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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs



Born 31 May 1928 in Three Springs, Western Australia [P22]
Daughter of "Ned" Edmund Keane WELLS and "Maggie" Margaret Agnes KROSCHEL [P22]
Fourth generation Australian on her mother’s side and fourth generation Western Australian on her father’s side [P1]
She was born at the Cottage Hospital on Charles C. MALEY’s Parakalia Farm in Three Springs [P22]
     The doctor of the hospital at the time, Dr Mario A. MAYHOFER, later married her father’s cousin C. Annie BYRNE [P22]
     Received her first name of Vida after her father’s sister Vida and her middle name after her father’s mother Emily [P22]
The Midlands Advertiser reported "Mr and Mrs E. K. Wells have been blessed by the arrival of a little daughter" [9: 8-Jul-1928]
Resided with her parents on her father’s farm on the Yarra Yarra Estate just north of the Carnamah townsite 1928-1932 [P22]
Baptised by Rev. E. G. JAQUET of Three Springs at the Carnamah Hall on Sunday evening 16 September 1928 [4: 15 & 22-Sep-1928]
Attended the Children’s Fancy Dress Ball held in Carnamah on 18 August 1932 dressed as "Pierrette" [5: 26-Aug-1932]
After her father lost his farm resided with her parents on Jasper W. GREEN’s Bushy Park Farm in Carnamah 1932-1938 [P22]
Attended the Children’s Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 23 November 1933 dressed as an "Early Victorian" [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Student at the Carnamah State School in Carnamah 1934-1940 [P22]
     When she first started school she boarded with the PARKER family at 5 Macpherson Street in the Carnamah townsite [P22]
     She and later also her sister Margaret later walked three and a half miles to school and the same home each day [P22]
     Often on Monday mornings she got a lift to school with John M. TULLY and on Friday mornings with John LANG [P22]
     Usually got home on Friday afternoons with her parents, as they went into Carnamah to shop once a week on Fridays [P22]
Also spent time living with her grandparents "Charlie" Carl F. W. and "Maggie" Margaret A. KROSCHEL in Carnamah [P22]
     Her grandparents lived in the residence adjoining their Don Tea Rooms at 10 Macpherson Street in the Carnamah townsite [P22]
Won a 2nd prize for Cane & Raffia Work in the Educational section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Attended the inaugural Combined School Sports of the Carnamah Road Board district in Carnamah on Saturday 19 October 1935 [5]
     She was the winner of the 7 years Girls Running Race and came 2nd in the 6-7 years Girls Sack Race [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the Children’s Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 2 November 1935 as "Jolly" [5: 8-Nov-1935]
Came 2nd in the 7-8 Girls Race at the Carnamah R.S.L. Easter Sports Meeting in Carnamah on Monday 13 April 1936 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Attended the Inter-School Sports of the Carnamah Road Board district at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Friday 2 October 1936 [5]
     Came 2nd in the 8 Years Running Race and the 7 & 8 Years Skipping Race, and 3rd in the 8 & 9 Years Egg & Spoon Race [5]
    Along with Dorothy MCSWAIN she won the 6, 7 & 8 Years Girls Siamese Race [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Came 3rd in the 7 & 8 Years Girls Skipping Race at the North Midlands Athletic Sports in Three Springs in 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Attended the Children’s Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 14 November 1936 as a "Japanese Lady" [5: 20-Nov-1936]
In 1938 shifted with her parents into the Carnamah townsite when they took over her grandparents' tearooms [P22]
Resided with her parents in the residence adjoining the tearooms at 10 Macpherson Street, Carnamah 1938-1940 [P22]
Attended with Joan M. TUCKER the Children's Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday evening 15 October 1938 [5]
     They attended the Fancy Dress Ball dressed as "Peter’s Two-in-One" and were awarded the prize for Best Poster [5: 21-Oct-1938]
Attended the Sunday School Picnic held in Carnamah on Sunday on 5 November 1936 [5: 10-Nov-1939]
     While taking part in the scramble for apples she received a black eye after being hit in the eye with an apple [5]
Won the 8-10 Years Girls Running Race at the Easter Athletic Sports Meeting in Carnamah on Monday 29 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
     With E. Gwyneth BROADHURST tied for 1st in the Girls Siamese Race against Patricia C. LYNCH and Dorothy I. BRADY [5]
Attended and received a Coronation Medal at the Coronation Celebrations at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 12 May 1937 [5]
     During the children’s sports she won the 8 Years Girls Running Race [5: 14-May-1937]
Attended the Children’s Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 11 November 1939 as an "Orange" [5: 17-Nov-1939]
Member of the Carnamah Girl Guides in 1940 [5: 20-Dec-1940]
Won 1st prize for Scones in the Girl’s portion of the Cookery section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1940 [5: 20-Sep-1940]
Attended the Children’s Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 14 September 1940 as "Rule Britannia" [5: 20-Sep-1940]
Student at Girdlestone High School on James Street in Perth in 1941 and 1942 [P22]
     During this time she lived in Perth with her grandparents "Charlie" Carl F. W. and "Maggie" Margaret A. KROSCHEL [P22]
     After spending a week in Carnamah with her parents she and her grandmother returned to Perth on 17 May 1941 [5: 17-May-1941]
     In 1942, during the Second World War, she was sent home to Carnamah in fear that Perth would be bombed [P22]
Resided with her grandmother Mrs Emily HOWE and step-grandfather Robert W. HOWE in Carnamah in 1942 and 1943 [P22]
    She and her sister Margaret lived with who they called "Grandma and Grandpa Howe" at 3 Niven Crescent, Carnamah [P22]
In October 1942 she began working as a Telephonist in Carnamah [5: 23-Oct-1942]
     Telephonist on the Telephone Exchange at the Carnamah Post Office at 12 Macpherson Street in Carnamah 1942-1946 [P22]
Member of the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club in 1944 [5: Aug-1944]
Member of the Carnamah Air Observation Post during the Second World War – was the Chief Observer in 1944 [5: 31-Mar-1944]
Married (1) “Ted” Edward James WHITEHURST in Carnamah on 3 October 1946 [P22]
     They resided in Carnamah 1946-1948, in Mullewa 1948-1951 and then in East Perth 1951-1953 [P22]
     During early December 1952 she spent a holiday with her parents in Carnamah [5: 4-Dec-1952]
In 1953 she and her children James and Sylvia left East Perth and shifted to Carnamah [P22]
Telephonist on the Telephone Exchange within the Carnamah Post Office at 12 Macpherson Street, Carnamah in 1953 and 1954 [P22]
     One night in 1953 while on duty at the telephone exchange two men came in to make a phone call [P22]
     She had no idea at the time, however, it was later discovered that the two men had murdered Herbert S. ROBERTS [P22]
Partner of (2) "Alex" Alexander John ROBINSON [P22]
     Resided with her partner Alex at 10 Niven Crescent in Carnamah from 1953 to about 1954 [P22]
     They then rented and lived at the stone house at 5 Macpherson Street in Carnamah from about 1954 to May 1959 [P22]
     From 1953 to 1958 their home was telephone number Carnamah-64 [60]
     In May 1959, along with their children Yvette, Yvonne and Isaac, they shifted to 16 Railway Avenue, Carnamah [P22]
Over many years worked doing catering for local weddings, agricultural shows, Shire events, local functions and for shearers [P176]
Member of the Carnamah branch of the Country Women’s Association [P176]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club – was Vice Captain of the Associates in 1957 [4: 12-Apr-1957]
     Captain of the Carnamah Golf Club Associates in 1959 and Associates Champion in 1961 [7: page 213]
     Patron of the Carnamah Golf Club Associates in 2003 and 2004 [P1]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1957-1971 [13]
After her brother's marriage ended, she and her partner Alex became the guardians of her brother's son Keane E. WELLS [P176]
She and Keane continued living at 16 Railway Avenue, Carnamah following the death of her partner Alex in 1973 [P176]
Financial Member of the North Midlands Agricultural Society 1975-2007 [13]
     Phenomenal exhibitor at the annual North Midlands Agricultural Shows in Carnamah over many years [P1]
     First winner of the Silver Jubilee Trophy in 1977 and again numerous times over the following thirty years [P1]
     Regularly the most successful exhibitor of the Cooking, Flower, Artistic Flowers and Preserves sections of the Society’s Shows [P1]
Life Member of the Carnamah Bowling Club – served as Captain and President, and was innumerably Champion [P176]
     She was the Bowling Club's nomination as their "outstanding player" in the Carnamah Sports Star of the Year Awards in 1979 [P22]
Life Member and Supporter of the Carnamah Golf Club – their 15th Life Member and their first female Life Member [7: page 199]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society – was President 1981-1985 [141]
     Awarded the 10 year Long Service Medal and 20, 30 and 40 year bars for services given to the Red Cross Society [141]
     She manned the Red Cross Society’s op-shop weekly on Wednesday mornings for many years [P22]
Attended the "Day of Pioneers" luncheon held at the Shire Council Chambers in Carnamah on 13 October 1982 [253]
Celebrated her 70th Birthday with her extended family at Prowaka Spring Farm in Carnamah on 31 May 1998 [P1]
     Those at her 70th Birthday included her daughters and son-in-laws Yvette & Ross Bowman, Yvonne & Kevin SCHORER, [P1]
     and Sylvia & Mark STEWART; son and daughter-in-law Jim & Jenny WHITEHURST; son Keane WELLS; [P1]
     daughter-in-law Lee WHITEHURST; grand-daughters Suzie GEORGE, Paula BARNDEN and Rebecca STEWART, [P1]
     grandsons Bon, Dominic, Aidan and Caleb WHITEHURST, Andrew BOWMAN and Israel SCHORER; [P1]
     grand-daughter-in-law Lisa DOWNING; great grandson Jackson GEORGE; great grand-daughter Abby BARNDEN; [P1]
     sister and brother-in-law Margaret and Bill REYNOLDS; and her brother Ted WELLS [P1]
Celebrated her 80th Birthday with about 70 family and friends at the Carnamah Bowling Club on Saturday evening 31 May 2008 [P1]
She was rushed to Perth in 2012 in urgent need of a pacemaker and was thereafter unable to return home to Carnamah [P1]
Mother of James, Sylvia, Yvette, Yvonne, Isaac and Keane [P1]

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Friday 13 September 1963:

Major Show Carnamah

"For the second year in succession Mrs Vida Whitehurst, of Carnamah, won the coveted President’s Trophy for most points gained in all sections except ring events at the annual Carnamah Show. She is particularly well known for her cooking and excellent flowers and is a major supporter of the district show, usually bringing in between 70 and 80 entries. Mrs Whitehurst really earned her trophies, which included the Mrs D. Bowman Trophy for overall sections, Mrs C. F. Kenny Trophy for cooking, Mrs K. McCooke Trophy for flowers, C.W.A. Trophies for preserves and second prize in the twelfth cake class and the Mrs K. W. Bodycoat Trophy for artistic division of the flower section. This outstanding exhibitor carried her great effort for the annual show rather lightly. Asked if she had time for anything else except show preparation for days before the annual event, she replied:- “Only the usual work that every housewife does."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Vida Emeline Wells / Whitehurst' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 February 2021 from [sources]

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