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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Joseph Jean Marie GROFFIER

Born C.1858 in France [2] [70]
Married Catherine Helen Monteith TOD in 1882 in London, England [21]
He worked as a teacher in England with one of his students being Viscount LASCELLES, who later married Princess Mary [86: 5-Jan-1928]
Departed London, England on the steamship Orient and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 12 September 1907 [70]
He could be the Mr Goulph who was running a general store in Three Springs in April 1909 [86: 15-Apr-1909]
     The store sold butter at one shilling and ten pence per pound, which was at the time deemed outrageously expensive [86: 15-Apr-1909]
Grocer in Three Springs 1909-1911 [6] [9: 6-Aug-1909]
     During 1909 he also started a butchering business and began selling beef, pork and mutton [9: 6-Aug-1909]
     In 1910 he was in business in Three Springs in partnership with Septimus PIZEY as "Groffier & Pizey" [6] [9: 9-Sep-1910]
     They advertised their store in The Midlands Advertiser newspaper as The Enterprise Store, Three Springs [9: 20-May-1910]
They were agents for the Commercial Union Assurance Co Ltd, Elder Shenton & Co Ltd, Nicholson's Ltd, [9]
     Armstrong Cycle & Motor Agency, Sutton's seeds, and Henry Wills & Co; and had on stock supplies of Cooper's sheep dip, [9]
     machinery oil, petrol, wool packs, fencing wires, and super; and were buyers of dairy products, skins and hides [9: 20-May-1910]
Owing to increased business they extended their shop premises during May 1910 [9: 27-May-1910]
In June 1911 it was reported that their shop premises were "under construction" [31: 30-Jun-1911]
He was one of numerous Vice Presidents of the Kadathinni Cricket Club in Three Springs upon its formation in 1909 [9: 20-Aug-1909]
His wife was the School Teacher of the Arrino State School in Arrino 1909-1912 [19] [73]
From 1913 he was the owner of 160 acres in Arrino, which he sold to Vernon FERGUSON during the 1927-28 financial year [44]
He was at one time said to have taught French at the Geraldton State School in Geraldton [191]
Later resided at Pintharuka, Mount Erin and Narngulu [2] [44] [50] [61]
During his time in Narngulu he was a Farmer and his wife was the teacher of the Narngulu State School [6] [61]
He and his wife left Narngulu in early 1928 and shifted to Perth [86: 5-Jan-1928]
Upon leaving they were planning to run a boarding house in Perth for boys attending city schools [86: 5-Jan-1928]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Leederville [2]
Father of Marguerite Eugenie and Helene Isabelle [39: 13-Jun-1928]
Died 5 June 1928; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, RA, 259) [2]


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




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