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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Harry" Henry John William SWEETMAN

Born 1889 in Lockeville, Western Australia [15]
Son of "Ben" William Benjamin SWEETMAN and Elizabeth PAYNE [15]
Farmer of the 3600 acres Rockvale Farm in Arrino [120]
Married Marjorie ROBERTS on Tuesday afternoon 24 January 1928 at Saint James' Church in Moora [9: 27-Jan-1928]
Did contract clearing at Jan Jan for the Upper Irwin Road Board in March 1910[9: 8-Apr-1910]
Elected Inaugural Member for Arrino on the Three Springs Road Board at its founding elections on 16 February 1929 [120: 26-Dec-1929]
His horse Dolly came 2nd in the Pony Race at the Annual Sports Meeting in Arrino on Easter Monday 1 April 1915 [10: 9-Apr-1915]
At the Three Springs Races on Thursday 6 March 1919 his horse Doctor won came 2nd in the Hack Race [9: 14-Mar-1919]
His horse Doctor competed in the Hack Race at the Sports Meetings in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day 17 March 1919 [124]
Vice President of the Picnic Race Meeting held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Tuesday 17 March 1925 [124]
Attended the conference in Three Springs on 2 March 1928 to discuss the formation of a Road Board in Three Springs [4: 10-Mar-1928]
He was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Race Club in 1929 [4: 23-Feb-1929]
Chairman of the Three Springs Road Board's Revision Court in 1930 [4: 8-Mar-1930]
He and his wife travelled to Perth for a few days holiday and attended the races in March 1930 [4: 15-Mar-1930]
He and his wife travelled from Arrino to Geraldton by car on the morning of Monday 24 July 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
Sold four bales of wool through Elder Smith & Co at 14½d. per pound in October 1933 [5: 13-Oct-1933]
Unsuccessfully requested with the Three Springs Road Board in January 1934 for permission to erect gates on a road [5: 26-Jan-1934]
Lieutenant in the Three Springs Road Board District Bush Fire Brigade in 1933-34 and 1934-35 [5: 10-Nov-1933, 9-Nov-1934]
He and his wife departed Arrino by truck, loaded with provisions, for a holiday in Jurien Bay on 14 January 1935 [5: 18-Jan-1935]
During January 1935 sold eight bales of wool through the agency of Elder Smith & Co for 11d. per pound [5: 1-Feb-1935]
Among those who protested in 1935 against the Three Springs Road Board spending their rates on tennis courts in Arrino [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Sold 162 shorn wethers for 10/1 per head at the Midland Market through Elder Smith & Co Ltd on 16 October 1935 [5: 18-Oct-1935]
In October 1935 signed a petition in support of the Three Springs Road Board constructing new tennis courts in Arrino [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Himself, his wife and their children spent a holiday at Jurien Bay in January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended and competed at the Official Opening of the Three Springs Rifle Club's rifle range on Thursday 23 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Himself, Albert H. COUSINS and Vernon FERGUSON requested a road in Arrino be closed in October 1936 [5: 23-Oct-1936]
Sold two cows at £2/17/6 and one bull at £1/12/6 through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market in late 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
Attended the funeral of Arrino resident Mrs Ellen DEE at the Three Springs Cemetery on 16 August 1939 [4: 19-Aug-1939]
Farmed and resided in Arrino until 1958, and then resided in Port Denison for at least the years 1959-1965 [19]
Later resided in Three Springs [24]
Passed away at the age of 83 years at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [24]
Died 26 July 1972 in Three Springs; buried Three Springs General Cemetery (Anglican, Plot 135) [24]


From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 26 December 1929:
Country Towns and Districts - Three Springs and Mingenew - Cereal and Pastoral Wealth - People and Properties
"A member of the Three Springs Road Board and formerly a member of the Mingenew Road Board for five years, Mr. H. J. W. Sweetman is a successful farmer at Arrino. In 1904 he journeyed with his parents in a buggy from Fremantle to Arrino, where they selected a holding. Mr. Sweetman owns Rockvale, a property of 3,600 acres, 1,500 of which are cleared. He had 400 acres of wheat this season and expects a seven-bag average, the principal varieties being Canberra and Merredin. There are 650 acres fallowed for the forthcoming seeding. From 600 to 1,000 sheep are run on Rockvale and Mr. Sweetman intends on embarking on fat lamb production. [His parents] Mr. and Mrs. Sweetman, senr., are living in retirement in Arrino township."


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




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