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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

John MCINTOSH

Born 6 October 1863 in Edinkillie, Moray, Scotland [28]
Son of John MCINTOSH and Mary MCDONALD [28]
Railway Guard in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1913 [28]
Married Kate ROBERTSON on 22 February 1913 in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland [28]
Made arrangements to purchase from the Midland Railway Company the 357 acre Lot M967 in Coorow, Western Australia [34]
     Lot M967 was one of the Company's Ready Made Farms, which they had for sale in Coorow, Winchester and Carnamah [34]
     Paid the Midland Railway Company a 5% deposit for the farm (£50 in April 1914 and the remaining £43/14/- on 3 June 1914) [34]
     Along with his wife departed from London, England on the Orsova and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 7 July 1914 [70]
     After inspecting the farm he refused to purchase it claiming it was covered with a poisonous plant (possibly box poison) [34]
Settled in Winchester, within the Carnamah district of Western Australia, in 1914 [5: 23-Jun-1933]
     On 21 January 1915 signed a contract to purchase a Ready Made Farm in Winchester from the Midland Railway Company [27]
     It was the 420 acre Lot M923 of Victoria Location 1937 and cost £1,890, payable by instalments (price later reduced to £1,134) [27]
Farmer in Winchester 1915-1934 [3] [50]
     His block came with 125 acres cleared and the Midland Railway Company paid Angus MCGILP to plant his first crop in 1915 [34]
     He took out assistance under the Industries Assistance Board while establishing the farm [34]
     After harvesting his 1915 wheat crop he sold 509 bags of wheat, and retained 75 bags for seed wheat [34]
     Had 250 acres of his farm planted in crop in 1916 [34] and 280 acres in 1917 [10: 19-Jun-1917]
Robert L. GILBERT, Superintendent of the Midland Railway Company's Farm Lands remarked on 16 November 1916: [34]
     "Mr McIntosh... is a great worker, and his house and sheds and garden area are a model of neatness and cleanliness" [34]
In 1916 a verandah and bathroom were added to his house by Mr WESTLAKE for £37/10/- at the Midland Railway Co's expense [34]
Member of the Midland Railway Ready Made Farm Settlers' Association in 1916 [34]
In August 1916 signed a petition which was sent to the Midland Railway Company requesting the price of their farms be reduced [34]
Member of the Winchester-Carnamah branch of the Farmers & Settlers' Association in 1917 [34]
Signed the petition and financial guarantee in 1917 for the Midland Railway Company to provide a resident doctor at Three Springs [34]
Visited the Midland Railway Company's Perth office on 12 August 1920 and revealed he was interested in buying Lot M1074 [34]
     It was arranged for the Company's ranger, Frederick C. WOODS, to show him over the block, which was 1,238 acres in size [34]
     He decided to buy Lot M1074 of Victoria Location 1937, and signed a contract to do so on 4 January 1921 [34]
     Lot M1074 on purchase was entirely virgin land and cost £464; in July 1929 shifted his house from Lot M923 to Lot M1074 [27]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son from the 1920s to the 1940s [53]
Signed the petition in February 1923 for the Irwin Licensing Court to grant a hotel license for Carnamah [10: 9-Mar-1923]
Founding Member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 21 March 1930 [96]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1932 [13]
In 1932 was the owner of a Guy truck with license plate CA-364 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Paid a 10/- Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board in September 1933 for helping to control vermin by killing a fox [300]
While climbing down a tank stand on his farm on Friday 12 January 1934 he slipped on a step and fell to the ground [5]
     His farm employee Ray MILLER helped him to the house and Dr. M. A. MAYRHOFER of Three Springs came to see him [5]
     On Monday 15 January 1934 travelled to Perth by train for an X-Ray as a fracture of the shoulder was suspected [5: 19-Jan-1934]
During the 1933-34 financial year sold his 1,658 acre farm in Winchester to Kenneth W. McCOOKE [3]
     After selling the farm shifted to a small property on the north side of the Carnamah-Bunjil Road in Carnamah [P4]
     His new property was the 70 acre Victoria Location 9533 [3] where he ran small piggery and poultry farm [P4]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Purchased a new Horwood Bagshaw 15 bushel corn grinder and elevator from Westralian Farmers in September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Sold five porkers at £1/4/6 per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday on 5 February 1936 [5: 7-Feb-1936]
     Sold three pigs at £1/10/- per head on 11 March 1936, and four pigs at £1/4/- per head on 6 May 1936 [5: 13-Mar-1936, 8-May-1936]
     Sold four pigs at £1/5/3 per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 19 August 1936 [5: 21-Aug-1936]
Resided on his 70 acre block in Carnamah until his death in 1941 [P4]
Died 7 August 1941 in Carnamah; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row C, Plot 15) [1] [5: 8-Aug-1941]
His funeral, which was undertaken by Henry Parkin & Son of Carnamah, cost £30 including Minister and Cemetery fees [53]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 8 August 1941:
Obituary - Late John McIntosh
There passed away at Carnamah on Thursday morning this week after a long and serious illness, an old and respected resident in the person of Mr. John McIntosh. The late Mr. McIntosh, who was aged 77 years and 10 months had been failing in health for a long time, and although the news of his death did not come as a shock, it nevertheless cast a deep gloom over the whole town. The deceased gentleman was a native of  Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and came to this district many years ago. He was engaged in farming pursuits in Winchester for a number of years, but when his health began to fail him he moved to Carnamah, where he conducted a small pig and poultry farm on the outskirts of the town. He suffered from a particularly serious illness a couple of years ago, and since then he had been practically an invalid. The late Mr. McIntosh is survived by a widow, to whom the sympathy of the whole district will go out. The funeral will take place this (Friday) afternoon at three o'clock at the Winchester cemetery."
[Note: he was from Aberdeenshire before coming to Australia, however was born in the county of Moray]


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 9 August 1941:
Carnamah Residents Death
"On Thursday last Mr. J. McIntosh, of Carnamah, passed away at his home after a long illness. Deceased leaves a widow. The late Mr. McIntosh and his wife rank among the oldest settlers of this district. Until a few years ago, they were farming near Winchester, when they moved to their present home, about a mile and a half east of Carnamah. The funeral took place yesterday at Winchester."


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 15 August 1941:
Funeral - Late John McIntosh
"The funeral of the late Mr. John McIntosh, of Carnamah, who passed away on Thursday of last week, took place at the Winchester Cemetery on Friday. A short service was held in the Presbyterian Church Hall by Rev. C. A. Walsh, who also officiated at the graveside. The pall-bearers were Messrs. J. K. Forrester, R. Power, H. L. Fogg, R. Diamond, J. L. Adams, H. Nineham, E. K. Wells, and H. Pope."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John McIntosh' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 December 2017 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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