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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Isabel" Isabella Allan SPARKS / SARGENT

Born 14 December 1882 in South Australia [55]
Daughter of James SPARKS and Isabella GILLIES [55]
Married "Bill" William Alexander Thomas SARGENT on 23 August 1911 in Adelaide, South Australia [55]
Along with her husband and their daughter Jean shifted from South Australia to Carnamah, Western Australia in 1923 [P46]
Resided on Wongyarra Farm in Carnamah 1923-1944 [P46]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred LANG's wedding and reception in Carnamah on 27 March 1928 [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Member of the Carnamah Presbyterian Ladies Guild - was Vice President in 1930 [105]
Won 1st prize for Pods of Broad Beans in the Vegetable section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 18 September 1930 [4]
     In the Confectionary section she won 1st prize for a Collection of Jams and 2nd for Collection of Pickles, Sauces and Chutney [4]
     Also won 1st prizes for Garden Flowers, Geraniums, Cut Blooms and Hand-knitted Woollen Socks [4: 27-Sep-1930]
During February 1932 she was enjoying a holiday in Perth [12: 11-Feb-1932]
Made a donation to the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them purchase premises [5: 29-Jul-1932]
Attended the Surprise 21st Birthday for George AUNGER in Carnamah on Sunday 2 October 1932 [5: 7-Oct-1932]
Herself and her husband travelled to Perth to attend the Perth Royal Show during the first week of October 1932 [5: 7-Oct-1932]
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]
Won 1st prize for Garden Flowers at the Carnamah Agricultural Show at Centenary Park on 6 September 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Herself and her husband always travelled the twelves miles into town to see the Carnamah Repertory Club's concerts [7: page 229]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's 5th Concert and the Supper & Social that followed on Thursday 25 July 1935 [5: 2-Aug-1935]
Attended the 1935 Carnamah Show, winning 1st prize for Geraniums and wearing blue figured georgette to the Show Ball [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Herself and her husband returned to Carnamah on Sunday 13 October 1935 after attending the Royal Show in Perth [5: 18-Oct-1935]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Attended the Wedding Social & Dance for Stuart and May FORD at Koolabba Farm in Carnamah on 25 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of local agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
After an extended holiday in South Australia she arrived in Perth by train on Friday 29 May 1936 [5: 29-May-1936, 5-Jun-1936]
     She was met in Perth by her husband and John BOWMAN, and the three of them returned to Carnamah the next day [5]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Attended the Surprise 21st Birthday for Miss Eileen R. PERRY in Carnamah on Saturday evening 18 July 1936 [5: 24-Jul-1936]
Won 1st prizes for Geraniums and Flowering Plant and 2nd for Iceland Poppies at the 1936 Carnamah Agricultural Show [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Attended the Show Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 dressed in black georgette [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social including three plays at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Attended the Tennis Dance in Carnamah on 18 April 1937 in blue figured georgette with white georgette trimmings [5: 23-Apr-1937]
Member of the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association (C.W.A.) in 1937 [5: 14-May-1937]
She made two large flags, of the Union Jack and the Australian National Emblem, for Coronation Day 12 May 1937 [5: 14-May-1937]
     On Coronation Day she raised the two flags for the first time over the Carnamah Hall [5: 21-May-1937]
     The two flags were later presented by the C.W.A. to the Carnamah District Road Board, who were extremely grateful of the gift [5]
     Attended the Coronation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Wednesday evening 12 May 1937 in "a smart gown of black" [5: 14-May-1937]
     The festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth [5: 14-May-1937]
Vice President of the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association in 1937-38 [5: 9-Jul-1937]
Ladies Committee Member in 1937 and Financial Member 1937-1939 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [5: 7-May-1937] [13]
    She was the only and possibly the first female Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1937 [13]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club in 1939-40 [89]
Adoptive mother of Jean [P46]
Died 9 August 1944 in South Australia [0: image 04264]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 11 August 1944:
"Obituary - Late Mrs. I. Sargent. The flying of the Union Jack at half mast in Carnamah on Wednesday afternoon heralded the news that Mrs. Isobel Sargent, of "Wongyarra," Carnamah, had passed away in South Australia earlier in the day. Strangely enough the Union Jack was made by Mrs. Sargent a number of years ago, and was donated to the Carnamah Road Board, to be flown on auspicious occasions. Although it was generally known that Mrs. Sargent had not been well in recent weeks, few people realised that she was so dangerously ill, and the news of her death therefore came as a severe shock to the majority of local residents. The late Mrs. Sargent, who was well and favourably known throughout the Carnamah district, was of a quiet, retiring disposition, but was nevertheless immensely popular with all with whom she came in contact. In a quiet, unobstructive way, she worked hard for patriotic causes, or for any movement which had for its objective the advancement of the Carnamah district. Her passing will leave a void in our midst, which will indeed be hard to fill. The sympathy of the whole district will go out to the bereaved husband who himself is a very sick man."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Isabella Allan Sparks / Sargent' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 6 December 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/isabella-allan-sparks  [ sources ]




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