australia[P13]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Dorothy Jean Rowland / Davis' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/dorothy-jean-rowland [reference list]




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