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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"May" Margaret May BERRIGAN / BYRNE

Born 1898 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia [15]
Daughter of "Tom" Thomas Joseph BERRIGAN and Johanna Catherine KEYS [15]
Resided with her parents in the goldfields districts of Bulong and Leonora, and then in Three Springs [P134]
Travelled from Three Springs to Perth during April 1915 for treatment to what turned out to be a serious eye condition [10: 15-Apr-1915]
Returned to Three Springs in early May 1915 with improved eyesight, glasses and perfect vision expected over time [10: 11-May-1915]
In November 1915, while recovering from a bad attack of influenza, she suffered a dizzy spell and dropped a pot of boiling tea [10]
     The contents of the pot went over her and scalded her so badly she was confined to her bed for at least three weeks [10: 19-Nov-1915]
Attended as "Harvest" the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on 19 July 1916 in aid of the Red Cross Society [10: 28-Jul-1916]
Attended the Red Cross Society Basket Social & Dance held in Three Springs on Wednesday 22 November 1916 [10: 5-Dec-1916]
     During the evening herself, her sisters, Annie BYRNE and the Misses THOMAS sang the song "Australia Will Be There" [10]
Attended and played the piano at the Welcome Home for James FARLEY held in Coorow on Thursday 10 July 1919 [10: 18-Jul-1919]
Her "Coming of Age" / 21st Birthday was celebrated at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Friday 12 September 1919 [10]
     The celebration was hosted by her parents and up until that date was one of the brightest and biggest socials ever held in TS [10]
     The evening consisted of dancing, songs and speeches and the Hall was taxed to accommodate the large number of people [10]
     She received a fine display of presents and a number of cheques that amounted to a substantial sum of money [10: 19-Sep-1919]
Married Frank Ashmore BYRNE in 1920 [66]
Attended the wedding of her sister Claire to Alexander J. F. BROWN at the Carnamah Hall on Tuesday 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
She was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Guildford [2]
Died 17 May 1975; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Roman Catholic, ZE, 332)[2]


From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 13 February 1920:
"The engagement is announced between Miss May Berrigan, eldest daughter of Mr Tom Berrigan, Three Springs to Mr Frank Byrne, second son of Mr E. K. Byrne, J.P., of Three Springs."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Margaret May Berrigan / Byrne' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 16 December 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/margaret-may-berrigan  [ sources ]




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