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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Muriel Alice LESTER / CURTIS

Born 18 April 1899 [P171] in Warrington, Lancashire, England [20]
Daughter of Rev. Henry Arthur LESTER and Alice PERRIN [P171]
In 1901 was living with her parents and three of her father's cousins at Walton House in Walton Road, Walton, Cheshire, England [20]
Married Rev. "Bill" Albert William CURTIS in England [P171]
Prior to her marriage she had trained as a doctor however gave up her profession when she married [P171]
Along with her husband departed Southampton, England on the Jervis Bay in 1930 [63]
Arrived on the Jervis Bay in Fremantle, Western Australia on 21 August 1930 [63]
In early September 1930 arrived in Coorow, where her husband had been appointed the Coorow-Carnamah Parish's first Rector [P171]
Resided with her husband in Coorow 1930-1934 [P171]
Intended to practise medicine in Coorow however was unable to after the arrival of children and the depression [P138]
Tendered to medical emergencies in Coorow and nearby [P138]
One of such emergencies was treating local mechanic J. F. PARKER who was found unconscious in Coorow [5: 15-Jul-1932]
Travelled with her husband to the various parts of his parish, which embraced the wider Coorow and Carnamah districts [P171]
Would have accompanied her husband to Gunyidi, Marchagee, Waddy, Billeroo, Winchester, Carnamah and Inering [4: 19-Jul-1930]
She was invited to Kelva BADRICK's Christening reception at 18 Boojerabba Street, Carnamah on 28 September 1930 [4: 4-Oct-1930]
Member for Coorow on the Carnamah-Coorow Anglican Church Vestry in 1933 [5: 2-Jun-1933]
In March 1933 in Coorow she gave birth to a son, David Myles, who sadly passed away on 14 July 1933 [P171]
Helped run the Fancywork stall at the Carnamah Anglican Church Bazaar held in Carnamah on Saturday 12 August 1933 [5: 18-Aug-1933]
In October 1933 spent a few days in Coomberdale staying with Mr and Mrs BULLOCK[5: 27-Oct-1933]
Conducted the Produce & Cakes stall at the Church of England Bazaar held in Coorow on 18 November 1933 [5: 3-Nov-1933]
During their time in Coorow one of her good friends was Mrs Mary C. WOODHOUSE of Winchester [P138]
She and her husband were the recipients of a Farewell Evening at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 19 May 1934 [5: 18-May-1934]
About 250 people from Marchagee, Latham, Waddy Forest, Carnamah and Coorow attended their send-off [5: 25-May-1934]
At their farewell they received three presentations, including a silver mounted oak tray from the people of Coorow [5]
Along with her husband left Coorow by train on Monday 21 May 1934 on her husband's transfer to York [5: 25-May-1934]
Resided with her husband, and later two children, in York, Western Australia from 1934 to about 1938 [P171]
Her friend Mary WOODHOUSE travelled from Winchester to York to assist her with the birth of her daughter in 1934 [5: 6-Jul-1934] [P138]
Around 1938 shifted with her husband and children to the metropolitan area where they resided in Claremont and then Fremantle [P171]
In 1946 returned to England with her husband and children, eventually settling in Ealing, London where her husband was Vicar [P171]
In the 1970s retired with her husband to Nottingham, England and in the 1980s shifted to Salisbury, England [P171]
Mother of David, Christopher and Rosemary [P171]
Died 27 May 1988 in Salisbury, England [P171]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Muriel Alice Lester / Curtis' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 28 October 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/muriel-alice-lester [sources]




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