Biography

Elsie Finlayson Ogden

Diane - July 1, 2016

Red Flowering Gums (1)Elsie Rankine Finlayson was the headmistress of Presbyterian College in Peppermint Grove, Perth, Western Australia from 1923 till 1927. She was a very well loved and respected headmistress but met Wilfred Ogden, an orchardist and after marrying him moved to Enderslea in 1930. She became an active member of the Bindoon Country Womens Association and was always involved in the improvement in …

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‘Uncovering May Gibbs’ 2017 Enderslea Farm Play

Diane - March 7, 2016
Mr and Mrs Bear is just one of many May Gibbs  books, many of them are first editions, that are held in the Enderslea Farm book collection.

‘UNCOVERING MAY GIBBS‘ is the title of  the next play commissioned for Enderslea Farm.  It will be first performed  during the Bindoon Wildflower Festival September 2017 Friday 15th 2pm, Saturday 16th 11am and 2pm Sunday 20th 2pm September 2017 As always a delicious morning or afternoon tea will be catered by the Country Womens Association. Ticket Price: $37 Bookings are necessary and can be made …

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The Clarke Family

Diane - April 4, 2015
Elsie Soutar Ford Enderslea Farm

The Clarke Family  History is very well researched by R.H. Clarke and recorded in his publication A Family History of the  CLARKES OF MELROSE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA   Sydney Walter Clarke(1884-1960) was born in Adelaide and worked on the trains between Adelaide and Kalgoolie during the goldrush of the 1890’s. Family memory is that he resigned from the railways 1909 and took a job with McCalls …

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The Morley Family

Diane - March 29, 2015
Enderslea Farm Chittering Valley

Henry and Sarah Morley arrived at the Swan River Colony on 30th January, 1830, on board the Wanstead. They left their home near Brighton, England in July 1829 with a three year old daughter Jane. A second daughter, Joannah, was born a sea five weeks before their arrival. After a time in Australind and Upper Swan, Henry assisted in surveying the Blue Plains Road in 1851 and …

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A Postcard from Enderslea

Diane - March 27, 2015
Enderslea Farm Chittering Valley Historic Postcard

MARY ANNE FRIEND wrote a diary during her voyage out to Western Australia in 1829. She was the wife of the WANSTEAD’S master Captain Mathew Curling Friend and this trip has particular interest as Henry and Sarah Morley were travelling below decks as steerage passengers on this same voyage. In 2012 the State Library obtained Mary Anne Friend’s diary, a document of great Australian and …

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Elsie Rankine Finlayson

Diane - March 21, 2015
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I’m in the process of creating an information page about the 2nd Headmistress of Presbyterian Ladies College Elsie Rankine Finlayson Ogden. She was a distinguished MA honours graduate from Cambridge and had wide teaching experience. Shannon Lovelady, the Archivist at PLC, was interested in her and has researched a lot of information.  When I was told by a friend, Mary Yates, that she with her …

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