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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


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Mary Esther GREENWOOD / MILES

Born 14 October 1913 in Southern Brook, Western Australia [P141]
Daughter of George Netherwood GREENWOOD and "Dolly" Mary Florence Sarah BEARD[P141]
Resided with her parents on Brooklands Farm in Southern Brook near Northam and attended the Southern Brook State School [P141]
In 1922 shifted with her parents and siblings from Southern Brook to prospective farmland in Waddy Forest [P141]
Resided with her parents on Maryland Farm in Waddy Forest 1922-1937 [P141]
Did schooling by correspondence, at the Waddy Forest State School and then at the Dominican Ladies Convent in Dongara [P280]
Exhibited in the Confectionary and Fancy Work sections of the first Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1932 [5]
     Received 2nd for Wheaten Scones and 1st for a Maid's Dress, both made by a girl under 20 years of age [5: 16-Sep-1932]
Won a 2nd prize for Geraniums in the Flower section of the second Coorow-Waddy Annual Agricultural Show in 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
     Also exhibited in the Poultry section and won 1st prizes for male White Turkey and female Bronzewing Turkey [5]
Member of the Coorow Tennis Club in 1933-34 [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Attended the Roman Catholic Church's Ball in Carnamah on 26 May 1934 in a white marocain dress with pleated sleeves [5: 1-Jun-1934]
About 40 people attended her Coming of Age Party held at the family home on Maryland on Saturday 13 October 1934 [5: 19-Oct-1934]
Attended the Premiership Ball in Carnamah on 20 October 1934 in a black lace dress relieved with silver sequin cape [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Member of the Waddy Forest Tennis Club in 1934-35, 1935-36 and 1936-37 [5: 19-Oct-1934, 10-Jan-1936, 4-Dec-1936]
Attended the Ball at the East Marchagee Hall after the Marchagee-Gunyidi Picnic & Sports Day on 14 September 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Attended the Mad Hatter's Leap Year Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 29 February 1936 wearing old black lace [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Attended the 25th Wedding Anniversary of Malcolm L. and Irene S. PATTON in Waddy Forest on 1 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
Attended the Show Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 dressed in vieux rose taffeta [5: 18-Sep-1936]
In mid October 1936 she was reported to be progressing favourably after medical attention in Perth [5: 16-Oct-1936]
After a short visit to Perth she and her sister Marj returned to Waddy Forest on Wednesday 5 May 1937 [5: 7-May-1937]
Attended the Coronation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Wednesday evening 12 May 1937 dressed in pink taffeta [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]
Attended the Silver Wedding Anniversary of Guy & Maude GREENWOOD at Manell Farm in Waddy on 1 June 1937 [5: 4-Jun-1937]
She was tendered a Surprise Linen Tea Party at Maryland Farm in Waddy Forest on Thursday afternoon 22 July 1937 [5: 23-Jul-1937]
     Among those at the party were Fred & Lilian S. BINGHAM; John & Eliza M. P. LAMPARD; James & Kate L. UNDERWOOD; [5]
     Mesdames (Mrs) Clarice L. RUDDUCK, Mary A. RUDDUCK, Norma C. JONES, Faith R. FOLLAND, Mary L. GRONOW [5]
     Susanna K. FOLLAND, Alma D. MORCOMBE, Stella A. MORCOMBE, Christina L. MITCHELL, Margaret O. ROBERTS, [5]
     Phoebe E. HUNT, Alice E. MORCOMBE, Margaret O. ROBERTS, Wylie M. HOGBIN Margaret BOTHE; and Misses (Miss) [5]
     Adeline B. FOWLER, Dulcie J. FOWLER, Eileen G. MORCOMBE, "Nance" Annie M. FOLLAND and Ivy L. BINGHAM [5]
She and her husband-to-be were tendered a Kitchen Tea Evening at the Waddy Forest Hall on Saturday 31 July 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
     The evening included dancing, presentations, the singing of "For They are Jolly Good Fellows" and concluded with supper [5]
     Received a bouquet of clothes pegs, blue bags and pot cleaners, relieved with pepper leaves and fern, and tried with a dishcloth [5]
     They received a collection of kitchen utensils that'd been purchased by Adeline B. FOWLER with locally collected donations [5]
     The donations had been collected by the Misses FOWLER - Adeline B. FOWLER, Elsie M. FOWLER and Dulcie J. FOWLER [5]
     They also received an oxidised finished rose bowl from the Waddy Forest Tennis Club [5]
Resided with her parents and helped her mother on Maryland Farm in Waddy Forest until her marriage in 1937 [P141]
Married "Bert" Albert Edward MILES on Wednesday 18 August 1937 at Saint Andrew's Roman Catholic Church in Carnamah [5]
     Her friends decorated the Church with flowers and an arch of ivy leaves and tree lucerne with a silver bell from its centre [5]
     She was gowned in white satin with shirring on shoulders, peter pan collar and her skirt forming a train [5]
     Her embroidered veil of parchment tulle was arranged with a coronet of orange blossoms, and she wore white fabric shoes [5]
     Her bridesmaids were her sisters Anne and Marj, the best man was her brother Harry and the groomsman was Bert's brother [5]
     Carried a sheath of arum lilies and orange blossoms and her bridesmaids carried bouquets of pink roses and chrysanthemums [5]
     After the ceremony they held their wedding breakfast at the Coorow Hotel followed by a reception at the Coorow Hall [5: 20-Aug-1937]
     Upon their departure she was wearing "a navy costume, with a smart eyebrow hat and squirrel choker with accessories en suite" [5]
     Following their honeymoon they returned to Waddy Forest on Saturday 28 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Resided with her husband on his and his brother Frank's farm in Waddy Forest[P141]
Member of Coorow's Tennis, Golf and Bowling Clubs [P141]
Also a member of Coorow's branches of the Country Women's Association and Red Cross Society [P141]
On retirement she and her husband shifted to a house at 13 Coatelean Drive in the Perth suburb of Osborne Park [P141]
She remained in Osborne Park following the death of her husband but later shifted to Mandurah [P141]
In Mandurah she initially resided in a granny flat adjoining her daughter's house and then at a nursing home [P141]
Mother of Kenneth and Lynette [P186]
Died 5 September 1997; buried Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park, Padbury WA (Acacia Court, Plot 2629) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Mary Esther Greenwood / Miles' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 February 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/mary-esther-greenwood [sources]




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