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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Elessia REAU / DUFFY

Born C.1874 [24]
Daughter of Camille REAU of Bordeaux Vinyard in Barnawartha, Victoria, Australia [39: 30-Jul-1908]
Married Edward James DUFFY on 24 June 1908 at Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Highgate Hill, Perth [39: 30-Jul-1908]
Along with her husband and son Edward settled in Three Springs in 1914 [0: image 04549]
Resided in Three Springs 1914-1950 [5: 14-Dec-1950] [24]
Donated a gold bangle as a prize for the Euchre Party & Dance held in Three Springs in early September 1914 [10: 29-Sep-1914]
Attended the Basket Social & Dance at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs in aid of the Red Cross on 30 July 1915 [10: 13-Aug-1915]
     Made and donated a number of small Australian flags, which were sold during the evening and raised 31/6 for the Red Cross [10]
For a fee of £1/1/- she held a fruit stall at the Saint Patrick's Day Sports Meeting held in Three Springs on 16 March 1918 [124]
Donated 10/- to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1919 [124]
Attended May BERRIGAN's 21st Birthday held at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Friday 12 September 1919 [9: 19-Sep-1919]
Received 1st prize for Hen's Eggs at the annual picnic meeting, the Three Springs Day, on Thursday 25 September 1919 [10: 3-Oct-1919]
In the 1920s was the owner of a shop and residence on Government Lot 56 in the Three Springs townsite [44]
On 25 May 1920 purchased from the Midland Railway Company the vacant block at 3 Yarra Street, Carnamah for £20 [27]
Donated a case of oranges to the Euchre Party in aid of the Church of England fund in Three Springs on 18 August 1920 [10: 27-Aug-1920]
Donated a prize for the Euchre Party in Three Springs in aid of the Agricultural Hall Fund on Wednesday 22 June 1921 [10: 1-Jul-1921]
Attended the wedding of Robert A. CALDOW and May I. BYRNE at the Hall in Three Springs on 5 October 1921 [9: 21-Oct-1921]
Around 1922 sold her block at 3 Yarra Street, Carnamah (Lot 3 of Victoria Location 1936) to Henry PARKIN of Carnamah [44]
Donated apples for the Refreshment Stall at the Picnic Race Meeting in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day 17 March 1925 [124]
     Also donated a pair of vases to be raffled, the proceeds of which went towards the Three Springs Roman Catholic Church [124]
Won 1st prize for One Dozen Hen Eggs at the Three Springs Day held in Three Springs on Thursday 28 September 1922 [9: 20-Oct-1922]
Donor at the Gift Evening held for the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs on Wednesday 1 May 1929 [4: 25-May-1929]
Donated a prize for the Fancy Dress Ball held in Three Springs in aid of the local Anglican Church on 27 June 1929 [4: 6-Jul-1929]
Carnamah dentist Horace WILLIAMS saw patients at her shop on his visits to see patients in Three Springs in 1930 [4: 19-Apr-1930]
Ran a Boarding House in Three Springs [5: 27-Oct-1933]
Estimated damages done to her boarding house by floodwaters were £20 for 1932 and £5 for 1933 [5: 27-Oct-1933]
Attended the Three Springs Football Club's Victory Ball held in Three Springs on Tuesday 24 September 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
     During the evening she received a presentation in recognition of her support and financial assistance to the Football Club [5]
In the 1930s had two billiard tables in a room of her shop, but they were not used because they didn't have a licence for them [P42]
Mother of Edward [5: 14-Dec-1950]
Died 7 December 1950; buried at the Three Springs General Cemetery in Three Springs (Roman Catholic, Row 1, Plot 18) [24]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Thursday 14 December 1950:
Obituaries - The Late Mrs. E. Duffy
"On Thursday, December 7, it was learned with regret that one of the old pioneers of the town in Mrs. E. Duffy passed away peacefully in the early afternoon. The deceased took up residence in Three Springs in 1914 with her late husband, and son, Edward, and carried on business in the town until the last few weeks when her frail physique precluded her from carrying on. She was interred in the Three Springs Cemetery on Saturday last after Mass at St. Paul's Church, the Rev. Father Gallagher officiating. There was a large attendance of her many friends of long standing years. The Carriers were Messrs. J. Clune, R. Norrish, J. Lynch and J. Oliver. Pallbearers, Messrs. T. Hunt, S. J. Morgan, H. Morgan, N. McKenzie, C. Luscombe and A. E. Saggers."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Elessia Reau / Duffy' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 19 September 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/elessia-reau [sources]




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