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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Alfred James HOLLINGSWORTH

Born 1871 in Greenough, Western Australia [15]
Son of Richard HOLLINGSWORTH and Margaret BAINES [15]
Married Hannah Maria BISHOP in Dongara [15] on 3 September 1898 [332]
Railway Repairer in Walkaway 1901-1906 [6]
Came 3rd in the 75 Yards Sack Race at the Railway Picnic at the showgrounds in Dongara on Saturday 25 April 1904 [39: 27-Apr-1904]
     The Railway Picnic was held annually by the workers of the Watheroo-Walkaway section of the Midland Railway line [39]
Farmer in Carnamah from 1907 [6] until retiring in 1935 [P30]
By 1907 had 500 acres of farmland in Carnamah - Victoria Location 2981 (200 acres) and Victoria Location 3319 (300 acres) [44]
Also worked for the Midland Railway Company as a Railway Ganger in Carnamah from 1908 to 1910 [19] [44] [50]
Donated five shillings to the Moora District Hospital Fund through Donald MACPHERSON of Carnamah in 1909  [9: 9-Apr-1909]
In August 1910 did contract clearing in Carnamah for the Upper Irwin Road Board, for which he was paid 2/6 per chain [9: 5-Aug-1910]
Obtained permission from the Upper Irwin Road Board to erect swing gates over a road adjoining his property in 1910 [9: 30-Sep-1910]
He or one of his sons was a member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1913 [9: 11-Jul-1913]
Bored for water on Lot M920 in Winchester for the Midland Railway Company in October 1914 [34]
Subcontractor to John BOWMAN on his harvest contracts in Carnamah over some of the 1915-16 harvest [34]
     He was subcontracted to harvest, bag and deliver wheat from some of the Midland Railway Company's farms in Carnamah [34]
His horse Woorabing won the Pony Race at the Carnamah Races on Monday 9 April 1917 [9: 27-Apr-1917]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Race Club in 1919 [9: 7-Mar-1919]
Member of the Carnamah Peace Celebrations Committee in 1919 [10: 11-Jul-1919]
Member of the Carnamah Hall Committee in 1919 [10: 29-Aug-1919]
Donated 5/- to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1920 [124]
Later farmed with his sons Dick and Stan and purchased further farmland in Carnamah [P30]
On 28 January 1921 purchased 948 acres of virgin land in Carnamah at 25/- per acre from the Midland Railway Company [27]
The 948 acre was Lot M1080 of Victoria Location 1935 and came at a total cost of £711.11.2, payable over 15 years [27]
Just over a month later his sons purchased the adjoining Lot M1081, creating a 1918 acre property between them [27]
During the 1934-35 financial year they purchased the 773 acre Lot M1079 of Victoria Location 1937 from LIGHTFOOT and Son [3]
The 1918 acre property was known as Boogabbie Farm and the 773 acre property at Lightfoots Farm [P30]
Lots M1079 and M1081 were under the names of his sons while Lot M1080 was in his own name [44]
It would appear that in 1921 he sold his 300 acre block, Victoria Location 3319, to Irwin S. MOORE [44]
Initially resided with his wife and children on his 200 acre Victoria Location 2981 just west of the Carnamah townsite [P30]
They later resided on Boogabbie Farm approximately seven miles east of the Carnamah townsite [P30]
Obtained the telephone in 1925 - was telephone number Carnamah-11H and later number Carnamah-11D [60]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1928 [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred LANG's wedding and reception in Carnamah on 27 March 1928 [4: 31-Mar-1928]
In November 1928 purchased a new Chev truck from local dealer L. S. WYLIE [4: 1-Dec-1928]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in the 1920s and 1930s [53]
Won 2nd prize for Wheaten Chaff in the Grain & Fodder section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
In 1932 was the owner of a Chevrolet truck with license plate CA-356 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1932-1941; also donated £1.1.0 to the Society in 1932 [13]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Jane ROBERTSON on 15 May 1932 at the Winchester Cemetery [4]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah Road Board chairman Richard ROBERTSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 9 July 1932 [4]
Made a donation to the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them purchase premises [5: 29-Jul-1932]
Pallbearer at the funeral of ten year old Charles Godfrey TURNER on 13 August 1932 at the Winchester Cemetery [4]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Robert Clark FORRESTER at the Winchester Cemetery on 18 September 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Sold five bales of wool through Westralian Farmers Ltd at 15d. per pound in October 1933 [5: 13-Oct-1933]
In April 1934 purchased a Sunshine seed box to be attached and transform his 10 disc Sundercut into a Sunderseeder [5: 20-Apr-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club - was Vice President in 1934 [5: 20-Apr-1934]
Sent a wreath for the grave of Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Held a clearing sale on his farm seven miles east of Carnamah at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday 7 March 1935 [5: 1-Mar-1935]
At the sale sold the entirety of his plant, machinery, furniture and household effects, including 1929 model Chevrolet truck, [5]
     8 foot Sunshine harvester, 16 run Massey combine, 10 disc Sundercut and seed box, 17 run I.H.C. drill, spring tooth cultivator, [5]
     3½ horsepower I.H.C. engine, heavy dray, tip dray, spring cart, sulky, harness, horse collars, hames, winkers, chaffcutter, [5]
     sets of swings and chains, old three disc Sunrise plough, three furrow Moulboard plough, six foot binder, wool tables, tanks, [5]
     sheep hurdles, vice, drill, a quantity of galvanised iron and also eight horses, four cows and one pig [5: 1-Mar-1935]
     Some of the prices realised were £42 for his Massey-Harris combine, £28 for Sundercut plough and £22 for drills [5: 15-Mar-1935]
His Carnamah farmland all ended up in the names of his two sons except for his 200 acre Victoria Location 2981 [3]
Himself and his wife were the recipients of a Farewell Social and Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Monday 11 March 1935 [5]
     Local farmer John BOWMAN spoke of his work in the district and described him as "a true straight forward man" [5: 15-Mar-1935]
With his farms being carried on by his sons himself and his wife left Carnamah in March 1935 and shifted to Guildford [P30]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Resided at 53 James Street in the Perth suburb of Guildford from 1935 until his death in 1944 [2] [3]
Travelled up to Carnamah with his son Dick during the second weekend of October 1936 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
     After staying with his sons in Carnamah for a few days he proceeded to Geraldton before returning to Guildford [5]
Vice President of the Carnamah Football Club in 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Attended the funeral of Coorow stationmaster William C. Cox at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 4 November 1937 [5: 12-Nov-1937]
Father of "Dick" Richard Alfred, "Stan" Stanley George and "Vitty" Vittoria Grace [P30]
Died 1 October 1944 in the Perth suburb of Guildford; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, WF, 356) [2]
Following his death his 200 acre block, Victoria Location 2981, was inherited by his daughter Mrs Vittoria G. DEWAR [3]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 6 October 1944:
Pioneer Passes - Vale Alfred Hollingsworth
"The older residents of the Carnamah district were shocked on Sunday to learn that Mr. Alfred James Hollingsworth had passed away at Guildford that day. The late Mr. Hollingsworth, who was aged 74 years, had been suffering with a heart complaint for some time, and although those near and dear to him had been prepared for the ultimate end for some time, the news of his demise nevertheless came as a great shock to them. Like all heart sufferers he experienced his periodical attacks, and when they had passed he appeared to be in fair health. Only a week or so ago he paid a visit to his sons' property at Carnamah and assisted them over the shearing. Deceased was one of the earliest pioneers of the Carnamah district, and the name of Alfred Hollingsworth will always be associated with the pioneering of Carnamah. Unlike a lot of pioneers he prospered in his farming venture, and in his old age was able to retire and take up residence at Guildford. We, of the younger generation, who follow on, have a lot to thank these hardy pioneers for. They were halycon days, those pioneer days of yesteryears, and thoughts of the rapidly thinning ranks of these grand old men sends one's memory straying back down the dam and dusty passages to a never to be forgotten past. Every sympathy is felt for the aged widow and her family of two sons, Richard and Stanley, and one daughter Vittoria (Mrs. P. W. Dewar). The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon in the Anglican portion of the Karrakatta cemetery. It is vale Alf. Hollingsworth, but his name will live down through the annals of local history."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Alfred James Hollingsworth' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 21 October 2017 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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