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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Mary Ann BISHOP / STRAHAN / COUSINS

Born 1867 in New Norcia, Western Australia [15]
Daughter of George BISHOP and Margaret RYAN [15]
Married (1) James STRAHAN in 1889 in Newcastle, Western Australia [15]
Her husband James passed away at the age of 33 years in 1899 [15]
Married widower (2) George COUSINS on 25 October 1905 [332]
Resided with her children in Walkaway prior to shifting with them to Arrino [P2]
In 1909 owned and resided at Lot 10 in the Arrino townsite, and from 1910 onwards was a Farmer in Arrino [19] [44]
Her farm was the 160 acre Victoria Location 2471 about four miles south of Arrino [P2] [44]
Farmer of Parkfield Farm in Arrino 1910-1935 [5: 15-Mar-1935] [19] [30: item 8094433]
She was among those who organised the Children's Christmas Tree held in Arrino on Saturday 21 December 1929 [4: 4-Jan-1930]
In December 1929 "Strahan & Cousins" purchased a new Ford truck from Three Springs dealers FORD & KIDSON [4: 14-Dec-1929]
Attended the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Annual Ball on 25 September 1930 wearing black crepe de chine [4: 11-Oct-1930]
Held a clearing sale on her farm in Arrino at 1:30 p.m. on Monday 25 March 1935 to sell her machinery, livestock and sundries [5]
Machinery sold at her clearing sale included 16/33 Massey-Harris combine, 8 foot Sunshine harvester, 4 disc Sunrise plough, [5]
     Fordson tractor, 13 run Massey-Harris drill, 20 tyne Deering cultivator, 9 inch mouth State chaffcutter with two knives, [5]
     International horse lorry, steel wheels, horse worked chaffcutter, dray, and a three inch axle [5: 15-Mar-1935]
Continued to reside in Arrino until 1939 [6] [19], during which time her farm was leased and/or share-cropped [P2]
Among those who protested in 1935 against the Three Springs Road Board spending their rates on tennis courts in Arrino [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Won a £1 note at the North Midlands District Hospital Appeal's Grand Ball held in Three Springs on 21 May 1936 [5: 29-May-1936]
After selling her farm she held another clearing sale on her farm in 1939 [P2]
     Her sale got a bit hectic with "punches flying left, right and centre, fellows knocked to the ground and red dust all over" [P2]
     The fight began over a dispute between two young men over a particular lady, and then brothers and others were also involved [P2]
On leaving Arrino she shifted to Moora, where her son Preston was living and working [P2]
Later resided in the coastal Perth suburb of Scarborough [2]
Mother of four STRAHAN children by her first husband - Leslie James, Florence May, Preston George and Percival Newton [15] [P2]
Mother of two COUSINS children by her second husband - Lola Ruby Gladys and Walter Leo [P2]
Died 31 July 1955; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, WI, 305) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Mary Ann Bishop / Strahan / Cousins' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 28 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/mary-ann-bishop [sources]




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