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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Susan Alice BIRD / PETHICK

Born 7 March 1884 in Aldinga, South Australia [P78]
Daughter of Alfred BIRD [55]
Married William John PETHICK on 11 March 1908 at the Methodist Church in Aldinga, South Australia [55]
Arrived in Winchester, Western Australia with her husband and children in April 1928 [P78]
Resided on Petan Farm in Winchester from April 1928 until October 1942 [P78]
Won first prize for a Collection of Sweet Peas at the Carnamah Show in Centenary Park on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Received second prizes for Lettuce and Assorted Pastry at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 8 September 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
Won first prize for Pastries at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show at Maley Park, Coorow on 7 September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
Committee Member of the Winchester Parents & Citizens Association in 1934 [5: 23-Mar-1934]
During April 1934 Miss SEYMOUR of Miling spent a holiday staying with her in Winchester [5: 4-May-1934]
Herself and her husband hosted a party at their home on Petan Farm in Winchester on Saturday 14 July 1934 [5: 20-Jul-1934]
     Their party included table tennis, cards and games and among those who attended were Howard and Bess CHAPPEL, [5]
     Mrs Ivy STRAITON, Tom and Elsie WHITE, Mr and Mrs G. HOWATSON, Mr and Mrs Allan WALKER, Arthur O'GRADY [5]
     Mrs Edith ADAMS, Miss M. MARTYN, Gus and Jim ATKINSON, Arthur O'GRADY, Charles BURN and Jack CHAVE [5]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Received news that her parents were ill on Saturday 8 December 1934 and prepared to travel to Aldinga, South Australia [5: 14-Dec-1934]
     Departed Winchester for Aldinga on Monday 10 December 1934, receiving word just prior to leaving that her father had died [5]
     Returned to Western Australia by train in April 1935, and was met in Perth by her husband and daughter Alice [5: 12-Apr-1935]
Donated a number of trees to the Winchester State school in 1935, which were planted in the school's playground [5: 19-Jul-1935]
Won 2nd prize for Lettuce in the Vegetable section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 12 September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Herself, her husband and their daughter motored from Winchester to Geraldton on Monday 30 September 1935 [5: 4-Oct-1935]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of William B. SHERIDAN of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Wore navy blue crepe de chene to the wedding of her daughter Alice to Harold T. SEYMOUR in Carnamah on 8 July 1937 [5: 9-Jul-1937]
Ladies Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1937[5: 7-May-1937]
Made a donation of 6/6 to the Carnamah District Agricultural Society for their Annual Show in 1937 [13]
Following the death of her husband in March 1941 she oversaw the running of Petan Farm [0: image 02938]
Mother of Alice, Jean, Mavis, Ralph, Lottie and Keith [P78]
Died 29 October 1942 in Perth; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row A, Plot 11) [1]
Her burial, which was undertaken by Henry Parkin & Son of Carnamah, cost £10/2/6 [53]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 6 November 1942:
Obituary - Late Mrs. Susan A. Pethick
"It came as a deep shock to the Coorow and Carnamah residents to learn on Thursday last that Mrs. Susan A. Pethick, relict of the late Mr. W. J. Pethick, had passed away at the Mount Hospital, Perth, that day at the age of 58 years. In company with her late husband Mrs. Pethick came to the North Midlands about thirteen years ago, when they purchased "Petan," at Winchester from Mr. J. L. B. Weir. Previously Mr. and Mrs. Pethick had resided at Aldinga, South Australia. By dint of hard work and careful management, the late Mr. and Mrs. Pethick developed their property into one of the most successful farms in the district. Since the death of her husband, almost two years ago, the deceased lady had carried out the management of the farm with the assistance of her eldest son Ralph. A family of three daughters: Alice (Mrs. H. Seymour, Miling), Mavis (Mrs. G. A. Raffan) and Lottie and two sons, Ralph and Keith are left to mourn their loss. To them is extended the sympathy of the whole district. The funeral, which was well attended by local residents, took place on Friday afternoon last in the Winchester cemetery."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Susan Alice Bird / Pethick' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 March 2024 from [reference list]

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