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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Mrs Jane TERRY

Resided in Kanowna, Nannine, Bunbury and then Mingenew [9: 17-Jun-1910, 16-Jun-1911]
Conducted the Railway Refreshment Rooms in Mingenew in 1909 and until 1910 when she shifted to Three Springs [9: 17-Jun-1910] [50]
Attended the Midland Railway Company's 9th Subdivision Sale at the Builders & Contractors' Exchange in Perth on 18 June 1909 [39]
     The sale was the Company's first of agricultural blocks of virgin bush and townsite blocks in Three Springs [39: 19-Jun-1909]
     She was the successful bidder for 215 acres of prospective farmland and for four townsite blocks [27]
     The 215 acres was Lot M738 of Victoria Location 1933 which cost £43 (4/- an acre), payable by instalments over 15 years [27]
     The four townsite blocks were Lots 18, 31, 32 and 116 of Victoria Location 2022 and cost £69, payable over 18 months [27]
     She completed paying for the townsite blocks and on-sold the 215 acres to Philip and Patrick J. LYNCH in 1912-13 [27] [44]
Proprietress of the Wine & Beer Saloon / Commercial Hotel in Three Springs 1910-1913 [6] [31: 19-Dec-1910]
     Secured a wine and beer license and had a building built for her saloon in Three Springs, which opened on 1 July 1910 [9: 17-Jun-1910]
     Virgin bush had to be cleared from the block before building could commence [9: 30-Jun-1911]
     Her "Commercial Hotel" contained a splendid bar, bedrooms, dining room, outhouses and gas plant [9: 15-Jul-1910]
     Shortly after opening she had plans to also establish a provision and drapery store within her hotel [9: 15-Jul-1910]
     The Three Springs Race Club was formed at a meeting held at her Commercial Hotel on Saturday 10 December 1910 [9: 23-Dec-1910]
     In 1911 she employed Stanley MOORE as manager of her Commercial Hotel [6]
     Initially her hotel was made of wood and iron however she made additions and extensions from masonry at a cost of over £2,000 [9]
     The extensive extensions to her hotel out of stone and brick were completed in mid 1911 [31: 30-Jun-1911]
     Following the additions her Commercial Hotel consisted of eleven bedrooms and five sitting rooms plus staff accommodation [9]
     Successfully applied before the Irwin Licensing Court in Moora on Friday 9 June 1911 to a Publican's General License [9: 16-Jun-1911]
     Previously she'd only held a Wine & Beer License, and was the first between Moora and Mingenew to get a Publican's License [9]
The Three Springs Correspondent for The Midlands Advertiser newspaper criticised her premises as unsuitable for a hotel [9: 30-Jun-1911]
     He claimed that it wasn't suitable as it was only one story and because the back part of the building wasn't built out of stone [9]
     Later a traveller wrote to the newspaper stating he believed the building was suitable as Three Springs was a small town [9: 7-Jul-1911]
In 1912 she had been a hotelkeeper for 16 years, so since about 1896, and her record was "without a blemish" [81: 22-Sep-1912]
She was described as "a born landlady, who has a keen business-eye, and well merits the wide patronage she gets" [31: 30-Jun-1911]
She employed local building contractor F. E. BROCK to build three shops on Railway Road in Three Springs in 1913 [9: 9-May-1913]
     The three shops, known as Terry's Buildings, each consisted of three rooms, a kitchen, passage and large yard [9]
     Each was lined on the inside with stamped metal with weatherboard and large plate glass windows on the exterior [9]
     She was congratulated "for her unbounded faith in the stability of this centre" and the builder for his "good workmanship" [9]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Jane Terry' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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