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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Edith Gertrude BURN / HUNTER

Born 1886 in Wylam, Northumberland, England [20] [21]
Daughter of Johnson BURN and Mary Ann Hannah BRAZIER [20] [21]
Baptised on 31 January 1886 at the Parish Church in Ovingham, Northumberland, England [33]
Grew up in Wylam, Northumberland, England where her father was a Licensed Victualler / Innkeeper [20]
She was living with her parents, brother John and sister Mary at the Boat House Inn in Wylam in 1891 [20]
In 1901 was living with her parents and sister Mary in Wylam, her brother having married during the previous year [20] [21]
Married James Edward HUNTER in 1914 in Northumberland, England [21]
Resided with her husband in Wylam-on-Tyne in Northumberland, England [34]
Around October 1913 her husband had made plans to purchase the 375 acre Lot M920 in Winchester, Western Australia [34]
The 375 acres was part of the Midland Railway Company's Ready-Made Farms Scheme [34]
With her husband departed London, England on the steamship Medic on 27 June 1914 bound for Albany, Western Australia [203]
Travelled by train from the Perth suburb of Midland Junction to Winchester in August 1914, using free railway passes [34]
Farmer of Wylam Farm in Winchester with her husband James 1914-1936 [19] [34] [44]
In early 1915 her husband signed a contract to purchase the 375 acre farm and an additional 681 acres (Lots M920 and M1058) [27]
On 20 July 1915 she extended Wylam Farm with the purchase of 935 acres in her own name (Lot M917 of Victoria Location 1936) [27]
     Lot M917 was purchased from the Midland Railway Company for £1826, payable by instalments; later reduced to £1095 [27]
     It adjoined her husband's land and was on the east side of Old Telegraph Road in Winchester [60]
     The 935 acres was partially developed, being half of the rescinded farm of the late Major C. H. HOSKYNS-ABRAHALL [27] [34]
During seeding of 1916 one of her mares lost its appetite and mobility after getting bogged [34]
     Despite the unfortunate luck with the mare herself and her husband put in 400 acres of crop in 1916 [34]
In 1917 purchased a new Massey-Harris Binder through an arrangement with the Midland Railway Company [34]
     The Midland Railway Company used her binder for the 1917 season and in return paid half of the first deposit [34]
     Borrowed neighbour John MCINTOSH's Industries Assistance Board supplied binder to do her hay cutting for the 1917 season [34]
On 29 April 1921 purchased a further 517 acres from the Midland Railway Company (Lot M1309 of Victoria Location 2023) [27]
     The 517 acres cost £246, payable by instalments, and was virgin land adjoining the southern boundary of their farm [27] [62]
In 1921 part of the farm was share-cropped by Robert G. SKINNER, possibly because they'd just purchased more land [19] [--]
By 1929 her nephew Charles Brazier BURN had joined herself and her husband on their farm in Winchester [19]
In later years employed a domestic helper, who included Esther E. BROWN in 1929 and 1930, and Ada M. COX in 1932 [19]
Sold three bales of wool at 18½d. per pound in Perth at the fourth wool sale of the season in December 1933 [5: 8-Dec-1933]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
She and her husband caught a lift to Perth by car with Winchester farmer William J. PETHICK on 10 February 1935 [5: 15-Feb-1935]
     After spending a month's holiday at the Shaftesbury Hotel in Perth they returned to Winchester by train in mid March [5: 22-Mar-1935]
Sold 24 suckers at 18/1 per head and 60 suckers at 15/10 per head through Westralian Farmers Ltd on 8 October 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Sold eight bales of wool at 16d. per pound through Westralian Farmers Ltd on Monday 25 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Resided on and farmed Wylam Farm in Winchester until just prior to her death when she was admitted to hospital [0: image 03590] [19]
Died 17 May 1936 in the Perth suburb of Subiaco; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, LE, 240) [2] [5: 22-May-1936]
Her husband died on 2 June 1936 after which their Wylam Farm was inherited by her nephew Charles Brazier BURN [2] [3] [P89]
25 suckers at 14/7, 11 suckers at 14/4 and 9 lambs at 13/7 per head were sold from her estate on 16 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
A further 36 suckers at 12/1, 40 suckers at 14/1 and 13 lambs at 13/7 were sold from her estate on 23 September 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
96 lambs at 11/6 were sold from the "Estate of E. G. & J. E. Hunter" at the Midland Market on 24 February 1937 [5: 26-Feb-1937]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 22 May 1936:
Obituary - The Late Mrs. Edith G. Hunter
"The death occurred on Sunday, May 17, when Mrs. Edith Gertrude Hunter, of Winchester, who after a prolonged illness passed away at St. John of God Hospital in Subiaco. The late Mrs. Hunter was a pioneer resident of the Winchester district. The deceased leaves a husband, Mr. James Hunter, to mourn his sad loss. Mr. Hunter is also an inmate of St. John of God Hospital."

From The Mirror newspaper, Saturday 23 May 1936:
Popular Winchester Lady Passes
"Deep regret was expressed in the Midland district this week when It became known that Mrs Edith G. Hunter, of Winchester, had passed away at the St. John of God Hospital (Subiaco) on Sunday night last. Mrs Hunter had been ill for some weeks suffering from a severe attack of typhoid fever, but improved greatly, and on Sunday was cheerful and confident of being soon about again. On Sunday evening, however, whilst talking to her husband, she suddenly passed away, heart trouble being the immediate cause. Mrs Hunter was a native of Northumberland and came to this State soon after her marriage in 1914. She was a highly accomplished lady and took a great interest in public matters. Of kindly disposition, she was loved by all and will be greatly missed in the Winchester district A widower (Mr Tom Hunter) and nephew (Mr Charlie Burn) in this State mourn her death. The interment took place at the Karrakatta Cemetery on Tuesday."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Edith Gertrude Burn / Hunter' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 March 2024 from [reference list]

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