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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Mary Jane PEARCE / DUNNING

Born 1868 in Michelmersh, Hampshire, England [20] [21]
Daughter of William PEARCE and Mary VERE [20] [227]
Baptised on 5 April 1868 at Saint Mary's Church in Michelmersh, Hampshire, England [227]
In 1871 was living with her parents and brothers William, Charles, George and Edward at Paynes Hill Road in Michelmersh [20]
Ten years later in 1881 she was still living at Paynes Hill with her parents and brothers George and Edward [20]
Her father was a woodman, a profession her brothers also took on as young teenagers [20]
In 1891 she was a domestic servant in the parlour of perpetual curate Edgar SILVER's home in South Stoneham, Hampshire [20]
Married Frederick George DUNNING on 31 December 1892 at Saint Mary's Church in Michelmersh, Hampshire, England [21] [227]
She was living with her market gardener husband and their then three children in Sholing, Hampshire, England in 1901 [20]
In 1911 was resident with her husband and their five children at 143 Bevois Valley Road in Southampton, Hampshire, England [20]
Her three elder children departed London, England on the steamship Omrah on 27 March 1914 bound for Western Australia [203]
In 1920 her son Walter immigrated to Western Australia, and in 1924 herself, her husband and their daughter Ethel did the same [203]
Resided at 143 Bevois Valley Road in Southampton, Hampshire, England until 1924[203]
Along with her husband and their daughter Ethel departed London, England on the steamship Ormuz on 24 May 1924 [203]
Exactly one month later, on 24 June 1924, they arrived on the steamship Ormuz in Fremantle, Western Australia [63]
In 1925 herself, her husband and their daughter Ethel were living at 14 Mount Street in the Perth suburb of Claremont [50]
Her husband worked as a gardener and they later resided at 101 Stirling Highway in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe [50]
Following her husband's death on 28 July 1937 [2] she appears to have shifted to Carnamah where her son Harry was farming [19]
Resided with her son Harry and his family on farmland in Carnamah, Western Australia from 1938 to 1943 [19] [50] [88]
Went for a walk at 6 p.m. on 10 March 1938 and when she didn't return her son Harry contacted the Carnamah Police Station [88]
A large search party was called together and at about 9 p.m. she was found at a neighbour's house, having wandered some miles [88]
Later resided with her son Walter and his family at 425 Railway Road in the Perth suburb of Shenton Park [39: 18-Sep-1946] [50]
Mother of Olive Mary, "Harry" Harold Frank, Frederick Thomas, Walter Reginald and Ethel May [20]
Died 17 September 1946; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, VC, 355)[2]


From The West Australian newspaper, Thursday 29 July 1937:
"Deaths - DUNNING - On July 28, 1937, at 101 Stirling-highway, Cottesloe, Frederick George Dunning, formerly of Dunning Bros., Nurserymen and Florists, Southampton, England, dearly beloved husband of Mary Dunning, and loving father of Olive (Mrs W. hall, Perth), Harry (Carnamah), Frederick (Claremont) and Walter (Shenton Park), and grandfather of 17 children; aged 73 years. A patient sufferer at rest."
 
 
From The West Australian newspaper, Wednesday 18 September 1946:
"Deaths - DUNNING - On September 17, 1946, at Royal Perth Hospital, Mary, widow of the late Frederick George, loved mother of Olive, Harry, Frederick, Walter and Ethel (deceased); fond mother-in-law of Wally, Frances, Ivy and Jessie; loved grandmother of 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; aged 77 years. At rest."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Mary Jane Pearce / Dunning' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 December 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/mary-jane-pearce  [ sources ]




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