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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs



Born 10 April 1911 in Pingelly, Western Australia [P343]
Daughter of "Bert" Augustus Berthold NICHOLLS and Hilda May WEBB [81: 17-Apr-1932]
Resided with her parents and siblings in Pingelly and Norseman in Western Australia and then in Ceduna in South Australia [P343]
Went to school in Ceduna and after leaving she helped her mother in her fruit and vegetable store [P343]
Later worked as a telephonist in Ceduna and connected the first call on the Trans Continental line between Adelaide and Perth [P343]
In 1930 motored to Western Australia with two other girls and lived with the family of her uncle Vic WEBB in Mount Lawley [P343]
She worked as a shop assistant in the Perth branch of importers and grocers John Wills & Co, managed by her uncle [P343]
Waddy Forest farmer Gilbert FOLLAND, who she'd known as a child, heard where she was and looked her up [P343]
Returned to her home in Ceduna, South Australia for a short holiday before returned to Western Australia to be married [P343]
Married Gilbert Ridgway FOLLAND at the Central Baptist Church in Perth on 17 March 1934 [5: 23-Mar-1934, 6-Apr-1934]
     Her bridesmaids were Jean WOOLDRIDGE and Gilbert's sister Nance [5] while the flower girl was her cousin Beth WEBB [P343]
     A cement brick cottage had been built for them on her father-in-law's Enfield Park Farm in Waddy Forest [P343]
     Following their wedding they arrived to their home Thornborough Cottage on Enfield Park on Saturday 31 March 1934 [5]
She and her husband were the recipients of a Surprise Party at their home in Waddy Forest on Wednesday 28 April 1934 [5]
     About 40 local Waddy Forest residents assembled at their gate and then proceeded to their home together [5]
     The party included music, singing, games, cards, and a presentation to them from the Waddy Forest Tennis Club [5: 20-Apr-1934]
Along with her husband and sister-in-law Nance FOLLAND spent a short holiday at the beach in early February 1935 [5: 8-Feb-1935]
Travelled from Waddy Forest to Perth on Thursday 8 August 1935 [5: 16-Aug-1935]
Returned to her home in Waddy Forest with her infant daughter Kathleen [P343] on Saturday 28 September 1935 [5: 4-Oct-1935]
Her father Mr A. NICHOLLS left for South Australia on 7 October 1935 after spending a holiday in Western Australia [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Attended the Surprise 21st Birthday for her sister-in-law Nance FOLLAND at Enfield Park in Waddy on 17 August 1936 [5: 21-Aug-1936]
Attended Roy M. PATTON's birthday at the dam on Longforest Farm in Waddy Forest on Sunday 8 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
After holidaying with her and her family in Waddy Forest, her brother Max returned to Perth during early January 1937 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Misses Jean WOOLDRIDGE of Mount Lawley and Beth WEBB holidayed with her in Waddy Forest in May 1937 [5: 14 & 28-May-1937]
Attended the Coronation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Wednesday evening 12 May 1937 in "tomato moonglint crepe" [5: 14-May-1937]
     Her visiting friend Jean WOOLDRIDGE also attended the Coronation Ball, wearing white trimmed with silver lame" [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 Surprise Linen Tea for Miss Mary E. GREENWOOD at Maryland Farm in Waddy Forest on 22 July 1937 [5: 23-Jul-1937]
In 1945 moved with her husband and three daughters into the main house on the farm on Enfield Park [P343]
     Her mother-in-law and sister-in-law moved out and into the cottage that they'd been living in [P343]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Parents & Citizens' Association in 1946 [5: 26-Apr-1946]
Member of the Waddy Forest Tennis Club from 1946-47 to 1949-50 [5: 14-Mar-1947, 18-Nov-1948, 24-Nov-1949]
Her plain Sponge Sandwich won 1st prize in the Cookery section at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1948 [5: 23-Sep-1948]
In September 1948 she and her husband visited her parents in the Perth suburb of Riverton for her brother's wedding [406: 23-Sep-1948]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Country Women's Association (C.W.A.) [P343]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest District Agricultural Society in 1951 [4: 7-Apr-1951]
Foundation Member of the Coorow Bowling Club [P343]
Resided at 45 Beckenham Place in the Perth suburb of Beckenham in the 1980s and 1990s [1]
Due to ill-health in 1998 she went to the Gracewood Nursing Home in the Perth suburb of Salters Point, where she died in 1999 [P343]
Mother of Kath, Ruth and Maxine [14]
Died 21 May 1999; ashes interred in the niche wall at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia [1]

From The West Australian newspaper, Tuesday 12 April 1932:
"The engagement is announced between Fay Reta, elder daughter of Mr and Mrs A. B. Nicholls, of Ceduna, S.A., and Gilbert Ridgway, only son of Mr and Mrs S. L. Folland, of Waddy Forest."

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

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