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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Madge" Madeleine ROOKE / COPE

Born 1 August 1904 in Barnsley, Yorkshire, England [P95]
Daughter of John Snowden ROOKE and Louisa Annie OATES [P95]
Resided with her parents in Barnsley, Yorkshire England 1904-1906 and in Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales 1906-1915 [P95]
Along with her parents and brothers Frank and Pat departed London, England on the Omrah in 1915 [70]
Arrived on the Omrah in Fremantle, Western Australia on 27 November 1915[70]
Temporarily resided in Perth, initially at a hotel and then at a boarding house[P95]
Arrived in Carnamah with her parents in January 1916 [7: page 145]
Resided with her parents on Kilburn Farm, Carnamah 1916-1927 [P95]
Student at the Carnamah State School in 1916 and at the Dominican Convent School in Three Springs in 1917 and 1918 [P95]
Left her father's farm for the convent on a horse early Monday mornings and returned on Friday afternoons [7: page 29]
Her mother was anxious about her riding the long distance alone and requested she wear pants so she would look like a boy [P83]
The Nuns at the Convent wouldn't even hear of such things and told her that God would look after her [P83]
In winter of 1917 the lakes between Carnamah and Three Springs flooded and she was unable to return home for months [P83]
Won 3rd prize for a Schoolchildren's Drawing at the Three Springs Day held in Three Springs on 26 September 1917 [10: 5-Oct-1917]
Gave a recitation titled "Lady Clare" at the Red Cross Gala Day held in Three Springs on Thursday 23 May 1918 [10: 31-May-1918]
At the Red Cross Gala Day she also won the Children's Waltzing Competition and came 3rd in the Highland Fling [9: 7-Jun-1918]
Recited "The King's Friend" at the Convent School's Annual Concert in Three Springs on 20 November 1918 [10: 29-Nov-1918]
After leaving school in 1918 she returned to live full time with her parents onKilburn Farm in Carnamah [P83]
Helped her mother with the household chores and once they were finished the two of them went visiting neighbouring families [P83]
Spent some of her holidays with Kathleen HÄUSSLER at Gregorfields Farm in Winchester [P83]
Rode into Carnamah town by horse and sulky to teach catechism to Dorothy, Ted and Ruby CLARK [P93]
Performed the monologue "The Royal Heart" at the Dominican Convent's Annual Concert in Three Springs in 1919 [9: 12-Dec-1919]
Godmother of Eileen Louise CLARK, who was baptised at the Roman Catholic Church in Three Springs on 2 October 1922 [91]
Member of the Carnamah Amateur Concert Party in 1922 [9: 15-Sep-1922]
     With Harold J. COPE sang the duet "When the Wind Blowerth in from the Sea" at the Party's Concert on 7 September 1922 [9]
Attended the Carnamah Race Club's Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 10 April 1924 in a dress of saxe blue charmeuse [10: 24-Apr-1924]
Attended the Grand Plain & Fancy Dress Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 6 August 1925 dressed as "Clever Mary"  [9: 21-Aug-1925]
Courted neighbouring farmer Harold COPE for three years before deciding to marry against her parents wishes [P83]
Married Harold James COPE on 24 September 1925 at the Carnamah Hall [9: 2-Oct-1925]
     Her wedding dress was of ivory charmeuse satin, prettily and simply made, showered with a beautiful hand-made veil [9]
     Her bridesmaids were Harold's sister Miss Eileen COPE and her sister Miss Sheila ROOKE [9]
Following their marriage they moved to Muchea for a short time [P95]
In 1927 returned to the district and resided on Major COLPITTS' HeppleholmeFarm in Winchester where her husband worked [P95]
Later lived in a house on George and Agnes SHARP's farm in Carnamah while her husband worked for Henry PARKIN [P83]
Left Carnamah in the late 1920s and moved to Bluff Point in Geraldton [P95]
Resided in Bluff Point until 1935 when they shifted to the Perth suburb of Victoria Park [P95]
In 1936 they were living at 7 Cardiff Street in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park [50]
Along with her husband and children spent the latter quarter of 1939 at Kapella Farm, Carnamah running things for brother Pat [P95]
Returned to their home in Victoria Park where they remained until moving to the Perth suburb of Guildford in 1942 [P95];
Resided in the Perth suburb of Guildford until her death in 2001 [2]
Father of Audrey, Enid, Bernard and Alan [P95]
Died 29 November 2001; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Crematorium Rose Gardens, 9, 7) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Madeleine Rooke / Cope' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 15 August 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/madeleine-rooke [sources]




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