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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Joyce Fancey COWDEROY / ADAMS

Born 22 February 1915 in Greenbushes, Western Australia [P307]
Daughter of Albert Patrick COWDEROY and Eva Rebecca ENGLISH [P307]
Resided with her parents in Greenbushes 1915-1924 and later at 27 Victoria Park in the Perth suburb of Claremont [P307]
Her parents took her to the Children's Fancy Dress Ball held in Greenbushes in 1915 as a Belgian Baby [295: 5-Oct-1915]
Shifted with her parents to Carnamah in 1927 after her mother purchased L. Scott WYLIE's general storekeeping business [P307]
In 1929 was a student at a school in Perth, however herself and her sister Leila spent their school holidays in Carnamah [4: 6-Apr-1929]
Along with her mother departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Esperance Bay en route to England [204]
They arrived in Southampton, England on 19 January 1930 and after arrival proceeded to Savoy House on the Strand in London [204]
Her mother returned to WA later in 1930 however she remained in London, England where she studied Elocution [4: 4-Mar-1933] [203]
Departed Southampton, England on the steamship Jervis Bay and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 8 January 1932 [63]
Following her arrival she spent a holiday with her mother in Carnamah before returning to Perth later in January 1932 [5: 27-Jan-1933]
A short time later she appears to have shifted to Carnamah and presumably resided with her parents at 2 Macpherson Street [3] [5]
Teacher of Elocution from Elders' Building opposite the railway station at 1 Macpherson Street, Carnamah in 1933 [4: 4-Mar-1933]
She conducted classes, private tuition and visits by appointment on elocution[4: 4-Mar-1933]
Gave a recital at the Carnamah Town Hall on 14 March 1933 where she was stated to be a London Academy Medallist [4: 4-Mar-1933]
The younger pupils of her elocution classes performed a concert in Carnamah on Thursday 27 July 1933 [5: 4-Aug-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club - herself and Eileen BERRIGAN were Joint Secretaries in 1933 [5: 2-Jun-1933]
Attended the Repertory Club Social held in Carnamah on Thursday 18 May 1933 [5: 26-May-1933]
Member of the Younger Set of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association - was Vice President in 1933 [5: 23-Jun-1933]
Attended the Card Party at John and Louisa ROOKE's home on Kilburn Farm in Carnamah on Thursday 8 June 1933 [5: 16-Jun-1933]
Travelled to Perth with Andrew D. and Olive M. WALKER of Carnamah in July 1933, where she stayed for a few days [5: 21-Jul-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Badminton Club in 1933 [5: 7-Jul-1933]
Attended the Card Party held at the home of Mrs Maggie KROSCHEL in Carnamah during the second week of July 1933 [5: 21-Jul-1933]
Helped run the Novelty Stall at the Anglican Church Bazaar held in Carnamah on Saturday 12 August 1933 [5: 18-Aug-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1933 [5: 8-Sep-1933]
Produced the play "The Boy Comes Home" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Inaugural Concert on 21 August 1933 [72]
     At the Inaugural Concert also performed two elocutionary items and performed in the dialogue play "Dick's Sister" [5: 25-Aug-1933]
Attended the Three Springs Golf Club's Annual Ball in Three Springs on 12 October 1933 in a dress of green silk lace [5: 20-Oct-1933]
Left Carnamah on Monday 16 October 1933 and shifted to Perth [5: 20-Oct-1933]
On arrival in Perth she initially stayed with friends in Nedlands, in the lead up to her A.C.T.L. examination in elocution [5: 20-Oct-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Herself and her mother were the recipients of a Surprise Party held in Carnamah on Friday 5 January 1934 [5: 12-Jan-1934]
     The party, including games and supper, was organised by their friends to bid them goodbye before they left for England [5]
Those who attended the Surprise Party were herself, her parents, her sister Leila, Miss Ethel HIMBURY, [5]
     Fred and Hilda COLE, Miss Dorcas Cole, Miss Billee BREWER, Herb HELLEWELL, Miss Mollie GALLAHER, [5]
     Miss Dorothy HOUSE, Leo PARKER, Miss L. WILCOX, Miss Linned ARMSTRONG, Andy FITZGERALD, Darcy HALLS [5]
Herself and her mother drove to Perth on Sunday 7 January 1934 and left for England on the Strathaird the next day [5]
Travelled to England, accompanied by her mother, to pursue her dramatic studies with the intention of taking up stage work [5]
They departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Strathaird and arrived in London, England on 9 February 1934 [204]
She joined the Clarkson Rose Dramatic Company and toured with them in the East of England and on the Isle of Wight [5: 11-May-1934]
In August 1934 she began attending as a student the Old Vic Shakespearian Theatre in London, England [5: 11-May-1934]
     Between 1934 and 1936 performed in the following plays at the Old Vic Shakespearian Theatre: Anthony and Cleopatra, [P307]
     The Taming of the Shrew, Hippolytus, The Pleasure Garden, Dear Brutus, Much Ado About Nothing, and Julius Caesar [P307]
Married Theodore Robert Bruce ADAMS on 28 May 1939 at Saint Mary's Church in Lambeth, London, England [P307]
     Herself and her husband immigrated to Canada, arriving on the ship Letitia on 28 July 1939 [P307]
     They resided in Vernon, British Columbia, Canada 1939-1954 and then in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 1954-1968 [P307]
     Her husband was elected to the Vernon City Council in 1947 and was its Mayor from 1948 to 1951 [P307]
     He unsuccessfully ran for election for the 22nd Parliament of Canada in 1953 [P307]
     Her husband was the first Executive Director of the Union of British Columbia Municipalities 1953-1971 [P307]
Resided in Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada 1968-1972 and then to Central Sanich on Vancouver Island, Canada [P307]
     Her husband died in 1971, and in 1972 she returned to Australia for a holiday for the first time since leaving in 1934 [P307]
     Later shifted back to the lower mainland of British Columbia, Canada to be nearer her children [P307]
Mother of Elizabeth, Penelope, Judith, Paul and Michael [P307]
Died 23 October 1993 in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada [P307]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Joyce Fancey Cowderoy / Adams' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 October 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/joyce-fancey-cowderoy [sources]




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