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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"May" Maria ROCCHI /FORD

Born 1906 [15]
Daughter of Luca ROCCHI and Petronilla ROSTOVICH [15]
Teacher of Pianoforte in Carnamah in 1929 and 1930 [4: 18-Jan-1930]
Had qualifications in Pianoforte - A.L.C.M.; enquires for her lessons could be left in Carnamah with Mrs BOOTH [4: 18-Jan-1930]
Attended the Carnamah Cricket Club's Ball held in Carnamah on 2 April 1929 in a dress of apple green crepe de chine [4: 27-Apr-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Ball in an outfit of apple green georgette with full flared skirt on 18 May 1929 [4: 25-May-1929]
Attended the Plain and Fancy Dress Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 8 August 1929 in a dress of shell georgette [4: 17-Aug-1929]
On 19 September 1929 attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Attended the Anglican Church's Freak Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 3 October 1929 in a shell crepe de chine dress [4: 12-Oct-1929]
Attended the Fancy Dress Ball held in Carnamah dressed as "My Lady's Hat" on Thursday 28 August 1930 [4: 6-Sep-1930]
Her postal address was P.O. Box 47 at the Carnamah Post Office in 1931 [50]
By 1933 she had left Carnamah however returned in August 1933 for a holiday and to recover from a severe illness [5: 25-Aug-1933]
Supplier of music at the Miscellaneous Tea held in Carnamah for Miss Daphne STEPHENS on Thursday 4 January 1934 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Music Teacher in Carnamah in 1934 and 1935 [5: 22-Jun-1934] [19]
Taught Pianoforte and Theory in Carnamah in 1934; enquires for her classes could be left at WYLIE's [5: 22-Jun-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball on Saturday 20 October 1934 in a dress of blue spotted net [5: 26-Oct-1934]
In 1935 resided with her mother Mrs ROCCHI and brother "Jack" John ROCCHI on Jack's farm in Carnamah [5: 23-Aug-1935]
After breaking over summer she re-commenced teaching pianoforte and theory in Carnamah on 15 February 1935 [5: 8-Feb-1935]
Travelled from Carnamah to Perth by train on 27 May 1935, and returned to Carnamah on 14 June 1935 [5: 31-May-1935, 21-Jun-1935]
Celebrated her birthday at her brother's farm in Carnamah on Thursday evening 15 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
     During her party dancing, singing and toasts were partaken of, and her engagement to Stuart FORD was announced [5]
     Among those at her birthday celebration were her mother, Jack ROCCHI, Stuart FORD, Frank and Daphne ROOKE, [5]
     Norm and Bett WATSON, Jack and Doris MCLEAN, Edna BOOTH, Dorrie BOOTH, Jessie WYLIE, Hazel WYLIE, [5]
     Iris WYLIE, Jean LYNCH, Maudie ILES, Darcy LEITHHEAD, Vivian POPE, Arthur HANLON  and Mr K. GILES [5]
Attended the Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 12 September 1935 in a gown of flame taffeta with sequins [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Married "Stuart" William Stuart FORD on Saturday 25 January 1936 at Saint Andrew's Roman Catholic Church in Carnamah [5]
     She was gowned in ivory bridal satin with smartly shirred cowl neck and bell sleeves with her skirt forming a train [5: 24 & 31-Jan-1936]
     Her veil was held in place with a silver halo trimmed with orange blossoms, and she carried a sheath of Saint Joseph's lilies [5]
     At the time of her marriage her father was deceased and she was given away by her brother "Jack" John ROCCHI [5]
     Her bridesmaids were Gladys S. WYLIE and C. Jessie WYLIE of Carnamah, who wore apricot and eau-de-nil georgette frocks [5]
     After the ceremony a small number of family and friends attended the wedding breakfast at her mother's home in Carnamah [5]
     Later in the evening they had a Social & Dance with 80 of their friends at POPE Bros' home on Koolabba Farm in Carnamah [5]
Among those at their Wedding Social & Dance at Koolabba Farm in Carnamah were Misses Ivy BINGHAM, Daisy BOWMAN, [5]
     Edna BOOTH, Billee BREWER, Phyllis BREWER, Jean LYNCH, Elsie REAKES, Millie UREN, Eileen O'GRADY, [5]
     Vera STEPHENS, Nellie HELLEWELL, Maud ILES, Gladys WYLIE, Jessie WYLIE, Iris WYLIE and Hazel WYLIE; [5]
     Messrs Ray WYLIE, Tom BERRIGAN, Jack BINGHAM, George BRADSHAW, Felix CHATEL, Albert COWDEROY, [5]
     Harold HARVEY, Dick HOLLINGSWORTH, Max BAKER, Darcy LEITHHEAD, William MOORE, Darby O'GRADY, [5]
     Bert MORTIMER; Mrs Libra MORRISON; Mick & Vi BAKER, Arnold & Gar BIERMANN, Bill & Isabel SARGENT, [5]
     Ivan & Vi JOHNSON, John & Maud ILES, Frank & Daphne ROOKE, Jack & Phyllis GILMOUR, Lou & Ettie PARKER, [5]
     Mick & Marion CLUNE, , Angus & Ethel GOULD, Norm & Bett WATSON, Richard & Nancy PIKE, [5]
     Ned & Maggie WELLS, Charles & Dorothea METTAM, and Frank & Florence LUCAS [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Following their honeymoon herself and her husband arrived back in Carnamah by car on Friday 14 January 1936 [5: 21-Feb-1936]
Following her marriage resided with her husband in a house in Caron Street in the Carnamah townsite [19]
Attended the Mad Hatter's Leap Year Ball in Carnamah on 29 February 1936 in white frilled organdie trimmed in black [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Played the piano at the Farewell Social & Dance to Tom and Johanna BERRIGAN at the Carnamah Hall on 20 June 1936 [5: 26-Jun-1936]
Attended the Show Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 10 September 1936 dressed in ivory satin [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social including three plays at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Supplier of music at the Linen Gift & Social Evening for Dinty & Hazel CHATEL in Carnamah on 15 October 1936 [5: 23-Oct-1936]
Member of the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association in 1936, and Secretary in 1937-38 [5: 27-Nov-1936, 9-Jul-1937]
Contributed a pianoforte solo at the Annual Birthday Celebration of the Carnamah C.W.A. on 26 November 1936 [5: 27-Nov-1936]
Played the piano at the C.W.A. Farewell for Mrs Amy F. DYKE and Mrs Clarissa E. HUMPHRYES on 9 January 1937 [5: 15-Jan-1937]
Attended the C.W.A. Valedictory for Mrs Barbara K. PLUNKETT in Carnamah on the afternoon of 17 February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Attended the Coronation Ball in Carnamah on 12 May 1937 in a "white satin gown relieved with a halo of red flowers" [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]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1937 [5: 28-May-1937]
Herself and her husband were among the 80 who attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening on 25 June 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
Attended the Social of the Carnamah Golf Club Associates at the home of Mrs Millie G. LEITHHEAD on Friday 9 July 1937 [5]
     During the evening she rendered the pianoforte solo "The Hungarian Dance" [5: 16-Jul-1937]
In 1938 obtained permission to run a 500 ticket raffle in Carnamah to raise funds for the School for the Blind [88]
One of the providers of music for the Carnamah Repertory Club's rehearsals and productions [7: page 229]
Following her husband's transfer they left Carnamah and shifted to Moora [0: image 03060]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 16 August 1935:
Engagement - Rocchi - Ford
"The engagement is announced of May, youngest daughter of Mrs P. Rocchi and the late Mr V. Rocchi, of Carnamah, to William Stuart, eldest son of Mr and Mrs W. J. Ford, or Mt. Lawley."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Maria Rocchi /Ford' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 July 2022 from [reference list]

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