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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Molly" Ethel Alice Phyllis HIMBURY

Born 1911 in London, England [21]
In 1924 departed London, England on the Bendigo with Christina HIMBURY (age 48) and Zenobia HIMBURY (age 14) [70]
They arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Bendigo on 4 January 1925 [70]
Shifted from Geraldton to Carnamah in late 1932 or early 1933 to assist Mrs COWDEROY with her large drapery store [5: 27-Jan-1933]
In March 1933 she established the "Wattle Tea Rooms" within Cowderoy's store at 2 Macpherson Street, Carnamah [4: 18-Mar-1933] [51]
Proprietress of the Wattle Tea Rooms in Carnamah 1933-1935 [5: 18-Mar-1933, 4-May-1934, 2-Aug-1935]
Supplied meals at all hours, fresh fruit and eggs, cool drinks, ice cream, specialty scones, cakes and catered for parties [4: 18-Mar-1933]
Sold homemade cakes and pasties, late suppers, fresh vegetables, tobacco and cigarettes [5: 29-Sep-1933, 2-Feb-1934, 11-May-1934]
The premises she operated from had previously been occupied by Misses GILES and STEPHENS's Pyramid Tea Rooms [P22]
By arrangement with local dairy owner Mrs Agnes S. SHARP she began seeling milk at her tearooms in June 1935 [5: 21-Jun-1935]
Sold the milk from her tearooms for 3d. per pint and took standing orders for regular supplies of milk [5: 21-Jun-1935]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1933 [5: 2-Jun-1933] [72]
Attended the Surprise Party tendered to Mrs Eva and Miss Joyce COWDEROY in Carnamah on Friday 5 January 1934 [5: 12-Jan-1934]
Attended the Parkinson Tennis Club's Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 14 April 1934 [5: 20-Apr-1934]
Attended the Methodist Home Mission Social held in Carnamah on Tuesday 24 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
On 12 May 1934 attended the Carnamah Football Club's Grand Opening Ball in an ankle length floral silk voile dress [5: 18-May-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1934 and 1935 - was Secretary and Treasurer in 1935 [5: 15-Jun-1934, 5-Apr-1935]
Attended the Inering School Dance held to raise money for books at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 July 1934 [5: 27-Jul-1934]
Won the "hidden prize" at the Bridge Party held at Roger and Margaret CLARK's home in Carnamah on 22 August 1934 [5: 24-Aug-1934]
Catered for the evening supper at the Carnamah Agricultural Show at Centenary Park on Thursday 6 September 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Attended the Childhood & Nursery Rhyme Ball held in Three Springs on 6 November 1934 as "Mary had a Little Lamb" [5: 9-Nov-1934]
Attended the Three Springs C.W.A. Ball at the Three Springs Hall on the evening of Thursday 22 November 1934 [5: 23-Nov-1934]
During December 1934 sold from her tearooms a variety of seasonal novelties, Christmas stockings, cakes and puddings [5: 14-Dec-1934]
Member of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club in 1934-35 [5: 2-Nov-1934] [56]
Won the Ladies Golf Driving at the R.S.L. Sports at Centenary Park, Carnamah on Easter Monday 22 April 1935 [5: 26-Apr-1935]
Secretary of the Carnamah Golf Club's Dance Committee in 1935 [5: 7-Jun-1935]
Rendered a humorous monologue at the afternoon tendered to Mrs PATRICK Jnr. in Carnamah on 24 June 1935 [5: 28-Jun-1935]
Paid a hurried trip to Perth during the last weekend of July 1935 [5: 2-Aug-1935]
Received a presentation from the members of the Carnamah Golf Club during gold on Thursday 1 August 1935 [5: 2-Aug-1935]
In early 1935 her Wattle Tea Rooms in Carnamah were taken over by Albert and Eva COWDEROY [5: 2-Aug-1935]
Left Carnamah and shifted to Perth on Monday 5 August 1935 [5: 9-Aug-1935]
Later worked at the Queen Adelaide Ladies' Club in Adelaide, South Australia[5: 19-Feb-1937]
Albert P. COWDEROY of Carnamah renewed her acquaintance while in Adelaide in February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 8 September 1933:
Around the Shops - Goods Which Can Be Bought Locally - The Wattle Tea Rooms
"Miss Himbury is gradually making a name for herself with pies and coffee and her Saturday night suppers are very popular. Some very fresh and attractive green grocery and all cooked meats are also on sale."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Ethel Alice Phyllis Himbury' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 January 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/ethel-alice-phyllis-himbury [sources]




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