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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Dolly" Mary Florence Sarah BEARD / GREENWOOD

Born 17 December 1891 in Northam, Western Australia [P186]
Daughter of Job BEARD and Esther BIDDLE [15]
Grew up on her father's One Treehill Farm at Jurendine in the Northam district and was educated at the Jennapullin State School [P141]
Married George Netherwood GREENWOOD at Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Northam on 6 July 1910 [P141]
Her bridesmaid at her wedding was her sister Miss Alma BEARD, while best man was George's brother Guy [P280]
They held their wedding reception, to which 50 family and friends attended, at the Southern Brook Agricultural Hall [P280]
Resided with her husband and later children on Brooklands Farm in Southern Brook near Northam 1910-1922 [P141]
She was said to have taught her husband a great deal about farming, having been resided on farms her entire life [P141]
In 1922 shifted with her husband and children to prospective farmland at Waddy Forest, north east of Coorow [P141]
Resided on Maryland Farm in Waddy Forest 1922-1968 [P141]
On arrival to Waddy Forest the dingoes used to howl around their house at night [P141]
From 1923 until about 1931 they provided accommodation at their home for the teacher of the local Waddy Forest State School [P280]
Initially there were no fences and therefore no livestock on the farm which meant they had no fresh meat [P280]
One day she saw a bush turkey outside and to her and later her husband's amazement she shot it and they had it for dinner [P280]
She established and maintained a very nice garden on Maryland, which contained both flowers and vegetables [P141]
Annually they took about 20 bags of wheat to the flour mill at Dongara and she used the flour to make the family's bread [P141]
Initially their transport was a horse and cart/buggy until buying a Chevrolet truck in 1927 and a Page car in 1936 [P141]
Kept the family's food in a cool-safe - a metal frame covered by damp pieces of hessian which was cooled by the wind [P141]
Member of the Waddy Forest Tennis Club in 1933-34 [5: 20-Oct-1933]
Along with her husband and children returned to Waddy on 20 January 1934 after a holiday with relatives in Northam [5: 26-Jan-1934]
Herself, her husband and two of their children travelled to the coast for a few days at Dongara on 20 February 1934 [5: 2-Mar-1934]
During March 1935 she and her daughter Dorothy spent a holiday staying with relatives in Northam [5: 8-Mar-1935]
Won 2nd prizes for Cauliflower and Carnations at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on Thursday 5 September 1935 [5: 13-Sep-1935]
Sold a cow for £9/2/6 through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 23 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the 25th Wedding Anniversary of her sister-in-law Irene and Malcolm PATTON in Waddy Forest on 1 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
During the first weekend of August 1936 she was called to Northam on account of her mother's illness [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Miss Joyce BALLARD holidayed with her and her family in Waddy Forest during August 1936 [5: 14-Aug-1936]
During her stay Joyce attended with three of her children Nance FOLLAND's 21st Birthday in Waddy on 17 August 1936 [5: 21-Aug-1936]
Won 2nd prize for Cabbage in the Vegetable section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 3 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Attended Roy M. PATTON's birthday at the dam on Longforest Farm in Waddy Forest on Sunday 8 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
In early January 1937 she was an inmate of the Moora Hospital with her condition reported to have been improving [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Herself, her husband and their daughter Dorothy motored to Northam on 15 March 1937 and returned on 20 March 1937 [5: 19-Mar-1937]
Motored to Perth on Monday 12 July 1937 with her husband and daughters Mary and Anne and returned home in the week [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society in 1937 [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Attended the Silver Wedding Anniversary of Guy and Maude GREENWOOD at Manell Farm in Waddy on 1 June 1937 [5: 4-Jun-1937]
Hosted a Surprise Linen Tea Afternoon for her daughter Mary at their home on Maryland Farm in Waddy on 22 July 1937 [5: 23-Jul-1937]
    Her daughter Mary married local farmer Albert E. MILES at Saint Andrew's Church in Carnamah on 18 August 1937 [5]
    At the wedding she "was smartly attired in brown floral swiss crepe with ivory tonings and accessories to match" [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Owing to her mother being ill she left for Northam on Tuesday 31 August 1937[5: 3-Sep-1937]
Used kerosene lamps and candles for lighting until the late 1940s when they installed a petrol driven 32 volt lighting plant [P141]
Member of Coorow's branch of the Country Women's Association - served as President [P141]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club - served as President and later Patron [P280]
Member Coorow's branch of the Red Cross Society [P141]
Passed away at her home on Maryland Farm in Waddy Forest [P141]
Mother of Harry, Mary, Cornelius, Marjory, Anne and Dorothy [P141]
Died 20 January 1968; buried Three Springs General Cemetery, Three Springs (Roman Catholic, Plot 59) [24]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Mary Florence Sarah Beard / Greenwood' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 28 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/mary-florence-sarah-beard [sources]




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