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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Shirley Dawn BENTLEY / RICHMOND

Born 25 February 1924 in Maitland, South Australia [55]
Daughter of "Tony" Edgar Henry BENTLEY and "Bea" Beatrice May WILLSHER [55]
Shifted with her parents from Maitland, South Australia to Carnamah, Western Australia C.1926 [P139]
Initially resided with her parents in Carnamah on a farm belonging to FRANCIS Bros and then on a farm on the Inering Estate [P139]
Came 3rd in the 6 to 8 years Girls Running Race at the Inering Picnic on BATTY's Farm on Sunday 7 September 1930 [4: 20-Sep-1930]
Resided with her parents on Maitland Farm in Carnamah 1933-1942 [P139]
Attended the Winchester State School from 23 June 1936 to 24 July 1936 [25]
Attended the Reunion of South Australians in the North Midlands at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Saturday 26 September 1936 [5]
     Came 2nd in the Under 13 Year Girls Running Race, while she and Maxwell J. BARKER won Threading the Needle [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Attended the Inter-School Sports of the Carnamah Road Board district at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Friday 2 October 1936 [5]
     Together she and classmate Hester A. PLUNKETT came 2nd in the 12 Years & Over Girls Siamese Race [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Travelled from Carnamah to South Australia by truck with her parents and other Carnamah residents in December 1936 [5: 18-Dec-1936]
     She and the rest of the group arrived back in Carnamah on the truck on Monday 15 February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Attended and received a coronation medal at the Coronation Celebrations at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 12 May 1937 [5]
     During the children's sports came 2nd in the 13 Years & Over Girls Running Race and the 12 to 15 Girls Three Legged Race [5]
     Came 3rd in the 12 to 15 Years Girls Alarm Race and the 12 Years & Over Thread the Needle [5]
     Led a team in the Girls Relay Race which came 2nd [5]
     The festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth [5: 14-May-1937]
Telephonist on the Winchester Telephone Exchange located within the Winchester General Store in Winchester [P139]
Member of the Carnamah Cycle Club in 1940 [0: image 03899]
In March 1941 began working as a Telephonist on the Carnamah telephone exchange at the Carnamah Post Office [0: image 02924]
Member of the Carnamah Ladies' Miniature Rifle Club in 1941 [0: image 04005]
Continued working as a Telephonist on the Carnamah Telephone Exchange until 1942[0: image 02962] [16]
Resided on Maitland Farm, Carnamah with her parents until enlisting in the Royal Australian Air Force [P139]
     Enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on 22 May 1942[16]
     Aircraftwoman 99677 in the 6 Service Flying Training School in the Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War [16]
     Spent leave in February 1944 in Carnamah with her parents[5: 11-Feb-1944]
     Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 21 December 1945 [16]
Married "Bill" William RICHMOND [P175]
Resided of late in Carnarvon [2]
Died 12 January 1963; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Rose Gardens, 4D, 35) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Shirley Dawn Bentley / Richmond' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 16 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/shirley-dawn-bentley [sources]




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