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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Vera" Ethel Vera STEPHENS

Born 1902 in Boulder, Western Australia [15]
Daughter of Samuel John STEPHENS and Sarah ORSMOND [15]
Her mother died in 1911 and in 1914 her father married Phyllis Edith WILKES [15] [66]
Shop Assistant in Kununoppin in 1925 and 1926 [50]
Resided in Carnamah from 1930 until 1938 [4: 9-Jul-1938]
She and Amy R. G. GILES were the joint proprietress of the "Pyramid Tea Rooms" in Carnamah 1930-1938 [P9]
Traded in partnership with Amy R. G. GILES under the name of "Giles & Stephens" or "Misses Giles & Stephens" [P9]
When she enrolled to vote with an address of Carnamah she gave her occupation as Shop Assistant [19]
Attended the Fancy Dress Ball held in Carnamah dressed as a "Gipsy Dancer" on Thursday 28 August 1930 [4: 6-Sep-1930]
Attended the evening Ball following the Carnamah Races on 2 October 1930 in a dress of eau de nil georgette [4: 18-Oct-1930]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club 1930-1938 - was a Committee Member in 1937 [4: 8-Nov-1930, 9-Jul-1938] [5: 24-May-1935, 21-May-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club 1930-1938 - Social Committee Member in 1937-38 [4: 10-May-1930, 16-Dec-1933, 9-Jul-1938] [5: 13-Aug-1937]
Attended and catered for the Ball following the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1932 in a gown of blue crepe-de-chine [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Sang a duet with Robert BICKERDIKE at the farewell to Frank & Mary BADRICK in Carnamah on 1 November 1932 [5: 4-Nov-1932]
Member of the Carnamah Badminton Club in 1933 [5: 1-Sep-1933]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1933 and 1935-1937 [5: 2-Jun-1933, 22-Mar-1935, 31-Jul-1936, 7-May-1937] [72]
Attended the Repertory Club Social held in Carnamah on Thursday 18 May 1933 [5: 26-May-1933]
Attended the social and address on Home Mission work by Rev. A. J. BARCLAY in Carnamah on 10 July 1933 [5: 14-Jul-1933]
Sang a song at the farewell to Norman and Fielda SOMERS in Carnamah on Saturday 15 July 1933 [5: 21-Jul-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club 1933-1938 [4: 9-Jul-1938] [72]
Sang "Here in the Quiet Hills" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Inaugural Concert on Monday 21 August 1933 [5: 25-Aug-1933]
Arrived back in Carnamah on Wednesday 22 November 1933 after a short holiday spent at Swanbourne [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Sang a duet with Brian P. STACY at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Second Concert on Thursday 30 November 1933 [5: 1-Dec-1933]
She was among the 150 who attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 9 December 1933 [5: 15-Dec-1933]
On 23 January 1934 she had a visit from relatives Mr and Mrs PATERSON of Onslow who had driven 800 miles [5: 26-Jan-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Flannel Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 3 February 1934 [5: 9-Feb-1934]
On the evening of Thursday 15 March 1934 attended the Carnamah Race Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Sang a duet with Arnold BIERMANN at the Farewell to Miss Gladys M. DIXON in Carnamah on 22 March 1934 [5: 30-Mar-1934]
Attended the Farewell Social to Miss Doris MCLEAN at BERRIGAN's home in Carnamah on Wednesday 11 April 1934 [5: 13-Apr-1934]
Attended the Parkinson Tennis Club's Dance, which was held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 14 April 1934 [5: 20-Apr-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Attended the Repertory Social, of plays, community singing and dancing, held in Carnamah on 15 August 1934 [5: 17-Aug-1934]
In a rose satin dress attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball on Saturday 20 October 1934 [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Sang a song at the Carnamah Repertory Club's farewell evening to Mrs Olga GRAHAM on 28 November 1934 [5: 30-Nov-1934]
Also sang a song at the Burns Night Celebrations held at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 25 January 1935 [5: 1-Feb-1935]
Rendered a song at the Farewell Social to Brian and Gerda STACY at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 16 March 1935 [5: 22-Mar-1935]
Sang a duet with Arnold C. A. BIERMANN Carnamah Presbyterian Church's Seeding Service on 19 May 1935 [5: 17-May-1935]
Returned to Carnamah on Friday 21 June 1935 after a hurried trip to Perth [5: 28-Jun-1935]
Performed vocally at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Fifth Concert held at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 25 July 1935 [5: 26-Jul-1935]
Departed Carnamah by train on Thursday 7 October 1935 for two weeks holiday in Perth [5: 8-Nov-1935]
After several weeks vacation in Perth returned to Carnamah during the last week of November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Attended the Carnamah Girls Club's Masquerade Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 7 December 1935 as "Eve" [5: 13-Dec-1935]
Attended the Wedding Social & Dance for Stuart and May FORD at Koolabba Farm in Carnamah on 25 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Played for the combined Carnamah-Parkinson tennis team against Winchester-Waddy-Coorow on Sunday 5 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's 1936 season Opening Day at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 26 April 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
Returned to Carnamah on Monday 18 May 1936 after a visit to Perth [5: 22-May-1936]
Sang "Just Awearying For You" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Anglican Church's Mid-Winter Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 11 July 1936 dressed in nine satin [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Attended the C.W.A. Plain & Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 25 July 1936 dressed as "Bell Boys" [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Sang the song "Little White Star" at the social for the Lord Archbishop of Perth in Carnamah on 19 September 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Sang a song at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social at the Carnamah Hall on Friday evening 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Played one of the servants in the play "No Servants" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Concert on 9 December 1936 [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Sang a song at the local C.W.A. Farewell for Mrs Amy F. DYKE and Mrs Clarissa E. HUMPHRYES on 9 January 1937 [5: 15-Jan-1937]
After a two week holiday in Perth she returned to Carnamah on Saturday evening 30 January 1937 [5: 29-Jan-1937, 5-Feb-1937]
Competed in the Carnamah Tennis Club's Easter Tennis Tournament at Centenary Park in Carnamah in March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Attended the Social Evening for recently married Cyril & Mavis RAYNER at the Church Hall in Carnamah on 1 April 1937 [5]
     During the evening contributed vocal items and was accompanist on the piano for some of the other vocal items [5: 9-Apr-1937]
Soloist at the Presbyterian Song Service held in Carnamah on Sunday evening 18 April 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Attended the Tennis Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 18 April 1937 in forget-me-not marocain with quilted trimmings [5: 23-Apr-1937]
Attended the Coronation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 12 May 1937 in "fuchsia satin with diamante trimmings" [5: 14-May-1937]
     The ball and its festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth [5]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 25 June 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
     Sang a song, produced the play "The Dangerous Age" and played the Maid in the play "Evening Dress Indispensable" [5]
Sang a song at the Valedictory Social for William H. & Eva M. MOORE at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 31 July 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
Sang to the crowd of over 300 at the Community Concert at the Carnamah Hall on Wednesday evening 11 August 1937 [5]
     Herself and Mrs Elsie L. ROGERS sang a duet which won them second prize in the adult competition of the concert [5]
     Also sang a quartette with Miss Dorcas L. COLE, Thomas H. PARKIN and Francis ROOKE, all of Carnamah [5: 13-Aug-1937]
Played a passenger in "The Stoker" by Harold Brighhouse at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Concert on 20 August 1937 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
On 29 June 1938 at the Carnamah Hall was tendered a valedictory farewell evening from the residents of Carnamah [4: 9-Jul-1938]
Left Carnamah in mid 1938 [4: 9-Jul-1938]
In 1939 she was living at 5 Knutsford Avenue in the Perth suburb of Swanbourne [50]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Ethel Vera Stephens' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 5 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/ethel-vera-stephens [sources]




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