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Manny’s birthday book – September 14

September 14, 2011

Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for ChildrenMy grandmother, who I called Manny, had a birthday book.  I’m posting the entries throughout the year, as they appear.

From Manny’s Birthday Book:  September 14 – Raymond Nowland

A girl sat on a wall one day,

She was tired, and would not play;

I called “you’ll fall,” from the foot of the hill,

But she paid no heed, and sat there still.

Raymond W Nowland was born in the East Coolgardie Registration District (probably Kalgoorlie) in 1917 (1917/297WA).

In January 1931 Raymond Nowland, son of Mr LR Nowland, Engineer of Wiluna Gold Mines won a scholarship.  In October 1935, he was successful in winning the 100 yards and 220 yards championship events at the Guildford Grammar School annual sports. He also was runner-up for the school athletic championship.

There is no WA marriage index entry for Raymond, but on Saturday 24 February 1945, Flying Officer Raymond Nowland son of  Mr and Mrs L Nowland of Wiluna married Betty Barker, only daughter of Dr and Mrs GW Barker at St Mary’s Church, West Perth.  Flying Officer Nowland had spent some time flying bombers in Burma.  Betty Barker had just qualified as a double certificate Registered Nurse, and Raymond’s sister Joan had just started her nursing training.

On 3 July 1945 Raymond’s grandmother, Annie Waller died in West Perth.

On 7 February 1946 Raymond and Betty had a baby girl, Elizabeth Anne at King Edward Memorial Hospital.

In December 1948 Messrs. Raymond Waller Nowland, Jonathon Bowie Ilbery and Kurt Paul Rodgers were admitted by the Full Court, comprising Mr. Justice Wolff and Mr. Justice Walker, as practitioners of the Supreme Court.

Mr and Mrs Raymond Nowland had a baby girl on April 17 1951 at KEMH.  On 14 July 1951 Betty (Barker) Nowland’s mother died in St John of God Hospital West Leederville and on 8 September 1952, Betty’s father also died.  Raymond Nowland and his wife Betty had another daughter on October 10 1952, also at KEMH.

Raymond Waller Nowland died on 12 January 1980 in Mt Lawley, Western Australia and was cremated at Karrakatta.

If Raymond Waller Nowland is the Raymond Nowland in Manny’s birthday book, it is possible that his father and Manny’s father, Angus McLeod were friends.  Angus was a fitter and turner/engineer on the mines in Kalgoorlie.

If you knew or are a descendent of Raymond Nowland, please comment and let me know.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Ray Boyd permalink
    November 21, 2011 9:29 am

    Raymond Nowland was my Grandfather,

    Ray Attended Guildford grammar up until 1936

  2. Michelle permalink*
    November 21, 2011 5:04 pm

    Hi Ray
    Thank you for commenting. It’s nice to make your acquaintance. Are you able to shed any light on how your grandfather’s name appeared in my grandmother’s birthday book? Did he go to primary school in Kalgoorlie, perhaps? Is the name in the birthday book in his handwriting?

  3. Jill permalink
    March 27, 2012 1:10 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    My name is Jill Parnham (nee Nowland)

    Raymond Waller Nowland was my father. I believe he went to primary school in Kalgoorlie. His senior years were spent firstly in Bunbury on a Scholarship, then he transferred to Guildford Grammer, where his two brothers were.

    There are also 4 daughters, Elizabeth, Susan (August 1948,) Jennifer and myself.
    Dad’s father, Louis Raymond Nowland was the Chief Engineer on the North Kalgoorlie Mine. This position was taken up by his son, Louis Cameron Nowland after Pop died in the early 60’s.

    Hope this is of some help, and thank you for your interest.


  4. Michelle permalink*
    March 27, 2012 7:38 pm

    Hi Jill and thank you for commenting. If your father went to primary school in Kalgoorlie, it is likely that he and my grandmother were primary school friends.

    Thank you for the additional information you’ve provided.

  5. Jamie Arthur permalink
    February 7, 2015 4:38 pm

    Raymond was my grandfather. He actually had 4 daughters, although you only seem to have dates for 3. He died 2 days before my 5th birthday, but I remember him very well.
    thank you for the information you supplied.
    Kind regards
    Jamie Arthur

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