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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Katie" Kate Louisa TAYSOM / UNDERWOOD

Born 1887 in Malvern, Worcestershire, England [20] [21]
Daughter of butcher Robert TAYSOM and Louisa COALING [20] [21]
In 1891 she was living with her parents and brothers Ernest, Robert and William at Victoria House in Colwall, Herefordshire, England [20]
On the night of the 1911 census was a visitor in the household of James UNDERWOOD in Harlington, Middlesex, England [20]
Departed London, England on the steamship Australind on 19 July 1913 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
She was accompanied on the Australind by her future step-children and her 18 year old sister Agnes [203]
Married James UNDERWOOD in 1913 [66]
Resided with her husband in Latham in 1921 and 1922 and then on Hill Crest Farm in Coorow 1923-1944 [6] [19] [44]
She presumably bred pigs on the farm as she sold six through Dalgety & Co at Midland Market in 1933 and 1934 [39]
     Sold two boars for 15/- and 16/- each in July 1933 and four baconers for £2/14/6 each in June 1934 [39: 20-Jul-1933, 7-Jun-1934]
She was one of the three costume judges at the Children's Fancy Dress Ball held in Coorow on Saturday 6 July 1935 [5: 12-Jul-1935]
Attended the Surprise Linen Tea for Miss Mary E. GREENWOOD at Maryland Farm in Waddy Forest on 22 July 1937 [5: 23-Jul-1937]
Appears to have returned to England for a visit in 1934
     Departed Southampton on the steamship Hobsons Bay and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 1 February 1935 [203] [338]
Joined by two other local ladies, she judged the Children's Fancy Dress Ball held in Waddy Forest on 28 October 1939 [4: 4-Nov-1939]
Attended the pre-wedding Linen Tea held in honour of Thelma J. BOTHE in Coorow in early January 1940 [4: 13-Jan-1940]
Donated £1 and sixpence to the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Red Cross Society in 1942-43 [12: 23-Jul-1943]
She sold a bale of wool at 17¾ pence per pound during January 1944 [39: 26-Jan-1944]
By 1949 she had left Coorow and shifted to the Perth suburb of Balcatta [50]
After over a decade in Balcatta she lived for many years at 34 Davidson Road in the Perth suburb of Attadale [50]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Bentley [2]
Stepmother of Gilbert, Marjorie and Eric [39: 30-Aug-1994]
Died 28 August 1994; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth (Lance Howard Memorial Gardens, Niche Wall, W23, 2) [2]


From The West Australian newspaper, Tuesday 30 August 1994:
Deaths
"UNDERWOOD (Katie Louise): Passed away 28th August at Ningana Nursing Home, Bentley. Formerly of Malvern (England), Coorow, Karrinyup and Attadale; aged 107 years. Wife of James and mother to his children Gilbert (dec.), Marjorie, Eric (dec.), mother-in-law of Mary, Harry (dec.) and Erica (dec.), grandma to Jill, Jenny, Roger, Peter, Linley and their families."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Kate Louisa Taysom / Underwood' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/kate-louisa-taysom [reference list]




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