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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Maude Florence WALDECK / JAMES

Born 1878 in Greenough, Western Australia [15]
Daughter of Joshua Watts WALDECK and Catherine PEARSON [15]
Resided with her parents on Mount Pleasant Farm in Greenough and on Warracootharra Station east of Mount Magnet [10: 15-Oct-1920]
Married "Fred" Frederick Edward Senior JAMES in Greenough in 1905 [15]
Resided with her husband on Coodawa Farm in Three Springs 1911-1930 [P111]
Sang the song "Call me Back" at the Methodist Church Fund Social held in Three Springs on Thursday 30 July 1914 [10: 21-Aug-1914]
She and William HARRIS organised a concert in aid of Red Cross funds, which was held in Three Springs on 15 January 1915 [10]
     At the concert sang "Australia's Call" and "Nights of Gold" and amid loud applause was called back for an encore [10: 22-Jan-1915]
In mid February 1915 while stepping off the verandah of their humpy on the farm she nearly trod onto a black snake [10: 16-Feb-1915]
     Her scream summoned the attention of her husband who grabbed an axe and flew off the verandah removing the snake's head [10]
Sang "The Sweetest Story Ever Told" and an encore at a Concert held in Three Springs on Friday 26 February 1915 [10: 5-Mar-1915]
Donated poultry to be sold at a Basket Social & Dance held in Three Springs in aid of the Red Cross on 30 July 1915 [10: 6-Aug-1915]
     During the evening she also purchased a donated bag of wheat for 20/- and then donated it back so it could be sold again [10]
Herself and Mrs Leah CARTER judged the Bread, Butter and Eggs at the "Three Springs Day" on 16 September 1915 [10: 24-Sep-1915]
Foundation Secretary of the Three Springs branch of the Red Cross Society in 1915 [10: 15-Oct-1915]
Attended as "England and France" the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on 19 July 1916 in aid of the Red Cross [39: 31-Jul-1916]
Attended the Red Cross Society Basket Social & Dance held in Three Springs on Wednesday 22 November 1916 [10: 5-Dec-1916]
     Sang "Somewhere in France" and later in the evening herself and Miss GOOCH sang the duet "Life's Dream is O'er" [10]
Ran her husband's farm in There Springs in 1917 and 1918 when he was serving abroad in the Australian Imperial Force [6]
     In 1917 seeded 300 acres of crop on her husband's CoodawaFarm in Three Springs [10: 19-Jun-1917]
Member of the Three Springs Honour Board Committee in 1917 [10: 20-Jul-1917]
Donated a bag of wheat to the local Red Cross, which raised £7/4/6 when auctioned at a dance held on 22 August 1917 [10: 31-Aug-1917]
Won all eight games at a Euchre Party & Dance in aid of the local Convent in Three Springs on 19 September 1917 [10: 21-Sep-1917]
Member of the Three Springs Tennis Club in 1917-18 [10: 23-Nov-1917]
Herself and Mrs Sara T. MALEY ran the Bazaar at the Red Cross Gala Day held in Three Springs on 23 May 1918 [10: 31-May-1918]
Returned to Three Springs in early January 1919 after being a patient at the Moora District Hospital in Moora [10: 10-Jan-1919]
Donated a bag of pedigreed wheat to the Basket Social & Dance held in TS in aid of Church funds on 10 February 1919 [9: 21-Feb-1919]
Attended May BERRIGAN's 21st Birthday held at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Friday 12 September 1919 [9: 19-Sep-1919]
Won 1st prize for Pickles and 2nd prize for a Loaf of Bread at the Three Springs Day on Thursday 25 September 1919 [10: 3-Oct-1919]
Sang "The Link Divine" at the Methodist Church's Concert & Social held in Three Springs on 11 October 1919 [10: 17-Oct-1919]
Ran the Cool Drink & Sweets Stall at the Hospital Ball at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Thursday 5 April 1923 [9: 27-Apr-1923]
She judged the "Ladies Section" at the Annual Show & Sports Carnival held in Carnamah on 20 September 1923 [86: 4-Oct-1923]
Attended the Grand Plain & Fancy Dress Ball in Carnamah on 6 August 1925 in an evening dress of nigger satin charmet [9: 21-Aug-1925]
Participated in the annual Carnamah kangaroo hunt of September 1925, riding a horse named Cushion [9: 18-Sep-1925]
Secretary of a Euchre Party, Basket Social & Dance held in Three Springs in mid 1926 in aid of the Anglican Church [9: 30-Jul-1926]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred LANG's wedding dance at the Carnamah Town Hall on 27 March 1928 [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Herself and Edward HUNT organised the Matrons and Benedicts Ball which was held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
     The Ball was reported to have been a "Brilliant Function," to which she attended in a dress of black lace with brilliant trimming [4]
Successfully exhibited in the Confectionary section of the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show in 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
     Won 1st prizes for Preserved Fruits, Jellies, Dressed Fowls; 2nd for Collection of Jams, Pickles, Biscuits; 3rd for Marmalade [4]
Attended the Show Ball following the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show on 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Along with Evander FRANKLIN organised a weekend camping expedition to Lookanooka Swamp in October 1928 [4]
     The camping party numbered 14, including herself, and during the weekend bagged 24 kangaroos [4: 27-Oct-1928]
Foundation President of the Three Springs branch of the Country Women's Association in 1929 [206]
Donor at the Gift Evening held for the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs on Wednesday 1 May 1929 [4: 25-May-1929]
Judged the Confectionary and Dairy Produce sections at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Won the trophy for sections I, J & K at the second annual Three Springs Agricultural Show on 30 September 1929 [4: 5-Oct-1929]
     Won both 1st and 2nd prizes for Marmalade and 2nd prizes for Pickles, Jellies, Gent's Buttonhole, Sweet Peas and Marmalade [4]
     Won 1st prizes for Marmalade, Bread, Garden Flowers and Dressed Fowls; also Judged the Fancy Work section of the Show [4]
In October 1929 she had visitors stay with her in Three Springs in Miss RENOU and Miss MALE, both of Perth [4: 5-Oct-1929]
Costume Judge at the Carnamah Anglican Church's Freak Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 3 October 1929 [4: 12-Oct-1929]
     She attended the Freak Ball in a dress of black georgette and her visitor Miss RENOU, who also attended, wore ivory georgette [4]
Attended the Armistice Day ceremony held at the Three Springs State School on Monday 11 November 1929 [4: 16-Nov-1929]
On the improve after health problems she stayed at a convalescent home in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe in January 1930 [4: 4-Jan-1930]
Presented the Three Springs Anglican Church with fruit and veg at its Harvest Thanksgiving service on 23 March 1930 [4: 29-Mar-1930]
She was described as having "charm, personality and prestige" [206]
Resident of Three Springs until her death in 1930 [4: 23-Aug-1930]
Mother of Richard [95]
Died 21 August 1930 in Geraldton; buried at the Greenough Cemetery in Greenough, Western Australia [4: 23-Aug-1930] [169]


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 23 August 1930:
Death of Mrs F. E. James, Three Springs
"Great regret will be felt at the news of the death of Mrs. Maude Florence James, wife of Mr. F. E. James, Three Springs, which occurred at the Rosella Hospital, Geraldton. The deceased lady, who was 54 years of age, had been ill for a considerable time. She was a daughter of the late Mr. J. W. Waldeck, one of the pioneer farmers of the Greenough district, and since her marriage to Mr. F. E. James had taken an active part in affairs at Three Springs, and was held in the highest esteem by all who were privileged to know her. For her husband and son the deepest sympathy will be expressed. The funeral took place on Friday afternoon at the Anglican cemetery, Greenough, there being a very large attendance of old friends in the district. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Jaquet, of Three Springs."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Maude Florence Waldeck / James' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 December 2018 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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