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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Texas" Hon. Albert Ernest GREEN

Born 21 December 1869 in Avoca, Victoria, Australia [196]
Son of Thomas GREEN and Mary MARSHALL [15]
Educated at public schools in Avoca and Ballarat in Victoria [196]
Following primary education he worked for a telephone company in Ballarat and then in his family's bricklaying business [200]
At the age of 20 he left Australia and travelled through the United States of America from 1889 to 1891 [196]
From 1891 to 1894 travelled through South and Central America, and in 1895 returned to Australia [196]
Shifted to Western Australia in June 1895 and established a branch of the Australian Natives' Association in Perth [200]
Clerk at the Post Office in Coolgardie from November 1895 and was a short time later transferred to Kalgoorlie [200]
     Founded branches of the Australian Natives' Association and the Post & Telegraphists' Union in Kalgoorlie [200]
     Served as State President of the Australian Natives' Association and was a strong supporter of the Federation of the colonies [200]
     Helped found the Amalgamated Workers' Association in 1897[200]
     Vice President of the Kalgoorlie branch of the Australian Labor Federation 1904-1911 [200]
     Foundation President of the Social Democratic Association in 1906 [200]
Married Emily Eleanor BERRY on 25 January 1899 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia[15] [196]
Member for Kalgoorlie in the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia 1911-1921[196]
     He was "a popular and energetic figure in the goldfields community" and was elected in 1911 in a landslide victory [200]
Federal Member for Kalgoorlie in the House of Representatives from 1922 until at least 1938 [196]
     Published thanks to those in Moora and nearby districts who helped elect him, despite him being comparatively unknown [9]
     In return he gave his assurance that he would do his utmost to see that their confidence was not misplaced [9: 2-Feb-1923]
     Member of the Select Committee on the effect of the Navigation Act on Trade in 1923 [196]
     Member of the Royal Commission on National Insurance in 1925[196]
     Minister for Defence 1929-1931, and Post-Master General and Minister for Works and Railways in 1931 [196]
     Deputy Directory of the Posts and Telegraphs Department in 1936 [5: 20-Mar-1936]
     Resided at 15 Grout Street in the Melbourne suburb of Hampton in Victoria, Australia for at least the years 1933-1938 [196]
The Carnamah Progress Association pressed with him the issue of an Official Post Office for Carnamah on 30 May 1925 [9: 1-May-1925]
     Promised and delivered in obtaining a new Post Office for Carnamah in 1932 [5: 10-Feb-1933]
     The first telegraph transmitted from the new Post Office in Carnamah was sent to him on 30 June 1932 [7: page 183]
He also put up a good fight for the wheat growers in 1932 following the Wheat Hold-up issue in the Federal Parliament [5: 16-Dec-1932]
Entertained by the Carnamah District Road Board at an informal meeting at their Board room on 9 February 1932 [5: 17-Feb-1933]
     The evening was in recognition for the work he'd done for the district particularly in connection with the Carnamah Post Office [5]
     Among those present were representatives from the Carnamah and Three Springs Road Board and several Carnamah residents [5]
Received a petition for a new post office from the Three Springs Ratepayers & Citizens Association in early October 1933 [5: 20-Oct-1933]
     He raised the issue for funding for post offices before the House of Representatives in Canberra on 6 October 1933 [5: 3-Nov-1933]
Received a telegram from John S. ROOKE, secretary of Carnamah's branch of the Wheatgrowers Union on 6/12/1933 [5: 8-Dec-1933]
     The telegram was sent seeking his support in opposing the Limitation of the Wheat Bounty, which was a "travesty of justice" [5]
     The next week received similar telegrams from the Carnamah District Road Board and the Three Springs Road Board [5: 15-Dec-1933]
     He responded stating he too was against the differentiation in treatment involved in the Wheatgrowers Relief Bill [5: 5-Jan-1934]
During his stay in Moora on Sunday 22 January 1928 he wrote 22 letters about matter affecting parts of his electorate [9: 27-Jan-1928]
Patron of the Carnamah Race Club in 1934 [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Attended and Officially Opened the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 6 September 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Raised the matter of Western Australian crop failures in the House of Representatives in November 1934 [5: 30-Nov-1934]
Arrived in Kalgoorlie on 28 July 1935 to commence a tour of his electorate, which included Carnamah and Three Springs [5: 16-Aug-1935]
     He visited Carnamah and Three Springs on Wednesday 5 September 1935, meeting with the Road Board at Three Springs [5]
Patron of the Three Springs Agricultural Society in 1935 and 1937 [5: 10-May-1935, 25-Mar-1937]
Forwarded a letter to the Three Springs Road Board from the Deputy Director of Posts & Telegraphs about the TS Post Office [5]
     The letter revealed that Three Springs would not receive a new departmental post office building as requested [5: 22-Nov-1935]
The Carnamah District Road Board contacted him in 1936 about the erection of a telephone line between Carnamah and Perenjori [5]
     If constructed a number of people would be able to get the telephone, and calls would be able to go more directly to Perenjori [5]
     As it was, telephone calls from Carnamah and Coorow to Perenjori had to travel via Geraldton and Mullewa [5: 24-Jan-1936]
     He wrote to the Road Board to inform the matter was receiving attention and that he would advise them further [5: 20-Mar-1936]
In November 1936 he had a Commonwealth electoral roll forwarded to the Carnamah District Road Board [5: 4-Dec-1936]
     The roll was forwarded with instructions to have the local Postmaster provide claim cards for anyone not listed on the roll [5]
Arrived in Western Australia on 19 February 1937 and intended visiting Carnamah to speak in favour of the Marketing Referendum [5]
     Owing to the sudden and critical illness of his mother at Fremantle he was unable to visit Carnamah [5: 19-Mar-1937]
In March 1937 the Three Springs Road Board requested his assistance in getting an official Post Office for Three Springs [5: 25-Mar-1937]
     He communicated with the Deputy Director of Posts & Telegraphs supporting the Board's request for a new post office [5: 23-Apr-1937]
Visited Carnamah on Saturday 29 May 1937 and after staying the night proceeded to Three Springs on Sunday 30 May 1937 [5]
     During his visit he met with the members of the Carnamah District Road Board and the Three Springs Road Board [5: 21 & 28-May-1937]
     In Carnamah he was met by William A. T. SARGENT, Roger W. CLARK and secretary Arnold C. A. BIERMANN [5: 4 & 18-Jun-1937]
     The members spoke with him about the proposed telephone line from Carnamah to Perenjori which was being "investigated" [5]
     In the evening himself, SARGENT and BIERMANN were entertained at dinner at the home of John and Margaret S. BOWMAN [5]
His hobbies included tennis, walking, billiards and philately/stamp collecting[196]
Father of three sons and one daughter including Arthur Albert Andrew, Emily Evelyn and Harold Thomas [196]
Died 2 October 1940 in East Coolgardie [200]
Following his death he was succeeded as Federal Member for Kalgoorlie in the House of Representatives by H. Victor JOHNSON [200]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Albert Ernest Green' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 May 2022 from [reference list]

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