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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Alan Hector FRANKLIN

Born 17 June 1916 in Subiaco, Western Australia [16]
Son of "Charlie" George Charles FRANKLIN and Ellen Mary ANDERSON [P295]
Grew up on his father's Wattle Grove Farm in Three Springs and was educated at the Three Springs State School [P295]
Won 1st prizes for Pencil and Crayon Drawings and 2nd for Mapping at the Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Passed in Bookkeeping at the City Commercial College on 18 August 1936, presumably having studied by correspondence [P295]
Clerk / Bookkeeper for William G. and Alba JORDAN at their General Store in the Three Springs townsite [P295]
Awarded 1st prizes for Cabbage, White Turnips and Beetroot and 2nd for Carrots at the Three Springs Show in 1932 [5: 30-Sep-1932]
At the Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1933 won 1st for Swede, 2nd prizes for Turnips and Collection of Vegetables [5: 29-Sep-1933]
Very successfully exhibited in the Vegetable section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 13 September 1934 [5: 21-Sep-1934]
     Won 1st prizes for Lettuce, Swede Turnips, Carrots, Potatoes, Peas and Broad Beans; and both 1st and 2nd for Beetroot [5]
Won five 1st and six 2nd prizes in the Vegetable section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 19 September 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
     1st for Lettuce, Onions, Peas; 2nd for Turnips, Carrots, Parsnips, Beetroot; and 1st and 2nd for Cauliflower and Broad Beans [5]
Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1936-37, and a Committee Member in 1937-38 [5: 10-Jul-1936, 2-Jul-1937]
     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]
Awarded six 1st and three 2nd prizes at the Three Springs Agricultural Show held on Thursday 17 September 1936 [5]
     Won 1st prizes for Sheep Skin, and for Swede Turnips, Carrots, Onions, Bugle Pumpkin and a Collection of Vegetables [5]
     Received his three 2nd prizes for White Turnips, Lettuce and Peas in Pod [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Competed at the Annual Prize Meeting of the North-West District Rifle Clubs Union in Geraldton in August 1939 [4: 19-Aug-1939]
Married "Dot" Dorothy May KENNEDY on 23 August 1941 at the Wesley Church in the Perth suburb of Claremont [P295]
     Resided with his wife and later daughters in a house in Slaughter Street in the Three Springs townsite [P295]
Storekeeper in Three Springs in 1941 and 1942, in partnership with "Joe" Albert E. ROJO as "Franklin & Rojo" [6]
     Together they had purchased the General Store of William G. and Alba JORDAN which he had worked in as bookkeeper [P295]
Resided in Three Springs until enlisting in the Australian Army on 26 February 1942 [16]
     Sergeant W205107 in the Australian Army's Advance Ordnance Depot in Northam during the Second World War [16] [P295]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 3 December 1945, and returned to Three Springs [16] [19]
Storekeeper in Three Springs for at least the years 1947-1949, as part of the firm "Franklin & Rojo" [6]
Farmer of Wattle Grove / The Wattles Farm in Three Springs [P295]
     Commenced farming Wattle Grove Farm in Three Springs with his father on 28 September 1948 [P295]
     Continued to live in Slaughter Street, Three Springs until having a house built and shifting out to the farm in 1953 [P295]
     Started a Merino Sheep Stud on his farm in Three Springs, which he conducted from 1954 to 1988 [P295]
     When he registered and began breeding his stud he changed the name of the farm from Wattle Grove to The Wattles [P295]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1957 [13]
Member of the Three Springs Farmers Union - served as a Secretary [P295]
Member of the Three Springs Order of Buffaloes [P295]
In November 1964, after semi-retiring, he and his wife shifted to a house in Railway Road in the Three Springs townsite [P295]
Member of the Three Springs Bowling Club - served as President, Secretary, Treasurer, Captain and Committee Member [P295]
Resided in Three Springs until his death in 1994 [P295]
Father of Margaret, Norma and Valerie [P295]
Died 3 November 1994; cremated at the Utakarra Cemetery in Geraldton WA


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Alan Hector Franklin' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 May 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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