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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Mavis Sarah PETHICK / RAFFAN

Born 4 October 1913 in Aldinga, South Australia [55]
Daughter of William John PETHICK and Susan Alice BIRD [55]
Arrived in Winchester, Western Australia with her parents in April 1928 [P78]
Resided with parents on Petan Farm in Winchester from April 1928 until October 1936 [P78]
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 Carnamah Cricket Club's Ball in Carnamah on 2 April 1929 in a dress of mauve velvet and crepe de chine [4: 27-Apr-1929]
Attended the Euchre Party and Dances held at the Winchester School Hall in August and September 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929, 7 & 21-Sep-1929]
On 19 September 1929 attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Grand Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 28 July 1932 in a gown of rose taffeta [5: 5-Aug-1932]
Attended the Show Ball following the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 15 September 1932 in a gown of green satin [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Received 2nd prize for Best Lady Rider in the Ring Events at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 14 September 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
     Also won 1st prizes for Cauliflower and Chinese Radish; 1st and 2nd for Sponge Sandwich and 2nd for Pastry and Cream Puffs [5]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club from 1933-34 to 1936-37 [4: 18-Mar-1933] [5: 23-Nov-1934, 25-Oct-1935, 21-Aug-1936]
     In 1936-37 she, James L. ADAMS (Captain) and Albert W. MARRIOTT (Vice Captain) comprised the Selection Committee [5]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Monster Ball on 2 September 1933 in a dress of black georgette [5: 8-Sep-1933]
Won 2nd prize for Radishes in the Vegetable section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 7 September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Flannel Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 3 February 1934 [5: 9-Feb-1934]
Attended the Dance conducted by the Carnamah Toc H at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 24 February 1934 [5: 2-Mar-1934]
On the evening of Thursday 15 March 1934 attended the Carnamah Race Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Attended the Parkinson Tennis Club's Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 14 April 1934 [5: 20-Apr-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Attended the Roman Catholic Church's Ball in Carnamah on 26 May 1934 in a floral georgette dress with puff sleeves [5: 1-Jun-1934]
On Saturday evening 21 July 1934 attended the Carnamah Hall the Inering School Dance, held to raise money for books [5: 27-Jul-1934]
Attended the Dance in aid of the Institute for the Blind held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday evening 18 August 1934 [5: 24-Aug-1934]
Attended the Show Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 12 September 1935 in a gown of red taffeta [5: 20-Sep-1935]
      At the Show she won 1st prizes for Toilet Set and Pillow Shams, and both 1st and 2nd prizes for Hand Knitted Woollen Socks [5]
Competed in the Parkinson Tennis Club's New Year Tennis Tournament in Carnamah on Wednesday 1 January 1936 [5: 3-Jan-1936]
Attended the Mad Hatter's Leap Year Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 29 February 1936 wearing pale pink silk crepe [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Played for the combined Winchester-Waddy-Coorow tennis team against Carnamah-Parkinson on Sunday 5 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
Attended the Farewell Social for George & Ester MULLIGAN at Marathon Farm in Winchester on Thursday 25 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Attended the Ball after the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 3 September 1936 dressed in blue floral silk crepe [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Attended the Show Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 10 September 1936 dressed in floral georgette [5: 18-Sep-1936]
The Winchester Tennis Club held a social in her honour at the School Hall in Winchester on Wednesday evening 14 October 1936 [5]
     The social consisted of games, dancing, singing, supper and a presentation, and was in recognition of her upcoming marriage [5]
     During the evening she was presented with a tea set from the members of the Winchester Tennis Club [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Married George Archibald RAFFAN on Tuesday evening 20 October 1936 at the Presbyterian Church in Carnamah [5: 23-Oct-1936]
     Wore a self patterned marocain frock fitted to the hips which fell into folds forming a train, with flat collar and crowl sleeves [5]
     Entered the Church with her face covered by a circular veil of tulle edged with silver ribbon, and left with it thrown back [5]
     Her bridesmaid was her sister Alice who wore a floral silk georgette frock and large brimmed white hat trimmed with pink roses [5]
     She carried a sheath of lilies and roses while her sister carried a posy of delicate pink roses [5]
     Afterwards her parents received guests in the drawing room at Petan Farm, which was decorated with a profusion of roses [5]
     Their reception was held in the dining room at Petan, where the guests sat at one long table [5]
Resided with her husband on Inchgower Farm in Winchester from 1936 until 1948 when they shifted to a farm in Coorow [P74]
Competed in the Carnamah Tennis Club's Easter Tennis Tournament at Centenary Park in Carnamah in March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Attended the very largely attended Carnamah Tennis Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 17 April 1937 in ivory crinkly crepe [5: 23-Apr-1937]
Won the Ladies Open Championship at the Winchester Tennis Club's Annual Tennis Tournament in 1937 [5: 7-May-1937]
Attended the Coronation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 12 May 1937 in "ivory angel skin with cyclamen shoulder spray" [5: 14-May-1937]
     The ball and its festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth [5]
Herself and her husband left for a holiday to Singapore on Tuesday 17 August 1937 [5: 20-Aug-1937]
     Returning they departed Singapore on the steamship Charon and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 22 September 1937 [63]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club 1937-1952 [4: 2-Aug-1952] [5: 6-Aug-1937]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society [141]
Member of the Waddy Forest Tennis Club in 1950-51 [4: 9-Dec-1950]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Country Women's Association - was President 1969-1971 [173]
Attended the "Day of Pioneers" luncheon held at the Shire Council Chambers in Carnamah on 13 October 1982 [253]
Later resided at 23 Spain Street in Coorow and later still at Gordon Lodge in the Perth suburb of Bullcreek [1] [90]
Mother of Mary, Robert, Valarie and Ian [P78]
Died 18 January 2002; ashes buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia (Row I, Plot 12) [1] [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Mavis Sarah Pethick / Raffan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 24 October 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/mavis-sarah-pethick [sources]




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