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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Archie" Archibald BASTIAN

Born 1878 in Chewton, Victoria, Australia [15]
Son of Sampson BASTIAN and Sarah Jane COOK 15]
His father was an American Mining Engineer of European descent who settled in the goldfields in Chewton, Victoria, Australia [P113]
Believed to have shifted with his parents to Western Australia in about 1900 [P113]
Mine Owner in Day Dawn in partnership with his brothers as "Bastian Bros" 1900-1902 [6]
Storekeeper and later Storekeeper and Baker in Day Dawn in partnership with his brothers as "Bastian Bros" 1903-1910 [6]
Attended the Midland Railway Company's 9th Subdivision Sale at the Builders & Contractors' Exchange in Perth on 18 June 1909 [39]
     The sale was the Company's first of agricultural blocks of virgin bush and townsite blocks in Three Springs [39: 19-Jun-1909]
     He was the successful bidder for four agricultural blocks in Three Springs totalling 2,226 acres for £3,742/12/6 [27]
     The 2,225 acres consisted of Lots M730, M731, M735 and M736 of Victoria Location 1933, which cost 35/- per acre [27]
     The property was initially payable by instalments over 15 years, however he completed paying the instalments in 1928 [27]
Farmer of The Oaks Farm in Three Springs 1909- [P112]
"Bastian Bros" had built a house on their farm in Three Springs by August of 1909 [9: 6-Aug-1909]
Married Myria Rogers BLIGHT in Geraldton on 8 April 1910 [P113]
Member of the Kadathinni Farmers & Progress Association in 1910 [31: 24-Oct-1910]
In 1910 he grew 260 acres of crop on his farm in Three Springs [9: 17-Jun-1910]
Member of the Three Springs Football Club in 1910 [9: 22-Jul-1910]
Member of the committee who had the Agricultural Hall built in Three Springs in 1912 [9: 12-Jul-1912]
     He was also one of 15 guarantors who covered the £300 debt to complete and furnish the new Agricultural Hall [9: 12-Jul-1912]
Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1912 [9: 29-Nov-1912]
Foundation President of the Irwin District Council of the Farmers & Settlers Association 1914-1916 [10: 23-Jun-1914, 25-Aug-1916]
Foundation Committee Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1915 [10: 29-Oct-1915]
In 1915 spent half a day shooting cockatoos over his crop resulting in the death of 40 and the moving on of the remainder [10: 30-Jul-1915]
Attended the lecture "Factors on Wheat Growing" by a professor at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs in 1915 [10: 21-Sep-1915]
His horse Aeroplane came 2nd in the Three Springs Handicap race at the "Three Springs Day" on 16 September 1915 [10: 24-Sep-1915]
Responded to one of the toasts at the wedding of Clare KOCH and Robert BLACK in Three Springs on 20 July 1916 [10: 28-Jul-1916]
Made a speech at the Welcome Home held in Three Springs for Corporal John L. HEBITON on 9 August 1916 [10: 11-Aug-1916]
Chaired a meeting held in Three Springs to debate the issue of conscription on Tuesday 17 October 1916 [10: 24-Oct-1916]
Grew 500 acres of wheat on his Three Springs property in 1917 [10: 19-Jun-1917]
Entrant in the Ugly Man Competition held in 1917 to raise money to pay for the gas plant at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs [10]
     Out of the ten competitors he came last (perhaps meaning he was the best looking), and helped to raise £42/13/4 [10: 6-Jul-1917]
Signed the petition and financial guarantee in 1917 for the Midland Railway Company to provide a resident doctor at Three Springs [34]
Won 1st prize for a Sheave of Wheaten Hay at the Three Springs Day held in Three Springs on 26 September 1917 [10: 5-Oct-1917]
Cashier at the local Saint Patrick's Day Committee's Sports Meeting held on Parakalia in Three Springs on 16 March 1918 [124]
Spoke at the Welcome Home Social tendered to Private Fred JAMES in Three Springs on Monday 7 October 1918 [10: 18-Oct-1918]
Convened a meeting of settlers on the Midland Railway Company's land in Three Springs on 8 February 1919 [9: 21-Feb-1919]
     The meeting was called to discuss their position after nearly ten years of battling on Midland Railway Company land [9]
     Most had not made good on their farms due to conditions out of their control and which the Company told them didn't exist [9]
     They formed a committee to put their case before the Midland Railway Company demanding they ease their burden [9]
Inaugural Director of the North Midlands Farmers' Co-operative Company in 1919[9: 27-Jun-1919]
Donated 10/- to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1919 and 1920[124]
Vice President of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee's Picnic Race Meeting in Three Springs on 17 March 1920 [124]
Attended May BERRIGAN's 21st Birthday held at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Friday 12 September 1919 [9: 19-Sep-1919]
Member of the Hall Committee that managed the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs in 1919-20 [9: 29-Aug-1919]
Judge of the Three Springs Race Club's Race Meetings in Three Springs on 4 March 1920 and 3 March 1921 [10: 30-Jan-1920] [9: 25-Feb-1921]
Attended the wedding of Robert CALDOW and May BYRNE at the Three Springs Hall on Wednesday 5 October 1921 [9: 21-Oct-1921]
Steward of the Picnic Race Meetings held in Three Springs to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in 1922 and 1928 [124]
At the request of those present chaired a ratepayers meeting of the Mingenew Road Board in Three Springs on 24 August 1922 [9]
     The meeting was about the possible division of the Mingenew Road Board into two separate road boards [9: 8-Sep-1922]
     It was decided against the division as it would be too costly, and to remain under the governance of the Mingenew Road Board [9]
Founding Member of the Carnamah District Road Board in 1923 [7: page 111]
     Served on the Carnamah District Road Board representing the Three Springs ward in 1923 [7: page 111]
     Attended the conference in Three Springs on 2 March 1928 to discuss the formation of a Three Springs Road Board [4: 10-Mar-1928]
     Member of a deputation formed to petition the Government for a Road Board for Three Springs, Arrino and Dudawa [39: 3-Jul-1928]
     A telegram was received in Three Springs by Randolph BARNHART on 28 June 1928 stating their petition had been successful [39]
     He later served on the Three Springs Road Board, following Three Springs' separation from the Carnamah board [P113]
Member of the Three Springs branch of the Primary Producers Association - served as President [120: 26-Dec-1929]
Attended and spoke at the farewell to local stationmaster James J. STARLING in Three Springs on Friday 17 July 1925 [9: 24-Jul-1925]
In February 1924 he purchased the latest model Essex car in Perth [81: 17-Feb-1924]
     He registered his car with the Carnamah District Road Board and it contained licence plate CA-10 [325]
     By 1926-27 he'd replaced his Essex car with a Dodge car, which was also licenced with plate CA-10 [325]
Attended a dinner tendered to visiting city pressmen at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs in October 1926 [9: 22-Oct-1926]
Inaugural President 1927-1929 & Vice President 1933-1939 of the Three Springs Agricultural Society [120: 26-Dec-1929] [5: 26-May-1933] [262]
Member of the Mingenew Masonic Lodge [P113]
Handicapper of the Sports at the Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations & Sports Meeting in Three Springs on 18 March 1929 [4: 30-Mar-1929]
In 1929 he grew 300 acres of wheat crop and ran 1700 sheep on his farm, of which 1700 acres were cleared [120: 26-Dec-1929]
Member of the Three Springs Progress Association in 1929 [4: 25-May-1929]
At the Saint Patrick's Day in 1929 he also captained a Three Springs team which defeated the Carnamah team at tug of war [4]
Exhibited in the Horse, Cattle and Wool sections of the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Second Annual Show in 1929 [4]
     Won 1st prizes for a Farm Gelding, Pair of Farm Horses and a Dairy Cow and a 2nd prize for a Fleece of Strong Wool [4: 5-Oct-1929]
In February 1930 purchased a new 30 cwt. Ford truck while he was in Perth [4: 1-Mar-1930]
His wife attended the Show Ball following the annual Carnamah Show on 18 September 1930 in a frock of blue satin [4: 4-Oct-1930]
Attended the Commemoration Dinner held at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on Friday 26 August 1932 [5: 9-Sep-1932]
     The dinner was to commemorate Three Springs having the highest average yield for wheat in the State for the 1931-32 season [5]
Attended "The Official Dinner" of the Three Springs Agricultural Show on the evening of Thursday 22 September 1932 [5: 7-Oct-1932]
The Gallon Licence for the North Midlands Farmers Co-operative store in Three Springs was in his name in 1932 [5: 11-Nov-1932]
He and his wife attended the Husbands' Evening held at the Three Springs Hall on Saturday 10 December 1932 [4: 17-Dec-1932]
Spoke on behalf of the Farmers at the send-off to Albert and Elsie STOKES at Three Springs on 23 September 1933 [5: 29-Sep-1933]
Celebrated their daughter Gladys' 21st birthday at their home in Three Springs on Sunday 22 October 1933 [5: 27-Oct-1933]
Member of the Three Springs Golf Club 1933-1936 - was Vice President in 1936 and Captain in 1937 [5: 8-Sep-1933, 10-Apr-1936, 9-Apr-1937]
Spoke on behalf of the farmers at the Farewell to John J. KELLEHER at the Three Springs Hall on 1 August 1934 [5: 3-Aug-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Spoke on behalf of the old residents at the Valedictory to the BICKELL family in Three Springs on 21 January 1935 [5: 25-Jan-1935]
Member of the Three Springs Football Club - was Vice President in 1935 [5: 10-May-1935]
Along with five others requested in 1935 that the Three Springs Road Board close a road that went through his farm [5: 16-Aug-1935]
Attended the Three Springs Golf Club's Annual Ball held at the Three Springs Hall on Wednesday 2 October 1935 [5: 4-Oct-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Among those who attended the Special Ratepayers Meeting of the Three Springs Road Board on Monday 10 March 1936 [5: 13-Mar-1936]
     After much discussion it was requested that the Board's members resign and half did causing the Road Board to become defunct [5]
Won the 18-hole stoke competition at the opening of the Three Springs Golf Club's season on Sunday 26 April 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
Won an 18-hole handicap stroke competition at the Carnamah Golf Club's Open Championship on Sunday 29 August 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Awarded 1st prize for Strong Wool Merino Fleece at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in Coorow on 3 September 1936 [5]
     Also won the Weight Guessing Competition by guessing the 191½ pound weight of two sheep as 191 pounds [5: 4 & 11-Sep-1936]
Spoke on behalf of the farming community at the Farewell to Harold BARNETT in Three Springs on 14 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Attended the North Midlands Cricket Association's dinner at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on 21 March 1937 [5: 25-Mar-1937]
Nominated for appointment to the Protests & Disputes Board of the North Midlands Football Association in 1937 [5: 9-Apr-1937]
Winner of the Men's 18 Hole Handicap at the Carnamah Golf Club's Season Opening in Carnamah on Sunday 2 May 1937 [5: 7-May-1937]
Attended the Official Opening of the new golf links in Three Springs on Sunday 23 May 1937 [5: 28-May-1937]
Employed the services of Goldsbrough Mort & Co Ltd to hold a special sheep sale in Three Springs on Tuesday 7 September 1937 [5]
     At the sale he offered 1,000 surplus shorn purebred Koonoona sheep and 27 purebred 2½ year old Koonoona rams [5: 13-Aug-1937]
Speaker at the Farewell for Barney & Frances BARNHART at the Hall in Three Springs on Thursday 3 February 1938 [4: 12-Feb-1938]
Attended the Farewell Social & Dance held for Vincent & May TIPPETT in Three Springs on Monday 28 July 1941 [4: 2-Aug-1941]
Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1941 [4: 9-Aug-1941]
On retirement left Three Springs and shifted to Bayview Terrace in the Perth suburb of Mosman Park [P113]
His son Kevin and later Kevin's sons Graham and Ian took over the running of his The Oaks Farm in Three Springs [P113]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Mosman Park until his death in 1965 [2]
Father of Edna, Gladys, Joyce, Kevin, Constance, Myra, Naomi, Mabel and Patricia [P112]
Died 24 September 1965; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Crematorium Rose Gardens, 9O, 101) [2]


From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 26 December 1929:
Country Towns and Districts - Three Springs and Mingenew - Cereal and Pastoral Wealth - People and Properties
"President of the Three Springs Agricultural Society since its inception in 1927, chairman of the thriving local co-operative society, and a highly successful farmer, Mr. A. Bastian is an outstanding personality. In the past he was president of the Three Springs branch of the Primary Producers' Association, and also president of the district council. His property - The Oaks - consists of 2,200 acres of which 1,700 acres are cleared. From 300 acres of wheat he hopes to obtain an average of eight bags to the acre. Mr. Bastian is a rabid supporter of Gresley wheat, a variety bred by Mr. Catton Grasby. At the last Royal Show Mr. Bastian won the first prize in Zone 2 for Gresley. Last season he cropped 283 acres for an average yield of 24½ bushels an acre, principal varieties being Gresley, Major and Canberra. Next season he hoped to crop 500 acres. The Oaks carried 1,700 sheep, and the grown sheep average 9lb. of wool annually."


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




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