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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Lily" Lilias Michie STRAITON / POWER

Born 7 April 1897 [P4] in Persie, Perth, Scotland [20]
Daughter of forester Alexander STRAITON and Agnes Robertson SLATER [28]
In 1901 was living with her parents, brothers Alex and James and sister Rachel at Craighead in Kirkmichael, Persie, Perth, Scotland [20]
Married "Dick" Richard Joseph POWER on 16 July 1920 in Perth, Perth, Scotland[P4]
Witnesses to their marriage were her sister Rachel STRAITON and her brother Peter STRAITON [28]
Following a honeymoon spent at Saint Andrews resided with her husband in the Glasgow suburb of Govan in Lanark, Scotland [P4]
Along with her husband and son Alex departed London, England on the S.S. Beltana on 6 July 1925 [P4]
Arrived on the S.S. Beltana in Fremantle, Western Australia in August of 1925 [P4]
On 17 August 1925 arrived with her husband and son in Winchester, Western Australia [P4]
Resided on her brother James S. STRAITON's Hursley Farm in Winchester from August 1925 to December 1926 [P4]
Resided on J. L. B. WEIR's Petan Farm in Winchester from January 1927 to 1928 [P4]
Resided in a cottage on RAFFAN's Inchgower Farm in Winchester from late 1928 to February 1930 [P4]
Shifted with her husband Dick, son Alex and daughter Rachel to Carnamah on 15 February 1930 [P4]
Resided with her family in a four roomed weatherboard house on JK FORRESTER's Cullens Farm from February 1931 to 1941 [P4]
Produced a good supply of eggs, milk, butter and scalded cream and grew a variety of vegetables for her family's consumption [P4]
Sent a wreath for the grave of Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Resided with her children in a rented house on Old Telegraph Road in Carnamah in 1941 while Dick was working in Wongan Hills [P4]
The rented house had two rooms of iron walls and concrete floors and two rooms of whitewashed hessian walls and dirt floors [P4]
Around 1942 resided with her husband and children at 15 Caron Street in the Carnamah townsite rented from Jasper W. GREEN [P4]
During the 1943-44 financial year her husband purchased Edward HELLEWELL's house at 2 Caron Street in Carnamah [3]
Resided at 2 Caron Street, Carnamah from 1944 to 1947 [P4]
Mother of Alex, Rachel and Bridie [P4]
Died 1 December 1947 in Carnamah; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row E, Plot 12) [1]
Rev. Gilbert S. FOSS was the officiating minister at her funeral, which was undertaken by Henry Parkin & Son of Carnamah [1]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 5 December 1947:
Obituary - Mrs Lilly Michie Power
Residents of Carnamah and districts received a severe shock and a gloom was cast over the whole district, when it was learned that Mrs. Lilly Michie Power of Carnamah, had passed away in her sleep during the early hours of Monday morning, December 1. Deceased was born at Blairgowrie, in Perthshire, Scotland. She came to Western Australia with her husband and family in 1935, and they have lived in the Winchester and Carnamah districts during this time. Though of a retiring, quiet nature, the late Mrs. Power had a very large number of friends and everyone who knew her loved her and a vast number, outside her own dear ones, grieve deeply at their loss. Deceased leaves a sorrowing husband, son Alec, daughters Rachel and Bridie and daughter-in-law and grandson. The late Mrs. Power is also survived by her father who is 81 years of age, and a younger sister. Her two brothers predeceased her, one being killed in the Great War and the other, Mr. James Straiton, died at Winchester in 1942. At the time of her death deceased was 51 years of age. The funeral took place in the Winchester cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, December 2, after a brief service in the Presbyterian Church at Carnamah. The Rev. Foss officiated at the service and the graveside."
Note: the year of her arrival in Western Australia should have been 1925
Note: the 1901 Scottish Census lists her birthplace as Kirkmichael in the Parish of Persie, not Blairgowrie

From The North Midland Times newspaper, 12 December 1947:
"The funeral of the late Mrs. L. M. Power of Carnamah, took place at the Winchester Cemetery on Tuesday, December 2 after a brief service in the Presbyterian Church at Carnamah. The Rev. Foss officiated at the service and at the graveside. The pall bearers were Messrs. J. K. Forrester, A. C. Bierman, C. Robertson, T. Byrne, E. K. Wells and Jack Armstrong. The chief mourners were: Husband Mr. R. Power, son Alex and sister-in-law Mrs. I. Straiton. Floral tributes were received from Loving Husband, daughters, Rachel and Bridie, Son and daughter-in-law, Alex and Jessie; Ivy, Ian and Bruce Straiton; Mr and Mrs L. Ferguson; Mrs Sharp, Mrs Lynch and Mrs McIntosh; Mrs Kenny; Mr and Mrs A. R. Haig and family; Mr and Mrs J. C. Haig and family; Mrs C. Potter, Esther and John; Mr and Mrs E. K. Wells and Teddy; Mr and Mrs Ted Whitehurst; Margaret and Bill; Carnamah Women’s R.S.L. Auxiliary; Carnamah Branch R.S.L.;   Mr and Mrs E. H. Gurr; Postal Staff and Line Staff; Dr. And Mrs M. Mayrhofer and family; T. Parkin and Family; Mr and Mrs C. Robertson and family; Mr and Mrs Luscombe and family; Mr and Mrs T. F. Paterson and family; John Family; Turner and Schier Families, Mr and Mrs Les West and family; Mr and Mrs J. K. Forrester and family; Ivy Lawson; Betty Parkin; Mr H. Parkin and Elsie; Mr and Mrs Bierman and Helen; Tom and Beryl Byrne; Mr and Mrs Ovenden and family; Carnamah Girls’ Club; Armstrong Family; Mr and Mrs Chas Chapman and family; Bowman Families; Atkinson Family; Mr and Mrs G. Booth; Jack and Vera Booth; Mr and Mrs T. H. Perry and family; Carnamah C.W.A.; Mr and Mrs L. W. Grierson and family."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Lilias Michie Straiton / Power' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 July 2022 from [reference list]

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