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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Ruth Henrietta NESBITT / FOGARTY

Born 3 March 1888 in Hackney, South Australia [55]
Daughter of Samuel Thomas NESBITT and Sarah Jane PYE [55]
While born and baptised as 'Henrietta Ruth' she married and on later occasions gave her names as 'Ruth Henrietta' [19] [50] [55]
She was baptised on 12 September 1888 at All Souls Anglican Church in the Adelaide suburb of Saint Peters [502]
One of nine children, she had four elder sisters - Mary Elizabeth, Rebecca, Sarah Jane and Artemius Louisa [55]
A year before her birth her elder three sisters were charged as neglected children and were taken to an Industrial School [503: 19-Feb-1887]
Following her birth she was joined by four younger siblings - Blanche, Charles Thomas, Samuel Robert and Kathleen Bertha [55]
Resided with her parents in the Adelaide suburb of Edwardstown [235: 31-Aug-1901, 22-Jan-1903]
Her father passed away at the age of 49 in 1903, leaving an estate valued at under £50, and her mother died in 1905 [55] [425] [504]
After the death of their parents she and some of her siblings appear to have lived in or near the Adelaide suburb of Queenstown [55]
Married "Dick" Richard James Auchinleck FOGARTY on 1 January 1913 at the Church of Christ in Queenstown, South Australia [55]
When their first two children were born, in 1914 and 1916, they were living in Mingenew, Western Australia [39: 21-Nov-1914, 26-Aug-1916]
Resided in Three Springs, Western Australia with her husband and children 1917-1934 [6] [19] [50]
She and her husband had a son Richard Bryan FOGARTY, who passed away at the age of two days in 1925 [2] [39: 21-May-1925]
Attended the official opening of the new Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on Thursday 16 August 1928 [4: 25-Aug-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 Farewell Evening for retiring farmers Reuben and Leah CARTER in Three Springs on 7 January 1929 [4: 12-Jan-1929]
Foundation Member of the Three Springs branch of the Country Women's Association in 1929 [206]
Visited the Perth Public Hospital in August 1929 as the doctor in Three Springs advised she'd likely need an operation [4: 31-Aug-1929]
Presented the Three Springs Anglican Church with fruit and veg at its Harvest Thanksgiving service on 23 March 1930 [4: 29-Mar-1930]
Helped cater for the Anglican Church's Children's Fancy Dress Ball held in Three Springs on 28 November 1930 [4: 6-Dec-1930]
Dressed in pink crepe de chine trimmed with lace she attended the Anglican Church Ball in Three Springs on 2 July 1931 [4: 11-Jul-1931]
Attended the Farewell Evening tendered to local pioneer Mrs Blanche M. KOCH in Three Springs on 3 December 1932 [4: 10-Dec-1932]
Attended with her husband the Country Women's Association's Husband's Evening in There Springs 10 December 1932 [4: 17-Dec-1932]
Passed away from heart failure at the age of 46 years at the North Midland District Hospital in Three Springs [5: 20-Apr-1934] [24]
Mother of Norman, Beryl, Bruce, Joyce, Joan, Barbara and Ronald [39: 21-Apr-1934]
Died 18 April 1934; buried at the Three Springs General Cemetery in Three Springs, Western Australia (Anglican, Plot 20) [24]
Her headstone includes the attribution that it was erected "by her loving family and sisters" [95]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 20 April 1934:
The Death of Mrs Fogarty
"The death occurred at the Three Springs Hospital in the early hours of Wednesday morning last of Mrs R. Fogarty of Three Springs. Death was due to heart failure, and she had receiving treatment at the hospital for a short time. The deceased lady leaves a large family, some of whom are grown up and the youngest are still going to school. The funeral which took place yesterday afternoon, preceded by a short service in the Anglican Church. The remains were buried in the Anglican portion of the Three Springs cemetery, the gravesite and church service being conducted by the Rev. E. Chard."


From The West Australian newspaper, Saturday 21 April 1934:
Deaths
"FOGARTY.–On April 18, at Three Springs Hospital, Ruth Henrietta, dearly beloved wife of Richard James Fogarty, loving mother of Norman, Beryl, Bruce, Joyce, Joan, Barbara and Ronald; dearly loved sister of Mrs. Hobbs, Mrs. Noel, Louie, Kathleen, Charlie and Robert Nesbitt; aged 45 years. A patient sufferer at rest."


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 21 April 1934:
Obituary - Late Mrs. R. J. Fogarty - A Respected Three Springs Residence
    "There passed peacefully away at the North Midlands District Hospital at Three Springs early on Wednesday morning last Mrs. Ruth Henrietta Fogarty, wife of Mr. R. J. Fogarty, and mother of Norman, Bruce, Ronald, Beryl, Joyce, Joan and Barbara Fogarty. The deceased, who was of a gentle, kind and loving disposition, was like all the other members of the family, held in high esteem by the community, and the news of her demise was received with feeling of deepest regret. The late Mrs. Fogarty came to the Mingenew district 22 years ago and after her marriage some two years later she settled with her husband at Three Springs. During their residence there over the past 20 years the deceased endeared herself to all who came in contact with her. The deceased lady had been in a failing state of health for some months past, being a sufferer from heart trouble, and although she was carefully watched and nursed by the members of her family, and for the past four weeks by the doctor, matron and staff of the North Midlands Hospital, she gradually became worse. When the end came it was sad but not entirely unexpected. She was a comparatively young woman, being only in her 45th year.
     St. James' Church of England was not large enough to accommodate the large crowd of friends who came to attend the service conducted by the Rector of the local Anglican Church (the Rev. E. Chard) on Thursday afternoon. With Mrs. G. Bickford presiding at the organ the congregation sang softly and reverently the hymns 'Rock of Ages,' 'Abide With Me,' and 'Peace, Perfect Peace,' the two first-named hymns being chosen because they were particular favourites of the deceased lady. In the course of an appropriate address by the Rev. E. Chard paid tribute to the wonderful way in which their departed friend had stood by them all in giving her noblest and best in her life and work in the district.
     After the service a cortege of thirty-five motor vehicles followed the remains to the Anglican portion of the Three Springs cemetery, where the last rites were performed, the Rev. E. Chard officiating at the graveside. The pall-bearers were Messrs J. K. Hebiton sen., E. W. Franklin, R. Black, W. H. Howard, L. Byrne and W. A. Rogers. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. I. Wallace."
     In addition to the members of the family already mentioned other mourners at the graveside were Miss L. Nisbit (sister), Miss P. Nisbet (niece), Messrs Ernest and William Fogarty (brothers-in-law), and Mr. P. Fogarty (nephew).
     Among others present at the graveside were the chairman and secretary of the Three Springs District Road Board (Messrs E. Hunt and G. H. Biekford), the manager of the North Midlands Co-Operative Co. Ltd (Mr. H. Barnett), the manager of the Three Springs Branch of the National Bank (Mr. J. J. Kelleher), Mr. A. R. Barr (Geraldton Newspapers Limited and 'The Irwin Index'), Mr. and Mrs. A. E.. Bateman, Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Franklin. Mr. N. Wallace. Messrs S. J., and A. Morgan, Mr., and Mrs. C. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Jordan, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Thomas sen. and jun., Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Weir, Mr. and Mrs. N. McKenzie, Mr. and Mrs. G. Haines, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Barrett, Mr. and Mrs. F. Maley, the president and secretary of the Three Springs C.W.A. (Mesdames H. R. Carter and E. W. Franklin), Mrs. E. Dodd (Arrino C.W.A.), Mesdames H. Barnett, E. Hunt. W. Coles, W. Wilton, A. Potts. I. Wallace, J. House, C. Luscombe, H. J. and R. Byrne. F. L. Arndt. S. J. Morgan, J. C. Hunt, W. A. Rogers, S. T. Malev, R. Black, M. A. Pettit, Misses E. McNeill, J. Black, D. Stokes, R. Wallace, E. and F. Arndt, N. and H. Franklin, Messrs A. H. Cousins, J. E. Hodgkiss, R. Barnhart, H. R. Carter, W. Bevan., F. Hardwick, A. Bastian, J. Oliver, E. K. Byrne, J. Dee, J. R. Morrell. W. D. S. Smith, A: E. Saggers. C. and K. Maley, W. L. Jordan, K. S. Glyde, J. Lynch, H. E. Thomas, N. Howard. A. S. Mortimer, S. C. Gooch, M. and E. Franklin and A. Dee."


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 27 April 1934:
Obituary - The Late Mrs R. J. Fogarty
"The funeral of the late Ruth Henrietta Fogarty, a respected resident of the Three Springs district for 20 years, whose death occurred at the Three Springs Hospital on Wednesday of last week, took place on Thursday of last week. The remains were interred in the Anglican portion of the Three Springs cemetery. St. James' Church of England was crowded when a service was conducted by the Rev. E. Chard before the funeral took place. A beautiful service by the Rev. E. Chard followed, Mrs. G. Bickford presiding at the organ. The pall-bearers were Messrs. J. K. Hebiton, snr., E. W. Franklin, R. Black, W. H. Howard, L. Byrne and W. A. Rogers. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. I. Wallace. The chief mourners were her husband, Mr. R. J. Fogarty and children, Norman, Bruce, Ronald, Beryl, Joyce, Joan and Barbara, and Miss L. Nisbit (sister), Miss P. Nisbit (niece), Messrs. Earnest and William Fogarty (brothers-in-law), and Mr. P. Forgarty (nephew). Wreathes and floral tributes were received from the following:- Husband and family; all Church of England friends; Three Springs District Road Board; North Midlands Co-operative Co. Ltd.; Mr. and Mrs. W. Cummins (Perenjori); Mr. and Mrs. E. Fogarty and family (Perenjori); Miss P. Nisbit; Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Smith; Dominican Nuns, of Three Springs; Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Byrne; Mrs. M. M. Watson; Mr. Arthur Mortimer; Mr. and Mrs. H. Barnett; Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Dufy and E. R. Duffy; Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Thomas, sen., and jun.; Mr. and Mrs. A. Leonard, jun., Mr. and Mrs. A. K. Stokes and family, and Mrs. W. Browning; Mr. and Mrs. A. Bastian and family; Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Hebiton, sen.; Mr. and Mrs. R. Black; Mr. and Mrs. E. Burge; Mr. and Mrs. Barnhart; Mr. and Mrs. E. Joyce and family; Mr. and Mrs. Coles and Mrs. Brimson; Mr. and Mrs. N. McKenzie and family; Miss A. Byrne, Mrs. Mayrhofer and Dr. Mayrhofer; Group No. 119 Wolf Cubs and Scouts; Mr. and Mrs. P. Lyons and family; Mr. and Mrs. J. Leonard and family; Mr. A. Dee; Mr. and Mrs. G. Williamson; Mr. and Mrs. Wilton, jun.; Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Carter; Mr. and Mrs. R. Carter (Perth); Mr. and Mrs. Arndt and family; Mr. and Mrs. Jordan and family; Mrs. M. Pettit and family; Mrs. S. Howard and family; Miss Ethel McNeill; Mrs. H. Tonkin; Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Rogers and family; Mr. and Mrs. P. S. Howard; Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Saggers; Members of the C.W.A. (Three Springs); Mr. and Mrs. H. Rowe and family; Mr. and Mrs. Wilton, sen., and family; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Blaxill; Mr. and Mrs. C Luscombe and family; Miss Rita Harris; Mr. and Mrs. H. Dee and family; Miss L. Nisbit."


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 28 April 1934:
The Late Mrs. R. J. Fogarty
"During last week the Three Springs district lost one of its best and noblest members by the demise of Mrs. R. J. Fogarty. During the service at St. James' Anglican Church on Sunday evening last the Rev. E. Chard made feeling references to the life and work of their late member and friend, whose examples, were such as might well be followed by all who. wished to accomplish good as they went through life. A large, number of telegrams conveying expressions of sympathy from all parts of the State was received by the bereaved relatives, who have expressed sincere thanks to all for the kindnesses shown them during their sad bereavement. In the report of the funeral published
in our issue of last week the following names were inadvertently omitted from the list of those present at the graveside:—Mrs.J. Thomas, Mrs. E Herbert, Mr. and Mrs. G. Hope, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Oliver (Mingenew), and Messrs. J. H. Blaxill and A. Hunter (Three Springs)."


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 5 May 1934:
Three Springs Road Board - Monthly Meeting - Condolence
"The chairman asked the Board to record a motion of sympathy with the relatives of the late Mrs. R. Fogarty, who recently passed away at Three Springs. He asked members to carry the motion by standing in silence, but before they could rise a message was received conveying the news of the death of Mrs. Koch, an old resident of Three Springs, and the two names were then coupled in the motion of condolence."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Ruth Henrietta Nesbitt / Fogarty' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 July 2024 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/ruth-henrietta-nesbitt [reference list]




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