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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Ida Mary G. BROADBANK / JAMES

Born 1887 in Tottenham, Middlesex, England [20] [21]
Daughter of Robert William BROADBANK and Fanny Ellen GOLDING [20] [21]
In 1891 she was living with her parents, siblings Fanny and Robert, and aunt Mary BROADBANK at 40 Brunswick Road, Tottenham [20]
Her father worked on his own account as a Sign Writer & Decorator while her mother worked from home as a Tailoress [20]
In 1901 was with living her parents, sister Fanny, brother Robert and uncle Alfred BROADBANK at 344 High Street, Tottenham [20]
Married "Bob" Wilfred Rudge JAMES in 1911 [21]
She and her husband departed London, England on the steamship Gothic for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 21 October 1911 [203]
On 6 February 1926 purchased 1,384 acres of virgin land in Carnamah from the Midland Railway Company for 11/- per acre [27]
The 1,384 acres was Lot M1619 of Victoria Location 1935 and cost £761/13/8, payable by instalments over 15 years [27]
On the same day also purchased two vacant townsite blocks in the Carnamah townsite from the Midland Railway Company [27]
The two vacant townsite blocks were 2 and 4 Caron Street, Carnamah (Lots 41 and 42 of Victoria Location 1936) [27]
Settled on the farm in Carnamah, which on purchase was virgin bush and was situated on the south side of the Caron Road [19] [27] [62]
Housewife and Farmer in Carnamah, Western Australia from 1926 to 1935 [19]
During her time in Carnamah the running of her farm was carried out by her husband [P46]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son from 1927 to 1935 [53]
Appears to have sold her vacant blocks 2 and 4 Caron Street in Carnamah town to Mrs Emily L. HELLEWELL in the 1920s [3]
Won the Thread the Needle Race at the Inering Picnic on Richard BATTY's Farm on Sunday 7 September 1930 [4: 20-Sep-1930]
In 1931 she had P.O. Box 50 at the Carnamah Post Office [50]
Vice President of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association in 1932 and 1933 [5: 9-Jun-1933]
Before moving to Carnamah she had been State President of the Country Women's Association [P46]
Along with Edna MURRAY organised a picnic which was held on the Inering Estate in Carnamah in September 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
Won first prize for Butter in the Dairy Produce section of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Show in 1932 [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Attended and donated a prize for the "Gimlets" Annual Picnic on 18 September 1932 at BATTY's farm in Carnamah [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Attended the Surprise 21st Birthday for George AUNGER in Carnamah on Sunday 2 October 1932 [5: 7-Oct-1932]
Resigned as a Vice President of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association on Saturday 2 December 1933 [5: 8-Dec-1933]
Their farmhouse in Carnamah and all of its furniture and contents were totally destroyed by fire on Tuesday 1 January 1935 [5]
The cause of the fire was unknown, but was guessed to have started from the kitchen stove [5: 4-Jan-1935]
By 1936 she had left Carnamah and was running a lodge house at 75 Stirling Street in Perth, which she ran until 1944 [6] [50]
After herself and her husband left her farm in Carnamah was run by their son Glyn 1936-1939 [6] [19] [P46]
She spent a holiday with her son Glyn on the farm in Carnamah during September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Her farm in Carnamah was run, occupied and its rates paid by her son-in-law "Bob" Robert S. KING 1939-1943 [3] [P46]
She spent a holiday on the farm with her daughter Mollie and son-in-law during April 1941 [0: image 04098]
Leased her farm in Carnamah to neighbouring farmer Frederick P. WATERS 1944-1949 and in 1950 sold the farm to him [3]
Resided with her husband at 3 Labouchere Road in the Perth suburb of South Perth from 1945 until at least 1949 [6] [61]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Applecross [2]
Father of Mollie, Glyn and Robert [54]
Died 18 September 1965; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Crematorium Rose Gardens, 9E, 40) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Ida Mary G. Broadbank / James' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 28 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/ida-mary-g-broadbank [sources]




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