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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Alan John MCGARRY

Born 23 January 1927 in Port Augusta, South Australia [55]
Son of John MCGARRY and Marjorie Eileen SMITH [55]
Grew up in Port Augusta, South Australia and in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia[P158]
Resided in Kalgoorlie until enlisting in the Australian Army on 11 February 1945[16]
Private WX23125 in the Australian Army's 67th Australian Infantry Battalion during the latter part of the Second World War [16]
Served 411 days in Australia and 568 days in Japan [P158] and was discharged from the Australian Army on 30 October 1947 [16]
After the war he worked somewhere in Western Australia as a representative and truck driver for the Vacuum Oil Company [P158]
Married Hazel Rene BYRNE in Three Springs on 12 October 1948 [P158]
Truck Driver for the Vacuum Oil Company in Carnamah 1948-1950 [P158]
He delivered petrol from the Company's depot in Carnamah to farmers in Carnamah and surrounding districts [P158]
Resided with his wife in Yarra Street, Carnamah 1948-1950 [P158]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1949 [7: page 197]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1950 - played for Carnamah Town [0: image 04533]
Left Carnamah in October 1950 [0: image 04554]
Worked for the Vacuum Oil Company in Kalgoorlie 1950-1956 and in Kununoppin from early 1956 until about 1958 [P158]
Resided in Austral Parade, Bunbury in 1959 and then at 10 Balgore Way, Bunbury 1960-1964 [P158]
In Bunbury worked for Rothmans / Peter Stuyvesant Cigarette Company, and later operated a franchise with them from home [P158]
Shifted to York in 1964 where he worked for an accountancy firm, and in 1965 shifted back to Bunbury [P158]
Accountant for an abattoir in Bunbury, and then began working as an Insurance Representative [P158]
Shifted back to Carnamah in 1971 [P158]
Agent for the Mercantile Insurance Company in Carnamah 1971-1974 [P158]
Resided with his wife and children at 4 Caron Street in Carnamah [P4]
Left Carnamah in 1974 and shifted to Geraldton where he ran his own insurance business "A. J. & H. R. McGarry Insurance" [P158]
Resided at 11 Duncan Street in the Geraldton suburb of Tarcoola [19]
In 1976 shifted to Perth where he continued with his own insurance business and expanded into working with insurance brokers [P158]
Resided in Perth until 1986 and then shifted to Mandurah, working in the insurance industry until reaching retirement age [P158]
In July 2002 he had a complete laryngectomy [P158]
Shifted to Busselton in October 2002 to live with his daughter Merelyn and grand-daughter Nicole [P158]
Following the death of his wife in December 2003 he shifted into the Mandurah R.S.L. Retirement/Nursing Home [P158]
Father of Ian, Laraine, David and Merelyn [45]
Died from a heart attack in his sleep on 18 September 2004 in Mandurah WA [45] [P158]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Alan John McGarry' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 30 March 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/alan-john-mcgarry [sources]




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