Francis Henry William Thomas Winifred Brownrigg Peter Welsh Thomson Margaret Jean Caldow /Hodsdon Frederick Edward Senior James Roger Francis Wyman Clark Richard Robertson Patricia Mae Mulligan Joachim Dido

Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Nell" Ellen Maud NORTHEY / RAFFAN

Born 24 March 1908 in Perth, Western Australia [P217]
Daughter of John Pearce NORTHEY and Ellen ONEILL [P217]
Shop Assistant in Winchester from 1929 to 1933 [19]
Assisted her sister Ester and brother-in-law W. George MULLIGAN at their General Store and Post Office in Winchester [P74]
Postmistress of the Winchester Post Office within her brother-in-law store in 1929 [4: 21-Sep-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Cricket Club's Ball held in Carnamah on 2 April 1929 in a dress of shell pink crepe de chine [4: 27-Apr-1929]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club 1929-1933 [5: 17-Mar-1933, 7-Jul-1933]
Attended the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 8 August 1929 in a dress of ivory suede georgette [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Attended the Euchre Party and Dance held in Winchester on Saturday 10 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Played the piano at the Euchre Party and Dance at the Winchester School on Saturday 26 October 1929 [4: 2-Nov-1929]
Attended the Ball in Carnamah in aid of the local Roman Catholic Church's building fund on Thursday 24 May 1930 [4]
     She was noted as wearing "black silk lace skirt dipping at back, heavy autumn spray falling from right hip" [4: 31-May-1930]
Attended in a gown if green georgette the Carnamah Grand Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 28 July 1932 [5: 5-Aug-1932]
Attended the Carnamah Roman Catholic Church's Annual Ball on 6 August 1932 in a gown of green georgette [5: 19-Aug-1932]
Won both 1st and 2nd prizes for Toilet Set in Coloured Embroidery at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
The next week won 1st prize for a Five Piece Toilet Set Worked in Coloured Embroidery at the 1932 Carnamah Show [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Attended the Ball following the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 15 September 1932 in a gown of nile green georgette [5: 23-Sep-1932]
One of the providers of music at the farewell to Frank and Mary BADRICK at the Carnamah Hall on 1 November 1932 [5: 4-Nov-1932]
Manager of her brother-in-law W. George MULLIGAN's General Store in Coorow in 1933[5: 7-Jul-1933]
Attended the Hospital Appeal Grand Ball in Three Springs on 8 June 1933 in a dress of apple green georegette and lace [5: 16-Jun-1933]
The Winchester Tennis Club held a social evening in her honour at the Winchester School on 29 June 1933 [5: 7-Jul-1933]
At her social evening she was presented with a tea-set from the Winchester Tennis Club and crystal vases from her Coorow friends [5]
She left Winchester during the first week of July to spent a month with her mother in Inglewood before her marriage [5]
Married Gordon Burnside RAFFAN on 12 August 1933 in the Perth suburb of Maylands[P217]
Resided on Inchgower Farm in Winchester 1933-1964 [P74]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1933-34 and 1935-36, and Committee Member in 1936-37 [5: 20-Oct-1933, 1-Nov-1935, 21-Aug-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Flannel Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 3 February 1934 [5: 9-Feb-1934]
Travelled from Winchester to Perth in mid February 1934 for a holiday [5: 23-Feb-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]
On 12 May 1934 attended the Carnamah Football Club's Grand Opening Ball in a floral taffeta dress with cape sleeves [5: 18-May-1934]
Attended the Repertory Social, of plays, community singing and dancing, held in Carnamah on 15 August 1934 [5: 17-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]
Won 2nd prize for Sweet Peas in the Flower section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 6 September 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Along with her infant daughter travelled from Winchester to Perth for a short holiday by train on 18 February 1935 [5: 22-Feb-1935]
Attended the Mad Hatter's Leap Year Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 29 February 1936 wearing lemon floral taffeta [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Played for the combined Winchester-Waddy-Coorow tennis team against Carnamah-Parkinson on Sunday 5 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
Attended the Farewell Social for George & Ester MULLIGAN at Marathon Farm in Winchester on Thursday 25 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
She spent a short vacation in Perth during mid July 1936 [5: 17-Jul-1936]
The North Midland Times newspaper reported that herself and her husband spent a few days in Perth in August 1937 [5: 13-Aug-1937]
Committee Member of Winchester's branch of the Red Cross Society in 1942 [0: image 04121]
Later a member of the Carnamah branch of the Red Cross Society [141]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Country Women's Association - was President in 1959 and 1960 [173]
In 1964 retired with her husband to 64 Woodlands Street in the Perth suburb of Woodlands and resided there until her death [1] [P74]
Mother of Helene, Joan and John [P74]
Died 9 January 1997 at Cambridge Hospital in Subiaco; ashes interred in the Niche Wall of the Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah [1]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Ellen Maud Northey / Raffan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 June 2024 from [reference list]

Use the below form or email

Comment, memory or story about this person
Suggested correction or additional information
Question or general feedback
Please enter this code into the box to confirm your request.