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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Frances Elizabeth BENNS / BARNHART

Born C.1885 [2]
Married "Barney" Randolph BARNHART in Perth in 1915 [66]
Resided with her husband Randolph BARNHART at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs 1927-1938 [4: 13-Aug-1927] [6] [19]
Returned to Three Springs after a trip to Perth on Saturday 21 July 1928, and had to take to her bed suffering with the flu [4: 28-Jul-1928]
In 1928 she organised a number of functions and events in Three Springs to raise money in aid of a new local hospital [4: 10-Mar-1928]
She was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
During September 1928 herself and her husband's nieces, the Misses E. and T. CASEY, spent a holiday with them in TS [4: 22-Sep-1928]
Travelled to Perth by car on Tuesday 6 November 1928, and returned to Three Springs on Saturday 10 November 1928 [4: 24-Nov-1928]
After an enjoyable holiday in Perth returned to Three Springs by the early morning train on Friday 15 March 1929 [4: 30-Mar-1929]
Returned to Three Springs by car on Thursday 18 April 1929 after spending a few days in Geraldton [4: 20-Apr-1929]
Donated a prize for the Fancy Dress Ball held in Three Springs in aid of the local Anglican Church on 27 June 1929 [4: 6-Jul-1929]
Sent a wreath to the funeral of Charles C. MALEY M.L.A. at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 16 October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Donated ale for the patients of the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs over New Year in 1929-30 [4: 8-Feb-1930]
Travelled to Perth for a few days in August 1930, however shortly after arrival took ill with ptomaine poisoning [4: 30-Aug-1930]
     After spending ten days at Saint John of God Hospital in the Perth suburb of Subiaco she remained in Perth to recover [4]
     Returned to Three Springs on Friday 24 October 1930, however was still feeling the effects of her recent illness [4: 1-Nov-1930]
Donated prizes for the local Anglican Church's Children's Fancy Dress Ball held in Three Springs on 28 November 1930 [4: 6-Dec-1930]
Attended the Commemoration Dinner held at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on Friday 26 August 1932 [5: 9-Sep-1932]
     The dinner was to commemorate Three Springs having the highest average yield for wheat in the State for the 1931-32 season [5]
Donated one of the prizes for the Children's Fancy Dress Ball held in Arrino on Tuesday 12 September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
Travelled to Perth on Friday 29 September 1933 to attend the funeral of her brother Philip Christopher BENNS [5: 6-Oct-1933] [2]
Admitted to the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs suffering from influenza in early October 1933 [5: 6-Oct-1933]
Returned to Three Springs on Tuesday 31 July 1934 after spending a week in Perth[5: 3-Aug-1934]
Accompanied by Elsie SAGGERS and Rene THOMAS drove to Perth in early October 1934 to attend the Royal Show [5: 5-Oct-1934]
Departed Three Springs on 27 November 1934 for a holiday trip to Victoria, Australia [5: 23-Nov-1934]
Her sister Mrs CASEY had arrived in Three Springs a week earlier and acted as hostess of the Three Springs Hotel in her absence [5]
Returned to Three Springs on Thursday 31 January 1935, and her sister returned to Leederville [5: 11-Jan-1935, 8-Feb-1935]
Herself and Mrs Elsie SAGGERS spent an enjoyable day at Dongara on Tuesday 26 March 1935 [5: 29-Mar-1935]
Donated £1/1/0 to the Benefit Fund to assist Miss Dorothy DIAL of Three Springs who had been injured in a car accident [5: 5-Apr-1935]
Became a grand aunt on 15 July 1935 when her niece Eileen FORRESTAL (nee CASEY) gave birth to a daughter [5: 19-Jul-1935]
Herself and Mrs Elsie SAGGERS of Three Springs spent a holiday in Perth during January 1936 [5: 17-Jan-1936]
After undergoing an operation at St John of God Hospital in the Perth suburb of Subiaco returned to TS in mid April 1936 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Following a visit to Perth returned to Three Springs as a passenger in Mrs Edyna POTTS' car on Monday 20 July 1936 [5: 24-Jul-1936]
Donor to the Athletic Sports run by the North Midlands Zone Council of the Wheatgrowers Union in Three Springs in 1936 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Roman Catholic Church [4: 12-Feb-1938]
Travelled from Three Springs to Dongara on 10 December 1936 to attend the break-up of the Dominican Ladies College [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Member of the committee that organised the very successful Annual Catholic Ball in Three Springs on 3 June 1937 [5: 11-Jun-1937]
In early 1938 her husband sold their Commercial Hotel in Three Springs to John J. THORPE [4: 12-Feb-1938]
Herself and her husband were bid farewell by a large gathering at the Hall in Three Springs on Thursday 3 February 1938 [4]
     A public meeting had been called to arrange the function, and it had been organised by two specially formed local committees [4]
     The evening consisted of a dance, songs, supper and speeches and carried on beyond the early hours of the next morning [4]
     The various speakers spoke of what first class and highly respected citizens they had been, and regret at their departure [4]
Left Three Springs in February 1938 [4: 12-Feb-1938]
After leaving Three Springs they conducted the Imperial Hotel in Perth [4: 1-Nov-1952]
Later resided in Perth [2]
Died 13 September 1940; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Roman Catholic, AC, 186) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Frances Elizabeth Benns / Barnhart' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 June 2024 from [reference list]

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