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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Lily" Lilian BERRIGAN / HARRIS

Born 31 October 1900 in Bulong, Western Australia [15] [41]
Daughter of "Tom" Thomas Joseph BERRIGAN and Johanna Catherine KEYS [15]
Resided with her parents in Bulong WA and then at Leonora WA where her father worked as a miner [P134]
Resided with her parents and later with her husband in Three Springs [P134]
Along with three others sang "On the Mississippi" and "Mary" at the Concert & Dance in Three Springs on 6 June 1914 [10: 12-Jun-1914]
Sang "Playmates" at the concert held in Three Springs in aid of Red Cross funds on Friday 15 January 1915 [10: 22-Jan-1915]
Along with two other young ladies sang "Who's That a Calling?" at a Concert held in Three Springs on 26 February 1915 [10: 5-Mar-1915]
Sang a song at the Westralia Red Cross Day Basket Social & Dance held in Three Springs on Friday 30 July 1915 [10: 6-Aug-1915]
She was out driving in a horse and sulky with her 12 month old brother Tom and four year old Ted DUFFY on 17 January 1916 [10]
     The bretches broke causing the horse to violently swerve resulting in her receiving bad cuts to the face hands and knees [10]
     Fortunately her young brother and Ted DUFFY escaped unharmed, only suffering shock [10: 21-Jan-1916]
Attended as "The Allies" the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on 19 July 1916 in aid of the Red Cross Society [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]
     She opened the evening with the song "Keep the Home Fire Burning" and later on sang "Australia will be There" [10]
Student at the Three Springs State School until 1916 [98]
     She was the first student to be enrolled at the new Dominican Convent School in Three Springs on 30 January 1917 [98]
     Student at the Dominican Convent School in Three Springs in 1917 and 1918 [98]
After leaving school she entered the service of the Education Department on 1 May 1918 [41]
     Probationary Teacher at the Three Springs State School from 1 May 1918 until resigning on 31 August 1922 [41]
     Received an annual salary of £30 in 1918, £38 in 1919, £45 in 1920, and £50 in 1921 and 1922 [41]
     When she enrolled to vote she gave her occupation as "schoolmistress" [50]
     After she left her younger sister Eileen A. BERRIGAN was the Probationary Teacher at the Three Springs State School [73]
At the Red Cross Gala Day held in Three Springs on Thursday 23 May 1918 she sang the song "Thoughts of Eventide" [10: 31-May-1918]
Came 2nd in the Single Ladies Race at the Three Springs Day held in Three Springs on Thursday 26 September 1918 [10: 4-Oct-1918]
Performed the song and dance "Killarney" at the Dominican Convent School's Annual Concert on 20 November 1918 [10: 29-Nov-1918]
Attended the Three Springs Annual Picnic meeting on 25 September 1919; received third prize for the best lady dancer [9: 3 & 10-Oct-1919]
Member of the Three Springs Tennis Club in 1919 [10: 27-Jun-1919]
Attended and sang a song at the Welcome Home for James FARLEY held in Coorow on Thursday 10 July 1919 [10: 18-Jul-1919]
Came 2nd in the Single Ladies Running Race at the Peace Celebrations held in Three Springs on Saturday 19 July 1919 [10: 25-Jul-1919]
Sang "A Little Bit of Heaven" at the Dominican Convent's Annual Concert in Three Springs on 8 December 1919 [9: 12-Dec-1919]
Entrant in the Popular Girl Competition conducted by the Carnamah Hall Committee in 1920 [10: 10-Sep-1920]
     Through her involvement in the competition helped raise money to go towards the Carnamah Hall's building fund [10]
     She later withdrew from the competition, however still managed to come in at fifth place with 2,520 votes [10: 1-Apr-1921]
Attended the wedding of Robert A. CALDOW and May I. BYRNE at the Three Springs Hall on 5 October 1921 [9: 21-Oct-1921]
Her Coming of Age was celebrated at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Friday evening 28 October 1921 [10]
     The party was hosted by her parents who had invited a large number of guests, who indulged in dancing until the early hours [10]
     She received a large collection of useful and ornamental presents in addition to a number of cheques [10: 18-Nov-1921]
Came 2nd in the Single Ladies Race at the Three Springs Day held on Thursday 28 September 1922 [9: 20-Oct-1922]
Married "Richard" / "Dick" William Richard HARRIS in 1922 [66]
     Resided in Three Springs with her husband for at least the years 1923-1933 [19]
     Their daughter Gwendoline was baptised at Saint Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Three Springs on 12 August 1923 [91]
     The nominated sponsors or Godparents for her daughter were her father Thomas Joseph BERRIGAN and her sister Claire [91]
Herself and her husband conducted the stalls at the Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations in Three Springs on 15 March 1923 [9: 13-Apr-1923]
Proprietor of the "Three Springs Tea Rooms" in Three Springs 1928- [4: 20-Oct-1928]
     At her tearooms she sold afternoon teas, cold luncheons, suppers, hot pies, coffee, confectionary, cool drinks, fruit and veg [4]
Member of the Three Springs Roman Catholic Church Committee in 1925 [124]
Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1928 [124]
Herself and Mrs Elsie SAGGERS ran the luncheon at the Picnic Race Meeting in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day in 1928 [124]
Attended the wedding of her sister Claire to Alexander J. F. BROWN at the Carnamah Hall on Tuesday 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
She was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
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 Annual Ball after the Three Springs Show in 1930 wearing black silk lace with a trial of scarlet silk peas [4: 11-Oct-1930]
Attended the Carnamah Grand Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 28 July 1932 in a gown of black georgette and lace [5: 5-Aug-1932]
Attended the Show Ball following the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 15 September 1932 in a gown of blue georgette [5: 23-Sep-1932]
On 22 September 1932 attended the Grand Ball following the Three Springs Show in frock of black georgette and lace [5: 7-Oct-1932]
Attended the evening dance at the Three Springs Hall after the R.S.L. Sports Day at Arrino on 5 November 1932 [5: 18-Nov-1932]
Attended the Farewell Evening tendered to local pioneer Mrs Blanche M. KOCH in Three Springs on 3 December 1932 [4: 10-Dec-1932]
Member of the North Midlands District Hospital Appeal Committee in 1933 [5: 26-May-1933]
Attended the Bridge, Euchre Party and Dance held at the Three Springs Hall on Saturday 3 June 1933 [5: 9-Jun-1933]
Herself and Mrs Margaret CARMODY organised the Hospital Appeal Grand Ball held in Three Springs on 8 June 1933 [5: 16-Jun-1933]
Member of the Three Springs Golf Club in 1933 [5: 23-Jun-1933]
Attended the Anglican Church Ball held in Three Springs on Thursday 20 July 1933 in a dress of eau de nil georgette [4: 29-Jul-1933]
Attended the Official Opening of the Carnamah Golf Course at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 23 July 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
      The ladies present, including herself, ran after the first ball hit on the new course and she was the lucky one who got to it first [5]
Attended the Card Party held in Three Springs at the home of Mr and Mrs A. E. SAGGERS on Monday 7 August 1933 [5: 11-Aug-1933]
Attended the Ball following the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 21 September 1933 in a dress of eau-de-nil georgette [5: 29-Sep-1933]
Member of the Three Springs Tennis Club in 1933-34 [5: 20-Oct-1933, 16-Mar-1934]
In her eau-de-nil georgette dress attended the Three Springs Golf Club's Annual Ball on Thursday 12 October 1933 [5: 20-Oct-1933]
Member of the committee that organised the Three Springs Bush Fire Brigade's Fundraising Ball on 20 November 1933 [5: 10-Nov-1933]
On the evening of Thursday 15 March 1934 attended the Carnamah Race Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Herself and her husband were bid farewell at a function at the Three Springs Hall on Monday 12 March 1934 [5: 16-Mar-1934]
After 25 years in the district they left Three Springs in March 1934 and shifted to Perth [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Attended the Premiership Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 20 October 1934 in a dress of floral silk marocain [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Herself and her husband were living in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction in 1941, when he enlisted in the Australian Army [16]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Guildford [2]
Died 29 March 1974; buried Midland Cemetery, Perth suburb of Midland (Roman Catholic, I, 2) [2]


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 20 October 1928:
New Tea Rooms
"The new tea rooms opened at Three Springs by Mrs. R. Harris should prove a boon to travellers arriving at Three Springs after the usual time for serving meals at the hotel. Mrs. Harris intends to keep a cold collation always available, and in addition will make a specialty of hot pies, so that travellers may always be sure of getting a meal if delayed on the road by puncture, mechanical trouble or late trains. Fresh fruit and vegetables, cool drinks and dainty confectionary will also be supplied."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Lilian Berrigan / Harris' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 30 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/lilian-berrigan [sources]




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