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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Ettie" Mary Helena FLYNN / PARKER

Born 13 September 1883 in Perth, Western Australia [P6]
Daughter of Timothy FLYNN and Sophia EVANS [15]
Resided with her parents at Brookdale at 32 Thomas Street in West Perth[50]
Married "Lou" Louis Patrick PARKER on  26 July 1913 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Perth [39: 13-Aug-1913]
     She wore a dress of cream charmeuse satin, richly trimmed with silk point lace and pearls, and sprays of orange blossom" [39]
     A cluster of bridal flowers ornamented her square train which hung from her shoulders, and she wore an embroidered veil [39]
     She carried a bouquet of white blossoms and her bridesmaids were her sister Ruby L. FLYNN and her niece Linda STUART [39]
     Their wedding breakfast was held at her parents' home, where the tables had been "charmingly decorated in pink and white" [39]
     They spent their honeymoon at Strathmore in the Perth suburb of Subiaco, lent by her sister Mrs Daisy G. FITZPATRICK [39]
Resided with husband and later children on Glenwilli Farm in Winchester from 1913 to 1921 [P6]
On 20 February 1914 purchased a one acre block in the Moora townsite, Lot 196 of Melbourne Location 908, for £37 [27]
Gave birth to her first child at her parents' home Brookdale at 32 Thomas Street in West Perth in September 1914 [39: 6-Oct-1914]
Hosted a Social at her home in Winchester in April 1919, which raised £11/1/- for the Moora District Hospital [10: 9 & 30-May-1919]
Hosted a Grand Euchre Party & Dance at her home on Glenwilli Farm in Winchester on Thursday 4 September 1919 [10: 29-Aug-1919]
     The event was conducted by herself and Miss Winifred DAVIESON of Carnamah and raised £23 for the Carnamah Hall Fund [10]
     From a financial perspective the evening was proclaimed to have been the most successful event ever held in the district [10]
     It was also reported that "from a social point of view the party was everything that could be desired" [10: 12 & 19-Sep-1919]
     By collecting subscriptions herself and Miss DAVIESON ended up raising a otal of £26/11/7 for the Carnamah Hall Fund [10]
Donated ham for the Ball which followed the Sports Meeting in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Wednesday 17 March 1920 [124]
In 1921 and 1922 she was the owner of 610 acres of farmland in Winchester - Victoria Locations 5565 and 6275 [44]
     Her Winchester farmland was a part of her husband's Glenwilli Farm and was farmed by her husband [P6]
Following the sale of the farm in 1921 left Winchester and shifted with her husband and children to Perth [P6]
    In April 1921, when her father died at the age of 79 years, they were still living in Winchester [39: 21-Apr-1921]
    They resided briefly in Perth before shifting to the Carnamah townsite later in 1921 [P6]
Resided in the stone house at 5 Macpherson Street, Carnamah with her husband and children 1921-1937 [P6] [7: pages 38 & 39]
     They had a Delco generator situated on the verandah of their home which powered lights and an iron [P5]
     For a few years they were the only ones in Carnamah to have electricity, prior to the days of PARKIN family's power station [P5]
Godmother of Nellie May RUBERY, who was baptised at the Roman Catholic Church in Three Springs on 14 August 1921 [91]
Won 2nd prizes for Sweet Peas and Collection of Blooms at the Annual Show & Sports Carnival in Carnamah in 1923 [86: 4-Oct-1923]
Attended the Carnamah Race Club's Ball on 10 April 1924 in a pink georgette dress with black embroidery and beading [10: 24-Apr-1924]
Returned to Carnamah in November 1925 after being absent for a time due to a long illness [9: 20-Nov-1925]
Owned 3,781 acres of her husband's second farm in Winchester, Vaughanleoalaric Farm, in the later 1920s and 1930s [3]
     Her 3,781 acres of Vaughanleoalaric Farm in Winchester were Victoria Locations 4053 and 7921 [3]
Co-organiser of a social evening for soon to be married Olive M. PARKIN at the Carnamah Hall in July 1927 [9: 29-Jul-1927]
Won 1st prize for Sweet Peas and Cut Blooms at the Carnamah Agricultural Show & Sports Carnival on 13 October 1927 [9: 21-Oct-1927]
Attended the wedding of Kathleen HÄUSSLER and Harry ZUEGG of Winchester in Carnamah on 7 February 1928 [4: 11-Feb-1928]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred M. LANG's wedding and reception in Carnamah on 27 March 1928 [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Attended the wedding of Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN at the Carnamah Hall on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
In October 1928 herself and her husband travelled to Perth for a week to attend the Perth Royal Show [4: 20-Oct-1928]
One of the organisers of a dance held in Carnamah on 25 May 1929 to raise funds for the Carnamah Catholic Church [4: 18-May-1929]
In a dress of marigold chiffon velvet she attended the Centenary Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 26 July 1929 [86: 3-Aug-1929]
     The ball was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony [86]
Attended the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 8 August 1929 in a dress of nasturtium chiffon velvet [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Attended the farewell to Mrs Ida CROSSING at the home of Mrs BADRICK in Carnamah on 10 September 1929 [4: 14-Sep-1929]
Attended the Anglican Church's Freak Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 3 October 1929 in a flame chiffon velvet dress [4: 12-Oct-1929]
Attended the Roman Catholic Church's Building Fund Ball in Carnamah on 24 May 1930 in nasturtium crepe de chine [4: 31-May-1930]
Herself and her husband were invited to Kelva BADRICK's baptism reception in Carnamah on 28 September 1930 [4: 4-Oct-1930]
Attended the evening Ball after the Carnamah Races on Thursday 2 October 1930 in a dress of floral crepe de chine [4: 18-Oct-1930]
Attended the Carnamah Roman Catholic Church's Annual Ball on 6 August 1932 in a gown of pink floral crepe de chine [5: 19-Aug-1932]
Held a Card Party at her home in Carnamah on Thursday 25 May 1932 and donated the £2 proceeds to the Catholic Church [5: 2-Jun-1933]
In June 1932 she held a Euchre Evening at her home to raise funds for the Roman Catholic Church [12: 16-Jun-1932]
Attended the Carnamah Roman Catholic Church's Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 26 May 1934 [5: 1-Jun-1934]
Attended the Repertory Social, of plays, community singing and dancing, held in Carnamah on 15 August 1934 [5: 17-Aug-1934]
Sent a wreath for the grave of Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Attended the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show and Show Ball on Thursday 12 September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Attended the Wedding Social & Dance for Stuart and May FORD at Koolabba Farm in Carnamah on 25 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
She and Mrs Margaret A. WELLS hosted a Bridge Evening at her home in Carnamah on Sunday evening 21 June 1936 [5]
     The evening was to bid farewell to their friends Thomas P. and Johanna C. BERRIGAN who were leaving Carnamah [5: 26-Jun-1936]
Accompanied by her son Alaric spent the last weekend of June 1936 in Perth, returning to Carnamah on the Monday [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of Mrs Florence PRICE of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 1 September 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
It was said that she and her husband showed "extraordinary fortitude... at the time of their reversal of fortune" [5: 5-Feb-1937]
Due to financial reasons and for the education, home life and careers of their children they decided to shift to Perth [5: 5-Feb-1937]
Her husband employed Alexander R. G. BARR of Three Springs to auction the entirety of their household furniture and effects [5]
     The auction of their "first class condition" furniture and effects commenced at 2 p.m. on Saturday 23 January 1937 [5: 15-Jan-1937]
     Items sold at the auction included Orchestral Grand model Cable piano, four piece lounge suite, hall stand, dining room suite, [5]
     dinner wagon, two leather arm chairs, barometer, roll-top desk, swivel office chair, wardrobe, hanging hall lamp, swing lounge, [5]
     polished walnut 4-piece bedroom suite, 3-piece bedroom suite, four single iron bedsteads, two sideboards, large bird cage, [5]
     Delco lighting plant with 32 lights and electric iron and fan, dining room suite of six chairs and convertible billiard/dining table, [5]
     Singer sewing machine, three quarter bedstead, two double iron bedsteads, bookshelves, large quantity of books and pictures, [5]
     large meat safe of three sheep capacity, pedestal and jardiniere, 5-gallon jar, two 4-gallon jars, mangle, tubs, hall runner, [5]
     linoleums from all rooms, large 5-inch bench vice and a large quantity of tools, crockery, cutlery, kitchen utensils and sundries [5]
She and her family were publicly farewelled at a Valedictory Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 28 January 1937 [5]
     Residents of the Carnamah, Coorow and Three Springs districts attended to bid farewell to two of their oldest residents [5]
     John BOWMAN and James K. FORRESTER of Carnamah and Rev. Father Michael LYNCH of Three Springs made speeches [5]
     The speakers paid tribute to them as pioneer residents of the district and expressed regret at their departure from Carnamah [5]
     At the dance they received a presentation from the local Catholic Community and a cheque from their many friends [5: 5-Feb-1937]
Along with her husband and children Alaric and Mignonne left Carnamah and shifted to Perth on Friday 29 January 1937 [5: 5-Feb-1937]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Mount Pleasant [2]
Mother of Vaughan, Leo, Alaric and Mignonne PARKER; aunt of Ena BOOR [P5]
Died 19 July 1967; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Roman Catholic, LA, 298) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Mary Helena Flynn / Parker' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 17 April 2024 from [reference list]

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