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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Amy Constance TAUNTON

Born 14 May 1855 in Camden Town, London, England [20] [21]
Daughter of carpenter and later builder James TAUNTON and Sarah Emma BAKER [20] [21]
     She was baptised on 28 November 1856 at the Parish Church in Saint Pancras, London, England [268]
     At the time of her baptism she was living with her parents on Harmood Street in Camden Town, London [268]
     In 1871 was living with her parents and siblings Frank, Arthur and Elia on New Hampstead Road in Kentish Town, London [20]
     Resided with her parents and sister Elia at 4 Oxford Street in Willesden, Middlesex, England for at least the years 1881-1901 [20]
     In 1881 herself and her sister were still studying at ages 24 and 22, and in 1901 they were both "living on own means" [20]
     Her father died at the age of 82 years in 1902, her sister at the age of 45 later in 1902 and her mother at the age of 87 in 1907 [21]
     In 1911 she was living with George W. J. and Bessie C. T. C. REID at Hirondelle Beech in Alton, Hampshire, England [20]
     She was still living on private means in 1911, as were George W. J. and Bessie C. T. C. REID who she was living with [20]
Herself and George W. J. REID made arrangements in England to purchase farmland in Winchester, Western Australia [34]
     The land was two "Ready Made Farms" from the Midland Railway Company's Improved Farms Scheme [34]
     Rather than virgin bush the land came partially cleared, fenced, with a four roomed house and a water supply [34]
     On 18 February 1914 they paid an £80 deposit to the Company to purchase 964 acres of farmland in Winchester [34]
     They sold their 14-20 horsepower Alldays & Onions car to the Midland Railway Company for £150 on 20 May 1914 [34]
     On 20 May 1914 they paid the Midland Railway Company £88/14/-, which was owing on the 5% deposit for their farm [34]
     George W. J. REID departed London on the steamship Orsovaand arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 7 July 1914 [70]
     They signed a contract to purchase 964 acres in Winchester from the Midland Railway Company on 1 August 1914 [27]
     The 964 acres was Lots M912 and M913 of Victoria Location 2023 and cost £4402, payable by instalments over 20 years [27]
     Herself and Mrs Bessie C. T. C. REID sailed for Australia, and both gave their occupations as Veterinary Surgeons [203]
     They departed London, England on the steamship Commonwealth on 15 October 1915 bound for Adelaide, South Australia [203]
Farmer of Auchindoir Farm in Winchester in partnership with George W. J. REID as "Reid & Taunton" 1915-1920 [6] [19] [34]
     It is speculated that their farm was named Auchindoir after the parish of the same name in Aberdeen, Scotland [--]
     They resided on Lot M913 of their Auchindoir Farm in Winchester 1915-1920 [6] [19] [34] [44]
     In early 1915 the Industries Assistance Board (I.A.B.) supplied them with seed wheat, supper, fodder and store [34]
     As they had no horses or implements the Midland Railway Company supplied through a mortgage the capital they needed [34]
     In March 1915 applied unsuccessfully to purchase a further 740 acres from the Midland Railway Company for 7/- per acre [34]
     After harvesting their 1915 crop they sold 600 bags of wheat, and in 1916 they had 207 acres of crop on their farm [34]
     During July 1916 they purchased oats and chaff amounting to £10/13/- from Frederick W. PARRICK of Winchester [34]
     In August 1916 they signed a petition to the Midland Railway Company requesting the price of their farms be reduced [34]
     In 1917 they had 200 acres of their farm seeded in wheat[10: 19-Jun-1917]
     The I.A.B., which gave assistance to establishing farmers, would give them no further assistance by early 1918 [34]
     They didn't plant any crop whatsoever on their farm in 1918 [34]
     As early as April 1918 the Midland Railway Company had given up on them and hoped they would give up their farm [34]
On 30 June 1920 the sale on their 964 acre farm was rescinded by the Midland Railway Company for non-payment of instalments [27]
     Earlier in 1920 the Midland Railway Company had reduced the price and instalments on previously sold Ready Made Farms [34]
     This offer, which was made and accepted by all other settlers on the Company's farms, had been purposefully not made to them [34]
The Midland Railway Company took possession of their seven year old Bay Gelding, Bay Mare in foal, [34]
     Massey Harris 17-tyne spring cultivator, Massey Harris 13-disc grain and fertiliser drill, two sets of chains, five horse collars, [34]
     five back bands and five sets of blinkers and sold them all by public auction [34]
The Midland Railway Company subsequently sold Lot M912 of their farm to John RAFFAN and Lot M913 to James L.B. WEIR [27]
Resided in Wyalkatchem 1920-1926, and in 1920 was working in Wyalkatchem as a Nurse [6]
Died 1926 [15]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Amy Constance Taunton' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 20 October 2017 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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