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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Johanna Catherine KEYS / BERRIGAN

Born 8 November 1878 in Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia [P134]
Daughter of John William KEYS and Catherine JEFFERS [P134]
Grew up and was educated in the Melbourne suburb of Fitzroy Carlton [P134]
After leaving school she worked as a nanny and home help, and it is believed she may have gone to Tasmania for a time [P134]
Married "Tom" Thomas Joseph BERRIGAN in 1902 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia[15]
Resided with her husband and children on various parts of the goldfields including Bulong, Randells, Desdemona and Leonora [6] [P134]
Their eldest son John J. BERRIGAN died in 1910 and was buried at Mount Margaret [P134]
They resided at 270 James Street, Perth in 1912 and at 55 Salisbury Street in the Perth suburb of Subiaco in 1913 [6]
Resided with her husband and children in Three Springs 1914-1927 and in Carnamah 1927-1936 [4] [5] [19]
Donated chocolates to be sold at a Basket Social & Dance held in Three Springs in aid of the Red Cross on 30 July 1915 [10: 6-Aug-1915]
Inaugural President of the Three Springs branch of the Red Cross Society in 1915 [10: 19-Nov-1915]
Attended the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball held in Three Springs on 19 July 1916 in aid of the Red Cross Society [39]
      To the ball she wore an evening dress of "handsome black silk crepe voile, trimmed with jet" [39: 31-Jul-1916]
She and her husband hosted a farewell for Privates Harry BYRNE and Dick LYNCH on Monday 14 August 1916 [10: 18-Aug-1916]
Spent a holiday in Perth during October 1916, where she had a change of scene and studied the latest fashions [10: 24-Oct-1916]
Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1917, 1919 and 1920[124]
Hosted a meeting of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee at her home on Monday evening 12 March 1917 [124]
Helped cater for 180 people at the luncheon of the Carnamah Races held in Carnamah on Easter Monday 9 April 1917 [9: 27-Apr-1917]
Winner with 9,078 votes of the Ugly Woman Competition conducted in Three Springs for the Y.M.C.A. in May 1917 [9: 25-May-1917]
     Her candidature in the competition contributed to the raising of £208/17/6 for the war efforts being carried out by the Y.M.C.A. [9]
Member of the Three Springs Honour Board Committee in 1917 [10: 20-Jul-1917]
Hosted a Ball at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on New Years Eve 31 December 1918 [10: 10-Jan-1919]
     The Ball, which went until daylight, was jointly hosted by herself, her husband, and Robert R. and Elizabeth IRONSIDE [10]
Doorkeeper at the Ball which followed the Sports Meeting in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Monday 17 March 1919 [124]
Hosted with her husband a 21st birthday party for their daughter May in the Three Springs Hall on 12 September 1919 [9: 19-Sep-1919]
     The Three Springs Hall was filled to its utmost capacity for her daughter's party and dancing continued until 4:30 a.m. [9]
Actively helped with the very successful Picnic Race Meeting held on Saint Patrick's Day in Three Springs on 17 March 1920 [124]
     Collected £15/8/16 of subscriptions and also collected donations to go towards the luncheon for the Picnic Race Meeting [124]
     Donated apples, pastry, bread, tea and sugar for the luncheon; and bread, tea and sugar for the Ball held in the evening [124]
     She was in charge of the Luncheon Booth at the Picnic Race Meeting, which made a profit of £20/10/- [124]
     Also donated two bottles of raspberry for the refreshment booth conducted on the day by Mrs Nellie WEIGHT [124]
     In addition to running the Luncheon found time to conduct a Wheel at the Picnic Race Meeting, which raised another £20/8/- [124]
From 1921 until at least 1924 she was the owner of the vacant Lot 98 of the Three Springs townsite [44]
Helped with and attended the wedding of Robert A. CALDOW and May I. BYRNE in Three Springs on 5 October 1921 [9: 21-Oct-1921]
Organised a Linen Tea which was held at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on New Years Eve of 1922 [9: 12-Jan-1923]
     Raised approximately £30 for the Three Springs Hospital through the Linen Tea evening, of which she was Secretary [9]
She ably managed the catering at the Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations in Three Springs on Thursday 15 March 1923 [9: 13-Apr-1923]
Helped provide the supper for the Hospital Ball at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Thursday 5 April 1923 [9: 27-Apr-1923]
Ran the Refreshment Stall and Luncheon Booth at the Picnic Races in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day in 1925 [9: 3-Apr-1925] [124]
     In addition to running the stall she'd also donated cake, tea, sugar, vinegar and tomatoes to the Refreshment Stall [124]
In 1927 left Three Springs and shifted with her husband and children to Carnamah [4]
Resided at 14 Boojerabba Street, Carnamah 1927-1930 and then at 25 Macpherson Street, Carnamah 1930-1936 [4] [5]
Member of the Carnamah Roman Catholic Church - hosted functions at her home to raise funds for the church [P134]
Geraldton school teacher Molly JEFFERSON spent the September 1927 holidays with her and her family in Carnamah [4: 10-Sep-1927]
In mid June 1928 she returned home to Carnamah after attending the funeral of his sister in Geraldton [4: 16-Jun-1928]
Won first prizes for Scones in the Cookery section and for Cut Blooms in the Flower section at the 1928 Carnamah Show [4: 13-Oct-1928]
She had Misses G. and A. ABUD spend a holiday staying with her in Carnamah in October 1928 [4: 20-Oct-1928]
In October 1928 she received praise for her garden and its chrysanthemums, which were watered solely with grey water [4: 20-Oct-1928]
On the evening of 19 May 1929 helped extinguish a fire that started in the office of Stan O'GRADY's garage [4: 25-May-1929]
One of the organisers of a dance held in Carnamah on 25 May 1929 to raise funds for the Carnamah Catholic Church [4: 18-May-1929]
She hosted a Card Evening and small farewell to Mrs Ida CROSSING at her home in Carnamah on 12 September 1929 [4: 21-Sep-1929]
She and her husband attended the baptism reception for Kelva M. BADRICK in Carnamah on 28 September 1930 [4: 4-Oct-1930]
Hosted a Card Evening at their home in aid of the Catholic Church Tuesday evening 18 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
     50 people attended the evening, which included seven tables of bridge and a few of Newmarket, and concluded after midnight [4]
It was reported in early June 1931 that she was confined to bed after sustaining a back injury while driving [4: 6-Jun-1931]
Attended the Carnamah Roman Catholic Church's Annual Ball on 6 August 1932 in a gown of white floral velvet [5: 19-Aug-1932]
In October 1932 she had a visit in Carnamah from her sister Mrs LARCOMBE of North Melbourne, Victoria [5: 28-Oct-1932]
Won 1st prize for a Baby Set and 2nd prize for a Woollen Knitted/Crochet Article at the Carnamah Show in 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Hosted a Bridge Party at her home on 16 November 1933, the proceeds of which went to the Carnamah Tennis Club [5: 24-Nov-1933]
The money for the Tennis Club went towards purchasing equipment to assist the lady members in providing afternoon tea [5]
In 1933, along with Miss Hilda MURRAY, arranged a Christmas Tree for the Aboriginal children of the Carnamah district [4: 6-Jan-1934]
Attended the farewell afternoon for Miss Hilda MURRAY held in Carnamah on Thursday 8 February 1934 [5: 9-Feb-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Roman Catholic Church's Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 26 May 1934 [5: 1-Jun-1934]
Attended the Repertory Social, of plays, community singing and dancing, held in Carnamah on 15 August 1934 [5: 17-Aug-1934]
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]
Hosted at her home the Carnamah Repertory Club's farewell evening to Mrs Olga GRAHAM on 28 November 1934 [5: 30-Nov-1934]
On 30 November 1934 hosted a Bridge and Newmarket Evening to raise funds for the Carnamah Tennis Club [5: 7-Dec-1934]
Hosted a Bridge Evening at her home on Thursday 6 June 1935, which raised £2/10/0 for the Carnamah Catholic Church [5: 14-Jun-1935]
Winner of bridge at the Parkinson Tennis Club's Presentation and Card Evening in Carnamah on Wednesday 3 July 1935 [5: 5-Jul-1935]
Won the hidden number prize at the Carnamah Anglican Church's Bridge Evening held on Thursday 15 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of William B. SHERIDAN of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Sold four pigs at £1/3/3 per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 8 April 1936 [5: 10-Apr-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
She was known for always keeping an "open house" in Carnamah to all of their friends and others [5: 26-Jun-1936]
In June 1936 her husband sold his Carnamah agency for Dalgety & Co Ltd to W. George MULLIGAN of Winchester [5: 5 & 19-Jun-1936]
Owing to their departure from the district she employed the services of Three Springs auctioneer Alexander R. G. BARR [5: 12-Jun-1936]
     He held at auction at her home in Carnamah to sell the entirety of household furniture and effects on Saturday 20 June 1936 [5]
     Items offered for sale included a Singer drop-head sewing machine, Smitten German piano, two three-piece bedroom suites, [5]
     double oak bedstead, wardrobe, double iron bedstead, duchess, five single beds, quantity of bedding, two leather armchairs, [5]
     Sonora cabinet, gramophone, records, oval oak dining table, sideboard, six dining room chairs, book case, quantity of books, [5]
     two 200-gallon galvanised iron tanks, kitchen table and chairs, ice chest, dining room table, large store cupboard, linen press, [5]
     quantity of kitchen and household utensils, linos for four rooms, kitchen dresser, quantity of timber and tools, cutlery, crockery [5]
     An inspection of the items could be made the morning of the sale, with the cash terms auction starting at 2 p.m. sharp [5]
She and her husband were tendered a Farewell Social & Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday evening 20 June 1936 [5]
     The large attendance at their farewell was credited to the esteem in which they were held by the residents of the North Midlands [5]
     From their long residence himself and his wife were said to be "the most popular and well known couple in the North Midlands" [5]
     The Chairman of the Carnamah District Road Board spoke of the assistance they'd given to everything in the town and district [5]
     The Chairman, James K. FORRESTER, stated that many would miss the Bridge Evenings she'd regularly held at her home [5]
     Other speakers included long time friend Rev. Father Michael LYNCH and Senator Patrick J. LYNCH, both of Three Springs [5]
     The evening concluded with the singing of "For They Are Jolly Good Fellows" and "Auld Lang Syne" [5: 19 & 26-Jun-1936]
They were again farewelled at a by some of their friends at a Bridge Evening in Carnamah on Sunday evening 21 June 1936 [5]
     The evening was organised by her friends Mrs Ettie PARKER and Mrs Maggie WELLS and was held at Ettie's home [5: 26-Jun-1936]
     Bridge and other parlous games were partaken in followed by a "sumptuous supper" and a farewell speech by Andrew SMART [5]
     Among those present at their second farewell were Lou & Ettie PARKER, Ned & Maggie WELLS, Harold & Eva NAIRN, [5]
     Sam & Daisy BROAD, Arthur & Florence LINDSAY, Arnold & Gar BIERMANN, Horace & Libra MORRISON, [5]
     Dick & Nancy PIKE, Charlie ROBERTSON, Andrew SMART, John TULLY, Jack MCGOWAN, Mick ROWLAND, [5]
     George BRADSHAW, Alfred LUTZ, Victor TRENBERTH, Miss H. LINDSAY and their daughter Miss Eileen BERRIGAN [5]
Along with her husband left Carnamah by car and shifted to Perth on Tuesday evening 30 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Resided at 262 Lord Street, Perth in 1936 and 1937 and at 211 Peninsular Road in the Perth suburb of Maylands in 1938 and 1939 [3]
Resided at 75 Morrison Road in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction from 1939 until her death in 1960 [3] [P134]
Following her husband's death in 1942 she continued to reside at 75 Morrison Road, Midland Junction with her daughter Eileen [P134]
Mother of May, Lilian, Claire, Eileen, Thomas and Patrick [P134]
Died 9 November 1960; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Roman Catholic, MC, 260) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Johanna Catherine Keys / Berrigan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/johanna-catherine-keys [sources]




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