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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Isobel Mary Austin JAMES / CROMMELIN / JONES

Born 1904 in Perth, Western Australia [15]
Daughter of Thomas Robert JAMES and Grace Edgar MCMASTER [15]
Her father, late of the Perth suburb of Subiaco, passed away at the age of 50 years on 18 March 1915 [2]
In 1916 her mother married her father's former business partner Alexander Burns GLOSTER [6] [66]
Studied at the Conservatory of Music in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1924 and 1925 [9: 13-Feb-1925]
Stayed with her mother and stepfather at the Commercial Hotel in Moora, Western Australia in early 1925 [9: 13-Feb-1925]
     She was farewelled from Moora at a social held at her stepfather's Commercial Hotel on Tuesday 10 February 1925 [9: 13-Feb-1925]
     Left Moora on 11 February 1925, and left Perth for Melbourne on the Great Western express train on Tuesday 17 February 1925 [9]
In August 1925 her mother travelled from Moora to Melbourne to visit her [9: 21-Aug-1925]
Her stepfather Alexander B. GLOSTER was the licensee and manager of the Coorow Hotel 1930-1933 [4: 4-Oct-1930] [5: 11-Nov-1932] [19]
Married (1) "Reg" Reginald CROMMELIN in Perth on 19 June 1931 [4: 27-Jun-1931]
Their honeymoon was spent in a visit to the Eastern States of Australia [4: 27-Jun-1931]
Resided with her husband on Morningdale Farm in Coorow [19]
     Returned to Coorow on Wednesday 18 October 1933 after spending a week in Perth [5: 20-Oct-1933]
     In 1934 they bred their own stud bulldogs, their stud being called the Dale Stud [5: 26-Jan-1934]
     During a storm in Coorow in January 1934 the parents of bulldog pups rushed inside and left their pups in the rain [5: 26-Jan-1934]
     She rushed outside and rescued the pups, which were worth £30 (the parents were Lady Saucy and "Bill" Iden Contrast) [5]
     She used the Coorow Hall for a music teaching on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, at a cost of 5/- per week [5: 23-Mar-1934]
     Assisted with the of music at the Played the Carnamah Golf Club's Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
     She and her husband presumably left Coorow in April 1935, after a clearing sale was held on their farm [5: 29-Mar-1935]
Matron of Honour at the marriage of her brother Hector T. A. JAMES and Freda C. OVERHEU in Perth on 9 January 1936 [39]
     She "wore a smart patou pink lace ensemble with short coatee and a smart little toque to match with eye veil of pink lace" [39]
     Carried a bouquet of pink gladioli, roses, carnations and maiden hair fern [39: 10-Jan-1936]
Her brother Hector T. A. JAMES shifted to Coorow in late February 1936 to take over the Coorow Hotel [5: 28-Feb-1936]
She appears to have been on a visit to Coorow during July 1936 [5: 17-Jul-1936]
     Attended the Anglican Church's Mid-Winter Ball in Carnamah on 11 July 1936 in a mushroom Chantilly lace dinner suit [5]
     Played for the Coorow Golf Club against the Carnamah Golf Club at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 12 July 1936 [5]
After spending several weeks in Coorow she returned to her home in Moora on Wednesday 9 December 1936 [5: 11-Dec-1936]
     She may have been helping run the Coorow Hotel as her brother and sister-in-law were absent due to injuries and pregnancy [5]
Departed Colombo, Sri Lanka on the steamship Orontes and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 15 February 1937 [63]
Member of the Moora Golf Club in 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
     She was among those who travelled from Moora to Coorow to play against the Coorow Golf Club on Sunday 11 July 1937 [5]
Married (2) Charles JONES in Perth in 1941 [66]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Nedlands [2]
Died 30 June 1986; ashes interred at the Fremantle Cemetery, Perth suburb of Palmyra [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Isobel Mary Austin James / Crommelin / Jones' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2022 from [reference list]

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