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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


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Franz Louis ARNDT

Born 11 September 1869 in Kleinhessen, Saxony, Germany [P106]
Son of Mr ARNDT and Wilhelmina DAMMRICH [P106]
Said to have left Germany and shifted to Australia to avoid being conscripted into military service [P106]
Arrived in Albany, Western Australia in July 1896 and after four years in Western Australia returned to Germany [P106]
Married "Anna" Wilhelmina Anna BLOCHWITZ on 23 July 1902 Crimmitschau, Germany[P106]
Along with his wife left Germany on the ship Damstardt and arrived in Western Australia in September 1902 [P106]
On arrival in Western Australia they shifted to the East Murchison goldfields where he worked in the firewood trade [P106]
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]
     Purchased 450 acres in Lot M743 of Victoria Location 1933 for £471/9/- (21/- an acre), payable by instalments over 15 years [27]
     At the time of the auction his address was Warbrook [39: 19-Jun-1909]
     Left the East Murchison after purchasing the 450 acres of virgin land in Three Springs from the Midland Railway Company [P106]
Farmer in Three Springs 1909-1934 [P106]
     200 acres of their farm was fire class country, while the remaining 250 acres were sandplain [152]
     Grew 35 acres of crop on their farm in Three Springs in 1910 [9: 17-Jun-1910]
     By 1916 they had cleared 190 acres of their farm and obtained water for themselves and their horses from an 85 foot well [152]
     Initially resided in a two roomed humpy made out of hessian and iron, and later in a weatherboard house [P106]
     In 1916 they had 180 acres of crop and their best season at that stage was in 1912 when they reaped 20 bushels over 100 acres [152]
     Grew 200 acres of wheat crop on his farm in Three Springs in 1917 [10: 19-Jun-1917]
Won 1st prize for a Collection of Vegetables at the "Three Springs Day" on Monday 16 September 1915 [10: 24-Sep-1915]
Their son Frederick [P106], also known as Fritz, died in Moora at the age of eight years on 26 March 1916 [116]
He and his wife spent a holiday at Dongara Beach in January 1928, and again in February 1930 [4: 14-Jan-1928, 8-Feb-1930]
Attended the wedding of Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN at the Carnamah Hall on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Father of George, Rudolf, Frederick, Frank, Elsie, Dorothy and Charlotte [P106]
Died 14 August 1934; buried Three Springs General Cemetery, Three Springs (Anglican, Plot 22) [24]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 17 August 1934:
Death at Three Springs
"The death occurred at Three Springs on Tuesday morning of this week, of Mr. F. Arndt, who had been an invalid for some years. Mr. Arndt and family have been associated with the Three Springs district for a long period, and the deceased gentleman is survived by his wife, one son (Frank), and three daughters (Elsie, Lottie and Dorothy) at Three Springs, and two other sons, one at Geraldton and the other at Perth. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, there being a large crowd present at the graveside. Missioner J. R. Morrell officiated. A large number of floral tributes were received by the bereaved family."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Franz Louis Arndt' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 19 October 2017 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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