Synopsis of interview 1 with Wendy Folvig about her parents Poppy and Valentine Finch at 15 King Street Claremont
Poppy Finch was born in Sydney on the 31st of May 1893. Her parents were Percy Vernon Ross and Margaret May Ross Need Margaret May McCready
Her father was an accountant Troop Ross and Harwood (?) in Melbourne. They came to Western Australia around 1898 or 1900.
Poppy may have come over to WA when she was around 7.
She married in 1919 after my father came back From the first World War the second time, he was wounded twice. His proper name was Valentine Finch but he was always knowing by my mother as dick because that was when he went to university in Melbourne, being Finch they called him Dicky Bird. She met him on a boat from Melbourne to Sydney. He was visiting is parents in 1911. She was 18 at the time. She went to Sydney to visit her Aunt and she met him on the way back.
They had four children. I'm the eldest, my sister Mary - Margaret Mooney (?) my sister Judith who is now deceased and my brother Lloyd who is a reader bio-chemistry at Melbourne University. He lives in Melbourne
Further Information on Valentine Finch & Wendy Folvig
Valentine Finch, National Anzac Centre
Branch of Armed Forces or Service
Army / Flying Corps
Wendy (Dorothy) Folvig (nee Finch) :
Wendy was well known for her forthright opinions on matters of education, communication and medical services for isolated rural families. She personified community service, initially through the Country Women’s Association of WA (CWA) after joining the Wiluna branch as a young wife and mother in 1951. With 64 years of continuous membership, she promoted the CWA’s ethos of courtesy, co-operation, community effort and ethical standards.
She served in many roles with distinction, including WA editor of The Countrywoman magazine, president and secretary of pastoral and metropolitan branches, delegate at national and international conferences, project director of seminars for young Aboriginal women in remote communities and CWA representative on the National Trust of Australia (WA) Council.
Wendy Folvig’s strong commitment to community was nurtured during her childhood and adult life on remote Yeelirrie, a vast pastoral property developed by her father and his siblings, 900km northeast of Perth in the east Murchison region. This was her home for 46 years, where she experienced the privations of drought, the tyranny of distance and the fluctuating fortunes of the wool industry.
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