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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Mary" / "Minnie" Philippa Mary BILKEY / PARKIN

Born 1868 in Newlyn East, Cornwall, England [20] [21]
Daughter of Robert Dennis BILKEY and "Mary" Philippa Mary SOLOMON [20] [21]
Baptised on 12 April 1868 at the Parish Church in Newlyn, Cornwall, England [33]
Resident with her parents, sister Elizabeth and grandmother Betsy BIKEY at Trevole in Newlyn, Cornwall, England in 1871 [20]
Her father, who was also born in Newlyn East, was employed locally as an Agricultural Labourer [20]
In 1881 was living with her parents and siblings at Stringers Waters in Newlyn, Cornwall, England [20]
In 1891 was with her parents and siblings Annie, Rosa, William, Edith, Albert, Charlotte, Clara & John at Choon Cottages, Newlyn [20]
Married "Harry" Henry PARKIN [P18]
In 1901 was living with her husband, daughter Olive and brother-in-law John PARKIN in Newlyn, Cornwall, England [20]
With her children Olive, Elsie, Maud, Tom and Millie departed London, England on the steamship Ajana on 24 December 1912 [203]
They arrived on the steamship Ajana in Fremantle, Western Australia on 1 February 1913 [70]
Herself and her children arrived in Carnamah on 13 February 1913 to join her husband who had arrived the previous year [7: page 142]
Resided on Yarra Street in Carnamah 1913-1942 [P18]
From a short time after arrival until her death she resided at their family home The Gables at 4 Yarra Street, Carnamah [P10]
     As a result of a nearby creek on occasion their home The Gables was flooded, and on occasion water was flapping up at beds [P9]
She was among the first to play tennis in Carnamah after local subscriptions purchased the materials in February 1916 [9: 3-Mar-1916]
Attended the Euchre Party, Basket Social & Dance held at the State School in Carnamah on Thursday 24 June 1920 [10: 16-Jul-1920]
     The evening was in benefit of her daughter Olive's candidature in the Popular Girl Competition being conducted in Carnamah [10]
     Donated a pair of fowls to be raffled during the evening, the proceeds of which went towards the Carnamah Hall Fund [10]
The social was in aid of her daughter Olive's candidature in the Popular Girl Competition
Attended the wedding of Robert CALDOW and May BYRNE at the Three Springs Hall on Wednesday 5 October 1921 [9: 21-Oct-1921]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred LANG's wedding dance on 27 March 1928 at the Carnamah Hall [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Attended the wedding dance for Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN in Carnamah on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Prior to her son Tom's wedding on 7 August 1931 she entertained thirty of his family and friends for breakfast [4: 15-Aug-1931]
Wore a frock of navy marocain with cream lace collar and cuffs, and hat and shoes to match to her son Tom's wedding [4: 15-Aug-1931]
In early November 1935 spent several days vacation staying with her daughter Mrs Olive M. GRANT in Perenjori [5: 8-Nov-1935]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Herself and her daughter Millie returned to Carnamah on Saturday evening 23 May 1936 after a holiday in Perth [5: 29-May-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 Carnamah Repertory Club's Social including three plays at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
During January 1937 herself, her daughter Maud and grand-daughter Valda L. J. FERGUSON holidayed in Dongara [5: 29-Jan-1937]
Mother of Olive, Elsie, Maud, Tom and Millie [P18]
Died from heart failure on 17 December 1942 in Carnamah; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row C, Plot 12) [1] [14]
Rev. Robert G. A. PYM officiated at her funeral, which was undertaken by local firm Henry Parkin & Son (her husband and son) [1]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 18 December 1942:
Pioneer Passes - Late Mrs. H. Parkin
The death occurred suddenly at her home on Thursday evening of Mrs. H. Parkin, a pioneer of the Carnamah district. The deceased lady had not enjoyed good health for several years, and on Thursday evening she collapsed from a heart attack and died almost immediately. The late Mrs. Parkin and her husband were amongst the first pioneers of the Carnamah district, and it was interesting to hear them reminiscence of the early days of the district. It must have been a shock to the late Mrs. Parkin and her young family to find themselves transported to a spot in the almost virgin bush of Australia, from the comparatively comfortable life of the Old Country, but like all great-hearted people they overcame their difficulties and soon developed into typical Australian pioneers. Every sympathy is felt for the bereaved husband and family of four daughters and one son who are left to mourn their loss."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 25 December 1942:
Funeral - Late Mrs. H. Parkin
On Sunday morning last there was laid to rest in the Winchester cemetery a grand old lady in the person of Mrs. H. Parkin who had passed over the Great Divide the previous Thursday evening. The deceased lady, who was born in Cornwall England, 74 years ago, came to Australia in the early part of the present century, and was one of the pioneers of the Carnamah district. About ten years ago she underwent a serious operation in the city, and although the operation was a success, she was later subject to heart attacks. On Thursday evening of last week she suffered one of these attacks and passed quietly away. There was a representative attendance at the graveside, and practically all of the old pioneering families of the district were represented."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Philippa Mary Bilkey / Parkin' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 July 2024 from [reference list]

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