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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Effie" Euphemia KING / FORRESTER

Born 26 May 1863 in Auchterderran, Fife, Scotland [28]
Daughter of William KING and Euphemia BOGIE [28]
In 1881 was working as a domestic servant for William and Isabella DAWSON at Kirkshott Farm in Auchterderran, Fife, Scotland [20]
She may have become acquainted with Robert FORRESTER after her two elder sisters married two of his cousins [P1]
Married "Bob" Robert Clark FORRESTER on 6 November 1885 in Auchterderran, Fife, Scotland [28]
Witnesses to their marriage were her sister Helen KING and Bob's brother Thomas FORRESTER [28]
Resided with her husband for a number of years at Craig Villa in Auchterderran, Fife, Scotland [20] [28]
Their second son William King FORRESTER, who was named after her father, died aged 18 months on 12 October 1893 [28]
On 27 May 1894 their second daughter, Jane Clark FORRESTER, died in Auchterderran at the age of three months [28]
Along with her husband, son James and daughter Christina departed London, England on the steamship Osterley on 9 April 1915 [P1]
     Their eldest daughter Euphemia remained in Scotland, as she had married the previous year to Arthur Latham BARRETT [P1]
     Also on the Osterley were the BOWMAN and ROBERTSON families, the latter of whom were relatives of her husband [P1]
     All three families had made arrangements to purchase and settle on Ready Made Farms in Carnamah, Western Australia [P1]
     They arrived on the Osterley in Fremantle, Western Australia on 11 May 1915 [P1]
Her husband, Richard ROBERTSON and John BOWMAN travelled to Carnamah by train to inspect farms on 13 May 1915 [34]
     Briefly remained in Perth before travelling up to Carnamah by train with her son and daughter on Saturday 15 May 1915 [P300]
     Resided on farmland in Carnamah in 1915 and 1916 [P300]
     Themselves and the BOWMAN family resided in the four roomed house on Lot M950 on the Carnamah-Perenjori Road [P9]
     Her husband, son and John BOWMAN farmed in Carnamah in partnership as "Bowman & Forrester" until December 1916 [34]
     Occasionally visited the family of John and Mary LANG near Prowaka, which besides lunch involved travelling all day [P300]
     When visiting the LANG family they would set off in the morning in their pony drawn sulky, and after lunch leave for home [P300]
Resided in Swan Street in the Perth suburb of North Fremantle 1916-1919 [6] [30: item 4023274]
Resided in Marmion Street in the Perth suburb of Palmyra 1919-1925 [6]
She and her husband shifted back to Carnamah in 1925 and resided on part of their son James' Dunester Farm [19] [P300]
     Their son and a stone-mason by the surname of MORGAN built a cottage for himself and his wife to live in [P300]
     The cottage was situated on a hill on the part of their son's farm known as "Out Back" on Victoria Location 7187 [P300]
     Resided at "Out Back" on Dunester Farm in Carnamah from 1925 until 1934 [19] [P300]
     Her husband passed away at the Carnamah Private Hospital at the age of 68 years on 17 September 1933 [1] [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Attended the Grand Plain & Fancy Dress Ball in Carnamah on 6 August 1925 in an evening dress of blue Jersey silk [9: 21-Aug-1925]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred M. LANG's wedding and reception in Carnamah on 27 March 1928 [4: 31-Mar-1928]
     Charles ROBERTSON was her husband's grand-nephew, and Winifred M. LANG a family friend they'd known since 1915 [P1]
Exhibited in the Flower and Fancy Work sections of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 18 September 1930 [4]
     Won 1st prizes for Roses and Wildflowers and 2nd prizes for Garden Flowers and Hand-knitted Woollen Socks [4: 27-Sep-1930]
Entered exhibits in the Fancy Work, Confectionary and Flower sections of the Carnamah Show on 15 September 1932 [5: 23-Sep-1932]
     Awarded 1st prize for a Supper Cloth with Crochet Edge and 2nd prizes for both Shortbread and Wildflowers [5]
At the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 14 September 1933 won both 1st and 2nd prizes for Shortbread [5: 22-Sep-1933]
     Also won 1st prizes for Garden Flowers and Wheaten Meal Cookery; and 2nd prize for Hand Knitted Woollen Socks [5]
Her daughter-in-law "Chris" Christina B. D. FORRESTER passed away in Carnamah on 19 August 1934, aged 43 years [1]
     Following Chris' death she took up residence with her son James and his three children at the homestead on Dunester Farm [P9]
     Resided with her son and her grandchildren at the homestead on Dunester Farm from 1934 until 1936 [P9]
Attended John and Mary LANG's Golden Wedding Celebration at Grianaig Farm in Carnamah on 18 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Won 2nd prize for Shortbread at the Carnamah Agricultural Show at Centenary Park on Thursday 12 September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of William B. SHERIDAN of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Accompanied her son James and grandsons Alan and Ian from Carnamah to Perth on Saturday 1 February 1936 [5: 7-Feb-1936]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association (C.W.A.) - she was their eldest member in 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
     She was thrown a surprise 73rd birthday party by the Carnamah C.W.A. on Tuesday afternoon 26 May 1936 [5: 29-May-1936]
     At the party she was presented with a bunch of gold chrysanthemums, a gold key and a signature book signed by the members [5]
     Also received "a beautiful cake decorated with 73 candles," which she made sure her grandsons saw before it was cut [5]
Won 1st prize for Shortbread and 2nd for Knitted Socks at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Attended the wedding of her son James K. FORRESTER and Mrs Doris BOLTON in Carnamah on 10 October 1936 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
     She wore a gown of black georgette and lace and a large black hat, and carried a posy of dark red roses and maidenhair fern [5]
Left the Carnamah district on Tuesday 20 October 1936, and with intentions to return to Scotland the next year [5: 23-Oct-1936]
Arrived back in Carnamah in April 1937 to spend a few weeks with her son and his family before sailing for Scotland [5: 30-Apr-1937]
Travelled to Scotland with Miss "Belle" Isabella M. EASTON, Mrs Mary LANG and John LANG Jnr, all of Carnamah [5]
     The four of them travelled from Carnamah to Perth by train on Tuesday 4 May 1937 [5: 7-May-1937]
     Departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Largs Bay and arrived in Southampton, England on 20 June 1937 [204]
     During the visit her address was care of Bankier Villa at Banknock in Bonnybridge, Stirling, Scotland [204]
     They departed London, England on the steamship Jervis Bayand arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia 3 December 1937 [63]
     On her return was met in Perth by her son James and daughter-in-law Doris, and returned with them to Carnamah [0: image 02885-6]
In 1941 she was again living on her son's Dunester Farm in Carnamah [4: 5-Apr-1941]
     Travelled down to Perth in early April 1941 to spend a month's holiday in Perth [4: 5-Apr-1941]
     Despite plans to stay in Perth a month, she returned to Carnamah with her son on Tuesday 15 April 1941 [5: 18-Apr-1941]
     She spent a holiday staying with her daughter Christina in Narembeen in June 1949 [505: 9-Jun-1949]
Later lived with her daughter Christina and son-in-law John P. HUNTER on their farm in Narembeen [P9]
Mother of Euphemia Bogie, James King, William King, Jane Clark and Christina King [28]
Died 31 July 1949; buried at Narembeen Cemetery in Narembeen, Western Australia (Presbyterian, Plot 98) [4: 6-Aug-1949] [182]

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 6 August 1949:
Local and General - Obituary
"The death occurred at Narembeen on Sunday last of Mrs. E. Forrester, relict of the late Mr. R. Forrester and mother of Mr. J. K. Forrester, of Carnamah. The deceased lady, who came from Scotland to Australia with her husband about thirty-four years ago, was one of the pioneers of the Carnamah district, but during recent years she has not enjoyed normal health conditions. In order to be present at the funeral, Mr. J. K. Forrester, accompanied by his son (Ian), left Carnamah by car on Monday."

From The Bruce Rock-Corrigin Post Narembeen-Kondinin Guardian newspaper:
"Mr and Mrs J. K. Forrester and Mr and Mrs.J. P. Hunter wish to thank all kind friends for letters cards, telegrams, floral tributes and personal expressions of sympathy in their sad bereavement. Especially thanking Dr. Gorman, matron Reed and Staff of Narembeen Memorial Hospital. Will all please accept this as a personal expression of sincere gratitude."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Euphemia King / Forrester' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 July 2024 from [reference list]

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