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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


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Hilda Mabel GRILLETT / COLE

Born 20 April 1889 in Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia [P33] [54]
Daughter of John GRILLETT and Elizabeth TAYLOR [54]
Dressmaker at Myer's Store in Bendigo and then after being transferred at Myer's Store in Melbourne [P33]
Married "Fred" Frederick William COLE in 1912 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia[54] [P33]
Initially resided with her husband in a goldmining district of Victoria and then in Western Australia [P120]
They resided at 88 Nicholson Road in the Perth suburb of Subiaco in 1915; at 170 Heytesbury Road in Subiaco 1916 and 1917; [6]
     at 14 Gloster Street in Subiaco in 1918; at 35 Henry Street in Subiaco in 1919; and at 180 Nicholson Road in Subiaco in 1920 [6]
     Resided in Bruce Rock in the Central Wheatbelt in 1920 and 1921 [6]
     Resided at 200 Rokeby Road in Subiaco 1922-1927; and at 234 Nicholson Road in Subiaco in 1928 and 1929 [6]
In 1926 she had purchased as an investment a 1,388 farm in Carnamah from Wilfred C. GARDINER [3] [27] [P33]
     Purchased the farm on the recommendation of family friend Robert BOWRAN, who owned the farm next door [4: 5-Oct-1929]
     The farm was the 1,388 acre Lot M1210 of Victoria Location 1938 on the north side of the Carnamah-Bunjil Road [3] [62]
     Her farm in Carnamah was share-farmed by their friend Robert BOWRAN in 1927 and 1928 [4: 5-Oct-1929]
In 1929 herself, her husband and their three children left the Perth suburb of Subiaco and shifted to her farm in Carnamah [P33]
Resided on Ginawarra Farm in Carnamah 1929-1958 [4: 16-Nov-1929] [19]
     Ginawarra was an Aboriginal word meaning "no women allowed" as there was a corroboree ground in their front paddock [P33]
     When her husband was working away from home as a building contractor the farm was run by farmhands and their sons [P33]
In November 1929 purchased a new Ford truck from Carnamah dealer Rupert LAFFAN[4: 16-Nov-1929]
Attended the Show Ball following the Carnamah Show on 18 September 1930 in a frock of navy blue crepe de chine [4: 4-Oct-1930]
Assisted by way of donation or help with the Carnamah Boy Scouts camp held in Carnamah in early September 1932 [5: 9-Sep-1932]
Had Miss M. GRAHAM-STUART of East Fremantle as a visitor at her home in Carnamah in October 1932 [5: 28-Oct-1932]
Attended the American Gift Evening held in Carnamah on 17 July 1933 in aid of the Carnamah Presbyterian Church [5: 21-Jul-1933]
Attended the Surprise Party tendered to Mrs Eva and Miss Joyce COWDEROY in Carnamah on Friday 5 January 1934 [5: 12-Jan-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Placed strychnine in two soaks on her farm in January 1935 - which killed 1190 rabbits, eight emus and four kangaroos [5: 25-Jan-1935]
Judged the Fancy Work Section of the 1935 Carnamah Agricultural Show, and attended the Show Ball in floral marocain [5: 20-Sep-1935]
On 13 January 1936 she lent her car, which contained licence plate M-41, to Jack CARROLL [88]
     The car was lent on the understanding it would be returned about three hours later however it wasn't returned at all [88]
     At 10:30 a.m. on 23 January 1936 she reported the matter to Constable Alan O. FIEBIG at the Carnamah Police Station [88]
Herself and Mrs T. Adelaide GALLEHAWK returned to Carnamah on 27 January 1936 after a sojourn in Perth [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Herself and her daughter Dorcas travelled from Carnamah to Perth on Thursday 6 February 1936 [5: 7-Feb-1936]
Under the Farmers' Debts Adjustment Act she applied in 1936 for her debts to be written down or suspended [5: 24-Apr-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Costume Judge at the Coorow Tennis Club's Back to Childhood Ball at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 22 August 1936 [5: 28-Aug-1936]
Attended the Ball after the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in Coorow on 3 September 1936 dressed in floral marocain [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Judged the Fancy Work and donated special prizes for the Educational section at the 1936 and 1937 Carnamah Agricultural Shows [5]
     Attended the Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1936 dressed in figured oriental crepe de chine [5: 4 & 18-Sep-1936, 17-Sep-1937]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social including three plays at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Sold 20 lambs at 14/1 per head through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 18 November 1936 [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Ladies Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1937[5: 7-May-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1937 [5: 7-May-1937]
     Herself and her husband were among the 80 who attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social on 25 June 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
     Assisted the Carnamah Repertory Club by making many of their costumes in the later 1930s [7: page 226]
Judged the Fancywork section of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1937 [0: image 03689]
Made a donation of 10/- to the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1937 and again in 1938 [13]
Ownership of her 1388 acres in Carnamah changed to her son Gordon's name during the 1958-59 financial year [3]
Resided on Ginawarra Farm in Carnamah until 1958 [19]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Nedlands [2]
Mother of Dorcas, Frederick and Gordon [P33]
Died 12 May 1968; ashes scattered over the rose garden at the Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Hilda Mabel Grillett / Cole' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 August 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/hilda-mabel-grillett [reference list]




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