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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Gladys Ethel BECK / ARMSTRONG

Born 25 September 1887 in Cartmell Fell, Lancashire, England [14] [20]
Daughter of farmer Frank BECK and Mary Jane BRENNAN [20] [21]
She was one of at least eight children with siblings Frances, John, Joseph, May, Maud, Harvey, Frank and Hector [20] [203]
In 1891 was living with her parents and five elder siblings at Rosthwaite in Cartmell Fell, Lancashire, England [20]
Later resided with her parents and siblings at Stud Farm in Leybourne, Kent, England [20]
Departed London, England with her parents and five younger siblings on the steamship Orvieto on 28 October 1910 [203]
They arrived on the steamship Orvieto in Fremantle, Western Australia on 29 November 1910 [70]
Married "Jim" James ARMSTRONG in 1912 in Yarra Glen, Victoria, Australia [P263]
They resided near Yarra Glen in Victoria for a few years before moving to Western Australia in 1915 [P263]
In 1916 they were living on Dalmore Farm in Bridgetown where she worked as a housekeeper and her husband a farmhand [50]
They moved to Winchester in the Carnamah district in March 1918 [P263]
Resided on Petan Farm in Winchester, which her husband managed for James L. B. WEIR, 1918-1928 [P263]
Signed the petition in February 1923 for the Irwin Licensing Court to grant a hotel license for Carnamah [10: 9-Mar-1923]
Awarded 2nd prize for Plate of Cake exhibited at the Annual Show & Sports Carnival in Carnamah on 20 September 1923 [86: 4-Oct-1923]
Entered a number of exhibits in the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1926 [9: 15-Oct-1926]
     Won 1st prize for a Loaf of Bread, 1st and 2nd for Fancy Cakes, 2nd for Jam, 2nd for Potatoes and 2nd for Carrots [9: 15-Oct-1926]
In 1927-28 she had a Hudson motor vehicle registered with the Carnamah District Road Board with licence plate CA-268 [325]
Resided on her husband's Lakeside Farm in Carnamah from 1929 onward [P263]
Won 1st prizes for Home Made Bread and Hen's Eggs at the Carnamah Show in Centenary Park on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Received 2nd prize for Fruit Cake in the Confectionary section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 18 September 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
At the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1933 received 1st prize for Brown Bread and 2nd for Fruit Cake and Yeast Buns [5: 22-Sep-1933]
During October 1933 Miss E. HUNT of Perth holidayed with her and her family at their farm in Carnamah [5: 20-Oct-1933]
Paid a 10/- Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board in February 1934 for helping to control vermin by killing a fox [300]
Returned to Winchester by train on Saturday 10 March 1934 after a holiday in Perth [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Sent a wreath for the grave of Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Exhibited in the Confectionary section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show held at Centenary Park on Thursday 6 September 1934 [5]
     Won 1st prizes for Fruit Cake and White Bread and 2nd prizes for Plain Cake, Brown Bread and Puff Pastry [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Awarded 1st prize for Brown Hen Eggs and 2nd for Yeast Buns at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Sent in apologies for his absence at the Farewell Social for George & Ester MULLIGAN in Winchester on 25 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Won 1st prizes for Fruit Cake, Brown Bread and Yeast Buns at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Won 1st prizes for White Eggs and Brown Eggs in the Farm Produce section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1937 [0: image 03690]
Resided with her husband in retirement in Carnamah, and following his death in Moora [1] [4: 4-Dec-1959]
Mother of May, Linned, Harvey, Jack and Neil [P263]
Died 21 November 1959 in North Perth; buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah (Row E, Plot 15) [1]


From The Irwin Index newspaper , Friday 4 December 1959:
Old Resident Buried at Winchester
"The death recently occurred in Perth of a former resident of Winchester and Carnamah in the person of Mrs Gladys Ethel Armstrong, widow of the late Mr James Armstrong, who predeceased his wife at Carnamah some years ago. The deceased lady, who was seventy two years of age, was born at Bowness in Lancashire (England) and came to Western Australia nearly forty years ago to reside at Winchester with her husband and engage in farming pursuits. With their family the late Mr and Mrs Armstrong remained at Winchester until a few years ago and then retired from active life to reside at Carnamah, at which centre they remained until the death of Mr Armstrong. The deceased lady is survived by three sons and two daughters; two of the former - Messrs Jack and Neil Armstrong - still being engaged in farming activities at Winchester. Funeral - Following a service conducted in the Carnamah Anglican Church, the remains of the late Mrs Armstrong were interred in the Winchester Cemetery on Monday of last week in the presence of a large number of relatives and friends. Included in the floral tributes laid upon the grave were those from the following:- [children] May, Linned, Harvey, Jack and Neil; May and Jack [Chave] and family; Linned and Reg [Smith] and family; Harvey and Faith and family; Jack and Margaret and family; Neil and Vi and family; Shaw family; Keith and Shirley [Rowland] and family; Dorrie Rowland and the boys; Roger and Barb Clark; Don and Betty Reynolds; Margaret and Bill Reynolds; Al and Bill Grierson and family; Kelly family (Koojan); Schier family; Cyril and Mavis Rayner and family; Straiton family; Jack and Leila Bentley and the boys; Margaret and Jack [Backman] and family; Shell & Co.; Nan and John [Bowman]; Watson Family;  Maud and Lionel Ferguson and family; Cyril and Cora Martyn and family; Bert and Stella Turner; May and Morrie Aunger."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Gladys Ethel Beck / Armstrong' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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