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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


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Misses GILES & STEPHENS

Miss Amy Ruth Gilbert GILES and Miss "Vera" Ethel Vera STEPHENS [4: 9-Jul-1938] [19]
Proprietresses of "The Pyramid Tea Rooms" in Carnamah 1930-1938 [4] [51]
Initially they ran their tearooms from premises on the east side of 2 Macpherson Street in Carnamah [P22]
In 1931 served meals at all hours, sold afternoon teas, confectionary and cigarettes; and did ladies hairdressing [4: 2-May-1931]
In early 1933 they moved their tearooms to newly constructed premises at 13 Macpherson Street, Carnamah [5: 3-Feb-1933]
Their new premises were within the same building as The North Midland Times newspaper's office and printing works [51]
In their new premises they were next to the Bank of New South Wales and opposite the new Carnamah Post Office [5: 19-May-1933]
At 13 Macpherson Street they also took on boarders in addition to continuing with their tearooms [5: 26-May-1933]
In 1933 sold meals at all hours, afternoon teas, confectionary, cigarettes and tobacco and catered for parties and dances [5: 11-Aug-1933]
In September 1933 they installed a Quirk's Electric Refrigerator which enabled them to supply cooked meats [5: 8-Sep-1933]
    Around the same time Carnamah butcher W. Frederick LEE also installed a Quirk's Electric Refrigerator [5: 8-Sep-1933]
    As a result of their two refrigerators local power firm Henry Parkin & Son began providing a continuous power service [5: 6-Oct-1933]
Their electric refrigerator also enabled them to sell variously flavoured ice-creams and ice cubes [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Catered for lunch and afternoon tea at the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1933 [5: 25-Aug-1933]
Advertised their business in the Schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1933 [13]
     "Pyramid Tea Rooms Carnamah (Next to Bank of New South Wales). Meals at All Hours, 1/6. Dainty Afternoon Teas" [13]
     "Quick Serving and Home Cooking our Specialties. Best Suppers in Town. Parties Catered For."
     "Soda Fountain, Choice Confectionary, Cigarettes and Tobacco[13]
In 1934 they undertook catering for every occasion - picnics, parties, dances and suppers [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Advertised in March 1934 that they had a range of novelty Easter Eggs for sale from their Pyramid Tea & Dining Rooms [5: 9-Mar-1934]
Conducted a soft drink and sweet stall at the Carnamah Agricultural Show at Centenary Park on 6 September 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Advertised in The North Midland Times in October 1934 that they had a large ice chest for sale [5: 12-Oct-1934]
For the 1934-35 summer they were selling ice creams, and fruit salad and other delicious flavoured fruit blocks [5: 30-Nov-1934]
In June 1935 they relocated their tearooms to Carl F. W. KROSCHEL's premises at 10 Macpherson Street in Carnamah [5: 28-Jun-1935]
Ran their "Pyramid Tea Rooms" from 10 Macpherson Street from June 1935 until June 1938 [5: 12-Jul-1935] [4: 9-Jul-1938] [51]
Leased the premises at 10 Macpherson Street from Charlie KROSCHEL, where they also continued to take on boarders [3] [5: 6-Sep-1935]
Charged 1/6 for three course meals and 25/- for a week's board [5: 18-Oct-1935]
In September 1935 stocked large amounts of cooked meats and hams after installing larger refrigerating facilities [5: 6-Sep-1935]
Catered for lunch, afternoon tea and supper at the Carnamah Agricultural Show and Show Ball on 12 September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
     For the catering services at the Show the Carnamah District Agricultural Society paid them £4/14/- [5: 22-Nov-1935]
In October 1935 they advertised that they had Peter's Ice Creams in stock [5: 18-Oct-1935]
During the week the Carnamah Tennis Club's tennis balls were kept at their tearooms and were accessible to members [5: 6-Dec-1935]
"Misses Giles and Stephens" won 1st prize for Pod Peas at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
     Also catered for some of the refreshments, for which the Carnamah District Agricultural Society paid them £3/16/- [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Each December they also sold a large variety of novelties and Christmas gifts at their Pyramid Tea Rooms [5: 18-Dec-1936]
They were among six locals who covered the cost of enclosing the Carnamah Tennis Club's four new courts in 1936-37 [5: 5-Feb-1937]
Sold "a large range of gift boxes at all prices" for the popular occasion of mother's day in 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Donated a trophy for the associaties of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1937 [5: 11-Jun-1937]
Financial Members of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1937 [13]
     They again won 1st prize for Peas and catered for the refreshment booth at the Society's 1937 Annual Show [5: 27-Aug-1937, 17-Sep-1937]
They both left the Carnamah district in mid 1938 [4: 9-Jul-1938]
On their departure the tearoom premises at 10 Macpherson Street were taken over by Maggie and Ned Wells [51]
     Maggie and Ned ran their former tearooms under the name of the "Wells & Wells Pyramid Tea Rooms" [51]


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 24 May 1930:
"New Carnamah Business
Recently opened business premises at Carnamah are the Pyramid Tea Rooms, over the doorway of which a pyramid sign has been erected. The proprietors have chosen a conspicuous position near the station (next to Mr. Stoddart's well-known store) and almost on the main road from Perth to Geraldton, and have stated their intention to do everything in their power to cater for the comfort and convenience of patrons, whether of the travelling public or local. Home cooking will be an important feature of the business and special attention will be given to quick service. Adjoining the tearooms is a hairdressing saloon for ladies, who after partaking of a refreshing cup of tea may adjourn thither and have their hair dressed in the latest mode."


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 8 September 1933:
Around the Shops - Goods Which Can Be Bought Locally - Pyramid Tea Rooms
"The installation this week of Quirk's Electric Cabinet and Cube-maker will enable the Pyramid Tea Rooms to give an even better service to their clients. By installing the Cabinet, the Proprietresses the Misses Giles and Stephens, told us that they intend to go in extensively for cold meats, while they will also be able to serve icy cold drinks and delicious fruit cubes."


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 28 June 1935:
Notice!
"We wish to notify our Customers and the public generally that we will be occupying Mr. C. Kroschel's premises, opposite the hall, next door to Post Office - Luncheons and Supper at all Hours - The Pyramid Tea and Dinning Rooms Carnamah - Three Course Meals 1/6 Weekly Board 25/-"


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Misses Giles & Stephens' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/misses-giles-and-stephens [reference list]




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