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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Mary SPILLER / WHITE / BADRICK

Born 10 July 1899 in Yarcombe, Devon, England [P150]
Daughter of blacksmith Harry SPILLER and Bessie Susan CHARLES [20] [21]
In 1901 she was living with her parents, grandfather and sisters Matilda and Sarah at Stockhouse in Yarcombe, Devon, England [20]
She grew up in the County of Devon and later worked at a hotel in London [P150]
Married (1) a pianist by the surname of WHITE, however he later died [P150]
She had almost saved enough money to buy herself a ticket to Western Australia when it was stolen from her wardrobe [P150]
Continued working at the hotel in London, England until she had once again saved enough money [P150]
Shortly after arrival in Western Australia she secured a job working for John and Janet A. RAFFAN in Winchester [P150]
Resided with the RAFFAN family on Inchgower Farm in Winchester for a number of years ending in 1928 [P150]
Helper and companion for Mrs Janet RAFFAN, during which time she was treated like a sister by George and Gordon RAFFAN [P150]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club [P150]
Her husband to be Frank BADRICK, who was a newsagent in Carnamah, rode his horse to see her at Winchester [P150]
Prior to their  marriage she was stated to have been "well known" in the Carnamah district [4: 3-Nov-1928]
Attended the wedding dance for Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN in Carnamah on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Attended the Show Ball following the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show on 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Won 2nd prize for Cakes at the Carnamah Show and Sports Carnival held in Carnamah on Thursday 4 October 1928 [4: 13-Oct-1928]
Married (2) Frank BADRICK on 25 October 1928 at the Carnamah Church [4: 3-Nov-1928]
Bridesmaid at her wedding was Miss Ethel HELLEWELL and best man was Stan O'GRADY[4: 3-Nov-1928]
Their wedding breakfast was held at the home of Edward and Emily HELLEWELL at 2 Caron Street, Carnamah [4: 3-Nov-1928]
Along with her husband spent their honeymoon in Geraldton before returning to Carnamah on 6 November 1928 [4: 10-Nov-1928]
Resided with her husband and later also daughter at 18 Boojerabba Street in Carnamah 1928-1932 [P150]
One of the five organisers of the Anglican Church Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 1 December 1928 [4: 8-Dec-1928]
On 10 February 1929 held a small party at her home to celebrate the anniversary of her arrival in WA from England [4: 16-Feb-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Cricket Club's Ball held on 2 April 1929 in a dress of figured velvet in autumn tones [4: 27-Apr-1929]
On Saturday 11 May 1929 attended the surprise party tendered to Mrs Ida CROSSING at her home in Carnamah [4: 26-May-1929]
Executive Committee Member of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association in 1929 [4: 31-Aug-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Ball on 18 May 1929 in a dress of figured chenille velvet [4: 25-May-1929]
Attended the Plain and Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Town Hall on Thursday 8 August 1929 as a "Harem Lady" [4: 17-Aug-1929]
On 10 September 1929 held a social evening at her home in honour of Mrs Ida CROSSING who was leaving Carnamah [4: 14-Sep-1929]
Attended the Card Evening held at the home of Mrs Johanna BERRIGAN in Carnamah on 12 September 1929 [4: 21-Sep-1929]
Dressed as a "Dutch Girl" she attended the Fancy Dress Ball held in Carnamah on Thursday 28 August 1930 [4: 6-Sep-1930]
Attended the welcome to Rev. Albert W. and Mrs Murial A. CURTIS at the Church Hall in Carnamah on 8 September 1930 [4: 6-Sep-1930]
Won 1st prize for a "Knitted Article in Wool" at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 18 September 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1930 [4: 25-Oct-1930]
On the afternoon of 28 September 1930 held a reception at their home following the Christening of their daughter Kelva [4: 4-Oct-1930]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association (C.W.A.) [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Spent a holiday in Nanson as the guest of Mr and Mrs Paul SHEARD from May to September of 1931 [4: 16-May-1931 & 3-Oct-1931]
Made a donation to the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them purchase premises [5: 29-Jul-1932]
Won 2nd prize for a Collection of Flowers at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 15 September 1932 [5: 23-Sep-1932]
On Saturday 17 September 1932 was farewelled at a social afternoon by the members of the Carnamah C.W.A. [5: 23-Sep-1932]
The members of the C.W.A. gave her a polished jarrah nut bowl and dainty Early Victorian posies for herself and her daughter [5]
Herself and her husband were publicly farewelled at a social held at the Carnamah Hall on 1 November 1932 [5: 4-Nov-1932]
Mother of Kelva [4: 3-May-1930]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Mary Spiller / White / Badrick' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 5 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/mary-spiller [sources]




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