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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 19 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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