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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Maggie" Margaret MCGILL / BOTHE

Born 4 August 1895 in Old Luce, Wigtown, Scotland [28]
Daughter of James MCGILL and Janet BELL [28]
In 1901 was living with her parents and siblings at Changue Cottage on Changue Farm in Mochrum, Wigtown, Scotland [20]
Departed London, England with her parents and siblings John, Thomas, James, Mary and Robert on the Otway on 24 June 1910 [203]
They arrived on the steamship Otway in Fremantle, Western Australia on 26 July 1910 [70]
Resided with her parents at Coorow House in Coorow, Western Australia 1911-1916 [P147]
Won the Single Ladies' Race with her sister in 2nd place at the Coorow Football Club's Annual Sports Day in 1913 [9: 10-Oct-1913]
Along with her parents left Coorow in June 1916 and shifted to 2 Cavendish Street in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park [30: item 1944135]
Resided with her parents at 2 Cavendish Street in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park in 1916 and 1917 [6] [30: item 1944135] [P147]
Married Coorow farmer Charles Cleaver BOTHE on 19 March 1917 at Saint George's Cathedral in Perth [39: 18-Apr-1917]
Resided with her husband and later children on Glenfield Farm in Coorow [P98]
Assisted the Coorow Hall Committee with the Official Opening of the Coorow Agricultural Hall on 1 February 1923 [9: 23-Feb-1923]
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]
Foundation Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest District Agricultural Society in 1932-1946 [4: 9-Apr-1932] [150]
Won 1st for Biscuits and 2nd prizes for Fancy Cakes and Shortbread at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
Received three 1st and three 2nd prizes at the second annual Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 7 September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
     Won 1st for Fancy Cakes, Biscuits and Yeast Buns and 2nd for Sponge Sandwich, Middle of Bacon and Home Cured Bacon [5]
Won 2nd prize for Butter at the Carnamah Agricultural Show at Centenary Park, Carnamah on 14 September 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Conducted the Produce & Cakes stall at the Church of England Bazaar held in Coorow on 18 November 1933 [5: 3-Nov-1933]
Exhibited in the Confectionary and Farm Produce section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 30 August 1934 [5: 7-Sep-1934]
     Won 1st for Fancy Cakes, Madiera Cake, White Bread, Biscuits, Butter and Ham and 2nd for Shortbread and Middle of Bacon [5]
Sent a wreath for the grave of Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Won 2nd prizes for Butter, Bacon and Ham at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on Thursday 5 September 1935 [5: 13-Sep-1935]
She and her husband were among those from Coorow who attended the Royal Show in Perth in October 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
After receiving medical attention she was discharged form a hospital in Perth during February 1936 [5: 14-Feb-1936]
Won The North Midland Times Trophy at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show at Maley Park in Coorow on 3 September 1936 [5]
     In the Farm Produce section she won 1st for Butter "out of many outstanding entries," 1st for Pickled Pork and 2nd for Ham [5]
     In the Confectionary section won 1st prize for Biscuits and 2nd prizes for Shortbread, Fancy Bread, Pastry and Yeast Buns [5]
     Attended the Show Ball held at the Coorow Hall on the evening of the show dressed in Alice Blue velvet [5: 4 & 11-Sep-1936]
Attended the dinner in Coorow tendered to the Archbishop of Perth Henry F. LE FANU on Sunday 20 September 1936 [5: 25-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]
After a holiday in Perth herself, her husband and their children returned to Coorow during the last week of January 1937 [5: 29-Jan-1937]
Attended the surprise 75th birthday for her father-in-law Heinrich W. BOTHE in Coorow on Tuesday 13 April 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Her mother Mrs Janet MCGILL, who lived in Calingiri, holidayed with them in Coorow in April 1937 [5: 30-Apr-1937]
     During April 1937 they also had as their guests a Mrs ATKINSON and young daughter of Durban, South Africa [5: 30-Apr-1937]
Attended the Surprise Linen Tea for Miss Mary E. GREENWOOD at Maryland Farm in Waddy Forest on 22 July 1937 [5: 23-Jul-1937]
Won three 1st and three 2nd prizes at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]
     Won 1sts for Pastry, Yeast Buns and Dressed Fowl; and 2nds for Wheatmeal Bread, Coffee Sponge Sandwich and Marmalade [5]
Member of the Waddy Forest-Coorow branch of the Red Cross Society in 1940 [5: 27-Sep-1940]
     By 1942 the names had reversed and their branch was known as Coorow-Waddy Forest [5: 10-Jul-1942]
     She was the branch's Vice President in 1942-43 and a Committee Member in 1945-46 [5: 10-Jul-1942, 20-Jul-1945]
     In 1944 she and Mrs Blanche BOTHE supplied afternoon teas at monthly Red Cross shop windows Coorow in 1944 [5: 20-Jul-1945]
     With Mrs Jenny MCGILP she organised afternoon tea for the Red Cross Christmas Window on 17 November 1945 [5: 30-Nov-1945]
Attended the funeral of Waddy Forest farmer Stanley L. FOLLAND at the Moora Cemetery on Monday 25 August 1941 [4: 30-Aug-1941]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Agricultural Society and Patriotic Funds Committee in 1945 [0: image 04319]
Won 2nd prize for Crochet Woollen Article exhibited at the 9th Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 5 September 1946 [5: 11-Oct-1946]
During March of 1948 it was reported in the columns of The North Midlands Times that she spent a holiday in Perth [5: 19-Mar-1948]
Foundation Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League Women's Auxiliary [4: 22-Mar-1957]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Floreat Park [4: 22-Mar-1957]
Mother of Thelma, Bill, Ron and Yvonne [14]
Died 17 March 1957; buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia (Row G, Plot 12) [1] [14]


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Friday 22 March 1957:
Coorow Lady's Death
"The death occurred in Perth on Sunday last of Mrs. Margaret Bothe, who had been a former resident of Coorow for approximately forty years. The deceased lady, who had been residing at Floreat Park in company with her husband, was born in Scotland, and came to Australia as a twelve year old girl, and whilst living at Coorow where she and her family made quite a circle of friends. The late Mrs. Bothe was a foundation member of the Coorow Branch of the Red Cross Society and the Coorow-Waddy Forest Sub-Branch of the Women's R.S.L. Auxiliary, and she had also been an active member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Branch of the Country Women's Association. In addition to a bereaved husband (Mr. C. C. Bothe), the deceased lady is survived by two sons in Messrs. R. H. Bothe and A. C. Bothe and two daughters (Mesdames J. Bingham and N. Patton). The funeral took place in the Anglican Cemetery at Winchester on Tuesday last."


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Friday 29 March 1957:
Floral Tributes At Funeral
The funeral of the late Mrs. Margaret Bothe, who had resided at Coorow for about forty years, took place in the Anglican cemetery at Winchester on Tuesday of last week, with more than a hundred floral tributes bearing testimony to the esteem in which the deceased lady was held."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Margaret McGill / Bothe' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 21 November 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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