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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Millie Goyne UREN / LEITHHEAD

Born 1903 in Trafalgar, Western Australia [P285]
Daughter of Samuel George UREN and Lucy WILLIAMS [15]
Resided in Perth prior to her marriage [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Attended the Wedding Social & Dance for Stuart and May FORD at Koolabba Farm in Carnamah on 25 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Married Darcy William LEITHHEAD on Saturday 11 April 1936 at the Wesley Church in William Street, Perth [5: 17-Apr-1936] [66]
Following their marriage and honeymoon they arrived in Carnamah on Sunday 26 April 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
Resided in Carnamah with her husband 1936-1940 [0: image 03905]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club 1936-1939 - was a Committee Member in 1937 [5: 15-May-1936, 7-May-1937] [489]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1936, and Secretary in 1937 [5: 5-Jun-1936, 21-May-1937]
After a short holiday in Perth she returned to Carnamah as a passenger with local farmer Harold POPE on 24 June 1936 [5: 26-Jun-1936]
Travelled from Carnamah to Perth by car with Carnamah mechanic Ivan JOHNSON on Monday 3 August 1936 [5: 7,  14 & 21-Aug-1936]
Returned to Carnamah by car as a passenger with Carnamah agent Frank E. BROADHURST on Saturday 15 August 1936 [5]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association in 1936 and 1937[5: 4-Sep-1936, 15-Jan-1937]
Her mother and sister Mrs Elsie L. ROGERS holidayed with her in Carnamah in September and October 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936, 2-Oct-1936]
Herself, her mother and her sister attended the Show Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
To the Show Ball she wore black georgette, her mother was dressed in navy crepe de chene and her sister pink georgette and taffeta [5]
Performed at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social at the Carnamah Hall on Friday evening 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
     Played Mrs Spenlow in "The Paris Model" in addition to playing pianoforte overtures and piano accompaniments [5]
     Her husband also performed, her visiting sister Mrs Elsie L. ROGERS sang a song, and her mother was in the audience [5]
Her mother, sister Mrs Elsie L. ROGERS and her sister's soon returned to Perth on Tuesday 13 October 1936 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Adult Education Circle in 1937 - hosted some of the Circle's meetings at their home [5: 19-Feb-1937, 7-May-1937]
Hosted at her home in Carnamah the C.W.A. Valedictory for Mrs Barbara K. PLUNKETT on 17 February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
After spending Easter in Perth herself and her husband were returning to Carnamah by car on Monday 29 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
     They were accompanied by her husband's workmate John T. MCLEAN, his wife Mrs Doris E. J. MCLEAN and their son [5]
     At 8 p.m. about four miles north of Bullsbrook their car collided head on with a Chrysler touring car [5]
     Both cars were uninsured and extensively damaged however fortunately the occupants of both cars were uninjured [5]
Attended the largely attended Carnamah Tennis Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 17 April 1937 in dusty pink marocain [5: 23-Apr-1937]
Attended the Coronation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 12 May 1937 in "black matelasse finished in pink and silver" [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]
Miss Hazel E. STEENHOLDT of East Fremantle holidayed with herself and her husband in Carnamah in June 1937 [5: 4-Jun-1937]
     Accompanied by Hazel she motored to Perth on Monday 14 June 1937 and motored back to Carnamah two days later [5: 18-Jun-1937]
Along with her fellow members conducted the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening on Friday 25 June 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
     Gave a piano overture "Rendezvous," played the piano-accordion and was Lady Marley in the play "The Ghost of Marley Hall" [5]
Motored to Perth with her husband on Tuesday 13 July 1937 where they spent a fortnight of her husband's annual leave [5: 16 & 30-Jul-1937]
Hosted a Social Evening of the Carnamah Golf Club Associates at her home in Carnamah on Friday 9 July 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
     The social included music, vocal items, competitions and games and was attended by Mrs Nancy M. PIKE, Mrs Mary K. FELS, [5]
     Mrs Irene A. GELL, Mrs Barbara K. PLUNKETT, Mrs "May" Maria FORD, Mrs Cora J. MARTYN, Mrs Doris FORRESTER, [5]
     Mrs "Tottie" Lillian M. DIAMOND, Mrs Nellie F. TIMMS, Mrs Gertrude BROADHURST and Miss Isabel D. FORRESTER [5]
In August 1937 her mother, her sister Mrs Elsie L. ROGERS and her sister's son stayed with her in Carnamah [4: 14-Aug-1937] [5: 6-Aug-1937]
     With a duet her sister with E. Vera STEPHENS came 2nd at the Community Concert in Carnamah on 11 August 1937 [5: 13-Aug-1937]
Opened the Carnamah Repertory Club's Concert at the Carnamah Hall on 20 August 1937 with the spirited overture "Qui Vive" [5]
     She was accompanist on the piano, played a piano solo and played the other wife in the comedy play "Meet the Family" [5]
     Her performance as the other wife was "as delightful a piece of character acting as one could see on the amateur stage" [5: 27-Aug-1937]
After visiting them in Carnamah Mrs UREN, Miss V. UREN and Miss I. VIAL returned to Perth on 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1939 [0: image 03018]
Oversaw a local orchestra which supplied music at some of Carnamah's dances and functions in 1940 [0: image 03058 & 03080]
Her local orchestra was herself on the piano, Tom PARKIN on drums and Mr "Tinny" WALKER on the saxophone [0: image 03080]
Her orchestra was occasionally also joined by F. ARNDT of Three Springs on the violin [0: image 03080]
One of the providers of music for the Carnamah Repertory Club's rehearsals and productions [7: page 229]
Along with her husband was farewelled by the people of Carnamah at a function in the town hall on 19 September 1940 [0: image 03905]
Remarked that they were saddened to leave but hoped to spend their next holiday in Carnamah [0: image 03905]
Resided with her husband and son in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia 1940-1952 [P285]
     She played the piano in dance bands and at concerts in Kalgoorlie and also the piano accordion at many social functions [P285]
     After a number of years in Kalgoorlie herself, her husband and their son shifted to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1952 [P285]
Resided in the Melbourne suburb of Carrum [P285]
     She played the piano in small dance bands and for dancing classes and shows in the southern suburbs of Melbourne [P285]
     In the bands she was accompanied by her son Bill on drums [P285]
During the 1960s, at the gae of about 64, she became interested in photography [P285]
     Attended weekly classes at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, which later became the RMIT University [P285]
     She became accomplished in portraiture and the painstaking task of hand colouring of photographs with oils [P285]
     Using her bathroom as a darkroom, she spent hundreds of hours developing and enlarging photographs [P285]
With her sister Vera PEACOCK drove from Melbourne to Perth across the Nullarbor and back 16 times to visit their sister Elsie [P285]
     They ultimately became known to radio, television and magazines as the "Nullarbor Grannies" [P285]
Mother of Bill [P285]
Died 29 July 2004 in Victoria, Australia [P285]


Mrs Millie Goyne LEITHHEAD was one of the suppliers of music at the following local functions:
Supplied the musical extras at the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance in Carnamah on Saturday 2 May 1936 [5: 8-May-1936]
Played the piano at the Valedictory Dance for Percy TEEDE at the Carnamah Hall on Tuesday evening 12 May 1936 [5: 15-May-1936]
Supplied the musical extra at the Carnamah Football Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 30 May 1936 [5: 5-Jun-1936]
Played the piano at the Carnamah Football Club's Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 27 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Played the piano at the Coorow Tennis Club's Dance at the Coorow Hall in Coorow on Saturday evening 4 July 1936 [5: 10-Jul-1936]
Played the piano at the Carnamah Anglican Church's Mid-Winter Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 11 July 1936 [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Her piano playing at local dances appears to have become a feature, being specially mentioned in dance advertisements [5: 10-Jul-1936]
Played the piano at the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball conducted by the Carnamah C.W.A. on Saturday evening 25 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Played the piano at the Coorow Tennis Club's Back to Childhood Ball at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 22 August 1936 [5: 28-Aug-1936]
Played the piano at the Winchester Tennis Club's Euchre Tournament & Dance held in Winchester on 29 August 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Provider of the music for dancing at the social for the Lord Archbishop of Perth in Carnamah on 19 September 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Played the piano at the Carnamah Football Club's Presentation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 26 September 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Supplier of music at the Linen Gift & Social Evening for Dinty & Hazel CHATEL in Carnamah on 15 October 1936 [5: 23-Oct-1936]
Played the piano at the Carnamah Girls Club's Children's Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 14 November 1936 [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Played the piano at the Carnamah Golf Club's Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday evening 21 November 1936 [5: 27-Nov-1936]
Contributed a piano-accordion solo at the Annual Birthday Celebration of the Carnamah C.W.A. on 26 November 1936 [5: 27-Nov-1936]
Played the piano at the Coorow Rifle Club's Annual Ball at the Coorow Hall on Saturday evening 28 November 1936 [5: 4-Dec-1936]
Opened the Carnamah Repertory Club's Concert on 9 December 1936 with "Mattei's Grand Valse" pianoforte overture [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Played the piano at the C.W.A. Farewell for Mrs Amy F. DYKE and Mrs Clarissa E. HUMPHRYES on 9 January 1937 [5: 15-Jan-1937]
Played the piano at the Coorow Tennis Club's H.M.S. Coorow Dance at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 23 January 1937 [5: 29-Jan-1937]
Played the piano at the Carnamah Tennis Club's Flannel Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 January 1937 [5: 5-Feb-1937]
Played the piano at the Valedictory Social for the PARKER family at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 28 January 1937 [5: 5-Feb-1937]
"Mrs Leithhead at Piano" was an advertised feature of the Dance at the Winchester School Hall on Friday 12 March 1937 [5: 5-Mar-1937]
Played the piano at the Farewell Social & Dance for Andrew G. FITZGERALD at the Carnamah Hall on 6 March 1937 [5: 5-Mar-1937]
Played the piano accordion at the Social for Cyril & Mavis RAYNER at the Church Hall in Carnamah on 1 April 1937 [5: 9-Apr-1937]
Played the piano at the Carnamah Tennis Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday evening 17 April 1937 [5: 23-Apr-1937]
Played the piano and piano accordion at the Coronation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Coronation Day 12 May 1937 [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]
Played the piano at the Carnamah Football Club's Opening Ball with mannequin parade on Saturday 19 June 1937 [5: 25-Jun-1937]
Provided popular music on the piano at the Coorow Golf Club's Annual Ball at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 3 July 1937 [5: 9-Jul-1937]
Played the piano at the Coorow Rifle Club's Presentation Ball at the Coorow Hall on Saturday evening 10 July 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Led the orchestra that "dispensed a bright program of dance music" at the Military Ball in Carnamah on 12 August 1939 [4: 19-Aug-1939]
Played the piano and piano-accordion at the Valedictory for William H. & Eva M. MOORE in Carnamah on 31 July 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
Played the piano at the Carnamah Golf Club's Annual Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday night 5 June 1937 [5: 13-Aug-1937]
Played the piano for the community singing at the Community Concert at the Carnamah Hall on 11 August 1937 [5: 13-Aug-1937]
Supplier of music at Albert E. & Mary E. MILES' Wedding Dance at the Coorow Hall on Wednesday 18 August 1937 [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Played the piano at the Show Ball held after the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in Coorow on 2 September 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Millie Goyne Uren / Leithhead' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 20 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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