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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Lydia CLINCH / GRONOW

Born 1910 in Perth, Western Australia [15]
Daughter of Walter Reginald CLINCH and Clara Grace MORTIMER [5: 30-Mar-1934] [15]
     Her grandfather's brother James CLINCH had taken up land in 1842 and pioneered what became Berkshire Valley [5: 30-Mar-1934]
     Educated at the Moora State School and at the Convent School in Moora [P310]
     In 1916 her father nominated but was rejected to serve with the Australian Imperial Force during the First World War [10: 30-Jun-1916]
     Trained as a Nurse at the Children's Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth [P310]
     Prior to her marriage resided with her parents on West End Farm in Moora, and worked as a Nurse in Moora [5: 23-Feb-1934] [P310]
     The property West End had originally been an out-station of  James CLINCH's called Moira, after which Moora was named[5]
Married Charles Hyde GRONOW on Tuesday 13 March 1934 at Saint James Church in Moora [5: 30-Mar-1934]
     Her bridesmaid was her sister Miss Muriel CLINCH, while the best man was Charles' brother Lionel R. GRONOW [5]
     They held their wedding reception at West End and afterwards proceeded to Perth to sail on the Katoomba to the Eastern States [5]
     Following their honeymoon they arrived to their home in Waddy Forest on Saturday 7 April 1934 [5: 13-Apr-1934]
     Her father was a first cousin of early Coorow settler Mrs Janet M. JONES and early Carnamah resident James T. CLINCH [15] [19]
     George M. MALEY, Ken M. MALEY, Cecil M. MALEY and Ethel M. M. MALEY of Three Springs were her first cousins [15] [19]
Resided with her husband on Ingleneuk / Grovalley Farm in Waddy Forest 1934-1956 [19] [P310]
     Her nursing skills were often called upon in medical emergencies in Coorow and Waddy Forest [P310]
Member of the Coorow branch of the Country Women's Association [P310]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club [P310]
Attended the Coorow Golf Club's Opening Day for the 1936 season in Coorow on Sunday 17 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Entertained a number of friends at their home in Waddy on 15 August 1936 to celebrate their daughter's first birthday [5: 21-Aug-1936]
Attended the Surprise 21st Birthday Party for Nance FOLLAND at Enfield Parkin Waddy Forest on 17 August 1936 [5: 21-Aug-1936]
Won 1st for Sweet Peas exhibited in the Flower section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 3 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Attended Roy M. PATTON's birthday at the dam on Longforest Farm in Waddy Forest on Sunday 8 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Attended the Coronation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Wednesday evening 12 May 1937 dressed in floral taffeta [5: 14-May-1937]
     The ball and its festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth [5]
Her sister Miss M. CLINCH of Moora holidayed with her in Waddy Forest in July 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Member of Coorow's branch of the Red Cross Society [P310]
Member of the Coorow Parents & Citizens Association [P310]
In 1942 her sister Muriel, who had been his bridesmaid, married her brother-in-law Lionel R. GRONOW [66]
Left Waddy Forest in 1956 and shifted to 17 Viking Road in the Perth suburb of Dalkeith [P310]
Shifted to Perth as her daughters were working, in nursing training, starting high school and disliking boarding school [P310]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Dalkeith until her death in 1998 [2]
Mother of Eleanor, Margaret, Rosalie and Wendy [P310]
Died 1 April 1998; ashes scatted in the sea in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe[P310]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Lydia Clinch / Gronow' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 8 December 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/lydia-clinch  [ sources ]




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