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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Lettie" Letitia Catherine THOMAS / HUNT

Born 12 May 1896 in Geraldton, Western Australia [P40]
Daughter of Charles Frederick THOMAS and Winifred BROWNRIGG [15]
Resided with her parents on Kadathinni Farm in Three Springs [P40]
Part of piano trio which played at the Social at the Three Springs State School after a local football match in mid July 1910 [9: 22-Jul-1910]
Sang a song at the Social hosted by her parents at the schoolroom in Three Springs on Saturday evening 30 July 1910 [9: 12-Aug-1910]
Sang "Pretty Pond Lilies" at the Concert & Dance held at the schoolroom in Three Springs on 1 September 1910 [9: 9-Sep-1910]
Played the piano overture "Waves of the Ocean" at the Concert & Dance held in Three Springs on 6 June 1914 [10: 12-Jun-1914]
"Sang the songs "Roses" and "Love Me and the World is Mine" at a Social in Three Springs on Thursday 30 July 1914 [10: 21-Aug-1914]
     Her songs were "met with a great reception, so marked in the second song that it is safe to conclude the world is hers" [10]
Probationary Teacher at the Three Springs State School in 1915, on an annual salary of £30 [73]
Wore a dainty white voile frock to the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on 19 July 1916 in aid of the Red Cross [39: 31-Jul-1916]
Attended the Red Cross Society Basket Social & Dance held in Three Springs on Wednesday 22 November 1916 [10: 5-Dec-1916]
     During the evening herself, her sisters, Annie BYRNE and the Misses BERRIGAN sang the song "Australia Will Be There" [10]
Married James Charles HUNT on 13 August 1918 in Three Springs [P40]
Resided in Moora 1919-1921 [P40]
Resided in Moora until 1921 when herself, her husband and their sons James and Arthur travelled to England [P40]
They departed London, England on the steamship Ormonde and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 1 June 1922 [70]
Resided with husband and children in Three Springs, where her husband worked as a farmhand, wheat lumper and then farmer [P40]
Following the Arrino Race Club's race meeting attended the evening Ball in the Arrino Hall on Thursday 4 April 1929 [4: 13-Apr-1929]
Attended the Three Springs Football Club's Welcome Home Social for two newly wedded couples on 1 November 1929 [4: 9-Nov-1929]
Attended the Grand Ball after the Three Spring Agricultural Show on 22 September 1932 in a gown of floral silk georgette [5: 7-Oct-1932]
Attended the Farewell Evening tendered to local pioneer Mrs Blanche M. KOCH in Three Springs on 3 December 1932 [4: 10-Dec-1932]
Resided in Three Springs until 1949 [19] and then lived at 88 Sasse Avenue in the Perth suburb of Mount Hawthorn [P40]
Her husband remained in Three Springs however visited her in Perth, and she went to Three Springs during seasonal busy times [P40]
In 1952 they sold their house in Mount Hawthorn and purchased another at 36 Daglish Street in the Perth suburb of Wembley [P40]
Around 1960 her husband left Three Springs and resided full time at 36 Daglish Street in Wembley [P40]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Wembley until her death in 1979 [2]
Mother of James, Arthur, Frederick, Betty and William [P40]
Died 6 July 1979; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, PC, 303) [2]


Mrs Letitia Catherine HUNT was one of the suppliers of music at many and numerous local functions:
She and Fred HARDWICK supplied the music at the Dance in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day in 1925 for £3 [9: 3-Apr-1925] [124]
The two of them also provided the music at the Dance/Ball held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day in 1926 and 1928 [124]
Played the piano at the wedding of Edmund K. WELLS and Margaret A. KROSCHEL in Carnamah on 8 February 1927 [4: 19-Feb-1927]
One of the suppliers of music at the Valedictory Social & Dance held in Three Springs on 11 November 1927 [9: 18-Nov-1927]
Played the piano at the Dance in aid the local Hall Piano Fund at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on 7 January 1928 [4: 14-Jan-1928]
Played the piano at the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on Friday 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Part of the admirable orchestra at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show Ball on 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Member of the orchestra that provided the music at the Football Dance held in Arrino on Tuesday 2 October 1928 [4: 6-Oct-1928]
Part of the orchestra that provided the music at the Ball that followed the Three Springs Races on 11 April 1929 [4: 20-Apr-1929]
Supplier of music at the Fancy Dress Ball held in Three Springs in aid of the local Anglican Church on 27 June 1929 [4: 6-Jul-1929]
Herself and Frank ARNDT supplied the music at the Children's Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on 6 December 1929 [4: 14-Dec-1929]
Herself and Frank ARNDT supplied the music at the Arrino Race Club's Annual Ball at the Arrino Hall on 3 April 1930 [4: 26-Apr-1930]
Supplier of music at the Anglican Church's Children's Fancy Dress Ball held in Three Springs on 28 November 1930 [4: 6-Dec-1930]


From The West Australian newspaper:
"HUNT, (Letitia Catherine): of 36 Daglish St Wembley and Three Springs, passed peacefully away in her sleep July 6, 79.  Daughter of the late Charles and Winifred Thomas -- Pioneers of Three Springs. Loved wife of Jim (dec.), loving mother of Jim, Arthur, John, Betty, Bill,  mother-in-law of Jean, Margaret, Peg, Margaret and Maurice. Grandmother to 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Very much loved."
"HUNT (Letty): Daughter of the late C. F. Thomas and Winifred Thomas (Senior), pioneers of Three Springs, arrived Three Springs 1906. Her hard work and concern helped make Three Springs what it is today. Gave great pleasure to many in the early days as pianist for local dances even though it necessitated travelling lonely miles, driving a buggy in all weathers, arriving home sometimes at day break.  With great admiration for her fortitude, and she will always be in my memory. After long sad illness now peace. Sister-in-law to Winifred wife of the late C. F. Thomas (Junior)."
"HUNT (L.C.): The Lynch family of Three Springs wish to pay grateful tribute to Letty, her sister Winnie and all the Thomas family who welcomed us when we arrived from Ireland in 1909. We well remember their kindness to our dear mother and to all of us when she died. Prayerful sympathy to Letty's loved ones. From the remaining Lynch's. Tom, Phil, Jim, Peter and Mary (Sister Emmanuel)."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Letitia Catherine Thomas / Hunt' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 20 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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