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Mary Alice Ward (1896–1972)

Mary Alice Ward

Mary Alice Ward (1896-1972), teacher and pastoralist, was born on 1 September 1896 at Kooringa, Burra, South Australia, eldest of eight children of John McEntyre, an engineer from Victor Harbor, and his wife Margaret Anne, née Kelleher. By 1904 the family had moved to the Western Australian goldfields, living first at Kalgoorlie and then Coolgardie. Mary began teaching at Tunneys State School in June 1915, and gained her junior cadet training certificate in September next year. In 1918-24 she...

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Violet Maude (Vi) Medway (1909–1996)

Violet Maude (Vi) Medway

Violet Maude Medway (1909–1996), headmistress, was born on 17 January 1909 at Watsons Bay, Sydney, eldest of five children and only daughter of English-born parents Harold Richard Medway, butcher, and...

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