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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Jessie" Janet May CLINCH / JONES

Born 1881 in Victoria Plains, Western Australia [15]
Daughter of Charles CLINCH and Fanny ROSER [15]
Her father and his brothers James and Thomas were pioneers of the Moora, Berkshire Valley and Greenough districts [39: 14-Apr-1934]
     After arriving in Western Australia in 1844 her father farmed New Nile in Toodyay and then West End Farm in Moora [39: 5-Apr-1888]
     Her father died on 27 May 1888 at their home on West End Farm, then considered part of the Victoria Plains [39: 5-Apr-1888]
Married "Hamlet" Alexander Hamlet JONES in Perth in 1902 [15]
     Her husband had previously been married to her sister Sarah, who had died at the age of 30 years in 1899  [15] [274]
     Resided with her husband and children on Turipa Farm in Coorow [19]
     They were very early settlers in the Coorow district while her brother James T. CLINCH was an early resident of Carnamah [19]
Her cousin Frederick W. B. CLINCH went down with the steamship Koombana off the coast of Port Hedland in 1912 [39: 26-Mar-1912]
      The Koombana operated from Fremantle up the Western Australian coast and sank leaving a stateroom door behind [39: 17-Mar-2012]
Her husband came 2nd for her in the Ladies' Nomination Race at the Coorow Football Club's Annual Sports in 1913 [9: 10-Oct-1913]
Provided a room and a supply of water for the half-time Turipa State School on their farm, which opened on 8 December 1913 [215]
     The room was 17 by 14 feet in size, contained one window and two doors and had "satisfactory sanitary arrangements" [215]
     She also provided boarding for the teacher who taught half-time at Turipa and half-time at the Coorow State School [215]
     The school on their farm closed and reopened a number of times, but operated sporadically until 1919 [215]
Purchased Lots 98 and 99 of the Coorow townsite from the Midland Railway Company at an auction on 20 February 1914 [27]
     The auction was the first sale of townsite blocks on the east side of the Coorow townsite [9: 17-Feb-1914]
     She secured Lot 98 for £25 while Lot 99 was the most expensive Coorow block with the biding finishing at £40 [27]
     Her adjacent blocks were on the north east corner of Edawa and Currunger streets (now Poynton Parade and Main Street)
     During the 1920s or early 30s she appears to have sold the two blocks to Coorow storekeeper Fred BINGHGAM [3] [44]
With her husband wrote to the Education Department on 20 May 1921 about the location of the Coorow State School building  [215]
     They encouraged the block supplied by the Midland Railway Company be used rather than the Government allotted block [215]
     The block supplied by the Company was nearer to those like themselves living further out and nearer water for horses [215]
     Other settlers and an Inspector also recommended the Company's block, and the school was erected there in May 1922 [215]
Assisted the Coorow Hall Committee with the Official Opening of the Coorow Agricultural Hall on 1 February 1923 [9: 23-Feb-1923]
In 1925-26, 1926-27 and 1927-28 she owned a Willys-Knight car licensed with the Carnamah District Road Board with plate CA-62 [325]
She was one of 98 people from the Coorow district who signed a petition in 1929 for a local hotel license to be granted [39: 6-Feb-1929]
In 1934 her first cousin once removed Lydia CLINCH of Moora married Waddy Forest farmer Charles H. GRONOW [5: 30-Mar-1934]
Attended the Ball at the East Marchagee Hall after the Marchagee-Gunyidi Picnic & Sports Day on 14 September 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Wrote to the Carnamah District Road Board during July 1936 in connection with her outstanding rates [5: 10-Jul-1936]
Washed the Coorow Football Club's uniforms in 1936 and 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Won 1st prizes for Pie Melon and Dressed Fowl at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 3 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Attended Roy M. PATTON's birthday at the dam on Longforest Farm in Waddy Forest on Sunday 8 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Advertised in November 1936 that she had four sheep dog pups for sale - males at £3/3/- each and females at £2/2/- each [5: 27-Nov-1936]
     The mother of the pups was a pedigree Border Collie bred by Messrs GRONOW & Sons of Waddy Forest [5: 27-Nov-1936]
     The father of the pups was "a wonderful sheep dog" bred by Francis C. B. LEFROY of Boolardy Station near Yalgoo [5] [50]
Herself, her husband, their daughter Madge, son Edward and Alfred J. YORK holidayed in Perth in March 1937 [5: 5-Mar-1937]
Thanks for her past support and for the donation of a trophy was made at the Coorow Football Club's AGM in 1937 [5: 23-Apr-1937]
Employed the services of local builder E. Clive HUNTER to build a new house on her Turipa Farm in Coorow [P320]
Mother of Trix, Madge, Una, Neta, Emma and Ted [5: 13-Jan-1939] [P17]
Died 1 June 1962; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth (Crematorium Rose Gardens, Garden of Remembrance, 3, 44) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Janet May Clinch / Jones' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2022 from [reference list]

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