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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Susie" Susan DOWNES / DURACK

Married Patrick Mantinea DURACK in 1899 in Victoria, Australia [54]
Resided with her husband on Arrino Station in Arrino 1902-1925 [P2] [19] [50]
She was a trained nurse and before there was a nearby doctor she regularly travelled to homes and nursed people [P2]
Known to have saved Mrs Florence H. M. MALEY's life by staying with her and nursing her through a severe chest infection [P2]
Regularly visited a local lady in Arrino who was dying of cancer and did all she could to help her [P2]
Attended as "A Pink Rose" the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on 19 July 1916 in aid of the Red Cross Society [39: 31-Jul-1916]
Sang or gave a recitation at the Westralia Red Cross Day Basket Social & Dance held in Three Springs on 30 July 1915 [10: 6-Aug-1915]
Herself and Robert R. IRONSIDE came 3rd in the Waltzing Competition at the Gala Day in Three Springs on 23 May 1918 [9: 7-Jun-1918]
Travelled to Karragee Farm in Carnamah to be at the birth and deliver a child of Mrs Clara R. TURNER in September 1918 [P399]
Financially assisted the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee with a donation of £3/5/- in 1919 [124]
Donated a suitcase for the Bazaar at the Picnic Race Meeting held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day 17 March 1920 [124]
Nurse in Carnamah in 1920 and 1921 [6]
     During her time in Carnamah she attended to Miss Margaret MACPHERSON's facial wounds at the Macpherson Homestead [MK]
     Resided in Carnamah again for a period in 1931, during which she attended to Donald MACPHERSON over his last days [38] [P139]
     Donald MACPHERSON died at his homestead in Carnamah on 12 August 1931 and bequeathed her £100 in his will [38]
Her husband Patrick passed away at the age of 81 years on 23 December 1931 and was buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth [2]
Later left Arrino and shifted to Perth before years later returning to Arrino to live with her son Lance [P2]
Mother of Walter, Lance, Austin and William [P2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Susan Downes / Durack' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 14 October 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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