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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Rachel MANN / GRIERSON / JEFFREY

Born 1877 in Wallsend, Northumberland, England [20] [21]
Daughter of shipwright Joseph MANN and Ann COULTHARD [28]
     Her father's first wife Mary Ann had died in 1864 and her parents were married in 1865 [21]
     She was one of at least nine children with siblings Mary, John, Joseph, Stephen, Margaret, Jane, Jessie and Benjamin [20]
     In 1881 she was living with her parents and siblings at 5 Blenkinsop Street in Wallsend, Northumberland, England [21]
     Her father passed away at the age of 63 in 1900 [21]
     In 1901 she was living with her mother and sister Jessie at 59 Dewar Terrace in Wallsend, Northumberland, England [20]
     Her mother was self-employed as a confectioner, baker and shopkeeper and in 1901 she was was working as her assistant [20]
     Departed from Southampton, England on the steamship Briton on 27 February 1904 bound for Cape Town, South Africa [203]
Married (1) "Dave" David GRIERSON on 1 February 1905 in Potchefstroom, Transvaal, South Africa [39: 1-Feb-1930]
     Her husband, who was Scottish, had served during the Boer War in South Africa as part of the 1st Gordon Highlanders [39: 8-Jan-1936]
     They departed Cape Town, South Africa on the steamship Galeka and arrived in Southampton, England during April 1910 [204]
     In 1911 she was living with her husband, son and widowed mother at 1 Joan Street in Wallsend, Northumberland, England [20]
     Prior to leaving England her husband worked as a grocer [20]
Departed Liverpool, England with her husband and son on the steamship Pakeha on 13 April 1911 bound for Western Australia [203]
     In Western Australia resided with her husband and son in Irwin, Deepdale, Yuna, Northampton, Nabawa and Koorda [136]
     Her husband passed aged 59 on 6 January 1936 and was buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth (Presbyterian, FA, 308) [2]
She departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Largs Bay and arrived in Southampton, England on 25 February 1937 [204]
     Her intended address following her arrival was 45 Bridge Street in Lockerbie, Dumfries, Scotland [204]
     Married (2) retired plasterer Thomas JEFFREY on 26 February 1937 at 23 Wellington Street in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland [28]
     Later resided at 124 Saint Vincent Street in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland [203]
Departed London, England on the steamship Largs Bay on 3 June 1939 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
     After arriving in Fremantle on 4 July 1939 her address was initially 190 Loftus Street in the Perth suburb of Leederville [338]
     190 Loftus Street was the home of Mrs Hannah Spence SCOTT [50], also from Northumberland and her daughter-in-law's aunt [P1]
In 1943 she was living on Tynedale Farm in Koorda, Western Australia [50]
Departed from Western Australia on the steamship Rustenburg Castle and arrived in Southampton, England on 5 January 1948 [204]
     Resided at 35 Elmfield Gardens in Wallsend, Northumberland, England in 1948 and 1949 [203] [204]
     Following the death of her second husband she shifted to Carnamah in Western Australia where her son was a local farmer [P50]
     Departed London, England on the steamship Orcades and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 6 January 1949 [63]
Resided in Carnamah from 1949 until her death in 1968 [2] [19]
     During the 1950-51 financial year she purchased the vacant block at 16 Yarra Street, Carnamah from Louis P. PARKER [3]
     Received a permit to build a house on the block from the Carnamah District Road Board in December 1950 [4: 6-Jan-1951]
     The house was built soon after as the back of the fireplace was lined with 1950 pages of local newspaper The Irwin Index [P1]
     Resided at 16 Yarra Street, on the north east corner of Yarra and Bowman streets, in Carnamah 1951-1968 [3]
     Received electricity at her home from Carnamah firm Henry Parkin & Son, and in 1952 paid a flat rate of 12/6 per month [53]
     Won the trophy for gaining the most points in the Fancywork section of the 1954 Carnamah Agricultural Show [0: images 04750 & 04751]
Adoptive mother of "Bill" Leonard William GRIERSON [P50]
Died 18 March 1968; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Presbyterian, FA, 308) [2]
Following her death her house in Carnamah was owned by her son, who rented it out until selling it to Edward K. WELLS in 1976 [3]


From The West Australian newspaper, Wednesday 8 January 1936:
Deaths
"GRIERSON - On January 6, 1936, at the Home of Peace, after a long and painful illness, passed peacefully away, David, beloved and devoted husband of Rachel Grierson, of Koorda, father of Leonard William, father-in-law of Alice, and grandpa of William David; late of Koorda, Nabawa and Yuna; late South African Veteran of the 1st Gordon Highlanders, Liverpool Scottish; aged 59 years."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Rachel Mann / Grierson / Jeffrey' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 3 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/rachel-mann [reference list]




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