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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Josie" Josephine M. FITZGERALD

Born 1915 [15]
Daughter of Michael FITZGERALD and Johannah Catherine LANIGAN [5: 14-Jun-1935] [15]
Resided in Three Springs before shifting to Carnamah and working at the Carnamah Hotel for 10 months [5: 2-Apr-1937]
She was described as "very reliant and trustworthy," a good worker and very popular with the younger people [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball on Saturday 20 October 1934 in a sky blue marocain dress [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Attended the Three Springs C.W.A. Ball at the Three Springs Hall on the evening of Thursday 22 November 1934 [5: 23-Nov-1934]
Attended the Show Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 12 September 1935 in a gown of apricot marocain [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Her 21st birthday was celebrated at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on Friday evening 20 March 1936 [5: 27-Mar-1936]
     The celebration was a Social & Dance, during which her engagement to Victor D. PETTIT of Three Springs was announced [5]
     Miss Ann MORGAN had organised the evening, which was attended by about 50 people from Carnamah and Three Springs [5]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Anglican Church's Mid-Winter Ball on Saturday 11 July 1936 dressed in ruby marocain [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Motored from Carnamah to Perth with Ivan JOHNSON and her brother Andrew G. FITZGERALD on 8 February 1937 [5: 12-Feb-1937]
She was bid farewell by her employers and friends at the Carnamah Hotel on Saturday evening 27 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
     The majority of the evening was devoted to singing, after which the guests moved to the hotel lounge for supper and speeches [5]
     A gift had been arranged in recognition of the esteem in which she was held but owing to Easter its arrival had been delayed [5]
     Her employers Malcolm and Lilian M. LESLIE both spoke of her good qualities and their sadness at her departure [5]
     Edward R. DUFFY of Three Springs spoke of her popularity in Three Springs and wished her the best for her future [5]
Others at her farewell included "Biddy" Ellen M. OLIVER, Mary E. HOWARD, Jean A. M. PETTIT, George A. BRADSHAW, [5]
     Roger W. CLARK, George M. MCGOWAN, Norman V. FOGARTY, George H. CLARK, John CLARK, Arthur W. PETTIT, [5]
     Matthew NIVEN, Clarence F. T. RYAN, John P. OLIVER, Arnold E. SAGGERS, James H. HOWARD, Reginald S. PASCOE [5]
Left Carnamah and shifted to Perth on Tuesday 30 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
"She was the last member of a family who had figured prominently" in the Carnamah district [5: 2-Apr-1937]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Josephine M. Fitzgerald' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 24 May 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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