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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Mary Lena OLIVER / NORRISH

Born 1917 in Saint Kilda, Victoria, Australia [98]
Daughter of Arthur OLIVER and Margaret MAGREE [P2]
Resided with her parents in Three Springs Daughter of Arthur OLIVER and Margaret MAGREE [P2]
Began her schooling in February 1924 at the Dominican Convent School in Three Springs [98]
Won a 2nd prize for Sewing at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show on 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Attended the Children's Fancy Dress Ball held in Three Springs on 28 November 1930 as "Safety First" [4: 6-Dec-1930]
Won 2nd prize for Assorted Pastry in the Confectionary section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1932 [5: 30-Sep-1932]
Attended the Grand Ball following the Three Spring Agricultural Show on 22 September 1932 in a gown of pink georgette [5: 7-Oct-1932]
Attended the evening dance at the Three Springs Hall after the R.S.L. Sports Day at Arrino on 5 November 1932 [5: 18-Nov-1932]
Attended the Farewell Evening tendered to local pioneer Mrs Blanche M. KOCH in Three Springs on 3 December 1932 [4: 10-Dec-1932]
Won 2nd prize for Assorted Pastry in the Confectionary section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1933 [5: 29-Sep-1933]
Attended the Ball after the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 21 September 1933 in a dress of eau de nil lace and organdie [5]
Won 1st prize for a Plain Sponge in the Confectionary section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1934 [5: 21-Sep-1934]
Attended the Show Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 12 September 1935 in a gown of green matelasse [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Attended the Carnamah Girls Club's Masquerade Ball in Carnamah on 7 December 1935 as "Bon Rosa Cigars" [5: 13-Dec-1935]
Member of the Three Springs Tennis Club in 1935-36 and 1936-37 [5: 8-Nov-1935, 11-Dec-1936]
Attended Kenneth R. PETTIT's 21st birthday Social & Dance at his home in Three Springs on Saturday 23 May 1936 [5: 29-May-1936]
Attended the Valedictory Social for Miss Rachel M. A. WALLACE in Three Springs on Tuesday 15 December 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
Bridesmaid at the wedding of Richard H. S. JAMES and Rachel M. A. WALLACE in Three Springs on 5 January 1937 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
     Wore a blue lace ankle length frock with pink sash and blue and pink halo, and carried a bouquet of pink roses and green lilies [5]
Attended the Surprise Party for Miss Joyce E. BASTIAN at The Oaks Farm in Three Springs on 12 February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Attended the hugely successful Annual Catholic Ball in Three Springs on Thursday 3 June 1937 dressed in floral satin [5: 11-Jun-1937]
Resided in Three Springs until 1939 [19]
Married "Chris" Christopher James NORRISH in 1943 [66]
Resided in Three Springs 1947-1956 [19]
Later resided with her husband in Dongara where they had a butcher's shop, and later at a retirement village in Geraldton [P2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Mary Lena Oliver / Norrish' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 14 June 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/mary-lena-oliver [sources]




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