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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Ethel Blanche DRAPER / FOWLER

Born 17 November 1882 in York, Western Australia [209]
Daughter of Alfred William DRAPER and Alice Eliza BLAKISTON [15]
Her mother died at the age of 31 years in 1886, and in 1892 her father married Hannah Rebecca WOODLEY [15]
For a period following her mother's death she was cared for by one of her aunts, who possibly also home-schooled her [P120]
Married "Don" Donnell Edgar FOWLER in Beverley on 30 June 1908 [P120]
Resided with her husband and children on Jangelling Farm at Balkuling in the Beverley district [P120]
Her husband purchased 1,295 acres of virgin land in Waddy Forest for £1457.11.7 (22/6 an acre) on 25 February 1921 [27]
On the same day her brother-in-law Albert E. P. BATEMAN purchased the adjacent block in Waddy Forest [27]
Her husband shifted to Waddy Forest and begin clearing the property and had a good weatherboard house built [P120]
In 1924 shifted from Beverley with her children to join her husband on the farm in Waddy Forest [P120]
Resided with her husband and children on farmland in Waddy Forest 1924-1948 [P120]
The farm became known as Glen Waddi when they purchased her brother-in-law's adjacent farm in 1929 [P120]
They also had a house in Forrest Street, South Perth where she resided while their children were attending nearby schools [P120]
Won 1st prize for male Black Orpington at the first annual Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 8 September 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
Member of the Waddy Forest Tennis Club in 1933-34 [5: 20-Oct-1933]
During January 1935 spent an extended holiday in Arrino staying with her daughter Mrs Irene A. McCANN [5: 11-Jan-1935, 8-Feb-1935]
Won 1st prize for Turnips in the Vegetable section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show held on 5 September 1935 [5: 13-Sep-1935]
Miss Nancy S. JOHNSON stayed with herself and her family in Waddy Forest in July, August and September of 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Spent a holiday with relatives in Beverley in mid-September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
In late November 1935 she was spending a holiday with her daughter Mrs Irene A. McCANN in Arrino [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Returned to Waddy Forest on Sunday 8 December 1935 feeling much benefit from her stay in Arrino [5: 13-Dec-1935]
Accompanied by her children Vivian and Verna travelled to Perth on Tuesday 7 January 1936 en-route for Albany [5: 10-Jan-1936]
She may not have made it to Albany as it was reported on 7 February 1936 that she had been at a Perth hospital for a month [5]
By mid February 1936 she was still at a hospital in Perth, but was "showing marked improvement" [5: 7 & 14-Feb-1936]
After months in hospital in Perth she returned to her home in Waddy Forest on Thursday 21 May 1936 [5: 29-May-1936]
Herself, her husband and their daughter Adeline motored to Perth on Thursday morning 29 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
During November 1936 she spent another holiday with her daughter Mrs Irene A. McCANN in Arrino [5: 13-Nov-1936]
She and her daughters spent the 1936-37 summer at a rented house in the Perth suburb of Como [5: 11-Dec-1936]
     Her husband and her children Elsie, Dulcie, Vivian and Verna returned to Waddy Forest on Tuesday night 19 January 1937 [5]
     She remained in Perth as she was receiving medical attention at Saint Ive's Hospital [5: 22-Jan-1937]
After considerable time in Perth for medical attention she and her husband returned to Waddy on 19 May 1937 [5: 21-May-1937]
Following a visit by her daughter Irene she accompanied her daughter to her home in Arrino on Sunday 11 July 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Attended Albert E. MILES and Mary E. GREENWOOD's wedding breakfast at the Coorow Hotel on 18 August 1937 [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Resided on Glen Waddi Farm in Waddy Forest until 1948 when their three sons bought the farm off her husband [P120]
Left Waddy Forest in 1948 and shifted to their house in Forrest Street, South Perth where she resided until her death in 1950 [P120]
Mother of Irene, Adeline, Elsie, Edgar, Dulcie, Leslie, Vivian and Verna [209]
Died 29 May 1950; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, WE, 666) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Ethel Blanche Draper / Fowler' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 15 April 2024 from [reference list]

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