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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs



Born 1 July 1904 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England [360]
Daughter of Charles William SMITH and Annie Mary [360]
She was baptised on 4 August 1904 at Saint Aidan in Leeds, Yorkshire, England [360]
At the time of her baptism her father was working as a Hotel Porter and they were living at 25 Bayswater Road in Leeds [360]
Her parents departed London, England on the steamship Otway on 14 October 1910 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
When the 1911 census was taken she was living in Leeds, Yorkshire, England with her uncle and aunt Tom and Elizabeth SPENCE [20]
Her last address prior to leaving England was again at 25 Bayswater Road in Leeds [203]
     Travelling alone at the age of 20, she departed from London, England on 27 November 1924 on the steamship Bendigo [203]
     After a voyage of five weeks she arrived on the Bendigo in Fremantle, Western Australia on 4 January 1925 [338]
Postmistress of the Post Office in Yandanooka, Western Australia 1927-1935 [19]
     Her father was a store-manager in Yandanooka, and she is believed to have conducted the Post Office from within his store [19]
     Mails to outlying parts of Yandanooka were delivered by her father under a contract with the Postal Department [4: 22-Nov-1930]
Member of the Yandanooka Tennis Club - was Secretary in 1928 [9: 8-Jun-1928]
She was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Attended the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show and Show Ball on Thursday 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Attended the Arrino Race Club's Annual Ball on Thursday 4 April 1929 in a embroidered heliotrope crepe de chine dress [4: 13-Apr-1929]
Attended the Ball after the Three Springs Races on Thursday 11 April 1929 in a dress of tango velvet with net trimmings [4: 20-Apr-1929]
Attended the Anglican Church's Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on Thursday 27 June 1929 as a "Spanish Girl" [4: 6-Jul-1929]
Dressed as a Spanish Gipsy she attended the Fancy Dress Ball held in Mingenew on Thursday 10 October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Travelled from Yandanooka to Perth for a holiday in her new Chrysler car on Tuesday 4 February 1930 [4: 8-Feb-1930]
Bridesmaid at the wedding of her friend Thelma E. NOBLE and Thornton CHIVERS on 23 October 1930 in Mingenew [4: 1-Nov-1930]
In 1932 owned a Chrysler Roadster car, which was registered with the Mingenew Road Board with license plate MI-7 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
One of the Costume Judges at the Children's Fancy Dress Ball held in Arrino on Tuesday 12 September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
Costume Judge at the Three Springs Anglican Church's annual Children's Fancy Dress Ball on Friday 6 December 1935 [5: 13-Dec-1935]
Member of the Mingenew Tennis Club in 1935-36 [5: 6-Dec-1935]
Competitor in the North Midlands District Hospital Appeal's Popular Girl Competition conducted in May 1936 [5: 29-May-1936]
     Through her involvement in the competition she received 9,716 votes which raised £40/9/8 for the Hospital at Three Springs [5]
After several years in Yandanooka, she and her father left the district in November 1936 [81: 15-Nov-1916]
     Prior to leaving they were given a send-off, at which she was given a  "a beautiful set of cutlery" and her father a set of brushes [81]
     "The popularity of these residents... and the esteem in which they are held was shown by the gathering of over 300 people" [81]
By November 1936 she and her father had moved into a flat on Regent Street in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley [81: 22-Nov-1936]
Married "Leigh" Leslie Leigh LAYMAN on 26 December 1936 at Saint Mary's Church on Colin Sreet in West Perth [81: 3-Jan-1937]
     Her husband had previously been the manager of the Bank of New South Wales in Mingenew [39: 24-Jun-1932]
     In 1943 they were living at Ballidu [50]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Como [2]
Died 8 November 1999; cremated at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Nora Ellen Smith / Layman' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 5 July 2022 from [reference list]

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