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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Vi" Violet Nasmyth BOWMAN / JOHNSON

Born 1 June 1904 in Auchterderran, Fife, Scotland [P31]
Daughter of John BOWMAN and "Maggie" Margaret Swan DOW [P1]
Resided with her parents at Bowhill Colliery, which was managed by her father, in Auchterderran, Fife, Scotland [P1]
Later resided with her parents at Rosefield House on Gardenside Avenue, Uddingston in Bothwell, Lanark Scotland [P1]
Departed London, England with her parents and sisters Nell and Daisy on the steamship Osterley on 9 May 1915 [P1]
They arrived on the steamship Osterley in Fremantle, Western Australia on 11 May 1915 and a few days later shifted to Carnamah [P1]
Resided with her parents in the homestead on Lot M950 of The Home Farm, Carnamah-Perenjori Road, Carnamah 1915-1927 [P1]
Won the Ladies Flat Race in the Horse Events at the Annual Show & Sports Carnival in Carnamah on 20 September 1923 [86: 4-Oct-1923]
Attended the Carnamah Race Club's Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 10 April 1924 in a dress of rose georgette [10: 24-Apr-1924]
Entrant and winner of the Carnamah Popular Girl / Lady Competition in 1925 [9: 6-Feb-1925, 27-Feb-1925, 17-Apr-1925]
Her part in the 1925 competition helped raise £136 for additions to Carnamah's hall and ornamental trees for town streets [9: 15-May-1925]
Attended the Grand Plain & Fancy Dress Ball held in the Carnamah Hall on 6 August 1925 dressed as a "Milkmaid" [9: 21-Aug-1925]
Participated in the annual Carnamah kangaroo hunt of September 1925, riding a horse named Flash [9: 18-Sep-1925]
Married Ivan JOHNSON on 5 April 1927 at the family homestead on The Home Farmin Carnamah [P31]
     Their wedding day was a double wedding, being shared with her sister Nell who married James W. DIXON [P31]
     It was reported as a "a very pretty double wedding" with Rev. Walter B. KENWORTHY of Dongara officiating [39: 12-Apr-1927]
Resided with her husband in a tin humpy on his Avalon Farm in Winchester 1927-1930 [P28]
     They were both members of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1928 [9: 23-Mar-1928]
Ivan managed her father's The Home Farm in 1930 when he was in Scotland and then worked for him as a farmhand [P28]
      After leaving Avalon they resided at Lockington on Lot M1017 of her father's The Home Farm in Carnamah 1930-1933 [P31]
      Resided in "the house on the hill" on Woodbine Farm in Carnamah, rented from Charles ROBERTSON 1933-1937 [P31]
      In 1937 they moved into the Carnamah townsite  [P31] and resided at at 13 Caron Street [P69] until 1941 [P31]
She and her husband attended the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball held in Carnamah on 8 August 1929 as "Italian Gipsies" [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Attended the evening Ball after the Carnamah Races on Thursday 2 October 1930 in a dress of black lace over rose [4: 18-Oct-1930]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club 1930-1938 [4: 10-May-1930]
     Social Committee Member in 1935-36 and 1937-38, and also General Committee Member in 1937-38 [5: 16-Aug-1935, 13-Aug-1937]
Member of the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association 1932-1937 [5: 2-Dec-1932, 12-Mar-1937]
     She was elected Secretary of Carnamah's branch of the Country Women's Association on 24 November 1932 [5: 2-Dec-1932]
Attended the Carnamah Grand Ball at the Carnamah Town Hall on Thursday 28 July 1932 in a gown of black floral satin [5: 5-Aug-1932]
Won 2nd prize for Coffee Rolls in the Confectionary section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 14 September 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
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]
Also attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Flannel Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 3 February 1934 [5: 9-Feb-1934]
Attended the Dance conducted by the Carnamah Toc H at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 24 February 1934 [5: 2-Mar-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
On Saturday 12 May 1934 attended the Carnamah Football Club's Grand Opening Ball in a dress of black georgette [5: 18-May-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Roman Catholic Church's Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 26 May 1934 [5: 1-Jun-1934]
Sent a wreath for the grave of Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Won 2nd prize for Shortbread at the Carnamah Agricultural Show at Centenary Park on Thursday 6 September 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club 1934-1936 [5: 24-Aug-1934, 31-May-1935, 12-Jun-1936]
Attended the Show Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 12 September 1935 in a dress of green marocain [5: 20-Sep-1935]
With ticket number 66 she won a Davis Cup tennis racket in the Parkinson Tennis Club's raffle during September 1935 [5: 4-Oct-1935]
Competed in the Parkinson Tennis Club's New Year Tennis Tournament in Carnamah on Wednesday 1 January 1936 [5: 3-Jan-1936]
Attended the Wedding Social & Dance for Stuart and May FORD at Koolabba Farm in Carnamah on 25 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of William B. SHERIDAN of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
After spending a vacation in Cottesloe herself, her husband and their children returned to Carnamah on 28 February 1936 [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Wore green pebble crepe marocain with gold spotted epaulettes to the Leap Year Ball in Carnamah on 29 February 1936 [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Played for the combined Carnamah-Parkinson tennis team against Winchester-Waddy-Coorow on Sunday 5 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Anglican Church's Mid-Winter Ball on 11 July 1936 dressed in blue flat crepe with self trimmings [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Attended the Ball after the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in Coorow on 3 September 1936 dressed in pale pink satin [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Attended the Show Ball after the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 dressed in pink crepe suede [5: 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]
Runner-Up Ladies Champion at the Parkinson Tennis Club's Tennis Tournament in Carnamah on 1 January 1937 [5: 8-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]
Competed in the Carnamah Tennis Club's Easter Tennis Tournament at Centenary Park in Carnamah in March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
     Competed in the doubles with Mrs Winifred M. LANG while her husband competed in the doubles with Charles ROBERTSON [5]
Herself and her husband motored to Perth on Tuesday 6 April 1937 and returned to Carnamah on 9 April 1937 [5: 9 & 16-Apr-1937]
Accompanist on the piano at the Social for Cyril & Mavis RAYNER at the Church Hall in Carnamah on 1 April 1937 [5: 9-Apr-1937]
Attended the very largely attended Carnamah Tennis Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 17 April 1937 in floral georgette [5: 23-Apr-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1937 and 1939 [5: 7-May-1937] [489]
Attended the Coronation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 12 May 1937 in "pink marocain with spray of black velvet flowers" [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]
Member of the Carnamah Presbyterian Ladies' Guild in 1938 [0: image 02835]
Foundation Vice President of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society in 1939 and 1940 [0: images 03834 & 03902]
Steward of the Cookery section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on Thursday 7 September 1939 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Ladies' Miniature Rifle Club in 1941 [0: image 03995]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District War and Patriotic Fund in 1941 [0: image 04014]
Her husband Ivan enlisted in the Australian Army on 1 May 1940 and was Killed in Action in the Middle East on 9 June 1941 [P1]
After her husband had embarked overseas with the Australian Army she gave birth to a son, Douglas Water, on 6 January 1941 [P1]
During the second half of 1941 left Carnamah with her younger three children and moved to 29 Arthur Street in Subiaco [P31]
Her daughter Jean was boarding at Dominican Ladies Convent in Dongara in 1941 and remained there until the end of the year [P31]
Her 18 month year old son, whom her late husband never saw, passed away from diphtheria fever on 20 April 1942 [P31]
Obtained employment working at night at the Welshpool Munition Factory and worked there for six days a week until 1944 [P31]
Then worked in Perth for Blue Seal Products weighing, packing and sealing imported nuts for sale, until retiring C.1950 [P31]
Herself, daughter Pam and son Richard spent Christmas in Carnamah staying with her parents in December 1946 [0: images 04420]
In January 1948 herself and son Richard spent a holiday staying with her parents in Carnamah [0: image 04515]
Remained at 29 Arthur Street, Subiaco until C.1949 when she purchased a house at 15 Princess Road in Doubleview [P31]
Following the death of her father in July 1952 her mother left Carnamah and came and lived with her in Doubleview [P31]
Later leased her house in Doubleview for two years and returned to Carnamah [P31]
For the two years resided in the cookhouse on her brother's Prowaka SpringFarm (previously her father's The Home Farm) [P31]
While residing in the cookhouse she cooked meals for the farm's workmen and during shearing also for the shearers [P31]
Returned to her home in Doubleview for two years and then returned to Carnamah where she resided another year [P31]
Once more resided in the cookhouse on her brother's farm and worked cooking the workmen's meals [P31]
Resided at 15 Princess Road in Doubleview until 1965 when she sold it to her sister Ruth and brother-in-law Peter THOMSON [P31]
In 1975 both herself and her sister Daisy moved into rooms opposite each other at Moline House on Jeanes Road in Karrinyup [P31]
Returned to Scotland in 1978 to visit her only cousin Nan TAYLOR (nee BOWMAN) who she'd been writing to since 1915 [P31]
Resided at Moline House in the Perth suburb of Karrinyup until her sudden and unexpected death at the age of 84 years [P31]
Mother of Jean, Pamela, Richard and Douglas [P31]
Died 22 August 1988 at Moline House, Karrinyup; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth (Presbyterian, IA, 215) [P31]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Violet Nasmyth Bowman / Johnson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 8 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/violet-nasmyth-bowman [sources]




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