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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Wilhelmina" / "Mina" Eliza Wilhelmina NEUMANN / BOTHE

Born 4 September 1862 in Water Gully, South Australia [55]
Daughter of Charles Frederick NEUMANN and Mary Ann Maria BALES [55]
Her father and mother had married at the age of 22 and 19 years on 5 March 1857 at Trinity Church in Adelaide, South Australia [55]
At birth she was registered with her surname as NEUMANN however by marriage was going by NEWMAN [55]
Grew up with her parents and siblings in South Australia where her father was a horticulturalist [P15]
Married "Heinie" Heinrich Wilhelm BOTHE on 26 February 1885 at Saint Andrews Church in Walkerville, South Australia [55]
Resided with her husband and later children at her husband's Hampstead Hotel in Upper Walkerville [P15]
Their eldest son "Hiney" Heinrich died at their Hamstead Hotel at the age of seven years on 5 October 1893 [235: 6-Oct-1893]
Later in 1893 they shifted and took over the Palmer Hotel at Palmer in the Adelaide Hills [418: 11-Dec-1893] [223: 15-Dec-1893]
Around 1895 shifted with her husband and four surviving children to Perth, Western Australia [P15] [15] [55]
Her husband ran the Kensington Hotel in Perth 1896-1899 and 1905-1906 [6] [39: 5-Dec-1899, 31-Jan-1906] [225: 3-Jun-1896, 25-May-1905]
     "The cuisine, under the personal supervision of Mrs Bothe, is equal to any in the Colony" [39: 1-Nov-1897]
     Their youngest son Frederick died during an epidemic [P15] on 22 June 1896 and was buried in the old East Perth Cemetery [231]
After a visit departed Adelaide, South Australia on the ship Australia and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 20 July 1903 [338]
In 1906 and 1907 they resided on Guildford Road in the Perth suburb of Belmont, where her husband was a Poultry Farmer [6] [50]
Exhibited in the Western Australian Horticultural Society's Spring Show at Queen's Hall in Perth on 8 November 1906 [120]
     In the amateur sections she was awarded seven 1st prizes for Single Pot Plant, Hanging Basket, Palm, Pelargoniums, [120]
     Variegated Foliage Plants, Potatoes and Rhubarb [120: 17-Nov-1906]
Also exhibited in the Western Australian Horticultural Society's Spring Show at the Town Hall in Perth on 13 November 1907 [39]
    In the amateur sections successfully exhibited roses, winning the prize for Champion Rose and 2nd for Six Roses [39: 14-Nov-1907]
Along with her husband and three surviving children she resided on Brooklyn Farm in Wagerup in 1909 [6] [19] [50]
     She put Brooklyn Farm in Wagerup up for auction through Elder, Shenton & Co on 11 November 1909 [318: 2-Nov-1909]
In 1910 shifted to prospective farmland in Coorow with her husband, daughter May and sons Charles and Baxter [110]
Resided on Inglewood Farm in Coorow from 1910 [110]
She and her husband later resided in a house next to his General Store in the Coorow townsite [P15]
     Ran a large chook run where the Coorow Hotel now stands, the eggs from which she sold in her husband's general store [P15]
     She was the owner of lots 1, 2, 41 and 43 in the Coorow townsite - the shop and its house, a vacant block and another house [3]
     Her husband was the owner of lots 40 and 42 in the Coorow townsite -  a garage and another house [3]
Won the Married Ladies' Race at the Coorow Farmers' Progress Association's Picnic & Sports on 7 October 1911 [39: 12-Oct-1911]
Assisted the Coorow Hall Committee with the Official Opening of the Coorow Agricultural Hall on 1 February 1923 [9: 23-Feb-1923]
Purchased an Essex Six car in 1924, which was registered with the Carnamah District Road Board with plate CA-24 [225: 2-Aug-1924] [325]
     Following delivery her son Baxter drove the car up to Coorow and remarked "the riding qualities are something to be proud of" [225]
     It took him five hours to drive the car to Moora at 25 miles per hour and another three hours from Moora to Coorow [225]
In April 1927 she added a large dining room to her boarding house in Coorow [39: 26-Apr-1927]
She was one of 98 people from the Coorow district who signed a petition in 1929 for a local hotel license to be granted [39: 6-Feb-1929]
The Irwin Index
newspaper gave praise of her and her husband exquisite garden in Coorow on 24 August 1929 [4: 24-Aug-1929]
     Their garden was said to have had a delightful partition of Geraldton Wax hedge between the road and their garden [4: 24-Aug-1929]
     Flowers in exquisite profusion including a beautiful show of pansies and magnificent geraniums along their house [4: 24-Aug-1929]
     The vegetable section of their garden was said to have been a model of neatness and extreme efficiency [4: 24-Aug-1929]
     Remarkable peas, lettuces, and onions and a large patch of parsley which was later dried to supply them over summer [4: 24-Aug-1929]
Received the trophy for the most successful exhibitor of the Vegetable section at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
     Won 1st prizes for the Best Collection of Vegetables, Carrots, Cauliflower and both 1st and 2nd for Late Variety Cabbage [4]
     In other sections won 1st prize for Brown Hen Eggs, 2nd prize for Geraniums and 3rd prize for Cut Blooms [4]
In May 1931 she advertised to let a 30 by 35 foot garage in Coorow with a good floor and pit and an attached blacksmith's shop
     She again advertised the premises, which were a "good opening for good tradesman" in November 1931 [39: 6-May-1931, 14-Nov-1931]
Exhibited and won four prizes in the Flower section of the First Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 8 September 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
     Won 1st prizes for Bowl of Garden Flowers and Decorative Flowers, and 2nd prizes for Carnations and Stocks [5]
Received five 1st and eight 2nd prizes at the Second Annual Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 7 September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
     Won 1st prize for Carrots and 2nd prizes for both Peas and for the Best Collection of Vegetables in the Vegetable section [5]
     In Confectionary won 2nd prize for Soup; and in the Flower section won 1st prizes for 6 Geraniums, Stocks, 12 Pansies, [5]
     Gent's Buttonhole, and 2nd for Collection of Flowers, 3 Geraniums, Carnations, 6 Pansies, Lady's Spray and Lady's Bouquet [5]
At the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1933 won 1st prizes for Geraniums, Pansies and a Vase of Flowers [5: 22-Sep-1933]
An unusually large willy-willy tore the iron roof off a verandah of her premises in Coorow on Sunday 12 November 1933 [5: 17-Nov-1933]
Successfully exhibited in the Vegetable and Flower sections of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on Thursday 30 August 1934 [5]
     Won 1st prizes for a Collection of Vegetables, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Swedes and Broad Beans and 2nd for Peas [5]
     In the Flower section received 1st prizes for Collection of Garden Flowers, Best Artistically Arranged Vase of Garden Flowers, [5]
     and for Carnations; and 2nd prizes for 12 Pansies, Six Pansies and Gent's Buttonhole [5: 7-Sep-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]
Exhibited very successfully in the Vegetable and Flower sections of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 6 September 1935 [5]
     Received 1st prizes for Swedes, Onions, Carrots, Potatoes, Broad Beans, Parsnips, and a Collection of Vegetables [5]
     She was the main prize winner in the Flower section, receiving a total of eight 1st prizes and two 2nd prizes [5: 6-Sep-1935]
She and Heinie celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary with friends at the Coorow Hotel on 26 February 1935 [5: 1-Mar-1935]
Exhibited in the Vegetable, Flower and Farm Produce sections of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 5 September 1935 [5]
     Won 1st prizes for Swedes, Onions, Carrots, Potatoes, Broad Beans, Parsnips, Collection of Vegetables, Garden Flowers, [5]
     Artistically Arranged Vase, Three Geraniums, 12 Pansies, Carnations, Snapdragons, Stocks, Bulbous Flowers, Lady's Spray, [5]
     and Gent's Buttonhole; and four 2nd prizes for Cabbage, Geraniums, Six Pansies, and Home Made Soap [5: 13-Sep-1935]
     As a result of her successes received the Mrs P. T. Morcombe Trophy and the Chas. Newman & Sons Trophy [5]
She and her husband were among those from Coorow who attended the Royal Show in Perth in October 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Attended the 21st birthday of her grand-daughter Olive W. KAU at Meadow Dale Farm in Coorow on 18 January 1936 [5: 24-Jan-1936]
She and her husband travelled from Coorow to Perth for a vacation on Monday 2 March 1936 [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Won the Chas Newman & Sons, W. H. Melvin and Cresco Ltd trophies at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1936 [5]
     She "easily gained the honours" in the Flower section with eleven 1st prizes out of 21 classes and against heavy competition [5]
     Won 1st prizes for Collection of Garden Flowers, Vase of Garden Flowers, Three Cut Roses, Carnations, Six Geraniums, [5]
     Three Geraniums, 12 Pansies, Six Pansies, Carnations, Stocks, Bulbous Flowers and Lemons; and 2nd prizes for Lemons, [5]
     Iceland Poppies and Lady's Hand Bouquet; in addition to being the "principal winner of awards" in the Vegetable section with [5]
     1st prizes for Collection of Vegetables, Cabbage, Broad Beans and Radish, and 2nd for Lettuce, Swedes, Onions and Peas [5]
     Attended the Show Ball held at the Coorow Hall dressed in brown lace [5: 4 & 11-Sep-1936]
Won 1st prizes for Pods of Broad Beans and Carnations at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1936 [5: 11 & 18-Sep-1936]
     Awarded 1st and 2nd prizes for Pansies - the only remarks of the judge being about her "wonderfully fine pansies" [5]
Attended Roy M. PATTON's birthday at the dam on Longforest Farm in Waddy Forest on Sunday 8 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
After holidaying in Perth for two weeks, she and her husband returned to Coorow in mid April 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
The North Midland Times newspaper reported that she spent a short holiday in Perth in August 1937 [5: 13-Aug-1937]
Most successful exhibitor in the Vegetables and Flower sections at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]
     In the Vegetable section received 1st and 2nd for Broad Beans; and 1st prizes for Carrots and Collection of Vegetables [5]
     Received 2nd prizes for Cabbage, Cauliflower, Lettuce, Onions, Potatoes, Parsnips, Radish and Pickles [5]
     Her ranunculi won 1st prize for Bulbous Flowers, were "the outstanding exhibit" and were awarded Best Flower Exhibit [5]
     Also awarded 1sts for Doubles Geraniums, Single Geraniums, 12 Pansies, Gentleman's Buttonhole and Pot Plant [5]
     Received 2nd prizes in the Flower section for Six Pansies, Lady's Hand Bouquet and Bowl of Garden Flowers [5]
     At the Show Ball she was presented with the C. S. Baty & Co., Mrs P. T. Morcombe and Cresco Fertilisers trophies [5]
In about 1938 she was taken to Perth for medical treatment, and never returned to her home in Coorow [P342]
She was very unwell prior to her death and spent her final days at a hospital in the Perth suburb of Claremont [P15]
Mother of Heinrich Wilhelm Carl, Charles Cleaver, May Minnie Annie, Baxter Diedrich and Frederick William [55]
Died 17 August 1942; buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia (Row C, Plot 11) [1] [14] [5: 21 & 28-Aug-1942]
Rev. Frederick W. GUNNING officiated at her funeral, which was undertaken by Henry Parkin & Son (at a cost of £15/5/-) [1] [53]


From The South Australian Advertiser newspaper, Saturday 7 March 1885:
Marriages
"BOTHE-NEWMAN. – On the 26 February, at St. Andrew’s Church, Walkerville, by the Rev. Archdeacon Dove, Heinrich Wilhelm, eldest son of the late Heinrich Wilhelm Bothe, of Hampstead, to Eliza Wilhelmina, eldest daughter of Charles Frederick Newman, of Model Nursery, Water Gully, near Houghton."


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 1 March 1935:
Golden Wedding
"Coorow Observance - On February 26, 1885, at St. Andrew's Anglican Church, Walkerville, South Australia, the Rev. Archdeacon Dove officiated at the marriage of Heinrich Wilhelm, eldest son of H. W. Bothe, Walkerville, to Eliza Wilhelmina, eldest daughter of C. F. Newman, Model Nursery, Houghton. On Tuesday last some 60 friends of Mr. and Mrs. Bothe attended at the golden wedding breakfast held in the Coorow Hotel at 7.30 p.m. Mr. A. A. McGilp was in the chair and under his supervision an extensive toast list was honoured. Musical items by Mrs. Gell, Mrs. P. Hunt and Mr. A. C. Bierman and recitations from Miss Kau and Mr. W. Howard were included in the programme of the evening."


From The West Australian newspaper, Wednesday 19 August 1942:
Deaths
"BOTHE. – ON August 17, 1942, at Claremont, Eliza Wilhelmina, the beloved wife of Heinrich Wilhelm Bothe, of Coorow; loved mother of Charles, May (Mrs F. J. Kau) and Baxter; beloved grandmother of Olive, Harry, Albert, Thelma, Ron and Yvonne, Richard and Lloyd; aged 79 years. At rest."


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 21 August 1942:
Obituary - Late Mrs. Eliza Bothe
"On Monday there passed away at Claremont an old pioneer of the Coorow district in the person of Mrs. Eliza Wilhelmina Bothe, wife of Mr. H. W. Bothe. The deceased lady, who was 79 years of age, had been failing in health for a long time and the news of her death was not altogether unexpected. Mrs. Bothe was a well-known and well-liked personality in the district, and her passing will be mourned by her family and many friends. We take the liberty of offering our sincere condolences to the bereaved husband and family."


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 28 August 1942:
Funeral - Late Mrs. Eliza Bothe
"The funeral of the late Mrs. Eliza Bothe, wife of Mr. H. W. Bothe, took place in the Winchester cemetery on Thursday, 20th inst., before a large assembly. The pall-bearers were Messrs. A. A. McGilp, F. R. Bryant, P. T. Morcombe, D. McDonald, A. C. Bierman and P. W. Hunt. Rev. F. W. Gunning officiated at the graveside."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Eliza Wilhelmina Neumann / Bothe' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 December 2018 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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