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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Florence Emily CLEAVER / BREWER

Born C.1894 [2] in England [43: OH2261/35]
Resided with her parents in Perth, Western Australia [10]
Married Charles Joseph Leslie BREWER on Tuesday 4 July 1916 at Saint James' Anglican Church in Moora [10: 11-Jul-1916]
To her wedding she wore "a mole costume shot full skirt, bodice relieved with cream" and a black panne velvet hat [10]
Arrived in Carnamah with her husband and children in early 1928 [4: 31-Mar-1928] [--]
Resided with her husband and children in a portion of the Carnamah Hotel, of which her husband was Proprietor [--]
In July 1928 took an active part in the formation of a Ladies Football Club in Carnamah [4: 28-Jul-1928]
Attended the wedding dance for Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN in Carnamah on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
One of the five organisers of the Anglican Church Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 1 December 1928 [4: 8-Dec-1928]
Organised a dance in Carnamah in May 1929 which raised £15/9/3 for the fence to go around the local War Memorial [4: 25-May-1929]
Attended the Plain and Fancy Dress Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 8 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Organiser of the Carnamah Popular Girl's Dance held in the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 17 August 1929 [4: 24-Aug-1929]
Through the Carnamah Popular Girl's Dance she raised £7.5.0 for the proposed new Carnamah School [4: 24-Aug-1929]
Helped organise and attended the Carnamah Anglican Church's Freak Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 3 October 1929 [4: 12-Oct-1929]
Executive Committee Member of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association 1929-1935 [4: 31-Aug-1929, 9-Jul-1932] [5: 5-Jul-1935]
Attended the Roman Catholic Church's Ball in Carnamah on 24 May 1930 in a parchment lace skirt with brocade bodice [4: 31-May-1930]
Attended the Carnamah Show Ball in September 1930 in a frock of floral georgette with flounces, frills and dips [4: 4-Oct-1930]
Attended the Ball after the Carnamah Races on Thursday 2 October 1930 in a dress of black georgette with tartan top [4: 18-Oct-1930]
Bandaged the leg of shooting victim Rule B. WYLIE and rushed him to the Carnamah Hospital on 16 November 1930 [4: 22-Nov-1930]
In 1931 she managed the housekeeping and dining room of her husband's Carnamah Hotel [4: 19-Dec-1931]
Made a donation to the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them purchase premises [5: 29-Jul-1932]
Her husband passed away in Carnamah at the age of 42 years on 8 July 1932 and was buried at the Winchester Cemetery [1]
Proprietress and Licensee of the Carnamah Hotel at 22 Macpherson Street, Carnamah 1932-1936 [P9] [5: 11-Nov-1932, 29-May-1936]
     Advertised the hotel in The North Midland Times newspaper from Friday 21 July 1933 to 5 June 1936 [5]
     The hotel had large rooms, ample accommodation, ladies sitting room, commercial room, lounge and billiard room [5: 21-Jul-1933]
     Most of the hotel's visitors were agents and travellers who stayed a night passing through Carnamah on their way to Geraldton [43]
     A lot of farmers, especially those living further out, would also often stay a night or two of the weekend at the hotel [43: OH2261/35]
     The hotel was telephone number Carnamah-3 [4: 4-Mar-1933] [60]
     Advertised her hotel as the place to buy ales, wines and spirits for Christmas New Year at "Astounding Prices" in 1933 [5: 22-Dec-1933]
     In late 1933 she appeared at the Mingenew Court for failing to enter the names of three men who stayed at her hotel [4: 16-Dec-1933]
     Over the offence the presiding magistrate at the Mingenew Court imposed a fines of £3 plus costs of £5/10/10 [5: 22-Dec-1933]
     During May 1934 she had a new Standard piano player installed at the Hotel [5: 18-May-1934]
     Had special cash prices for ales, wines and spirits at her Carnamah Hotel in December 1934, and could deliver orders by rail [5]
     The specials were four and five dozen cases of Swan Ale, Emu Ale, Richmond Ale, Foster's Larger and Nathan Ale [5: 21-Dec-1934]
     Offered a special rate for permanent boarders in 1935 and 1936 [5: 10-May-1935, 29-May-1936]
     Lightning started a fire between the ceiling and floor of her hotel on 23 March 1936, but was quickly extinguished [5: 27-Mar-1936]
Advertised her Carnamah Hotel in the Schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1933 [13]
     "For all Comforts and Conveniences stay at Carnamah Hotel, The Most Popular House of the North Midlands" [13]
     "Excellent Accommodation for Travellers; Clean and Spacious Rooms; First-Class Cuisine; 10/- per day - Tariff; 2/6 - Meals" [13]
     "All the Best Brands of Ales, Wines, Stout & Spirits; Always on Tap: Geraldton Renowned Globe Beer, Swan Lagar, Emu Bitter" [13]
Helped organise a Concert that was held in Carnamah on 15 October 1932 to raise funds for the Cancer Ray Appeal [5: 21-Oct-1932]
Attended the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show at Maley Park, Coorow on Thursday 7 September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
Social Committee Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1934 [5: 20-Apr-1934]
Attended the Repertory Social, of plays, community singing and dancing, held in Carnamah on 15 August 1934 [5: 17-Aug-1934]
Hosted a birthday party at her hotel for Colin STONE, Lou OLDFIELD and her son George on 11 August 1934 [5: 17-Aug-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Helped organise the Carnamah Football Club's Presentation Ball which was held on Saturday 27 October 1934 [4: 3-Nov-1934]
Obtained a temporary liquor licence and conducted a booth at the Carnamah Agricultural Society's Show on 12 September 1935 [88]
Donated the Gent's Bridge Prize for the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association's Card Evening on 17 October 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Also obtained an occasional licence for the hotel from 9 p.m. to 12 midnight for Tuesday 31 December 1935 [88]
Herself and her son George travelled to Perth on Sunday 17 March 1935 to see her mother who was seriously ill [5: 22-Mar-1935]
After suddenly taking ill on 13 July 1935 she underwent an operation at the Carnamah Private Hospital the next morning [5: 19-Jul-1935]
Won 2nd prize for Carrots at the Carnamah Agricultural Show at Centenary Park on Thursday 12 September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
     The Carnamah District Agricultural Society paid her £5/18/9 for refreshments she provided at their Show in 1935 [5: 22-Nov-1935]
Helped transport the children of the Carnamah State School to Three Springs for interschool sports on Friday 27 September 1935 [5]
     After the two schools had competed in sports she entertained the children of both schools with light refreshments [5: 4-Oct-1935]
Herself and her daughter Phyllis were among those from Carnamah who attended the Perth Royal Show in October 1935 [5: 11-Oct-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]
Made arrangements to transfer her license for the Carnamah Hotel to Malcolm LESLIE on Thursday 28 May 1936 [5: 5-Jun-1936]
Malcolm LESLIE and his wife arrived in Carnamah to take over the Carnamah Hotel on Sunday 31 May 1936 [5: 5-Jun-1936]
Herself and her children were tendered a Public Farewell at the Carnamah Hall on Friday night 5 June 1936 [5: 5 & 12-Jun-1936]
     Despite the short notice given for their farewell a large number attended including people from Coorow and Three Springs [5]
     Roger W. CLARK spoke of her as a good citizen, a great supporter of sport and always ready to assist anyone in need or trouble [5]
     Special thanks were expressed for the support she'd given the Carnamah Football Club and Carnamah Sub-Branch of the R.S.L. [5]
     Received a cheque from the citizens of Carnamah as a small token of the great esteem in which she was held [5]
     She thanked those present for their kind thoughts and said that herself and her children were sorry to be leaving Carnamah [5]
Those present at their farewell accompanied them from the hall to the railway station from where they left Carnamah by train [5]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Inglewood [2]
Mother of Billee, George William, Phyllis, Joy and Lesley [14]
Died 9 June 1975; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (EC Section, A, 12) [2]


From
The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 5 June 1936:
"Departure of Carnamah Residents - Probably at no period in the history of Carnamah has there been such an exodus of old residents as has taken part in the past 12 months, and still it goes on. The latest change will be the departure of Mrs. F. E. Brewer and family. The Brewer family came to Carnamah about nine years ago, during which time they have controlled the Carnamah Hotel, where they have kept a first-class "house" with genial hospitality, which earned a renowned reputation for the hotel throughout the North Midlands. Many residents and travellers will view with regret the pending departure of this popular family."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Florence Emily Cleaver / Brewer' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 December 2018 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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