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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Sarah Jane GARDINER / RODWELL

Born C.1875 [2]
Married Harry RODWELL in England in 1903 [21]
They departed London, England on the steamship Armadale on 12 November 1910 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
Resided with her husband and their children at the railway station in Coorow 1911-1914 [19] [215]
She wished to send her eldest daughter to the Coorow State School in 1912 but wasn't able to as it was out of town on a farm [215]
Presumably following her husband's transfer they left Coorow and shifted to Carnamah around August of 1914 [215]
They resided in a small shack at the northern end of the railway station yard in Carnamah 1914-1918 [6] [7: page 151] [19]
During her time in Carnamah she was good friends with Swedish immigrant "Lou" Louis JOHANSEN [30: item 7362892]
     When Lou enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in 1917 he gave her as his next of kin [30: item 7362892]
     In a letter to the Australian Imperial Force about Lou she remarked "I have been a mother to him he is like my own" [30]
By April 1918 she had shifted to 32 Parry Street in East Perth [30: item 7362892]
Resided with her husband in Moora 1919-1922 [50]
Their son George died in 1920 after being crushed by two rail trucks coming together in the Moora railway yards [39: 19-Apr-1920]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of East Perth [2]
Mother of Florence Ada, Edith Margherita and George William [39: 23-April-1928] [215]
Died 16 June 1926; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, LA, 36) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Sarah Jane Gardiner / Rodwell' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 23 September 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/sarah-jane-gardiner [sources]




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