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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Ron" Veronica Ellen STOKES / MCGOWAN

Born 2 January 1915 in Dongara, Western Australia [99]
Daughter of Charles Albert STOKES and Ellen Annie BAGLEY [5: 9-Aug-1935]
Student at the Dudawa State School in Dudawa, East Arrino in 1927 [99]
Enrolled as a boarding student at the Dominican Ladies College in Dongara on 7 February 1928 [99]
Spent part of every summer in Carnamah with her parents during the wheat carting season in the 1920s and 1930s [P5]
She was among the 150 who attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 9 December 1933 [5: 15-Dec-1933]
Educated at Victoria Square Convent in Perth and later attended the University of Western Australia [P5]
After the 1934-35 wheat carting left Carnamah with her parents on 10 January 1935 and returned to their home in Subiaco [5: 11-Jan-1935]
Spent a week in Winchester in late February 1935 staying with her cousin and cousin-in-law Walter and Florrie BAGLEY [5: 1-Mar-1935]
Married "Jack" John MCGOWAN on Saturday 20 July 1935 at Saint Joseph's Church in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [5]
     Her bridesmaids were Miss Anne WALLIS and her sister Miss E. Edith STOKES while her brother George was groomsman [5]
     After the ceremony they held their wedding breakfast with about 35 guests at the Bradman Hall in Subiaco [5: 9-Aug-1935]
     Following their wedding and honeymoon shifted to Carnamah with her husband on Tuesday 30 July 1935 [5: 2-Aug-1935]
     A Miscellaneous Evening was held at the Carnamah Hall on 10 August 1935 to celebrate their recent marriage [5: 2,  9 & 16-Aug-1935]
     People from Winchester, Carnamah and Three Springs attended the Evening, to congratulate them and present them with gifts [5]
Resided in two rented rooms of PARKER's house at 5 Macpherson Street, Carnamah whilst awaiting the arrival of their first child [P5]
Wore white satin to the Show Ball which followed the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 12 September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Her sister E. Edith STOKES of Subiaco spent holidays with her in Carnamah in February and September 1936 [5: 21-Feb-1936, 2-Oct-1936]
Her mother spent a holiday staying with them in Carnamah during early April 1936[5: 10-Apr-1936]
Along with her mother and infant son travelled from Carnamah to Perth by train on Monday 1 June 1936 [5: 5-Jun-1936]
After spending four weeks in Perth herself and her son returned to Carnamah on Friday 26 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Attended the Show Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 10 September 1936 dressed in ivory satin [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Her sister E. Edith STOKES, dressed in red gold and figured velvet, also attended the 1936 Show Ball in Carnamah [5: 11 & 18-Sep-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social including three plays at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Social Club in 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
She and her son travelled from Carnamah to Subiaco with her father on Saturday 19 December 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
Along with her husband and and their son travelled to Perth with J. Henry BREWER for Easter in March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Her husband returned home after Easter herself while herself and their son remained in Perth for a month long holiday [5: 2 & 23-Apr-1937]
Attended the Coronation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Wednesday evening 12 May 1937 wearing ivory satin [5: 14-May-1937]
     The ball and its festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth [5]
She and her husband were among the 80 who attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening on 25 June 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
After spending several weeks in Perth herself and her son returned to Carnamah on Saturday 31 July 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
Mother of Peter [91]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 15 March 1935:
"The engagement has been announced of Veronica (Ron), second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Stokes, of Subiaco, to John (of Carnamah), youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. McGowan, of Perth."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Veronica Ellen Stokes / McGowan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 July 2022 from [reference list]

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