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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Gertie" Gertrude RODEN / BROADHURST

Born 11 May 1903 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland [28]
Daughter of butcher Edward RODEN and Annie HAUGHTON [28]
She was born at 7:00 in the morning at 12 Langside Road in Glasgow [28]
Spent her childhood in Glasgow, Scotland and Staffordshire, England [P146]
Dress Designer and Model for Stannard's in Leek, Staffordshire and also worked as a painter of Royal Doulton china [P146]
Prior to leaving England she was the Manageress of a silk works and lived at 11 Mars Street in Smallthorne, Staffordshire [203]
Departed from London, England on the steamship Benalla on 19 August 1925 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
Initially intended on only staying in Western Australia for one year [P146]
Obtained a job as a governess on Barnong Station in Yalgoo and while there met jackeroo Frank E. BROADHURST [P146]
Married Frank Edward BROADHURST on 13 August 1927 at Saint Mary Church in West Perth [39: 25-Aug-1927]
They resided on Grassmere Park Farm in Coomberdale 1927-1931 [19] [50]
They later resided on farmland in Moora and Narrogin and then on Yatheroo Station in Dandaragan [P146]
Shifted with her husband and their daughters to Carnamah after he purchased the local agency for Elder Smith & Co Ltd [P146]
They arrived in Carnamah on Tuesday 3 March 1936 [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Resided in Carnamah with her husband and their three daughters 1936-1945 [P146]
Lived with her husband and children behind the Elder Smith & Co premises on Macpherson Street in Carnamah [P146]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club at the end of the 1935-36 season and in 1936-37 [5: 17-Apr-1936, 30-Oct-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club 1936-1938 - was President in 1937 [5: 5-Jun-1936, 21-May-1937] [4: 9-Jul-1938]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Anglican Church's Mid-Winter Ball on Saturday 11 July 1936 dressed in black georgette [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Motored from Carnamah to Perth on Thursday 16 July 1936, and returned to Carnamah over the weekend [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1936 and 1937 [5: 31-Jul-1936, 7-May-1937]
Attended the Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 dressed in black self embossed crepe [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Played Mrs Marlow in the play "Almost a Funeral" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
After a brief holiday in Perth she returned to Carnamah on Monday 25 January 1937 [5: 22 & 29-Jan-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association in 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
She was among the 80 who attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening at the Carnamah Hall on 25 June 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
Attended the Social of the Carnamah Golf Club Associates at the home of Mrs Millie G. LEITHHEAD on 9 July 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Played the wife in the comedic play "Meet the Family" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Concert on 20 August 1937 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1937-38 [5: 13-Aug-1937]
She, her husband and their daughters spent a fortnight's holiday in the coastal Perth suburb of Cottesloe in early 1938 [5: 7-Jan-1938]
Along with her daughter Peta travelled to England in February 1938, returning to Western Australia and Carnamah in September [P146]
Foundation Committee Member of the Carnamah District War and Patriotic Fund in 1940 [0: image 03074]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association in 1940 [0: image 03078]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society - was Secretary 1941-1944[141] [0: images 02972, 04073 & 04117]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District War and Patriotic Fund in 1941 [0: image 04014]
Member of the Carnamah Ladies' Miniature Rifle Club in 1941-1944 - was President in 1942 [0: images 02971, 03995 & 04262]
Member of the Carnamah Air Observation Crops in 1942 [0: image 02974]
Gave birth to a still born child at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs on 3 September 1942 [24]
Their still born child was buried in Plot 49 of the Anglican section at the Three Springs General Cemetery in Three Springs [24]
Put a sheet over her dining room table and her children underneath when terrible dust storms blew in from NIVEN's paddock [P146]
Was one of the judges at the Children's Fancy Dress Ball in Coorow WA in 1945[0: image 04331]
In June 1945 received gifts from Carnamah's Red Cross and Country Women's Association in appreciation of her services [0: image 04335]
Left Carnamah in June 1945 following her husband's transfer to Carnarvon WA with Elder Smith & Co [0: image 04335] [P146]
Resided in Carnarvon 1945-1953; the weather at Carnarvon made her so unwell she had to leave and shift down to Perth [P146]
Her husband got a transfer to Perth and they resided on a one acre block at Kalamunda for many years [P146]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Como [2]
Mother of Gwyneth, Jean and Peta [P146]
Died 18 October 1984; ashes interred at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Lawn 5, Niche Wall, W7, 60) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Gertrude Roden / Broadhurst' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 March 2024 from [reference list]

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