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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Eileen Annie BERRIGAN

Born 7 April 1904 in Randells, Western Australia [15] [41]
Daughter of "Tom" Thomas Joseph BERRIGAN and Johanna Catherine KEYS [15]
Initially resided with her parents in Bulong and then at Leonora where her father worked as a miner [P134]
Resided with her parents in Three Springs, where her father worked as a Contractor and later as a Storekeeper and Agent [6] [19]
She and C. Annie BYRNE won the Girls Three Legged Race at the "Three Springs Day" on 16 September 1915 [10: 24-Sep-1915]
Dressed as a Red Cross nurse she sold the programs for the Red Cross Ball held in Three Springs on Friday 2 June 1916 [10: 6-Jun-1916]
Attended as a "Red Cross Nurse" the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on 19 July 1916 in aid of the Red Cross [39: 31-Jul-1916]
Attended the Red Cross Society Basket Social & Dance held in Three Springs on Wednesday 22 November 1916 [10: 5-Dec-1916]
     During the evening she, her sisters, Annie BYRNE and the Misses THOMAS sang the song "Australia Will Be There" [10]
Returned home to her parents in Three Springs in March 1922, having been away some time attending schools in Perth [9: 24-Mar-1922]
Entered the service of the Education Department on 4 May 1922 [41]
     Probationary Monitor at the Moora State School in Moora from May 1922 until about August 1922 [10: 12-May-1922] [41]
     Monitor at the Three Springs State School in Three Springs from 4 September 1922 until the end of 1923 [41]
     Also Sewing Mistress of the Three Springs State School from 19 February 1923 until resigning on 31 July 1923 [41]
     Received an annual salary of £72 in 1922 and of £102 in 1923[41]
     Head Teacher on Supply of the Ogilvie State School in Ogilvie north of Northampton from 27 February 1924 [41]
     Head Teacher on Supply of the Geraldton State School in Geraldton on 3 August 1924 [41]
     Head Teacher of the Dudawa State School in Dudawa, East Arrino in 1925, on a weekly salary of £4/16/- [41] [73]
     Head Teacher on Supply of the Watheroo State School in Watheroo from 7 September 1925 until 1927 [41]
     Head Teacher of the Lake Ninan State School at Lake Ninan near Wongan Hills for the first four months of 1928 [41] [276]
Opened the Inering State School on the Inering Estate in Carnamah on 24 May 1928, and became its first teacher [276]
     Head Teacher of the Inering State School in Carnamah in 1928 and 1929, on an annual salary of £236 [73] [276]
     Resided with her parents at 14 Boojerabba Street in the Carnamah townsite 1928-1930 [7: page 76] [P134]
     While teaching at the Inering School she drove her Baby Austin car the ten miles from Carnamah to the school each day [P132]
     She wrote to the Education Department on 23 August 1928 to report a fault to the fireplace at the Inering State School [276]
     Her letter was to report a gap between the shelf of the fireplace and the wall, from which smoke was blackening the wall [276]
Temporary Head Teacher of the Carnamah State School in Carnamah in 1930, on an annual salary of £234 [41]
     Resided with her parents at 25 Macpherson Street in the Carnamah townsite 1930-1936 [P134]     
     Having recovered her health she re-opened the Carnamah State School on Wednesday 26 November 1930 [4: 22-Nov-1930]
Head Teacher of the Inering State School on the Inering Estate in Carnamah 1931-1933 [4: 15-Feb-1930] [73]
     Her younger brother "Pat" Patrick J. BERRIGAN travelled with her each day and was a student at the Inering State School [P132]
     For fulfilling the duties of sole teacher she received an annual salary of £236 in 1931 and of £221 in 1932 and 1933 [41]
     Wrote to the Education Department on 12 August 1932 informing them part of the road to the Inering School was impassable [276]
     For almost a week in June 1933 had to have her car towed through floodwaters so she could get to the Inering School [5: 16-Jun-1933]
     She was unable to get to the school on Tuesday 13 June 1933 after Inering had 180 points of rain the previous day and night [5]
     The floodwaters were across the Inering Road (now the Carnamah-Perenjori Road) due to the flooding of Darlings Creek [5]
     She was on leave from teaching in 1934, and in February was convalescent in a Perth hospital after an operation [5: 16-Feb-1934] [73]
Assistant Teacher at the Carnamah State School in Carnamah in 1935 and 1936, on a salary of £210 in 1935 and £217 in 1936 [41]
     She had been appointed Assistant Teacher at the Carnamah State School for 1934 but took the year off on leave [41] [73]
Godmother of her nephew Keith J. BYRNE, who was baptised at the Roman Catholic Church in Three Springs on 24 June 1923 [91]
Godmother of her nephew Allen BYRNE, who was baptised at the Roman Catholic Church in Three Springs on 5 April 1927 [91]
After spending the school holidays with her parents in Carnamah she returned to Watheroo on 9 September 1927 [4: 10-Sep-1927]
Saw off her younger brother, who was travelling to Three Springs, at the railway station in Carnamah on 18 June 1928 [4: 23-Jun-1928]
She was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons & Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Judge of the school-work section at the Carnamah Show & Sports Carnival on Thursday 4 October 1928 [4: 13-Oct-1928]
Organiser of a dance held in Carnamah on 10 November 1928 to raise funds for the Convent School in Three Springs [4: 17-Nov-1928]
In May 1929 her friend Miss JEFFERSON of Geraldton spent a holiday with her in Carnamah [4: 18-May-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Ball on 18 May 1929 in a dress of rainbow georgette with panels of wax lace [4: 25-May-1929]
On Thursday 8 August 1929 attended in powder blue georgette the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Attended the Centenary and Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on 5 September 1929 and was the Best Centenary Lady [4: 21-Sep-1929]
Attended the farewell to Mrs Ida CROSSING at the home of Mrs BADRICK in Carnamah on 10 September 1929 [4: 14-Sep-1929]
Attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
She won an Aladdin Instant Light Lamp in 1930 by guessing how long Aladdin and Miller lamps would burn for [4: 27-Sep-1930]
     The two lamps were lit at the same time with one pine of kerosene by local agent S.L. HIDDEN who conducted the competition [4]
Attended the Annual Ball after the Three Springs Show on 25 September 1930 in shell pink English lace and georgette [4: 11-Oct-1930]
Attended the baptism reception for Kelva M. BADRCK at 18 Boojerabba Street, Carnamah on Sunday 28 September 1930 [4: 4-Oct-1930]
Attended the Ball after the Carnamah Races on 2 October 1930 in a dress of shell pink and English lace georgette [4: 18-Oct-1930]
Helped transport the children of the Carnamah School to Three Springs to partake in interschool sports on 16 July 1932 [5: 22-Jul-1932]
Attended the Carnamah Grand Ball at the town hall on Thursday 28 July 1932 in a gown of ivory georgette [5: 5-Aug-1932]
Attended the Carnamah Roman Catholic Church's Annual Ball on 6 August 1932 in a gown of white georgette [5: 19-Aug-1932]
On the evening of 15 September 1932 attended the Show Ball following the Carnamah Agricultural Show [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Along with her friend Miss M. JEFFERSON travelled to Kalgoorlie to visit her brother Tom in January 1933 [5: 27-Jan-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club 1930-1936 [4: 8-Mar-1930] [5: 13-Oct-1933, 6-Mar-1936]
     Committee Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1934-35 and 1936-37 [5: 10-Aug-1934, 24-Jul-1936]
Committee Member 1930-1936 and President 1935-1936 of the Carnamah Golf Club [4: 16-Aug-1930] [5: 28-Jul-1933, 5-Apr-1935, 24-Jul-1936]
     She was elected Secretary of the Carnamah Golf Club's Dance Committee on Wednesday 14 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
     Organised the Club's Dance & Presentation Evening held at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 24 October 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Foundation President of the Younger Set of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association in 1932 [5: 23-Jun-1933]
In 1932 was the owner of a Baby Austin car with license plate CA-97 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Attended the farewell of Norman and Fielda SOMERS in Carnamah on Saturday 15 July 1933 [5: 21-Jul-1933]
Attended the Card Party held at the home of Mrs Maggie KROSCHEL in Carnamah during the second week of July 1933 [5: 21-Jul-1933]
Steward in Charge of the Educational section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1933 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club - along with Joyce COWDEROY was Inaugural Joint Secretary in 1933 [5: 2-Jun-1933]
     Sole Secretary of the Carnamah Repertory Club from 4 October 1933 until 1936 [5: 6-Oct-1933, 13-Apr-1934, 22-Mar-1935, 10-Apr-1936]
     Presented with a bridge set as a token of appreciation from the members for her services to the club on 15 April 1936 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
On 24 November 1933 she was progressing well after having spent a week at the Carnamah Private Hospital [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Played the innkeeper's wife in "Wayside Wars" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's 2nd Concert on 30 November 1933 [5: 1-Dec-1933]
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 Farewell Social to Miss Doris MCLEAN at her parents' home in Carnamah on Wednesday 11 April 1934 [5: 13-Apr-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Organiser of the Roman Catholic Church Ball held in Carnamah on 26 May 1934, which raised about £6 for the Church [5: 1-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]
Played to perfection the cook in "Pearly Pearls" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's 3rd Concert on Thursday 26 July 1934 [5: 27-Jul-1934]
Attended the Repertory Social, of plays, community singing and dancing, held in Carnamah on 15 August 1934 [5: 17-Aug-1934]
Secretary of a Committee that organised in aid of the Blind Institute a Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 18 August 1934 [5: 3-Aug-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Won 2nd prize for an Article in Raffia exhibited in the Fancy Work section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Presented Mrs Olga GRAHAM with a white handbag on behalf of the Carnamah Repertory Club on 28 November 1934 [5: 30-Nov-1934]
Spoke on behalf of the Repertory Club at the Farewell Social to Brian & Gerda STACY in Carnamah on 16 March 1935 [5: 22-Mar-1935]
Won the Ladies' Stepping 100 Yards at the R.S.L. Sports Meeting in Carnamah on Easter Monday 22 April 1935 [5: 26-Apr-1935]
Booby Prize Winner at the Bridge, Social & Dance held at the home of Roger and Margaret CLARK on 25 April 1935 [5: 3-May-1935]
Won the hidden prize at the Bridge Evening held at her parents' home in Carnamah on Thursday evening 6 June 1935 [5: 14-Jun-1935]
Spoke on behalf of the Repertory Club at the Farewell Social to Mrs Hetty GETHING in Carnamah on 8 June 1935 [5: 14-Jun-1935]
Producer of the play "Another Pair of Spectacles" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Fifth Concert on 25 July 1935 [5: 26-Jul-1935]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association in 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Donated the President's Trophy to the Carnamah Golf Club in 1935, which was won by Mrs V. Doris TUCKER [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Assisted the committee of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society with their Annual Show on Thursday 12 September 1935 [5]
    At the Show won both 1st and 2nd prizes for Article in Raffia, and attended the Show Ball wearing pink marocain [5: 20-Sep-1935]
The Australian Mutual Provident Society issued a new life insurance policy in her name after a prior one was declared lost [5: 4-Oct-1935]
Donated a prize for the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association's Card Evening on Thursday 17 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Helped organise the Carnamah Golf Club's Annual Dance for presentations at the Carnamah Hall on 24 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Fell and jarred her elbow while playing tennis in Carnamah on Friday afternoon 6 December 1935 [5: 13-Dec-1935]
Costume judge at the Carnamah Girls Club's Masquerade Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 7 December 1935 [5: 13-Dec-1935]
After spending the summer school holidays with friends in Dalwallinu returned to Carnamah in very early February 1936 [5: 7-Feb-1936]
Attended the Mad Hatter's Leap Year Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 29 February 1936 wearing blue georgette [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Played for the combined Carnamah-Parkinson tennis team against Winchester-Waddy-Coorow on Sunday 5 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
She was among those who spent the Easter holidays in April 1936 at Dongara [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Miss M. JEFFERSON and ex-Carnamah teacher Miss Doris M. MCLEAN holidayed with her in Carnamah in May 1936 [5: 15-May-1936]
Performed at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Attended the Bridge Evening to bid farewell to her parents in Carnamah on Sunday evening 21 June 1936 [5: 26-Jun-1936]
She remained in Carnamah following the departure of her parents for Perth on Tuesday evening 30 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936, 11-Sep-1936]
After spending a holiday in Perth she returned to Carnamah on Saturday 5 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Won 1st prize for Article in Raffia in the Fancy Work section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 10 September 1936 [5]
     Attended the Show Ball held at the Carnamah Hall in the evening dressed in rose figured water-marked cordette [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Produced the play "Almost a Funeral" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social at the Carnamah Hall on 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
She was reported to have spent the second weekend of October 1936 in Perth [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Adult Education Circle - was Secretary in 1936 [5: 18-Dec-1936]
Played one of the servants in the play "No Servants" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Concert on 9 December 1936 [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Advertised in December 1936 that she had a three piece bedroom suite, bed and cane chair for sale [5: 11-Dec-1936]
     Also advertised by a local dealer at the same time was a Baby Austin Tourer car for £67/10/- which may have been her car [5]
Caught the train from Carnamah to Perth on Tuesday 22 December 1936 to spend the school holidays in the city [5: 24-Dec-1936]
In January 1937 received notice of her transfer to the West Midland State School in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction [5: 15-Jan-1937]
     Assistant Teacher at the West Midland State School in Midland Junction and later at the York State School in York in 1937 [41]
     Assistant Teacher of the Midland Junction Infants State School in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction 1938-1946 [41]
     Assistant Teacher of the Bayswater State School in the Perth suburb of Bayswater 1947-1951 [41]
     Took six months long service leave in 1950, and another six months split between six weeks in 1959 and the remainder in 1961 [41]
     First Mistress of the Thomas Street State School in the Perth suburb of Subiaco 1952-1954 [41]
     Mistress of the Midland Junction State School in 1954, and First Mistress of the Middle Swan State School 1955-1953 [41]
     First Mistress of the Innaloo North State School in 1964 and of the Maylands State School 1965-1967 [41]
     After 45 years of teaching she resigned from service with the Education Department on 31 December 1967 [41]
In 1937 she was living in the Perth suburb of Maylands [5: 4-Jun-1937]
     Spent a week of sick leave over late May and early June 1937 in Carnamah and Three Springs [5]
     During her visit stayed with her sister Mrs "Claire" Clara V. BROWN in Three Springs and with friends in Carnamah [5]
     Attended the fortnightly meeting of the Carnamah Repertory Club in Carnamah on Wednesday 2 June 1937 [5]
     At the meeting the Club presented her with a crystal and gilded chromium ink stand and penholders on a black crystal stand [5]
     The belated presentation was in appreciation of all she had done as 'THE' member who'd made the good foundation of the Club [5]
     Attended the Annual Catholic Ball in Three Springs on Thursday 3 June 1937 in rose figured water wave cordette [5: 11-Jun-1937]
For a number of years she was Secretary of the Summer School in Perth [P134]
In 1961 she was living at 75 Morrison Road in the Perth suburb of Midland, and resided in Midland until her death in 1985 [2] [8: page 49]
Died 22 January 1985; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Roman Catholic, MC, 260) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Eileen Annie Berrigan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/eileen-annie-berrigan [sources]




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