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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Edna Florence MURRAY / CATTO / SIVYER

Born 1905 in Lancashire, England [21] [45]
Daughter of "Bert" Herbert MURRAY and "Lizzie" Elizabeth Ellen GRUNDY [P43]
Departed London, England with her father on the steamship Euripides for Albany, Western Australia on 23 June 1922 [203]
Settled with her father on Highfields Farm on the Inering Estate in Carnamah [P162]
Her mother, sister and brother arrived in Western Australia on the Orsova on 31 May 1923 to join them in Carnamah [70] [P162]
Attended the Carnamah Race Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 10 April 1924 in a dress of white voile with touches of pink [10: 24-Apr-1924]
Her unmarried aunt Jane GRUNDY arrived in Western Australia on the Orama on 24 August 1926 to join them in Carnamah [63] [203]
Resided with her parents, brother, sister and aunt on Highfields Farm in Carnamah until getting married in 1927 [P162]
Married (1) George CATTO in Perth on 16 February 1927 (DIV) [4: 27-Jun-1931]
Resided with her husband George on his Piyowola Farm on the Inering Estate in Carnamah 1927-1930 [4: 27-Jun-1931]
Played the violin at the Masquerade Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 14 May 1927 [4: 21-May-1927]
Attended the wedding dance for Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred M. LANG at the Carnamah Hall on 27 March 1928 [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Attended the evening ball following the Three Springs Races on 11 April 1929 in a dress of jade crepe de chine [4: 20-Apr-1929]
Played the violin at the Carnamah Anglican Church's Freak Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 3 October 1929 [4: 12-Oct-1929]
In November 1930 left her husband and returned to live with her parents on Highlands Farm in Carnamah [4: 27-Jun-1931]
Although she never officially changed her name after leaving her husband she returned to going by Miss Edna MURRAY [5] [66]
In 1932 had Chevrolet car registered with the Carnamah District Road Board with license plate CA-321 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Played the violin at the Grand Ball of the North Midlands Popular Girl Competition held in Carnamah on 28 July 1932 [5: 5-Aug-1932]
     She was accompanied by Mrs Maggie WELLS on the piano, Tom PARKIN on the drums and Colin STONE on the cornet [5]
Also one of the suppliers of music at the farewell to Geoffrey K. RYDER at the Carnamah Hall on 10 September 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
Along with Mrs Ida JAMES organised a picnic which was held on the Inering Estate in Carnamah in September 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
Attended the Show Ball following the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 15 September 1932 in a gown of orange celenese [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Attended the "Gimlets" Annual Picnic on Sunday 18 September 1932 at BATTY's farm in Carnamah [5: 23-Sep-1932]
     Along with Mr W. WALSH won both the Thread the Needle Race and the Wheelbarrow Race at the Gimlets Picnic [5]
One of the suppliers of music at the Dance & Bridge Party at AUNGER's home in East Carnamah on 8 October 1932 [5: 21-Oct-1932]
Supplier of music at the Anglican Church Bazaar held in Carnamah on Saturday 12 August 1933 [5: 18-Aug-1933]
Won 2nd prize for an Embroidered Cushion at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 14 September 1933 [5: 22-Sep-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]
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 Roman Catholic Church's Ball in Carnamah on 26 May 1934 in a dress of lemon taffeta with blue trimmings [5: 1-Jun-1934]
Herself, Mrs Maggie WELS and Tom PARKIN supplied the music at the C.W.A. Dance in Carnamah on 16 June 1934 [5: 22-Jun-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]
Attended the Dance in aid of the Institute for the Blind held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday evening 18 August 1934 [5: 24-Aug-1934]
Won 1st prize for Geraniums and 2nd prize for Geranium in Pot at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball on Saturday 20 October 1934 in a dress of primrose taffeta [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Attended the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show at Centenary Park, Carnamah on 12 September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
     Won 2nd prizes for Supper Cloth and Pillow Shams in the Fancywork section, and attended the Show Ball in blue georgette [5]
Married (2) "Ken" Kenneth John SIVYER in February 1936 at the Church of Ascension in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction [5]
     Wore a gown of ivory lace and georgette with marocain to the figure and falling softly into a graceful train [5: 28-Feb-1936]
     Her silk net veil was hand appliqued with sprays of lace and embroidery and was held in place by a coronet of orange blossoms [5]
     Carried a bouquet of white roses, orange blossoms and carnations, and was given away by her brother Frederick G. MURRAY [5]
     Her bridesmaids were her sister Hilda E. MURRAY and Ken's sister Elsie I. SIVYER, who were dressed in blue georgette  [5]
Resided with her husband Ken on what had been her father's Highfields Farm on the Inering Estate in Carnamah [P162]
     She taught her husband Ken all that he needed to know about farming [P162]
     Following her marriage the farm's business appears to have been transferred from her mother's name and into hers [5: 18-Sep-1936]
     Highfields Farm was Lot 16 of the Inering Estate between and bounding the Back Inering Road and the Caron Road [62]
     Their postal address was P.O. Box 78 at the Carnamah Post Office [226]
     Until 1950 her unmarried aunt Jane GRUNDY lived with herself and her husband on Highfields Farm in Carnamah [19] [226]
Attended the Mad Hatter's Leap Year Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 29 February 1936 wearing ivory lace and georgette [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Sold 20 hoggets at 12/7 and 16 hoggets at 12/10 per head through Westralian Farmers Ltd on 15 July 1936 [5: 17-Jul-1936, 18-Sep-1936]
Sold 20 suckers at 14/4 and 13 suckers 11/4 per head through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on 16 September 1936 [5]
Attended the Show Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 dressed in ivory georgette and lace [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club 1939-1946 [0: images 03018, 04039, 04489]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association - was Secretary 1942-1947 [0: images 02956, 04455 & 04579]
Steward of the Kitting section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Victory Show on 13 September 1945 [13]
Played the violin at the Welcome Home Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall on Saturday 15 December 1945 [7: page 48]
Summonsed to appear before the Carnamah Police Court for driving Nash car CA-277 without being licensed to do so [22]
Appeared before the Carnamah Police Court on 10 January 1946 where she was fined 10/- and costs of 3/- [22]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1947 [0: image 04483]
Steward of the Knitting section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Shows in 1947 and 1949 [13]
Resided on Highfields Farm with her husband Ken until they sold the farm to Thomas C. BROWNING [P162] in 1952 [3]
After the farm was sold shifted with husband Ken to Mandurah WA, and they later retired to the Perth suburb of Maylands [P162]
Spent her later years at Kensington Nursing Home in the Perth suburb of Kensington [45]
Died 10 June 2004 in her 100th year in the Perth suburb of Kensington; cremated Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA [45]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Edna Florence Murray / Catto / Sivyer' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 7 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/edna-florence-murray [sources]




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