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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Vera" May Veronica SIMPSON / GURNEY

Born 17 December 1919 in Midland Junction, Western Australia [25] [98]
Daughter of David and Mary SIMPSON [5: 21-Apr-1939]
Resided with her parents and siblings in Carnamah in 1919 and 1920 and in Three Springs 1920-1926 [5: 21-Apr-1939] [6] [19] [98]
Student at the Dominican Convent School in Three Springs from May 1924 to April 1925, and then didn't attend school [98]
Resided with her parents in Winchester from 1926 onwards [5: 21-Apr-1939]
They lived in a house at Lot 51 on the south side of Petan Street in the Winchester townsite [3] [P217]
Student at the Winchester State School in 1928 and 1929 [4: 4-Jan-1930] [25]
Attended the Euchre Party and Dance held in Winchester on Saturday 10 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Came 3rd in the 11-13 years Girls Running Race at the Centenary Celebrations in Carnamah on 13 September 1929 [4: 21-Sep-1929]
Won the Girls Egg & Spoon Race at the Sports Day and Picnic at Centenary Park, Carnamah on 9 October 1930 [4: 18-Oct-1930]
Appointed Godmother of her niece Moreen R. T. JONES at her baptism on 14 June 1931 [91]
She was among the 150 who attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 9 December 1933 [5: 15-Dec-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]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1933-34, 1934-35 and 1935-36 [4: 22-Dec-1934] [5: 23-Feb-1934, 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Attended the Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 June 1934 to raise funds for Church organ repairs [5: 6-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 Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball on 20 October 1934 in a red lace dress with shoulder spray [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Wore pink taffetas with silver trimmings to the Show Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 12 September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
After spending a fortnight long vacation in Perth she returned to Winchester on Saturday 12 October 1935 [5: 18-Sep-1935]
Attended the Mad Hatter's Leap Year Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 29 February 1936 wearing white marocain [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Anglican Church's Mid-Winter Ball on Saturday 11 July 1936 dressed in saxe crepe de chine [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Attended the Ball after the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 3 September 1936 dressed in green crinkled marocain [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Attended the Show Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 dressed in almond marocain [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social including three plays at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Attended the Back to Childhood Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday evening 17 October 1936 [5: 23-Oct-1936]
At the Back to Childhood Ball herself and E. Nellie HELLEWELL were the Best Dressed Couple as "Two Little Girls in Blue" [5]
Attended the very largely attended Carnamah Tennis Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 17 April 1937 in black georgette [5: 23-Apr-1937]
Left Winchester for Moora on Monday 21 June 1937 [5: 25-Jun-1937]
Resided in Winchester until at least 1938 [0: image 02816]
Later married "Clarrie" Clarence Martin Leslie GURNEY in 1940 [16] [66]
When her father died in 1952 she was living in York, and was the mother of a number of sons [4: 17-May-1952]
Resided at Gilgering between York and Beverley in 1958 [50]
In 1963 they were living on The Willows Farm at Greenhills in the York district [50]
Resided on Haddrill Road in the outer Perth suburb of Baskerville in 1968 [50]
Resided at 19/31 Herdsman Parade in the Perth suburb of Wembley 1972, and at 19/92 Herman Parade, Wembley in 1977 [50]
Father of Bob, Keith, Dennis and Garry [138]
Died 13 July 2007; buried Mandurah Lakes Cemetery in the southern Perth suburb of Mandurah [138]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'May Veronica Simpson / Gurney' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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