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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Millie" Mildred Maud PARKIN / GRANT

Born 12 August 1907 in Cornwall, England [P18]
Daughter of "Harry" Henry PARKIN and "Mary" Philippa Mary BILKEY [20] [21]
     In 1911 was living with her parents and siblings Olive, Elsie, Maud and Tom at Wheal Hope in Perranporth, Cornwall, England [20]
Her father arrived in Western Australia in January 1912 and began working as a Railway Fettler in Carnamah [7: page 142] [19] [70]
     Along with her mother and siblings, she departed London, England on the steamship Ajana on 24 December 1912 [203]
     After a voyage of just over a month, they arrived on the Ajana in Fremantle, Western Australia on 1 February 1913 [70]
They arrived in Carnamah on 13 February 1913 to join her father, who they had not seen in over a year [7: page 142]
     Resided with her parents and siblings at Gable Cottage or The Gables at 4 Yarra Street in Carnamah [92]
With her sisters sang "exquisite songs" at the farewell in Carnamah for the stationmaster and his wife on 7 May 1913 [9: 16-May-1913]
Member of the Carnamah Sunday School in 1914 [7: page 238]
Student at the Carnamah State School in 1919 [97]
Won the 10-12 years Girls Running Race at the Peace Day Celebrations in Carnamah on Saturday 19 July 1919 [10: 25-Jul-1919]
Attended the Euchre Party, Basket Social & Dance held at the State School in Carnamah on Thursday 24 June 1920 [10: 16-Jul-1920]
     Donated a hand embroidered cushion which was raffled in aid of her sister Olive's candidature in the Popular Girl Competition [10]
Attended the Picnic Race Meeting & Agricultural Show held in Carnamah on Thursday 22 September 1921 [9]
     Awarded 1st prize for Standard VI Copy Book and received 2nd prize for a Drawing [9: 30-Sep-1921]
Postmistress of the Carnamah Post Office inside Louis P. PARKER's General Store at 7 Macpherson Street 1921-1926 [7: page 182] [--]
Attended the Carnamah Race Club's Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 10 April 1924 in a dress of wedgewood charmeuse [10: 24-Apr-1924]
Attended the Grand Plain & Fancy Dress Ball held in the Carnamah Hall on 6 August 1925 dressed as a "Sunflower" [9: 21-Aug-1925]
Competitor in the Miss Carnamah Competition in 1926, which was run to raise funds for the Carnamah Rifle Club [39: 3-Aug-1926]
Prior to her wedding, a Social Evening & Kitchen Tea was held in her honour at the Carnamah Hall on 23 July 1927 [4: 23-Jul-1927]
     The evening was organised by Mrs Ettie PARKER and Mrs Gladys MORTIMER [9: 29-Jul-1927]
Married "Bob" Robert William GRANT on 12 August 1927 in the Presbyterian Church in Carnamah [7: page 239]
     Herself and her husband were the first couple to be married at the Carnamah Presbyterian Church [7: page 239]
     Wore a white French crepe-de-chene dress with scalloped skirt, heavily beaded with pearls and silver beads [4: 20-Aug-1927]
     Her bridesmaids were her sister Elsie PARKIN and friend Beatrice BOOTH while the groomsman was her brother Tom [4]
     Their marriage was officiated by Methodist Minister Rev. Sydney H. S. SAGGERS of Three Springs [4: 20-Aug-1927]
Following her marriage resided with husband Bob on the GRANT family's Woodlyn Farm in Perenjori [P18]
Attended the Show Ball following the annual Carnamah Show on 18 September 1930 in a frock of rose pink georgette [4: 4-Oct-1930]
Later resided with her husband and son Monty in the Carnamah townsite [P4]
Dressmaker from Nind's Buildings at 27 Macpherson Street, Carnamah in 1933 [5: 16-Jun-1933]
She announced in the local paper in June 1933 that was prepared to do all classes of dressmaking in a stylish and attractive manner [5]
Attended the social and address on Home Mission work by Rev. A. J. BARCLAY in Carnamah on 10 July 1933 [5: 14-Jul-1933]
Advertised her dressmaking business in the Schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1933 [13]
     "For Your Show and Ball Frocks consult Mrs. Grant, The Modern Dainty Dressmaker" [13]
     "Evening Frocks a Specialty, Lowest Prices and Prompt Attention, Inquiries Invited. Address - Nind's Buildings, Carnamah" [13]
Attended the Dance conducted by the Carnamah Girls Club at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 10 June 1933 [5: 16-Jun-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club 1933-1936 [5: 11-Aug-1933, 27-Apr-1934, 5-Apr-1935, 27-Mar-1936]
Attended the Three Springs Golf Club's Annual Ball in Three Springs on 12 October 1933 in a dress of apple green satin [5: 20-Oct-1933]
Attended the House Party at Tom and Marjorie PARKIN's home in Carnamah on Friday 13 October 1933 [5: 20-Oct-1933]
Member of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club in 1933-34 [5: 9-Mar-1934]
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]
After about twelve months in business closed down her Dressmaking business in mid January 1934 to have a rest [5: 19-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]
Member of the Carnamah Presbyterian Ladies Guild - was Secretary in 1934 [105]
Member of the Carnamah Badminton Club - was Secretary in 1934 [5: 20-Apr-1934]
On 12 May 1934 attended the Carnamah Football Club's Grand Opening Ball in an dainty coral pink georgette dress [5: 18-May-1934]
Returned to her home in Carnamah in late May 1934 after receiving medical treatment at the Hospital in Three Springs [5: 1-Jun-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 funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Attended the Premiership Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 20 October 1934 in black velvet with pink organdie frilled sleeves [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Herself and her son travelled to Perth by train on 26 October 1934 and four days later left for the Eastern States [5: 2-Nov-1934]
After a holiday in the Eastern States they returned to Western Australia by the Manunda in February 1935 [5: 15-Feb-1935]
Following a trip to Mount Magnet she returned to Carnamah on Tuesday 3 September 1935 [5: 6-Sep-1935]
Won 2nd for Coffee Rolls at the 1935 Carnamah Agricultural Show, and wore cerise embossed marocain to the Show Ball [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Attended the Masquerade Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 7 December 1935 as an "Early Victorian Lady" [5: 13-Dec-1935]
Returned to Carnamah in late January 1936 after a vacation in Perth [5: 31-Jan-1936]
After spending a several days in Perth returned to Carnamah on Friday 28 February 1936 [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Attended the Mad Hatter's Leap Year Ball in Carnamah on 29 February 1936, wearing black georgette with silver girdle [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Herself and her mother returned to Carnamah on Saturday evening 23 May 1936 after a holiday in Perth [5: 29-May-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Anglican Church's Mid-Winter Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 11 July 1936 dressed in black velvet [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Attended the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball conducted by the Carnamah C.W.A. at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 25 July 1936 [5]
     She attended in fancy dress as "Queen of Hearts" and received the Special Prize for the Best Dressed Lady [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Won 1st prize for Knitted Woollen Article in the Fancy Work section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
     Attended the Show Ball held after the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show, on 3 September 1936, dressed in black georgette [5]
Attended the Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 in silver lama with silver button trimmings [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Played Mrs Darlington in the play "The Golf Widow" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
She was among those from Carnamah who travelled to Perth in early October 1936 to attend the Perth Royal Show [5: 9-Oct-1936]
     She exhibited in the Royal Show and won 1st prize for Coffee Rolls, 2nd for Knitted Jumper and 3rd for Pekinese puppy bitch [5]
     The name of her prize winning Pekinese puppy was "Toy Wee" [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Best Dressed Lady as "La Pompadour" at the Masquerade Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 5 December 1936 [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Played the role of Ethel in the play "The Wrong Flat" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Concert on 9 December 1936 [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Along with her husband and son left Carnamah and shifted to Perth on Tuesday 16 February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Excluding her sojourn in Perenjori after she married she had lived in Carnamah for 23 years [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Resided on Mill Point Road in South Perth and was the seamstress proprietor of "Supreme Modes" in Hay Street, Perth [P18]
She was a small woman and in the 1950s it was reported in a newspaper about her being the first female Father Christmas in WA [P198]
Following the death of her niece Mrs Yvonne G. FRENCH in 1955, she and her husband raised her daughter Yvette [P413]
Along with her husband and Yvette spent all their holidays staying on her brother-in-law Jack's farm in Perenjori [P413]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Applecross [2]
Mother of "Monty" Montague Robert GRANT and mother to Yvette Cheryll FRENCH [P413]
Died 1 July 1995; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Lawn, R, 960) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Mildred Maud Parkin / Grant' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/mildred-maud-parkin [sources]




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