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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Rev. "Godfrey" Ernest Godfrey JAQUET

Born 13 December 1899 in Streatham, London, England [P493]
Son of Robert Glover JAQUET and Emily Rose WOODS [P493]
     He was one of four children with an elder brother Douglas, younger sister Winifride and younger brother Brian [P493]
     Their father worked for the Indian Civil Service for 44 years and was knighted for his service upon his retirement [438: 18-Nov-1937]
     He was baptised on 19 February 1890 at the Parish Church of Immanuel in Streatham, London [268]
     Resided with his parents and siblings in Streatham, London and later in Chiselhurst, Kent [20]
After studying at Jesus College in Cambridge he was ordained as a Church of England priest [440: 25-Dec-1914]
     His first appointment was to Saint Mary's Church in Luton, Bedfordshire in December 1914 [440: 25-Dec-1914]
     During his time at Luton he got around on a motorbike with sidecar [P493]
     Chaplain of the 29th Division of the British Expeditionary Force in France during the First World War [39: 15-Aug-1933, 14-Dec-1935] [217]
     During the war he also served in Mesopotamia, Salonika and on a hospital ship through the Red Sea to Durban in South Africa [P493]
     Vicar of Christ Church in Battersea, London, England 1924-1928 [203] [377] [439: 15-Feb-1924]
Married Grace Marion UNDERWOOD on 19 August 1924 in Ealing, Middlesex, England [P493]
He volunteered for work in Western Australia while Rev. Henry E. HYDE was visiting England in 1927 [39: 10-Apr-1928]
     During the visit of Rev. HYDE a lady in England provided financial assistance for church work in Three Springs for seven years [39]
     He was appointed Rector of Three Springs, Western Australia by His Grace the Archbishop of Perth in February 1928 [4: 4-Feb-1928]
     The Diocesan Trustees expended approximately £600 constructing a Rectory in Three Springs in February 1928 [4: 4-Feb-1928]
     Along with his wife and son he departed London on the steamship Beltana on 1 March 1928 [203]
     Following a voyage of five weeks they arrived on the Beltana in Fremantle, Western Australia on 8 April 1928 [338]
     He, his wife and their son were met at the docks in Fremantle by Rev. Henry E. HYDE [39: 10-Apr-1928]
     They spent their first few weeks in Western Australia in Perth [P493]
     He preached at Saint George's Cathedral in Perth on the Sunday mornings of 15 and 22 April 1928 [225: 14-Apr-1928, 21-Apr-1928]
Church of England (Anglican) Rector of the North Midlands based in Three Springs 1928-1932 [4: 19-May-1928] [19]
     By May 1928 he had settled with his wife and son in Three Springs as the first Anglican Rector of the North Midlands [4: 19-May-1928]
     Upon their arrival in Three Springs they were confronted with blowflies and no running water, just a rainwater tank [P493]
     He held his first service in Three Springs on 13 May 1928 [4: 5-May-1928, 19-May-1928]
     Conducted the first ever Anglican service in Arrino on 10 June and on the Inering Estate on 1 July 1928 [4: 16-Jun-1928, 7-Jul-1928]
     He officiated at services of Morning Prayer, Holy Communion and Evensong [4: 19-May-1928]
     Regularly conducted services in Mingenew, Arrino, Three Springs, Carnamah, Winchester, Waddy Forest and Coorow [4]
     At times he also held services in Dudawa, Yandanooka and Dongara [4: 19-May-1928, 23-Feb-1929, 6-Apr-1929, 23-Nov-1929, 4-Oct-1930]
     During his time at Three Springs he also on occasion preached at Saint George's Cathedral in Perth [225: 6-Oct-1928]
He was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Guest at the Official Luncheon of the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show on 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Officiated at the wedding of Frank BADRICK and Mrs Mary WHITE at the Carnamah Church 25 October 1928 [4: 3-Nov-1928]
Conducted Armistice Day services in Three Springs, Arrino and Dudawa on 12 November 1928 [4: 10-Nov-1928]
Officiated at a number of burials at the Three Springs General Cemetery and at the Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah [1] [24]
Took part in the service that preceded the unveiling of the War Memorial in Carnamah on 25 April 1929 [86: 1-May-1929]
Held a memorial service for Archbishop Charles O. L. RILEY at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on 30 June 1929 [86: 6-Jul-1929]
Gave an address during the Social Evening in Carnamah for the Moderator of the W.A. Presbyterian Church in 1929 [86: 5-Jul-1929]
Presided over the Centenary Celebrations held at the Three Springs State School on Friday 13 September 1929 [4: 21-Sep-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Anglican Church's Freak Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 3 October 1929 [4: 12-Oct-1929]
Officiated at the unveiling of the Arrino-Dudawa Honour Board at the Arrino Hall on Monday 11 November 1929 [4: 16-Nov-1929]
Purchased a new Ford Phaeton car from Carnamah dealer Rupert LAFFAN in November 1929 [4: 16-Nov-1929]
Gave an address at the Armistice Day ceremony at the Three Springs State School on Monday 11 November 1929 [4: 16-Nov-1929]
In late November 1929 travelled to Perth to attend the Anglican Synod of the Perth Diocese [4: 30-Nov-1929]
About 70 people attended special Church of England Christmas services in Three Springs on 22 December 1929 [39: 9-Jan-1930]
    Music was provided by Mrs Kate A. BICKFORD (organ), Oswald S. SOWERBY (flute) and Franz H. ARNDT (violin) [39]
Took his gramophone to the Three Springs Hospital to play carols to the patients over Christmas in 1929 [4: 8-Feb-1930]
Extended his good wishes after the church bell rang at midnight at the New Years Eve Ball at the Carnamah Hall in 1929 [86: 4-Jan-1930]
He and his family spent their holidays in Geraldton during January 1930 [4: 11-Jan-1930]
Held a well attended Harvest Thanksgiving service at the Anglican Church in Three Springs on Sunday 23 March 1930 [4: 29-Mar-1930]
     The Church received a number of gifts at the service, such as fruit and veg, which was afterwards given to the local hospital [4]
Along with his wife he attended the Church of England Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 17 April 1930 [86: 28-Apr-1930]
He was one of three ministers who conducted the service at the Carnamah War Memorial on Anzac Day in 1930 [86: 3-May-1930]
In June 1930 he and his wife organised a Euchre Tournament at their Rectory to raise funds for the Church [86: 21-Jun-1930]
Donated a prize for the Most Original Gent at the Church of England Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on 24 July 1930 [4: 2-Aug-1930]Christened Kelva, daughter of Frank and Mary BADRICK, in Carnamah during September 1930 [4: 4-Oct-1930]
On Monday 8 September 1930 he handed over control of the southern portion of his Parish to Rev. A. William CURTIS [4: 6-Sep-1930]
     Earlier that year a new Parish, the Coorow-Carnamah Parish, had been formed out of the Three Springs Parish [4: 13-Sep-1930]
     He attended the welcome tendered to Rev. and Mrs CURTIS at which he was presented with a gift from his ex-parishioners [4]
     His parish then embraced Mingenew, Yandanooka, Arrino, Dudawa and Three Springs [86: 12-Jul-1930]
Officiated at the wedding of Thornton CHIVERS and Thelma E. NOBLE at the Church in Mingenew on 23 October 1930 [4: 1-Nov-1930]
Held Armistice Day services at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs and the Anglican Church in Mingenew in 1930 [4: 15-Nov-1930]
Assistant Scoutmaster of the Three Springs Boy Scout Troop in 1930 [39: 13-Jun-1930]
     He ran the scouts with scoutmaster Rev. Henry V. BRAY, who was the local Methodist Missioner [39: 13-Jun-1930]
    The troop, No. 119, was inspected by the Governor of Western Australia, Sir William CAMPION on 2 October 1930 [39: 16-Oct-1930]
    On 30 November he and Archdeacon RILEY held a service at the Three Springs Hall consecrating the troop's colours [4: 6-Dec-1930]
    During his visit to Three Springs, the Ven. Archdeacon Charles L. RILEY stayed with he and his wife at The Rectory [4: 22-Nov-1930]
He and his wife hosted an Anglican Girls' Club Garden Fete at their Rectory in Three Springs on 13 December 1930 [4: 20-Dec-1930]
After the Anglican Synod in August 1931 he preached at Saint George's Cathedral in Perth on 23 August 1931 [39: 22-Aug-1931]
Leader in 1931 and Acting Group Scoutmaster in 1932 of the Mingenew Boy Scout Troop [4: 27-Jun-1931, 25-May-1932]
He and Methodist missioner W. Stephen LEWIS officiated at the Anzac Day service in Three Springs in 1932 [39: 3-May-1932]
     He also attended the Anzac Day service in Yandanooka in 1932, where he read the prayers [120: 5-May-1932]
     The Yandanooka service was attended by scouts from Mingenew and Three Springs and returned soldiers from Carnamah [120]
Assisted at the dedication of the new Saint James Church in Three Springs on 30 April 1932 [39: 6-May-1932]
He was bid farewell by the Three Springs Troop of Boy Scouts when they met at the Rectory on 18 May 1932 [4: 25-May-1932]
Held a Farewell Service in Three Springs on 12 June and was farewelled by his parishioners on 16 June [4: 11-Jun-1932] [120: 30-Jun-1932]
After travelling to Perth he, his wife and their two children departed on the steamship Jervis Bay on 22 June 1932 [39: 22-Jun-1932]
     Following a voyage of exactly one month they arrived on the Jervis Bay in Southampton, England on 22 July [204]
     Their intended address following their arrival in England was 54 The Avenue in Surbiton Hill, Surrey [204]
     They stayed in England for six months, during which time he was on furlough (leave of absence) [39: 30-Dec-1932] [204] [338]
     Departed England on the steamship Esperance Bay and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 18 February 1933 [338]
Rector of Saint Peter's Church in the Perth suburb of Mount Hawthorn 1933-1935 [39: 4-Mar-1933, 20-Jun-1935]
     Vice-President of the Osborne Park sub-branch of the Returned Soldiers' League in 1933 [39: 15-Aug-1933]
     He and his family holidayed in the northern Perth coastal suburb of Waterman’s Bay in early 1934 [39: 23-Jan-1934]
     While at Waterman's Bay they hosted the Girls' Friendly Society of Saint Peter’s Church in Mount Hawthorn [39: 23-Jan-1934]
     He officiated at the opening of a new Church Hall in the coastal suburb of Scabororough on 28 January 1934 [39: 3-Feb-1934]
     Preached at Saint Andrew's Church in Scarborough on 25 February 1934 [39: 24-Feb-1934]
     Welcomed English volunteers for the G.F.S. Caravan at the Girls' Friendly Society headquarters in Perth in April 1934 [39: 11-Apr-1934]
     He gave an address at the annual Anzac Day ceremony for the Osborne Park R.S.L. in 1934 [39: 23-Apr-1934]
     Sang and was "heartily encored" at a concert for Saint Peter's Boy Scouts in Mount Hawthorn on 20 June 1934 [310: 23-Jun-1934]
     Attended the Royal Review of Troops on the Esplanade in Perth on 3 June 1935 to honour the King's Silver Jubilee [39: 4-Jun-1935]
     By 1939 he was a Senior Chaplain of the Church of England [39: 17-Nov-1941]
     He and his wife were tendered a Valedictory Social at the Mount Hawthorn Parish Hall on 14 June 1935 [39: 20-Jun-1935]
Rector of Saint Margaret's Church in the Perth suburb of Nedlands 1935-1947 [39: 6-Feb-1945, 2-Mar-1946, 23-Aug-1947]
     During his time at Saint Margaret's he and his family resided at 58 Tyrell Street in Perth suburb of Nedlands [50] [80: 29-Jan-1937]
     In addition to Saint Margaret's, he also regularly held services at a house near the Army Hospital in Hollywood [P493]
     Dedicated a replica of the State War Memorial carved in Donnybrook stone for Nedlands R.S.L. in December 1935 [39: 14-Dec-1935]
     Celebrated Scout Sunday with Nedlands-Claremont-Cottesloe Boys Scout Parade in Claremont Park in April 1936 [39: 8-Apr-1936]
     He was heavily involved in efforts to raise funds for building a new church in Nedlands [341] to replace the very small church [P493]
     Conducted the service for laying of the foundation stone of the new church in Nedlands on 30 May 1937 [39: 2-Jun-1937]
     Elected to the Diocesan Council at the 1937 Anglican Synod and at the 1946 Synod [39: 21-Aug-1937, 24-Aug-1946]
     Preached to Commonwealth dignitaries at Saint George's Cathedral in Perth on 24 April 1938 [225: 25-April-1938] [39:26-April-1938]
     He and his wife attended the "Au Revoir" dance for Archdeacon Charles L. RILEY in Subiaco on 28 July 1938 [39: 29-Jul-1938]
     Attended the 7th Annual Country Festival of the Mothers' Union in Toodyay on 10 May 1939 [39: 13-May-1939]
     Preacher of Festal Evensong at Saint Mary's Church on Colin Street in West Perth on 19 November 1939 [39: 18-Nov-1939]
     Signatory to letter to The Daily News appealing for funds for church huts at Army Camps in WA in 1939 [225: 24-Nov-1939]
     He and Rev. CURTIS, formerly at Coorow, exchanged services at Nedlands and Claremont on 5 May 1940 [225: 4-May-1940]
     Organised service marking National Day of Intercession for R.S.L. at Saint Margaret’s on 8 September 1940 [39: 7-Sep-1940]
     Attended the funeral of former Carnamah resident Harry ZUEGG at the Karrakatta Cemetery on 11 November 1941 [39: 12-Nov-1941]
     During the Second World War he was the Senior Chaplain for the Armed Forces in Western Australia [P493]
     He'd regularly go to Fremantle to meet boats carrying soldiers from New Zealand and would bring Padres back for a meal [P493]
     Assisted at National Day of Prayer with parade through Perth city and service on the Esplanade in 1943 [225: 3-Sep-1943]
     Appointed Rural Dean of the Coastal Rural Deanery by the Archbishop of Perth in February 1944 [39:8-Feb-1944]
     Foundation Vice-President of the French-Australian Association formed in WA to help France in November 1944 [225: 16-Nov-1944]
     With two other ministers he held a Thanksgiving Service at Windsor Theatre in Nedlands on 9 May 1945 [39: 10-May-1945]
     Installed as Canon of Saint George's Cathedral in Perth into the chair of Saint Columbia on 5 March 1946 [39: 2-Mar-1946]
     Screened the first ever talkie film in an Anglican Church in WA at Saint Margaret's on 23 February 1947 [39: 25-Feb-1947]
     Preached at Saint George's Cathedral in Perth for Mothering Sunday in 1947 with scouts and parents attending [39: 15-Mar-1947]
     Due to health reasons he resigned from Saint Margaret's Church at the end of 1947 [39: 23-Aug-1947]
After resigning he and his family shifted to the Perth suburb of Mount Pleasant [P493]
     Initially they lived in a caravan and two tents on a block of land out in the bush in Mount Pleasant [120: 22-Apr-1948]
     In 1948 they used a boat to get to the shops at Canning Bridge and also had an old car and bicycles [120: 22-Apr-1948]
     He then had the first house, named Edewater, built on The Esplanade in the Perth suburb of Mount Pleasant [P493]
     By 1954 he and his wife had taken up weaving and they had five looms occupying two entire room of their home [120: 28-Jan-1954]
     In retirement he assisted with services at the church in the Perth suburb of Applecross [P493]
     He also delivered services at Saint George's Cathedral until at least 1954 [39: 31-Oct-1953, 12-Jun-1954]
     Marshalled more than 1,000 children to enter Saint George's Cathedral for the Children's Festival on 19 August 1950 [39: 21-Aug-1950]
     Performed the marriage ceremony for his daughter in Launceston, Tasmania on 4 April 1953 [39:23-Apr-1953]
     Attended the laying of the Foundation Stone of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Carnamah on 20 July 1963 [4: 26-Jul-1963]
     He again visited Carnamah for the consecration of the Church of the Holy Apostles on 7 March 1964 [4: 13-Mar-1964]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Coolbellup [2]
Father of Donald and Marion [P493]
Died 14 April 1971; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Crematorium Rose Gardens, P, 145) [2]
In 1975 his daughter donated a stained glass window in his memory to Saint Margaret's Church in the Perth suburb of Nedlands [341]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Ernest Godfrey Jaquet' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 21 July 2024 from [reference list]

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