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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Mary BROWN / LYNCH

Born 1886 in Wandering, Western Australia [15]
Daughter of Michael BROWN and Elizabeth WHITE [15]
Her paternal grandfather Thomas BROWN had been transported to Western Australia in 1853 for stealing a cow [201]
Resided with her parents on Noomballing Farm in Wandering until 1890 and then in Narrogin [201]
Her father, who was known as the "King of Narrogin" died nine months before her marriage [196] [201]
Married Senator "Paddy" Patrick Joseph LYNCH on 1 May 1933 at Saint Matthew's Roman Catholic Church in Narrogin [201]
Following their marriage she was welcomed to Three Springs at a Social and Dance held on Tuesday 1 August 1933 [5: 4-Aug-1933]
Resided with her husband on his Mount Leonora Farm in Three Springs [19]
During a stay at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs in 1935 she became aware of its needs for a Maternity Ward [5]
     In September 1935 she and Randolph BARNHART interviewed the Commissioner of Lotteries about the Maternity Ward [5]
     Also raised the Ward's necessity with the local press, after which an article was published in The North Midland Times [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Attended the hugely successful Annual Catholic Ball in Three Springs on 3 June 1937 in black Spanish lace over taffeta [5: 11-Jun-1937]
Later resided in Outram Street in West Perth, and later still with her unmarried sister Blanche in the Perth suburb of Nedlands [201]
Died 7 August 1959; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Roman Catholic, Lawn 2, G19) [2]


From The Western Mail newspaper, Tuesday 4 April 1933:
Women's Interests - Social
"Senator P. J. Lynch, President of the Senate, has become engaged to Miss Mary Brown of Narrogin. Miss Brown is a daughter of the late Mr. Michael Brown, widely known as the 'Father of Narrogin' and Mayor of that town for several years. The late Mr. Brown began life on the land long before rail communication was established and with boundless energy worked his way to the front as a pioneer landowner and business man. His daughter lived with her parents for years on one of his properties at Jitarning, about 60 miles from Narrogin. The late Mr. Brown lived strenuously to the last, as can be gathered from the fact that the day before his death he presided over a meeting of directors of the Narrogin Flour Milling Company, with which he had been connected from its foundation. Senator Lynch owns a big farm at Three Springs, which he took up about 24 years ago. He, too, had his taste of pioneering, his life at Three Springs being but in continuation of it. He had to cart water ten miles for ploughing. Now water is laid on over his 3,000 acre holding. After her marriage, Miss Brown will live at Canberra when Parliament is in session and the President's official duties require his presence there. Otherwise, she will make her home at Mt. Leonora farm, Three Springs. Senator Lynch called his farm that name because it was Mt. Leonora district that first gave him distinction in public life. Miss Brown and Senator Lynch have received congratulations from a wide circle of friends."


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




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