Shire of Dumbleyung

Corner Harvey & Dawson Street

PO Box 99

Tel: (08) 9863 4012

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Aug 10, 2018

Curnow - Kenward Families


"Rev Norman Hicks officiating. The late Mrs Kenward, who was 87 years of age at the time of her death, arrived in Western Australia with her, husband and family from England in 1905, going direct to Bullock Hills where they commenced farming, remaining there for six years. They then moved to the Datatine area, which was just being opened up, and selected another property, on which she remained to the time of her death. Her husband died in 1923, but she, with the assistance of her family, continued to extend and develop her farm to a high state of productivity. A deeply religious woman, when she first came to Bullock Hills, with the assistance of her husband and the Webb family, she performed pioneering work in the establishment of the Baptist community in that area. Later, when settled at Datatine, Mr and Mrs Kenward were the first to work for the establishment of the Methodist community, but her efforts did not stop with any particular religious denomination, for she gave help and hospitality to all. She was beloved and respected by all with whom she came in contact and her death will be deeply felt by all her friends and acquaintances. Pallbearers were Messrs H. A. Phillips, A. S. Jarvis, E. T. Pettit, F. Bowden, H. Ward, and J. Robson. Funeral arrangements being conducted by Messrs C. E. Courtis and Sons, of Katanning".

Great Southern Herald, Monday 19 November 1948 p5"



Aug 10, 2018

The article headed "Percy R. Curnow" appeared in the Great Southern Herald on 19 September 1928 p2 Percy died 15 September 1928 after a protracted illness. Percy and Queenie had six children. [Not eight as written] There were:

Irene Maud (1913), Thomas Henry (1915), Kathleen Ellen (1917), Edna Gladys (1918), Gweneth Elsie (1919) and Alec James (1922).

Sep 1, 2018

Sorry Andrew, but the article is correct, Percy & Queenie had eight children. The two omitted by you were Stanley John Curnow a twin born on the same date as Alec (1822). Stan died in 2003, he and my mother Edna were quite close. The other child not stated by you is Dulcie May Curnow who was born in 1925 and is still alive. She Married Ron Smith who was operated a butchers shop in Katanning for most of his life. Dulcie moved from Katanning recently to Esperance to be with her daughter.

Sep 1, 2018

Thank you Graham for correcting my error. I am pleased to learn that my mother had two siblings of whom I was unaware.

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  • PROJECT BACKGROUND: The Historical Locality Sign project is an initiative of the Shire of Dumbleyung Historical Committee. The aim of this project is to document our history in a way that is also interesting to our future generations and tourists as part of a drive trail. The concept is for photos being of settling families, sporting groups and some interesting farm practices, structures and facts. We are also documenting all families past and present in the ‘Families’ list. The majority of the sign content has been compiled from previous history publications. We realise that not all historical information will fit within these guidelines so further stories and family information can now be uploaded by anyone on our new historical forum under the relevant locality. For further information, please contact Nicole at the Shire of Dumbleyung on (08) 9863 4012 or
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