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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Kate Augusta COLE / BICKFORD

Born 1867 in North Shields, Northumberland, England [20]
Daughter of mechanical engineer John W. COLE and Mary Ann OLIVER [20]
In 1871 she was living with her parents, grandfather, uncle and siblings John, Annie and Rhoda in Byker, Northumberland [20]
Later resided with her parents, sisters Annie and Rhoda, and brother Oliver at 14 Bloom Grove in Lambeth, Surrey, England [20]
Arrived in Western Australia in about 1898 [4: 21-Jan-1939]
Married George Harding BICKFORD in Perth in 1907 [66]
Resided with her husband in Boyup Brook, Southern Cross and then at Three Springs [4: 21-Jan-1939]
Along with her husband arrived in Three Springs in mid October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Resided with her husband in Three Springs, where he was Secretary of Three Springs Road Board [19]
Her nephews Max S. LEWIS and Denis W. LEWIS farmed Punyarra Farm in Caron from 1927 to 1938 [19] [27]
Member of the Three Springs branch of the Country Women's Association [5: 29-Sep-1933]
Attended the Armistice Day ceremony held at the Three Springs State School on Monday 11 November 1929 [4: 16-Nov-1929]
Helped cater for the Anglican Church's Children's Fancy Dress Ball held in Three Springs on 28 November 1930 [4: 6-Dec-1930]
Following a holiday in Busselton, she and her husband returned to Three Springs in January 1932 [4: 23-Jan-1932]
Spoke on behalf of the C.W.A. at the send-off to Albert and Elsie STOKES in Three Springs on 23 September 1933 [5: 29-Sep-1933]
Herself and her husband spent the Easter vacation of 1936 by the beach in Dongara [5: 10-Apr-1936]
Won a flask of eau de cologne in a raffle at the Anglican Church's Grand Ball in Three Springs on Tuesday 31 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Resided in Three Springs until her death in 1939 [2]
Died 14 January 1939; buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, ZG, 317) [2]

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 21 January 1939:
Obituary - Late Mrs G. H. Bickford - Funeral at Karrakatta
"The funeral of the late Mrs Kate Augusta Bickford, wife of Mr Geo. H. Bickford, secretary of the Three Springs Road Board, took place in the Anglican Cemetery at Karrakatta on Monday afternoon last and was largely attended. During last week the deceased lady, in company with her husband, was returning from a holiday of a few weeks spent in the South-West, and when almost in readiness to leave Perth for her home in Three Springs she was stricken with a sudden illness. Medical attention was immediately obtained and Mrs Bickford was ordered into hospital, but despite all possible attention she gradually weakened and passed away at an early hour on Saturday morning last. The funeral service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. E. Sweetman. The late Mrs Bickford, who was 71 years of age, was born in North Shields (England) and came to Western Australia forty one years ago. During the whole of that period she was an ardent church worker, firstly at St Mary's Church at West Perth, and later at Boyup Brook, Southern Cross and Three Springs, having resided at the last named centre with her bereaved husband for about nine years. Of a quiet and homely disposition, the deceased lady made many friends in Three Springs, being very highly respected by all sections of the community, and we join with residents of the district generally in extending the deepest sympathy to Mr Bickford in his sad and sudden bereavement. The chief mourners at the funeral were Mr G.H. Bickford (widower), Mr W. B. Lewis (brother-in-law) and Max Lewis (nephew), the pall bearers being representatives of the Three Springs Road Board in Messrs C. F. Thomas (chairman), W. J. Turner (vice-chairman), E. Hunt, W. G. Jordan, C. E. Maley and F. Connaughton. Others present at the graveside were Messrs W. Patrick M.L.A., J .N. Smith, S. R. Hogbin, W. M. Cooper, S. G. W. Fathers, R. Shaw, A. C. Perkins, L. C. Byrne, H. C. Stacey, W. J. Kerr, W. K. Weller, A. G. Kirkwood, E. K. Byrne, A. Mortimer, J. T. Berrigan, K. S. Glyde, J. Allan, H. R. McGeachin, R. Barnhart and W. Sweetman, Mesdames W. Sweetman, R. Barnhart, M. M. Watson, C. F. Thomas, A. Fathers and W. G. Jordan. Wreaths and floral tributes were received from the chairman and members of the Three Springs Road Board, employees of the Three Springs Road Board, chairmen, members and secretary of the Carnamah Road Board, Geraldton Newspapers Limited, chairman and committee of North Midlands District Hospital, Mr and Mrs E. Hunt and family, Mrs Watson and Arthur [Mortimer], Mr and Mrs R. Barnhart, Mr and Mrs C. F. Thomas jun, Mr and Mrs W. H. G. Howard and Joyce, Mrs G. J. Broad, Mr and Mrs A. S. Kirkwood and Margaret, F� Kerr, Mr and Mrs W. G. Jordan and family, Mrs Spence, C. E. Maley and family, Mr and Mrs R. Black and family, Mr and Mrs E. J. Burge, Mr W. J. Turner, her loving sister and brother-in-law and her loving husband."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Kate Augusta Cole / Bickford' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 February 2024 from [reference list]

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