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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Dolly" Thelma NAIRN / DRAGE / ROOKE

Born 6 September 1902 in Dongara, Western Australia [15] [P202]
Daughter of "Joe" Charles Joseph NAIRN and Mary Grace ANDREW [15] [P3]
She was a grand-daughter of Carnamah pioneer Jamas NAIRN and a first cousin of Harold NAIRN of Carnamah [15]
Resided with her parents on farmland at Isseka in the Northampton district [6]
     Member of the Bowes Tennis Club in 1924 [86: 15-Apr-1924]
     Won a glass jug in a raffle at the Tennis Club Dance held in Northampton on 19 November 1924 [86: 27-Nov-1924]
Married (1) Thomas Amos DRAGE in Perth on 17 December 1924 [39: 3-Mar-1937]
Resided in Carnamah with her husband, who worked locally as a Labourer, in 1929 and 1930 [4] [19]
     Attended the Plain and Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Town Hall on 8 August 1929 in an outfit of ivory georgette [4: 17-Aug-1929]
     Attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
     In early September 1930 she spent a holiday at Prowaka staying with her cousin Harold NAIRN and his wife Eva [4: 13-Sep-1930]
     Attended the Show Ball following the Carnamah Show on 18 September 1930 in a frock of mauve chenille georgette [4: 4-Oct-1930]
While living in the Perth suburb of Subiaco in 1933 her husband left to work in the country as a farmhand [39: 3-Mar-1937]
     By letter her husband said he didn't intend on coming back but in 1934 said he was going to Carnarvon and would "make good" [39]
     She later learnt that her husband was posing as a single man in Roebourne and was intending on leaving the country [39]
In 1934 she was living at 90 Coghlan Road in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [50]
She was later employed to help in the home of John and Louisa ROOKE in Carnamah [P94]
     During this time both she and her daughter resided with the ROOKE family on their Kilburn Farm in Carnamah [P94]
Resided at 18 Lewis Street in Geraldton in 1936 and 1937 [50]
     She was granted a decree nisi for divorce and custody of her daughter by the Divorce Court in Perth on 2 March 1937 [39: 3-Mar-1937]
     Her petitioning for divorce was on the grounds of desertion[39: 3-Mar-1937]
Married (2) "Pat" John Patrick ROOKE in Northampton on  21 October 1937 [P94]
     Resided with husband Pat and daughter Lois in Capel for a short time [P94]
     Resided with Pat and Lois on Kapella Farm in Carnamah from C.1938 until October 1939 [P94]
     Herself and her husband left Carnamah and shifted to the Perth suburb of City Beach in October 1939 [P94]
They later resided in the Perth suburbs of Kelmscott, Wembley, Leederville, Mandurah and Swan View [P94]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Swan View until her death in 1985 [2]
Mother of Lois [P94]
Died 11 May 1985; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Crematorium Rose Gardens, 36, 98) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Thelma Nairn / Drage / Rooke' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 21 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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