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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Ethel Cumden BURGE / TOWNSEND

Born 1897 in Guildford, Western Australia [15]
Daughter of Charles Fairall BURGE and Martha Ann HOOKER [15]
Married "Harry" Henry George TOWNSEND in Perth in 1920 [66]
Resided in Arrino with her husband, who was a general storekeeper and commission agent [4: 14-Sep-1929] [19]
Initially her husband said they would only stay in Arrino for five years however stayed longer as their store was very profitable [P2]
Herself and her husband spent a holiday at Dongara Beach in December 1929 [4: 28-Dec-1929]
In early January 1930 The Irwin Index newspaper reported that she was holidaying in Perth [4: 4-Jan-1930]
Attended the Annual Ball of the TS Show in 1930 wearing "black georgette, with skirt edged with frills of glace ribbon" [4: 11-Oct-1930]
During October 1931 Mrs KING of Mount Lawley, who had suffered a serious illness, was staying with her in Arrino [4: 3-Oct-1931]
Foundation President of Arrino's branch of the Country Women's Association (C.W.A.) 1932-1935 [5: 29-Jul-1932, 25-May-1934, 8-Feb-1935]
Attended the Carnamah Grand Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 28 July 1932 in a gown of pink lace [5: 5-Aug-1932]
Attended the Hospital Appeal Grand Ball in Three Springs on 8 June 1933 in a rose lace over crepe de chine dress [5: 16-Jun-1933]
Judged the Fancy works section of the Fifth Annual Three Springs Agricultural Show on Thursday 21 September 1933 [5: 29-Sep-1933]
Attended the Show Ball after the Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1933 in a shell pink charmeuse dress with sequin trimmings [5]
Divisional Vice President of the Northern Division of the Country Women's Association in 1934 [5: 21-Sep-1934, 5-Oct-1934]
During October 1934 she spent a holiday in the metropolis of Perth [5: 19-Oct-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]
Herself and her husband travelled from Arrino to Geraldton for their Christmas break in 1934 [5: 11-Jan-1935]
After a trip to Ceylon departed Colombo on Mongolia and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 23 April 1935 [5: 3-May-1935] [63]
The holiday to Ceylon was said to have been to help her cope with country living[P2]
Held a Ladies Evening at her home in Arrino on 3 March 1935, during which she gave an account of her trip to Ceylon [5: 10-May-1935]
Resigned as President of the Arrino C.W.A. in June 1935 as she was about to leave the Arrino district [5: 14-Jun-1935]
Said that she would always remain a member of the Arrino C.W.A., and would always have its interest at heart [5: 14-Jun-1935]
Herself and her husband were bid a largely attended public farewell at the Arrino Hall on Friday 14 June 1935 [5: 21-Jun-1935]
At their farewell people spoke of their sterling qualities and presented them with a case of cutlery and an inscribed foundation pen [5]
On Tuesday 18  June 1935 at the home of Arthur and Edyna POTTS their closest friends wished them all the best for their future [5]
Decorated the tree at the Children's Christmas Tree held in Arrino on Saturday 14 December 1935 [5: 20-Dec-1935]
Herself and her husband liked hosting parties and were both very good dancers[P2]
After spending a vacation in Three Springs returned to Perth as a passenger in Mrs Edyna POTTS' car on 19 July 1936 [5: 24-Jul-1936]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Fremantle [2]
Died 29 August 1971; cremated at the Fremantle Cemetery, Fremantle WA [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Ethel Cumden Burge / Townsend' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/ethel-cumden-burge [sources]




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