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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Maggie" Margaret Agnes DODS / KROSCHEL

Born 5 February 1881 in Fiji, Pacific Islands [P1]
Daughter of John Rowe DODS and Mary Waygood HORSINGTON [P1]
     Her father had been born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia to Scottish parents while her mother was English [P1]
     Her mother had sailed to Victoria, Australia in 1852 on the ill-fated Ticonderoga on which 100 people died, including her father [P1]
     Received her middle name of Agnes after her father's sister Agnes DODS [P22]
After spending her first seven or so years in Fiji, where she was born, relocated with her parents to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [P1]
     Initially resided in Victoria with her parents at 33 and then at 28 Armadale Street in the Melbourne suburb of Armadale [P1]
     Later resided with her parents on a farm at Darnum in the Gippsland of Victoria, Australia [P1]
     She resided in Albany and later Denmark in Western Australia prior to getting married [P1]
     For a period she was living on Vancouver Street in Albany, presumably with her sister Mary Ann and brother-in-law Otto [50]
Married "Charlie" Carl Friederich Wilhelm KROSCHEL on 8 February 1905 at Saint Mary's in West Perth, Western Australia [P1]
     She wore "a dainty dress of cream voile trimmed with insertion lace and silk" and carried a shower bouquet [39: 15-Feb-1905]
     Six years earlier in Tasmania her sister Mary Ann had married Charlie's brother "Otto" Johann Wilhelm Otto KROSCHEL [P1]
     Resided at various locations in Perth with her husband Charlie and later their daughter 1905-1919 [P1]
     She was one of the chief mourners at her brother-in-law Otto's funeral at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth in 1917 [225: 11-Jan-1917]
Resided with her husband and daughter in Three Springs, where he was the local Police Constable 1919-1924 [P1]
     Member of the Three Springs Tennis Club in 1919 [10: 27-Jun-1919]
     Attended May BERRIGAN's 21st Birthday held at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Friday 12 September 1919 [9: 19-Sep-1919]
     Helped with and attended the wedding of Robert A. CALDOW and May I. BYRNE in Three Springs on 5 October 1921 [9: 21-Oct-1921]
     On occasion caught the train at Three Springs with her husband and daughter and attended dances in Carnamah and Coorow [P41]
     They'd catch the afternoon train, have afternoon tea with a local family, attend the dance and return on the 2:30 a.m. mail train [P41]
     On 30 November 1922 purchased from the Midland Railway Company Lot 12 of the Winchester townsite for £20 [27]
     She put down a £4 deposit on Lot 12, which was on Choral Street, and paid the balance of £16 over two years [27] [382]
     Helped provide the supper for the Hospital Ball at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Thursday 5 April 1923 [9: 27-Apr-1923]
     Won 2nd prize for Butter exhibited at the Annual Show & Sports Carnival held in Carnamah on 20 September 1923 [86: 4-Oct-1923]
     Along with her husband left the Three Springs district by the midnight train on 15 July 1924 [9: 25-Jul-1924]
Resided with her husband and daughter in Northam, where her husband was also the local Police Constable 1924-1926 [P1]
     They resided at a house or property named Warragul on Duke Street in Northam [120: 7-Jan-1926]
     Following her husband's retirement from the police force shifted with him and their daughter to Carnamah in 1926 [P22]
Resided at 10 Macpherson Street in Carnamah 1926-1936 [P22]
     Proprietress of the Don Refreshment Tea Rooms at 10 Macpherson Street, Carnamah in 1926 [4: 9-Oct-1926]
     Ran the tearooms with her husband Charlie, who was in later years listed as the proprietor of the business [4: 9-Oct-1926] [4:5-Apr-1930] [P22]
On her 22nd wedding anniversary, 8 February 1927, her daughter Maggie was married to local farmer "Ned" Edmund K. WELLS [P1]
     Attended her daughter's wedding in Carnamah in a cinnamon marocain frock with pretty black hat and trimmings to tone [4]
     After the wedding received 70 guests at the wedding breakfast, which was held at the Carnamah Hall [4: 19-Feb-1927]
One of the three costume judges at the Masquerade Ball held in Carnamah on Saturday 14 May 1927 [4: 21-May-1927]
Attended the wedding of Kathleen HÄUSSLER and Harry ZUEGG of Winchester in Carnamah on 7 February 1928 [4: 11-Feb-1928]
Attended the wedding of Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN at the Carnamah Hall on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Along with her daughter, Frances DUNNING and Kate KENNY made the afternoon teas at football matches held in Carnamah [P41]
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]
Attended the welcome to Rev. Albert W. and Mrs Murial A. CURTIS at the Church Hall in Carnamah on 8 September 1930 [4: 6-Sep-1930]
Committee Member in 1931 and Treasurer in 1933 of the Carnamah Anglican Church[4: 30-May-1931] [5: 9-Jun-1933]
Assisted Mrs Jessie C. THOMPSON with the supper at her Card Party to raise funds for the Anglican Church in July 1932 [5: 22-Jul-1932]
Catered for the supper of the North Midlands Popular Girl Competition Grand Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 28 July 1932 [5: 5-Aug-1932]
Judged the Confectionary section of the first Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show held in Coorow on 8 September 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
Member for Carnamah on the Carnamah-Coorow Anglican Church Vestry in 1933 [5: 2-Jun-1933]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association - was elected Treasurer in April 1933 [5: 9-Jun-1933]
Helped run the Cake and Refreshment stall at the Anglican Church Bazaar held in Carnamah on Saturday 12 August 1933 [5: 18-Aug-1933]
By October 1933 she had been elected President of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association [5: 13-Oct-1933]
Departed Carnamah on Tuesday 2 January 1933 for a fortnights holiday in Perth[5: 5-Jan-1934]
Attended the Roman Catholic Church's Ball in Carnamah on Saturday 26 May 1934 in a navy blue crepe de chine dress [5: 1-Jun-1934]
Attended the Repertory Social, of plays, community singing and dancing, held in Carnamah on 15 August 1934 [5: 17-Aug-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Hosted the meetings of the Carnamah Anglican Church at her home adjoining her tearooms in 1934 [5: 28-Sep-1934, 12-Oct-1934]
Helped organise the Carnamah Football Club's Presentation Ball which was held on Saturday 27 October 1934 [4: 3-Nov-1934]
Attended the Three Springs C.W.A. Ball at the Three Springs Hall on the evening of Thursday 22 November 1934 [5: 23-Nov-1934]
In March 1935 Mrs N. CLARKE of Fremantle, mother of Kevin CLARKE of Carnamah, stayed with her for a few days [5: 22-Mar-1935]
Vestry Committee Member of the South Section of the Coorow-Three Springs Anglican Church Parish in 1935 [5: 17-May-1935]
Made a presentation on behalf of the C.W.A. to Mrs Hetty GETHING at her Farewell Social in Carnamah on 8 June 1935 [5: 14-Jun-1935]
Attended the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show and Show Ball on Thursday 12 September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
She was admitted to the Carnamah Private Hospital suffering from haemorrhage of the nose on Friday 3 January 1936 [5: 10-Jan-1936]
     Discharged from the hospital a few days later and was reported to have been making satisfactory progress towards recovery [5]
In June 1935 she and her husband leased their tearooms to Misses Amy R. G. GILES and E. Vera STEPHENS [5: 14 & 28-Jun-1935]
During the first half of February 1936 herself and her husband left Carnamah and shifted to Perth [5: 14-Feb-1936]
Resided with her husband at 5 Campsie Street in West Perth and later at 5 French Street in the Perth suburb of Mount Hawthorn [P22]
After leaving Carnamah returned on regular visits to see her daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren [P22]
She and her husband's sister, Mrs Helena S. M. BOCKETT of New Zealand, holidayed in Carnamah in July 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Again holidayed with her daughter and son-in-law in Carnamah over later June and early July 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
Attended the Mingenew Agricultural Society's Show Ball in Mingenew in September 1938 wearing floral crepe de chine [4: 1-Oct-1938]
Her daughter travelled to Perth to see her in November 1945, at which time she was "suffering from very poor health" [5: 9-Nov-1945]
Mother of Margaret Agnes KROSCHEL, who was known as Maggie, Peggy and Peg [P22]
Died 15 June 1947 in the Perth suburb of Mount Hawthorn; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth (Anglican, ZG, 52) [2] [P22]
Following her death her vacant quarter-acre Lot 12 Choral Street in the Winchester townsite was inherited by her daughter [3]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 8 September 1933:
Around the Shops - Goods Which Can Be Bought Locally - The Don Tea Rooms
"The Don Tea Rooms are the oldest established tea rooms in Carnamah and are noted for their excellent catering."

From The West Australian newspaper, Monday 16 June 1947:
"KROSCHEL - On June 15. 1947, at Mt. Hawthorn. Margaret Agnes, the dearly loved wife of Charlie Kroschel, devoted mother of Margaret (Mrs. Wells Carnamah), mother-in-law of Edmund. grandmother of Vida, Margaret and Teddy, and great-grandmother of baby Jimmy Whitehurst: aged 66 years. God's Will be done."

From the North Midlands Times newspaper, Friday 20 June 1947:
Obituary - Late Mrs. M. A. Kroschel
"A gloom was cast over the Carnamah district on Sunday last when it became known that Mrs. M. A. Kroschel had passed away in Perth. The deceased lady and her husband were very well known and highly respected citizens of Three Springs and Carnamah in the early pioneering days and only in more recent years had retired to the city. Both Mr. and Mrs. Kroschel have made regular visits to Carnamah since their departure to the city, to spend holidays with their son in law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. E. K. Wells. Mrs. Kroschel leaves a widower and an only child, three grandchildren and one great grand-child."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Margaret Agnes Dods / Kroschel' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 8 August 2022 from [reference list]

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