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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Dorrie" Victoria Doris MCNAMARA / TUCKER

Born 21 June 1897 in Perth, Western Australia [15] [9: 25-Jun-1926]
Daughter of "Harry" Henry James MCNAMARA and Mary Ann LIDDELOW [15]
Resided in Moora 1919-1925 [50]
     Her engagement was announced to Theodore T. DAVIESON, storekeeper of Carnamah, in May 1919 [9: 16-May-1919]
     Gave a recitation at the Welcome Home tendered to A.I.F. Private James FARLEY in Coorow on 10 July 1919 [10: 18-Jul-1919]
Spent some time in Carnamah in 1925 visiting her brother Harry MCNAMARA, who was the manager of the Carnamah Hotel [P219]
     Attended the Grand Plain & Fancy Dress Ball held in the Carnamah Hall on 6 August 1925 dressed as "Harlequinade" [9: 21-Aug-1925]
     While watching a football match during pouring rain at Carnamah Anster TUCKER fell and broke his leg in front to her [P219]
     She rushed out with her umbrella to shelter Anster, a local farmer, and a friendship began which later led to an engagement [P219]
She was the guest of honour at a Social & Dance held at the Moora Town Hall in Moora on Monday 21 June 1926 [9: 25-Jun-1926]
     At the Social & Dance she received numerous and useful presents and was bid farewell from the district, pending her marriage [9]
Married "Anster" Anstruther Pavy TUCKER in Moora on 24 June 1926 [P219] [9: 25-Jun-1926]
     Resided with her husband and later daughters on Yarra Yarra Farm on the Yarra Yarra Estate in Carnamah 1926-1952 [P219]
     Her husband had served during the First World War and had acquired farmland in Carnamah as a Soldier Settler [P219]
Following their return to Carnamah they were tendered a reception at the Carnamah Hall on 3 July 1926 [9: 9-Jul-1926]
     During the evening she was presented with a silver plate by the local Girls ' Friendly Society and her husband with a cheuqe [9]
     The hall was "tastefully decorated" for the occasion and "the dance floor was in excellent order" [9]
Herself and her husband's friends over their many years in Carnamah included: [P219]
     Reg and Tottie DIAMOND, Herbie and Edith NINEHAM, Lionel and Maud FERGUSON, Norm and Fielda SOMERS, [P219]
     Jim and Ettie HOUSE, George and Ada TAPSCOTT, Percy and Vitty DEWAR, and Tom and Beryl BYRNE [P219]
Announced the winner of the "Miss Carnamah Competition" at the local Rifle Club's Grand Ball on 4 September 1926 [4: 11-Sep-1926]
Through her involvement in the competition helped raise £112 for the Carnamah Rifle Club to improve their rifle range [4: 11-Sep-1926]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Ball on 18 May 1929 in ivory georgette with shoulder spray of pink feathers [4: 25-May-1929]
Attended the Plain and Fancy Dress Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 8 August 1929 in ivory crepe de chine [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Won 2nd prize for Sponge Sandwich in the cookery section of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's 1929 Show [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Won 1st prizes for Bread and Crochet Doyleys at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 18 September 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
Foundation Vice President of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association 1931-1933 [5: 9-Jun-1933] [7: page 170]
In February 1932 she and her husband departed Carnamah for for their annual after harvest holiday [12: 11-Feb-1932]
Won 1st prize for Crochet Doyleys at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 15 September 1932 [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Won 2nd prizes for Crochet Doyleys and the Best Piece of Fancywork at the Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1932 [5: 30-Sep-1932]
Along with her husband and daughter travelled to Perth by car to attend the Perth Royal Show in October 1932 [5: 14-Oct-1932]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Anglican Church in 1933 [5: 9-Jun-1933]
Helped run the Sweets stall at the Carnamah Anglican Church Bazaar held in Carnamah on Saturday 12 August 1933 [5: 18-Aug-1933]
Received 1st prize for an Embroidered Apron in the Fancy Work section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Won 2nd prizes for White Bread and Embroidered Apron at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 6 September 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Herself, her husband and their daughters spent a holiday in Moora in February 1935 [5: 15-Feb-1935]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1935, 1936 and 1937 [5: 24-May-1935, 18-Jun-1937] [4: 29-Aug-1936]
Won the President Eileen A. BERRIGAN's Trophy through competitions of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Annual Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 24 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
After three weeks with her mother at Moora herself and her daughters returned to Carnamah on 5 February 1936 [5: 24-Jan-1936, 7-Feb-1936]
After an extended holiday herself and her daughters returned to Carnamah during the last weekend of January 1937 [5: 29-Jan-1937]
Attended the C.W.A. Valedictory for Mrs Barbara K. PLUNKETT in Carnamah on the afternoon of 17 February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
During September 1937 Miss Noreen WHITE of Moora holidayed with her family in Carnamah [5: 10-Sep-1937]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society [141]
Steward of the Cookery section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1949 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Ladies Guild in 1952 [12: 24-Mar-1952]
Owing to ill-health herself and her husband left Carnamah in 1952 and shifted to Perth [12: 24-Mar-1952] [P219]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of North Perth [2]
Mother of Joan and Betty [P219]
Died 18 May 1976 in Perth; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, ZF, 317) [2] [P219]

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 16 May 1919:
"The engagement has been announced between Miss Dorrie McNamara (daughter of Mrs H. McNamara) and Mr T. Davieson (son of Mr Davieson of Carnamah)."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 8 January 1943:
Pioneer Passes - Mrs. McNamara
"A well-known and one-time useful citizen of Moora, in the person of Mrs. McNamara passed away in Perth on Christmas morning. After a long life usefully lived the old lady died peacefully. The matron reported that she seemed prostrated with the heat, which possibly hastened her end. The deceased who was 90 years old, had lived in Moora and district for some sixty years. The Rev. F. W. Gunning officiated at the funeral which took place at Karrakatta. The late Mrs. McNamara leaves a family of sons and daughters, including Mrs. A. P. Tucker of Carnamah, to mourn their loss."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Victoria Doris McNamara / Tucker' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 7 July 2022 from [reference list]

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