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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Jo" / "Josie" Joanna WALKER / DARLING

Born 1891 in Natte Yallock, Victoria, Australia [54]
Daughter of William WALKER and Mary Elizabeth GARRIGAN [54] [293: 2-May-1917]
Married Arthur Garfield DARLING on 24 March 1917 at Cairns Memorial Church in East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [293]
Resided with her husband on his Inering Farm in Carnamah, Western Australia 1917-1923 [19] [P190]
Cooked meals for her husband and children however a cook was employed to cook the workmen's meals [P83]
A room in the large Inering Homestead was set aside for her sewing room in which she made all her family's clothes [P83]
Her sister resided with them at the homestead and was governess to her children and stepchildren [P83]
During her residence at the homestead it had a lovely garden with many with roses and creepers [P83]
Accompanied her husband into the Carnamah townsite to collect their mail and to do their shopping [P83]
Herself and her husband departed Perth on the Great Western Express train on 19 July 1918 on a visit to the Eastern States [39: 20-Jul-1918]
Made and donated a large cake towards Miss Olive M. PARKIN's candidature in the Carnamah Popular Girl Competition in 1920 [10]
The cake was raffled at 1/- a ticket at the Euchre Party, Basket Social & Dance at the State School in Carnamah on 24 June 1920 [10]
Her cake raised £3/2, which as part of the Popular Girl Competition went to the Carnamah Hall Fund [10: 16-Jul-1920]
Won 1st for Bouquet of Flowers at the Picnic Race Meeting & Agricultural Show in Carnamah on 22 September 1921 [9: 30-Sep-1921]
Advertised in The West Australian newspaper in September 1921 that she wanted a girl to assist all duties for £1 a week [39: 28-Sep-1921]
A clearing sale was held on their Inering Farm in Carnamah starting at twelve noon sharp on Tuesday 6 February 1923 [39: 27-Jan-1923]
At the sale they sold the a large selection of the first-class furniture and effects including an oak dining room suite, roll-top desk, [39]
     six chairs, oak sideboard, oak extension table, armchairs and settees, two oak bedroom suites, linen, blankets, bookshelves, [39]
     double and single beds, duchess chest of drawers, kitchen utensils, tables, crockery, milk churn and separator, and sundries [39]
Along with her husband, three stepchildren and children left Carnamah in 1923 and shifted to New South Wales [P190]
Resided on Inering Farm in Mullaley in the Gunnedah district of New South Wales [P190]
After the farm was sold retired to a house in Gunnedah where herself and her husband were cared for by one of their daughters [P190]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Joanna Walker / Darling' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 May 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/joanna-walker [reference list]




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