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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Louisa Jane LONG / DOWNES / DEE

Born 1 May 1869 in Coorow, Western Australia [P17]
Daughter of Coorow pioneers William LONG and Sarah GREEN [P17]
Resided with her parents on Coorow Station in Coorow [P17]
Married (1) Thomas DOWNES on 17 August 1892 [P391]
Her first husband passed away at the age of 43 years in 1897 [15]
In 1898 she gave birth to twin daughters Irene Ellen and Sarah Louisa, whose father was Thomas DEE [15]
Their daughter Sarah Louisa passed away at the age of four weeks later in 1898[15]
Married (2) Thomas DEE in Mingenew on 12 October 1901 [P17]
Resided with her husband at the railway sidings in Strawberry, Mingenew and again in Strawberry [19] [50]
Her second husband passed away at the age of 46 years on 13 April 1912 and his headstone is now at the Winchester Cemetery [14]
She is said to have worked as a cook for her brother-in-law Frank E. NAIRN from 1907 to 1910 [P17]
Resided in Coorow from 1916 until her death in 1950 [4: 2-Dec-1950] [50]
In 1916 and 1917 she was living near Jun Jun Spring in Coorow [19] [50]
She was one of 98 people from the Coorow district who signed a petition in 1929 for a local hotel license to be granted [39: 6-Feb-1929]
Mother of Hilda Amelia, Albyn and Thomas Clement DOWNES [15]
Mother of twins Irene Ellen and Sarah Louisa, William Joseph and Dora May DEE[P17]
Died 21 November 1950 in Moora; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row E, Plot 13) [1]
Rev. W. J. NORTHERN officiated at her funeral which was undertaken by Hugh H. KNIGHT, both of Three Springs [1]

From The West Australian newspaper, Saturday 25 November 1950:
"DEE (Louisa Jane): On November 21, at Moora Hospital, suddenly, Louisa Jane, of Coorow, widow of the late Thomas Dee, loving mother of Hilda (Mrs McArthur, East Perth), Albyn (deceased), Tom, Irene (Mrs E. Long), Dora and Bill (Coorow); in her 82nd year; grandmother of 15 grandchildren and great-grandmother of five great-grandchildren. An old pioneer. Thy will be done."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 2 December 1950:
Obituary - Passing of Coorow Pioneer - Death of Mrs. L. J. Dee
"In somewhat sudden circumstances the death of yet another pioneer resident of Coorow in the person of Mrs. Louisa Jane Dee occurred on Wednesday of last week. The deceased lady, who was eighty-two years of age, had not enjoyed normal health during recent months, and a few weeks ago she visited Perth in order to obtain medical attention. Although not having shown any marked improvement in the intervening period, she decided to return to her home at Coorow, and on the journey there was a sudden deterioration in her condition. She was therefore admitted to the Moora Hospital, in which institution she died shortly after admission. The late Mrs. Dee is survived by four daughters in Mrs. McArthur (East Perth), Mrs. E. Long and Miss Dora Dee (Coorow) and two sons in Messrs. Thomas Downes and William Dee (Coorow). The funeral took place on Thursday morning of last week and prior to the departure of the cortege for the Winchester Cemetery a service was conducted in the Coorow Hall by the Rev. W. J. Northern, of Three Springs, who also officiated at the graveside in the presence of quite a large gathering of relatives and friends."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Louisa Jane Long / Downes / Dee' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 4 July 2022 from [reference list]

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