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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Louisa Annie OATES / ROOKE

Born 30 June 1876 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England [P95]
Daughter of Samuel Tallentyre OATES and Mary Elizabeth HIRST [20] [21]
She was baptised on 22 July 1876 at the Parish Church of Saint Peter in Leeds, Yorkshire, England [360]
In 1881 was living with her parents, sister Florence and brothers Lewis, William and Arthur at 54 Winfield Mount in Leeds [20]
Grew up in Leeds and attended finishing school in Belgium [P95]
In 1901 was living at 6 Belvedere Road in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England with her mother and brother Walter [20]
Married John Snowden ROOKE on 19 October 1903 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England[P95]
Resided with her husband and children in Newport Road in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales 1906-1915 [P95]
Her son Gerard, who was born in 1911, died in early 1912, aged approximately one year [P95]
They departed London, England on the steamship Omrah and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 27 November 1915 [70]
Along with husband and children arrived in Carnamah in January 1916 [7: page 145]
On arrival in Carnamah all that made up the town of Carnamah was PARKIN's house and DAVIESON's shop [5: 2-Feb-1934]
Resided with her husband and children on Kilburn Farm in Carnamah 1916-1934 [P95]
On the way to Australia she was told "don't let yourself go" as some rural women did, so she always strived to look her best [P83]
In 1916 drove her children to the Carnamah State School with a horse and buggy, over dirt roads with many ruts [P83]
Two hours later she would arrive back home, prepare lunch for her husband and the workmen before returning to pick them up [P83]
Travelled with her husband once month to attend mass at the Roman Catholic Church in Three Springs [P83]
They travelled to Three Springs in the buggy and including the service it took them all day travelling there and home again [P83]
Made butter by scalding milk from their cows in large wide pails and then skimming off the cream [P83]
Used cockatoo meat to make pies and also cooked wild turkey and rabbits; made clothes for herself and her family [P83]
Kept chooks to supply her family with eggs and chicken; the chooks roamed free and roosted in trees [P83]
Did the washing in kerosene tins on top of the oven to boil, and then rinsed them in a trough on the back verandah [P83]
The chore of emptying the septic pans was often left to her and she carried the pan suspended on a long pole to avoid the smell [P83]
Her daughter Madge helped her with household chores after she left school in 1918 [P83]
In the afternoon, after they'd finished their work, they would go visiting neighbouring families [P83]
Her mother came out from England to help her while she was pregnant with her youngest child at the age of 45 years [P83]
Travelled by train to Perth with her husband and children once a year and stayed at the Shaftsbury Hotel [P83]
Each summer after harvest they caught the train to Dongara and spent a holiday in a whitewashed English looking cottage [P83]
Under her leadership a Fete followed by a Euchre Party & Dance was held in Carnamah on Saturday 24 August 1921 [9: 9-Sep-1921]
The Fete and Euchre Party & Dance was a huge success and raised about £34 in funds for the Roman Catholic Church [9]
Attended the Carnamah Race Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 10 April 1924 in a dress of white voile embroidered black [10: 24-Apr-1924]
Returned to England for a holiday and to visit her family during 1925 [P95]
Won 2nd prize for a Loaf of Bread at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1926 [9: 15-Oct-1926]
Won 1st prize for Fancy Scones in the Cookery section of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's 1927 Show [9: 21-Oct-1927]
Attended the wedding of Kathleen HÄUSSLER and Harry ZUEGG of Winchester in Carnamah on 7 February 1928 [4: 11-Feb-1928]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred LANG's wedding and reception in Carnamah on 27 March 1928 [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Attended the wedding dance for Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN in Carnamah on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Won second prize for Fancy Scones at the Carnamah Show and Sports Carnival on 4 October 1928 [4: 13-Oct-1928]
One of the organisers of a dance held in Carnamah on 25 May 1929 to raise funds for the Carnamah Catholic Church [4: 18-May-1929]
Attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Attended the Ball in Carnamah in aid of the local Roman Catholic Church's building fund on Thursday 24 May 1930 [4: 31-May-1930]
Won both 1st and 2nd prizes for "Suede or Leather work" at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 18 September 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
Along with Mrs Fielda SOMERS she judged the Educational section at the at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
Attended the Carnamah Roman Catholic Church's Annual Ball on 6 August 1932 in a gown of white black lace [5: 19-Aug-1932]
Judged the Needlework section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show at Maley Park in Coorow on 8 September 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
Won 2nd prize for Bread at the Carnamah Agricultural Show at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 15 September 1932 [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Attended the "Gimlets" Annual Picnic on Sunday 18 September 1932 at BATTY's farm in Carnamah [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Won 2nd prize for Suede and Leather Work at the Fourth Three Springs Agricultural Show on 22 September 1932 [5: 30-Sep-1932]
Made a donation to the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them purchase premises [5: 29-Jul-1932]
Hosted a Card Party at her home on Thursday 8 June 1933, the proceeds of which went to the Roman Catholic Church [5: 16-Jun-1933]
Judged the Fancy Work and Needlework sections at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 7 September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
Also exhibited at the Coorow Agricultural Show in 1933, winning 1st prize for Soup and 2nd prize for Brown Hen Eggs [5: 15-Sep-1933]
Judged the Educational section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 14 September 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Won 1st prize for a Bar of Laundry Soap; and both 1st and 2nd for Brown Hen Eggs at the Three Springs Show in 1933 [5: 29-Sep-1933]
Herself and her husband were thrown a public Farewell Social at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 27 January 1934 [5: 26-Jan-1934, 2-Feb-1934]
At their farewell she was presented with a wristlet watch from the residents of the district and a thermos flask from her lady friends [5]
They shifted from Kilburn Farm in Carnamah to a small property at Bluff Point in Geraldton in early February 1934 [5: 19-Jan-1934] [P95]
Along with her daughter Sheila spent a holiday staying with her son Frank in Carnamah in September 1935 [5: 13-Sep-1935]
Wore brown crepe de chine to the Show Ball held after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 12 September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Resided at Bluff Point in Geraldton 1934-1940 and then in the Perth suburbs of City Beach 1940-1964 and Melville 1964-1975 [P95]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Herself and her daughter Sheila stayed with her son Frank and daughter-in-law Daphne in Carnamah in September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Attended the Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 dressed in figured black and rose georgette [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Mother of Madge, Frank, Pat, Gerard and Sheila [P94]
Died 8 February 1975; buried Fremantle Cemetery, Perth suburb of Palmyra (Roman Catholic, C3, 502) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Louisa Annie Oates / Rooke' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 July 2024 from [reference list]

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