Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 23 Nov: Suva, Fiji

Tuesday, 23 November 1937

Arrived this morning. Fiji very clean & fresh looking. Went ashore, had a short walk around, posted P.C. to Sep [Thirza’s nephew, John Septimus Patterson]. Bought 3 rings, stayed on board after lunch, and had a rest.

The Monterey at Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937
The Monterey at Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937
Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937
Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937
Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937
Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937
Police Band at the Opening of Parliament, Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 193
Police Band at the Opening of Parliament, Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937 – Note the photographer; suspect it may be either R.T. Coulter or Fred Thearle
Police Band at the Opening of Parliament, Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 193
Police Band at the Opening of Parliament, Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937 – the photograph taken by either R.T. Coulter or Fred Thearle
Members of the Police standing in front of the SS Monterey at Su
Members of the Police standing in front of the SS Monterey at Suva, Fiji; 23 Nov 1937

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Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 15 Nov: Aloha! Honolulu

Monday, 15 November 1937

Arrived here, lovely welcome band playing; men in water diving for pennies. Went ashore with Mr & Mrs Coulter, had a good look at the shops, had lunch, then met Mr & Mrs Wonden [?] Took us all around, to all the sites, in an Oldsmobile. Went to the beach, mountains, in fact saw everything that was to be seen. Got back to the boat at 5.30, sailed again at 6. Band playing sweet aloes, all had ropes of flowers, around our necks – had photo taken with Fred & Mabel, lovely send off.

Honolulu; 15 Nov 1937
Believed to be L-R: Mr Fred Thearle, dentist, Thirza Pidgeon, Mrs P. Coulter, Mrs Mabel Thearle and Mr R.T. Coulter, dentist, at Honolulu; 15 Nov 1937
Honolulu; 15 Nov 1937
Believed to be L-R: Mr R.T. Coulter, dentist, Thirza Pidgeon, Mrs P. Coulter, Mrs Mabel Thearle and Mr Fred Thearle, dentist, at Honolulu; 15 Nov 1937
Honolulu; 15 Nov 1937
Standing in the distance, believed to be L-R: Thirza Pidgeon, Mr Fred Thearle, dentist, Mrs Mabel Thearle, Mrs P. Coulter and Miss P. Coulter at Honolulu; 15 Nov 1937
Thirza Pidgeon, 2nd from left with one of the Hall girls on her
Thirza Pidgeon, 2nd from left with Miss P Coulter (17) and Mrs P Coulter (48) either side of her at Honolulu; 15 Nov 1937
One of the Hall girls and Mrs Hall on the left and Thirza Pidgeo
Miss P Coulter and Mrs P Coulter on the left and Thirza Pidgeon facing towards them at Honolulu; 15 Nov 1937

 

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[In 1936, Frederick Herbert Thearle, dentist, and wife Mabel lived at ‘Namrow’, Elfreida Street, Mosman, NSW, Australia. Frederick was born in 1892 in Moruya, NSW and married Mabel Ruddinan in Waverly in 1916. Fred was age 45 at the time, Thirza, 58.

Sources:
Ancestry.com. Australia, Electoral Rolls, 1903-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Original data: Australian Electoral Commission. [Electoral roll]
Ancestry.com. Australia Birth Index, 1788-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources.
Ancestry.com. Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1950 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data: Compiled from publicly available sources.

 

Mr R.T. Coulter (46), his wife, Mrs P. Coulter (48) and daughter Miss P. Coulter (17) along with Fred and Mabel Thearle were fellow passengers with Thirza aboard the RMS Moldavia when Thirza sailed from Sydney in February to London, the Coulters having joined the ship in Brisbane.

Source Citation: Class: BT26; Piece: 1124; Item: 69.
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. UK, Incoming Passenger Lists, 1878-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. 
Original data: Board of Trade: Commercial and Statistical Department and successors: Inwards Passenger Lists. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA). Series BT26, 1,472 pieces.]

Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 10 Nov: Embarking aboard the S.S. Monterey

Wednesday, 10 November 1937

Dr & Mrs Montries, Bella, Reg, Flora drove me down to the boat, 25 miles from Beverly Hills, in a Pierce Arrow car – Reg bought bottle of whisky to give me a good send off. Boat [S.S. Monterey] to leave at 10. Good crowd aboard, Pat O’Brien & wife, movie star.  Met Mabel & Fred [Thearle, friends from London], has she bought some lovely clothes. Had fox cape on, looking the goods. Several of the Moldavia passengers on board also. Stayed talking to Mabel until 11.30.

SS Monterey of the Matson Line
SS Monterey of the Matson Line

SS Monterey of the Matson Line

[Picture of the S.S. Monterey in Sydney Harbour]

Thirza Pidgeon’s 1937 World Tour – 5 May: Catching up with friends and mail

Wednesday, 5 May 1937

Too tired to get up, stayed in bed until 12.30 then went to Australia House to get my letters. Very upset, none from Bill [Wep]. Met Mr & Mrs Spriggins who arrived back from the continent yesterday. Also met Mabel & Fred Thearle, looking well. Sat all the afternoon yarning then back to 130 for dinner. Had to go to a cocktail party, but was too tired. Went to bed early.