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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


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Mary Esther NIVEN / KELLY

Born 17 June 1915 at Craigend Farm in Carnamah, Western Australia[P25]
Daughter of Robert NIVEN and Annie MUNRO [P13]
Was delivered by a Mrs DAVIDSON, who was a midwife in the Carnamah district [P25]
Resided on Craigend Farm in Carnamah from her birth in 1915 until the end of 1928 [P25]
Student at the Carnamah State School 1921-1928 [P25]
Attended Mrs Helena M. GREEN's Sunday School held at her home at 3:00 p.m. on Sundays [P25]
Won a prize for sewing in school-work section of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's 1927 show [9: 21-Oct-1927]
Attended the Carnamah Children's Fancy Dress Ball as an "Early Victorian" on Saturday 15 October 1927 [9: 21-Oct-1927]
Won 1st prizes for a Pencil Drawing and for Sewing in the school-work section at the 1928 Carnamah Show [4: 13-Oct-1928]
Left Carnamah at the end of 1928 [P25]
Student at Perth Girls School in Perth WA and then undertook a commercial course at Tech School [P25]
In 1933 and early 1936 she was working at her sister Margaret's Saint Andrew's Hospital in Midland Junction [5: 25-Aug-1933, 8-Feb-1936]
She spent a holiday in Carnamah in August 1933 [5: 25-Aug-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Monster Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 2 September 1933 [5]
She was noted as wearing "black georgette and lace relieved ivory velvet" to the Monster Ball in Carnamah [5: 8-Sep-1933]
Resided at Padbury Terrace in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction in 1935 [84]
Travelled from Perth to Carnamah by train for a holiday on Wednesday 13 February 1935 [5: 15-Feb-1935]
Herself and her sister Jessie were baptised at the Presbyterian Manse in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction on 2 June 1935 [84]
Suffered abrasions and shock as a passenger in her brother James' truck when it overturned on Sunday 2 February 1936 [5: 7-Feb-1936]
     They were returning from a picnic at South Beach when her brother turned sharply to avoid colliding with a car in front of them [5]
     The truck went off the Fremantle Road in Palmyra and into sand and loose stones near the tramline, where it overturned [5]
Arrived in Carnamah in early November 1936 to spend a holiday with her sister and brothers in Carnamah [5: 6-Nov-1936]
In January 1937 left Carnamah to again join her sisters at Saint Andrew's Hospital in Midland Junction [5: 15-Jan-1937]
Later in 1937 she was working at the Perth Public Hospital [5: 17-Sep-1937]
Spent a month with her mother and brothers in Carnamah over September and October 1937 [5: 17-Sep-1937]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction prior to enlisting in the Australian Army on 13 October 1942 [16]
     Lieutenant WX22029 in Australian Army Nursing Service during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 10 April 1945 [16]
Married Gordon Keith KELLY on 26 October 1944 (Div) [P13]
Resided in Victoria, Australia from 1946 to 1984 [P25]
Resided in New South Wales, Australia from 1984 [P25] to 2004 [P13]
Mother of Esther Mignon [P13]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Mary Esther Niven / Kelly' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 20 September 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/mary-esther-niven [sources]




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