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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Esther May ROSS / GRANT

Born 20 June 1898 in Adelaide, South Australia [55]
Daughter of Thomas ROSS and Sarah Jane SINKERSON [55]
She grew up in Norwood in South Australia, and after leaving school milked cows on her father's dairy farm [P196]
Married Clem Hunter Porter GRANT on 6 November 1920 in Mount Torrens, South Australia [55]
By 1922 herself, her husband and his parents were living in Coorow, Western Australia [50]
Her husband farmed with his father and also worked in Coorow building houses for farmers [P196]
She purchased 400 acres of virgin land in Coorow, Western Australia from the Midland Railway Company on 7 April 1925 [27]
     The 400 acres was Lot M1548 of Victoria Location 2023 and cost £300 (15/- per acre), payable by instalments [27]
     Sold her 400 acres in Coorow to Eliza M. JACKS on 23 January 1929 [27]
By 1927, when their daughter Dawn was born, herself and her husband had left Coorow and shifted to Perth [P196]
They resided at 27 Congdon Street in the Perth suburb of Swanbourne and her husband worked as an Artificial Limb Maker [P196]
By 1928 they had left Perth and shifted to Three Springs where her husband was a Farmer and Builder [4] [6] [19]
Attended the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show and Show Ball on Thursday 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Attended the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Annual Ball on 25 September 1930 wearing fawn crepe de chine [4: 11-Oct-1930]
Attended the evening dance at the Three Springs Hall after the R.S.L. Sports Day at Arrino on 5 November 1932 [5: 18-Nov-1932]
Herself, her husband and their daughters spent a two week holiday on the Murchison River in January 1937 [5: 22-Jan-1937, 5-Jan-1937]
Ran a boarding house in the Three Springs townsite situated between the old hall and Road Board offices [P196]
For years she kept house for "Fred" Fergus CONNAUGHTON in Three Springs, and looked after his six children [P2]
After her mother-in-law's death in 1938 herself, her husband and their children shifted back to Coorow to assist her father-in-law [P196]
They later returned to Three Springs and after leaving her husband during the 1940s she left Three Springs and moved to Perth [P196]
One of her jobs while living in Perth was at the Beaufort Arms Hotel [P196]
Later shifted to Wiluna, where she died at the age of 54 years [P196]
Mother of Joyce and Dawn [P2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Esther May Ross / Grant' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 4 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/esther-may-ross [reference list]




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