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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


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Moreen Winifred RICHARDS / READING

Born 28 August 1903 in Perth, Western Australia [P144]
Daughter of Edwin Henry RICHARDS and Ann Winifred QUIGLEY [15]
Her father passed away two days before her seventh birthday, at the age of 33 years on 26 August 1909 [2]
In 1925 she was working as a Photographer and living with her mother at 373 Newcastle Street in Perth [50]
She worked for photographer Ernest L. MITCHELL at his photo developing business in Perth [P144]
Her employer owned a farm in Carnamah and during her employment she met his Carnamah neighbour Dick READING [P144]
Later worked as a photo developer for The West Australian newspaper in Perth [P144]
Met her husband to be for one week a year for seven years before they married [P144]
Married Dick READING on Wednesday 2 October 1935 at Saint Brigid's Church in Perth [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Their wedding reception was held at her mother's home in Perth, after which they spent their honeymoon in Bunbury [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Resided on Wellmeadow Farm near Five Gums in Carnamah 1935-1974 [P144]
Her husband had a new house erected for them on his farm near Five Gums at a cost of £350 [P144]
Herself and her husband took up residence in their new home on Wellmeadow Farm on Friday 11 October 1935 [5: 18-Oct-1935]
Due to the then isolated location of the farm she received very few visitors in her first years on the farm [7: page 71]
She was occasionally visited by neighbour Mrs Ethel GOULD who travelled with a pram for several miles through paddocks [7: page 71]
For a number of years walked about a mile once a week to collect their mail from the Carnamah mailman [7: page 71]
During summer drove her children to the school bus in a wreck of a car that couldn't be started without a kettle of boiling water [7]
Member of the Three Springs branch of the Country Women's Association [P144]
Won the Ladies Stepping 100 Yards at the R.S.L. Easter Sports Meeting in Carnamah on Monday 13 April 1936 [5: 17-Apr-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 Coronation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Wednesday 12 May 1937 in "red and white checked marocain" [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]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club 1937-1942 and 1947-1952 [89]
On 27 August 1974 left Wellmeadow Farm and shifted to the Lady Brand Lodge in Three Springs [P144]
Guest Speaker at the "Day of Pioneers" luncheon at the Carnamah Shire Council Chambers on 13 October 1982 [7: page 251]
In April 1989 shifted to the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs, where she died aged 88 years [P144]
Mother of Terence, Maureen and Eileen [P144]
Died 26 April 1992 in Three Springs; buried Three Springs General Cemetery, Three Springs (Anglican, Plot 139) [24]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Moreen Winifred Richards / Reading' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 December 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/moreen-winifred-richards  [ sources ]




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