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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Olive Margaret ROBERTS / WALKER

Born 5 February 1909 in Yilgarn, Western Australia [P485]
Daughter of "Fred" Frederick William ROBERTS and Margaret RETALLACK [P485]
Initially resided with her parents on the Eastern Goldfields, where his father prospected for gold to finance buying farmland [P485]
Travelled to England with her parents and brothers Montague and Beresford [203]
     They departed from Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Osterley and arrived in London, England on 24 May 1912 [204]
After nine months his father departed London on the steamship Orontes for Fremantle, Western Australia on 28 February 1913 [203]
     She departed London, England with her mother and two brothers on the steamship Orama on 10 October 1913 [203]
     They arrived on the steamship Orama in Fremantle, Western Australia on 11 November 1913 [70]
In 1921 her farther purchased virgin land at Waddy Forest, between Coorow and Latham [27]
Resided with her parents on Treverry Farm in Waddy Forest 1922-1929 [4: 30-Mar-1929] [6] [9: 3-Nov-1922] [19]
Married (1) "Don" Andrew Duncan WALKER in Perth on 9 March 1929 [P485]
She and her husband took up residence in Carnamah in March 1929 [4: 30-Mar-1929]
     They both attended the evening ball following the Three Springs Races on 11 April 1929 [4: 20-Apr-1929]
     She wore a dress of almond green georgette made with full skirt and uneven hem and pink and green feather spray [4: 20-Apr-1929]
     Along with her husband left Carnamah in May 1929 and shifted to Lake Grace [4: 25-May-1929]
They again resided in Carnamah 1931-1933 [19] [50]
     Attended the Carnamah Grand Ball at the town hall on Thursday 28 July 1932 in a gown of beige georgette [5: 5-Aug-1932]
     Attended the Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 15 September 1932 in a gown of black lace and georgette [5: 23-Sep-1932]
     Committee Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
In 1936 she was living at 53 Swan Street in the Perth suburb of Guildford while her husband was based at Moora [50]
Attended the funeral of Coorow stationmaster William C. Cox at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 4 November 1937 [5: 12-Nov-1937]
In 1944 she requested and was granted a divorce form her first husband on the grounds of desertion [310: 8-Jul-1944]
Married (2) John HALL in Perth in 1951 [P485]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of North Fremantle [2]
She was described as "a very colourful lady" [P485]
Mother of Campbell, Diana and Genevieve
Died 19 December 1992; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, ZK, 610) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Olive Margaret Roberts / Walker' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 September 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/olive-margaret-roberts [sources]




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