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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Mavis Amelia ROWLAND / RAYNER

Born 7 October 1917 [64] in Dongara, Western Australia [P13]
Daughter of "Jim" James Hostley ROWLAND and "Dorrie" Martha Dorothy SLOPER [P13]
Resided with her parents at Yardarino in the Irwin district, and was baptised by Harry ROBINS of Dongara on 2 December 1917 [84]
In mid 1922 shifted with her parents and siblings to farmland in the Carnamah district [P13]
Initially resided in Carnamah with her parents on Billaloo Farm at Billeroo, East Winchester [P13]
Attended the 1929 Carnamah Children's Fancy Dress Ball dressed as a "Violet"[4: 13-Jul-1929]
Won second prize for a Collection of Wildflowers at the Carnamah Show at Centenary Park on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Student at the Billeroo State School in Billeroo, East Winchester in 1930 [7: page 77]
One day she was caned on the hand for misbehaviour at the Billeroo School, to which she replied "Sir, but that didn't hurt" [P133]
Came 2nd in the 12-14 years Running Race at the Sports Day & Picnic at Centenary Park, Carnamah on 9 October 1930 [4: 18-Oct-1930]
After leaving school she was unable to get full time work so would help expectant mothers for a few weeks at a time [P7]
Worked for Dr Cecil P. ROSENTHAL at the Carnamah Private Hospital at 14 Robertson Street, Carnamah [P7]
When the doctor became unwell the hospital was closed and she returned to live with her parents on Billaloo Farm [P7]
Later worked for Miss "Bessie" Elizabeth MACPHERSON doing domestic duties at Carnamah House (Macpherson Homestead) [P7]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1934-35 [4: 22-Dec-1934] [5: 30-Nov-1934]
Later in the 1934-35 season and early on in the 1935-36 season was a member of the Carnamah Tennis Club [5: 12-Apr-1935, 18-Oct-1935]
Member of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club in 1935-36 and 1936-37 [5: 1 & 8-Nov-1935, 30-Oct-1936]
Attended the Parkinson Tennis Club's Annual Social Evening at the Church Hall, Carnamah on Thursday 14 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
     Received trophies as runner-up in the Club's Championship Singles and for winning the Club's Handicap Mixed Doubles [5]
Member of the Carnamah Social Club in 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936, 13-Nov-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Girls Club in 1936 and 1937 [5: 26-Jun-1936, 9-Apr-1937]
Attended the C.W.A. Plain & Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 25 July 1936 dressed as a "Footballer" [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Played for the defeated Carnamah Social Club in badminton against the Carnamah Badminton Club on 5 August 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
As part of the Carnamah Girls Club conducted the very successful "A Night in Iceland" in Carnamah on 15 August 1936 [5: 21-Aug-1936]
Won the Ladies Handicap Doubles at the Carnamah Social Club's Badminton Tournament on 4 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Married Carnamah farmer Cyril RAYNER on 19 March 1937 at the Salvation Army Foretress in Perth [P7]
     They were going to get married at the Registry Office but the lady they were staying with arranged the nicer location [P7]
     Following their marriage they were tendered a Social Evening at the Church Hall in Carnamah on Thursday 1 April 1937 [5]
     The Evening consisted of community singing, competitions and those present rendering elocutionary and vocal items [5: 9-Apr-1937]
Resided with her husband and later children on Minawaha Farm in Carnamah 1937-2003 [P7]
     500 acres of the farm, Victoria Location 3328, had many years earlier been farmed by her late uncle Silas J. ROWLAND [44]
     They kept two cows for milk, which were shut up at night, and then milked in the morning (their calves got the evening milk) [P7]
     Through the use of a separator they obtained milk and cream from the cow's milk, and she also made butter [P7]
     They purchased their first refrigerator for £80 from Carnamah agent W. George MULLIGAN [P7]
     Purchased two weaner pigs from Thomas J. BARKER for about £1 each which began what became her husband's large piggery [P7]
Member of the Carnamah Social Club - was Ladies Singles Badminton Champion in 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]
Paid a 5/- Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board in 1941 for helping to control vermin by killing two foxes [416: page 40]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1950 [0: image 04538]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association in 1951 [0: image 04611]
President of the Carnamah Hockey Club in 1951 [0: image 04617]
Member of the Carnamah Badminton Club 1949-1951 [0: image 04626] [4: 10-Sep-1949]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club - played for Carnamah Country 1952-53 and for Carnamah Blue 1953-54 [0: images 04695 & 04722]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1957 and 1958 [4: 5-Apr-1957 & 21-Mar-1958]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1957 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club 1958 onwards [7: page 213]
Women's Champion of the Carnamah Golf Club from 1962 to 1977 and again from 1979 to 1987 [7: page 213]
President 1968-1971 and Captain 1972-1973 of the Carnamah Golf Club [7: page 213]
Attended the "Day of Pioneers" luncheon held at the Shire Council Chambers in Carnamah on 13 October 1982 [253]
In 1987, at the age of 70 years, had a golfing handicap of thirteen [7: page 250]
Later made a Life Member of the Carnamah Golf Club [7: page 210]
Attended the Billeroo State School reunion at the R.S.L. Hall in the Perth suburb of Bedford on 3 June 1990 [183]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society - was Vice President 1998-2001 [141]
Mother of Shirley, Margie, Issy, Roy, Maureen, Kay, Lany, Doug, Max, Jan, Vicki and Peter [45]
Died 22 July 2003; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row V, Plot 6) [64]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Mavis Amelia Rowland / Rayner' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 19 September 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/mavis-amelia-rowland [sources]




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