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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Bert" Albert Edmund GERSCH

Born 14 January 1914 in Ceduna, South Australia [16]
Son of "Ernest" Heinrich Ernst GERSCH and "Louise" Augusta Johanne Louise HANDTKE [P88]
Accompanied his father on his journey from South Australia to Western Australia in search of farmland [P88]
In May 1931 his mother and siblings Laurence, Gladys, Edgar and Rita joined them in Western Australia [P88]
Farmed with his father briefly in Goomalling and then in Caron, West Perenjori in 1933 and 1934 [19] [P88]
Sharefarmer with his father on LEISHMAN's Gregorfields farm in Winchester 1935-1942 [P88]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1935-36 and 1936-37 [5: 1-Nov-1935, 6-Nov-1936]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Best Man at the wedding of his sister Gladys M. GERSCH and Ernest L. GRIFFITH in Caron on Friday 29 May 1936 [5: 5-Jun-1936]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Mary SIMPSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 19 April 1939 [0]
In October 1940 purchased a Pederick Gas Producer which he had fitted to his Chevrolet truck [0: image 03917]
Purchased a new International W40 tractor from local dealer E. H. GURR in December 1940 [0: image 03963]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1942 [53]
Married "Bess" Celia Bessie SHEPPARD on 20 February 1941 at Saint James' Church in Three Springs [4: 1-Mar-1941]
His best man was his brother Laurie and his groomsman Bess's brother "Bill" William McKenzie SHEPPARD [4: 1-Mar-1941]
Private in the local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Farmer in Carnamah in 1944 and 1945 [6]
In the 1940s share-cropped Jasper W. GREEN's Bushy Park Farm a few miles north of Carnamah on the Midlands Road [P3]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1946-1948 [13]
Later purchased Cecil M. MALEY's farm on the Three Springs-Perenjori Road in Three Springs [P3]
Farmer in Three Springs 1949-1953 [6] [19]
Later retired to the Perth suburb of Wembley and resided there until his death [P3]
Died 13 October 1971; buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, Lawn 6, D7) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Albert Edmund Gersch' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 August 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/albert-edmund-gersch [reference list]




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