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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Sophia MITCHELL / OLIVER / ROWLAND

Born 1871 in Newcastle, Western Australia [15]
Daughter of William MITCHELL and Sophia DENT [15]
Grand-daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth DENT who arrived in Western Australia on the Marquis of Angelsea in August 1829 [142]
Her mother, who was born in Fremantle on 1 September 1929, was the first child born in Western Australia to immigrant parents [142]
Married (1) John James OLIVER in Irwin in 1891 [15]
     Her first husband John died at the age of 25 years on 21 April 1893 [142]
Married (2) Frederick Charles ROWLAND in Irwin in 1897 [15]
     Resided with her second husband on Strawberry Farm at Strawberry in the Mingenew district [19]
     Later resided with her husband at Irwin where her husband was the local Postmaster and a Farmer [6]
     Their son Hector was born in Dongara on 8 November 1900 and died on 6 December 1900, aged 27 days [15] [142]
     Her husband buried their daughter Lily in a private cemetery at Irwin following her death on 16 March 1914, aged 2 days [151]
On 5 October 1923 purchased Harold J. COPE and Leonard WOOD's 865 acre farm east of Carnamah [27]
     The 865 acre farm was Lot M1078 of Victoria Location 1937 and had been taken up by COPE and WOOD in 1921 [27]
     Included in the sale were all improvements to the property, a 1000 gallon tank and a new spring cart [P140]
     The 865 acre farm became known as Glen Rock and was farmed be her elder sons Rupe and Don [P80]
On 13 July 1925 purchased from the Midland Railway Company a farm of 980 acres in Carnamah [27]
     The 980 acre farm was Lot M1567 of Victoria Location 1937 and cost £490, payable by instalments over 15 years [27]
     The farm became known as Wyulda and was farmed by her younger sons Mick, Locke and Harry [P80]
Mother of John James and Harriet May OLIVER [15]
Mother of Rupe, Don, Hector, Tottie, Lillian, Rica, Mick, Locke, Georgie, Harry [142] and Lily ROWLAND [151]
Died 23 December 1925 at Rosella Private Hospital in Geraldton; buried at the Dongara Cemetery in Dongara [39: 30-Dec-1925] [142]
On 27 March 1927 ownership of her farm Glen Rock was transferred to the names of her sons Rupe and Don [27]
Ownership of Wyulda was transferred into her the names of her sons Mick and Harry in the early 1940s [3] [27]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Sophia Mitchell / Oliver / Rowland' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 4 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/sophia-mitchell [reference list]




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