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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Edith WHALLY / REYNOLDS

Born 1888 in Fremantle, Western Australia [15]
Daughter of Edward WHALLY and Mary HAYES [15]
Grew up in the Perth suburb of Fremantle and before getting married resided in Durer Road, Fremantle [P99]
Married "Fred" Norman Wilfred REYNOLDS in Fremantle on 19 April 1913 [P136]
Resided with her husband in Capel 1913-1927, where he briefly worked as a sleeper-cutter and then as a store manager [P99]
Resided with her husband and children in Yarra Street, Carnamah 1927-1942 [P136]
Left Carnamah by train on Friday 18 May 1928 to spend two months in Fremantle[4: 26-May-1928]
Had ice railed to Carnamah two or three times a week, which was put into their ice chest to keep food cool [P99]
Also kept some of their food in the cellar over the summer months, but during winter rains the cellar filled up with water [P99]
Herself and her family were among those from Carnamah who spent the 1933 Christmas holiday at Dongara [5: 18-Aug-1933]
Along with her husband rushed to Perth on Saturday 4 August 1934 to see her mother who was seriously ill [5: 10-Aug-1934]
Sent a wreath for the grave of Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
On Sunday 6 January 1935 travelled to Perth by car with her husband and sons Don and Bill for a two week holiday [5: 11-Jan-1935]
Herself, her husband and sons Don and Bill travelled to Perth for a vacation on 5 January 1936 and returned on 28th [5: 10 & 31-Jan-1936]
After a visit to Perth to attend the Royal Show herself and her husband returned to Carnamah on 9 October 1936 [5: 9 & 16-Oct-1936]
Departed Carnamah with her husband and sons on Monday 1 February 1937 for a holiday in Perth [5: 5-Feb-1937]
After a short holiday in Perth herself and her husband returned to Carnamah on Thursday 13 May 1937 [5: 14 & 21-May-1937]
Resided in Carnamah until her death in 1942 [2]
Mother of Vivian, Norm, Don and Bill [P136]
Died 29 August 1942; buried Fremantle Cemetery, Perth suburb of Palmyra (Roman Catholic, C3, 360) [2]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 4 September 1942:
Obituary - Late Mrs. Edith Reynolds
"It came as a deep shock to residents of Carnamah to learn on Saturday morning last that Mrs. N. W. Reynolds had collapsed in the train the previous evening while on her way to Perth, to seek specialised medical attention. Although prepared to some extent, for further bad news, it nevertheless cast a deep gloom over the whole of the town when it was made known later in the day that she had been called to rest by her Maker, in the early hours of the morning. The late Mrs. Reynolds had experienced ill-health for the past eighteen months or so, following on from a stroke, and it was only recently that she was prevailed upon to visit the city for a course of specialised medical treatment, which it was thought might cure her. Owing to petrol rationing, Mr. Reynolds was not able to drive her down himself by car, and it was eventually decided that she should make the trip by train on Friday of last week. She was accompanied as far as Moora by Mrs. J. J. House, and when Mrs. House disembarked at that centre, Mrs. Reynolds appeared to be in good health. At Muchea, the unfortunate woman, who had no doubt become perturbed by the fact that the train was well behind schedule, collapsed. An army doctor who was on the train was summoned, and he attended her until she reached Midland Junction. Upon receiving word that his wife was seriously ill, Mr. Reynolds left Carnamah by car, but he and his youngest son (Bill) did not reach Midland until after the deceased lady had passed away. The late Mrs. Reynolds had resided in Carnamah for many years, and during that period she had established many firm friendships. The sympathy of the whole district will go out to her bereaved husband and family: Vivien (Mrs. J. Arnott), Norman (West Midland), Don. (A.I.F.) and William. The deceased lady, who was aged only 55 years, can best be described as a wonderful mother and a great help-mate to her husband. The funeral, which was largely attended, took place on Monday in the Roman Catholic portion of the Fremantle cemetery, the cortege leaving the residence of her son, Norm., at West Midland."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Edith Whally / Reynolds' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 29 September 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/edith-whally [sources]




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