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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Vera Jean PETHICK

Born 6 August 1911 in Aldinga, South Australia [55]
Daughter of William John PETHICK and Susan Alice BIRD [55]
Arrived in Winchester, Western Australia with parents in April 1928 [P78]
Resided on Petan Farm in Winchester with her parents 1928-1931 [P78] [4: 26-Jan-1929]
Attended the wedding dance for Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN in Carnamah on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
In January 1929 she advertised in The Irwin Index newspaper that she was "prepared to undertake dressmaking" [4: 26-Jan-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Cricket Club's Ball on 2 April 1929 in a dress of jade velvet with skirt of figured jade and biscuit [4: 27-Apr-1929]
On the evening of Saturday 10 August 1929 attended the Euchre Party and Dance held in Winchester [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]
Died 15 August 1931 in Winchester; buried Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia (Row A, Plot 11) [1]
Undertaker of her funeral was Henry Parkin & Son of Carnamah and the officiating minister Rev. C. W. HEADEN of Carnamah [1]


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 23 August 1930:
"Miss Vera Pethick - Funeral at Winchester. It is with profound regret that we record the sudden death of Miss Vera Jean Pethick, the nineteen-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Pethick, the sad event taking place at Winchester on the 15th inst. The funeral took place at the Winchester Cemetery on Friday last, when the Rev. C. W. T. Headen officiated at the graveside in the presence of a large assemblage."


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 27 September 1930:
"Young Girl's Sudden Death - On August 15, at her parents' home at Petan Farm, Winchester, near Carnamah, the death took place suddenly of Vera Jean Pethick, aged 19 years, single. Deceased died suddenly at about 9:40 p.m. After making a post mortem examination, Dr. C. P. Rosenthal declined to give a certificate of death, and the contents of deceased's stomach were sent the Government analyst at Perth. On September 13 last an inquiry into the circumstances attending deceased's death was held in the Court House at Winchester before Mr. L. P. Parker, Acting Coroner and J.P., and after evidence had been tendered, the Acting Coroner found that deceased came by her death by strychnine poisoning, self administered, while in an unbalanced state of mind."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Vera Jean Pethick' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 19 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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