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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Albert Fortescue Nairn SHEPPARD

Born 21 July 1904 in Rockingham, Western Australia [15] [16]
Son of "Jack" John Richard SHEPPARD and "Meg" Margaret NAIRN [15]
He was a great grandson of Carnamah pioneers James & Sarah NAIRN and Coorow pioneers William & Sarah LONG [P3]
Farmer of Redbank Farm in Dudawa, East Arrino [19]
In 1927 he had a Douglas motorcycle registered with the Mingenew Road Board with license plate MI-19 [86: 8-Oct-1927]
     He owned a Dodge car or truck, which contained license plate Mi-63, from 1925-26 until at least 1927-28 [325]
     During the 1927-28 financial year he also owned a Ford truck registered with the Mingenew Road Board with plate MI-67 [325]
He contributed notes of local news in 1927 to The Irwin Index newspaper, which was produced weekly at Mingenew [4: 17-Sep-1927]
Following the Arrino Race Club's race meeting attended the evening Ball in the Arrino Hall on Thursday 4 April 1929 [4: 13-Apr-1929]
He was among those who took a joy-ride in a Gipsy Moth plane which visited Arrino on 19 December 1929 [4: 28-Dec-1929]
Attended the evening dance at the Three Springs Hall after the R.S.L. Sports Day at Arrino on 5 November 1932 [5: 18-Nov-1932]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Flannel Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 3 February 1934 [5: 9-Feb-1934]
On the evening of Thursday 15 March 1934 attended the Carnamah Race Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Member of the Arrino Football Club in 1934 [5: 20-Jul-1934]
Made an aerodrome/airstrip on his farm in April 1935, which was passed suitable for aircraft by the Dept. of Defence [5: 26-Apr-1935]
     The inspector who inspected the airstrip said it was one of the finest landing grounds outside of the Perth suburb of Maylands [5]
     A Grand Ball was held at the Arrino Hall on Thursday 23 May 1935 to raise funds to cover the cost and upkeep of the airstrip [5]
     Large numbers of visitors from Carnamah, Three Springs, Yandanooka and Mingenew attended the Aerodrome Ball [5: 31-May-1935]
     Various people assisted to help make the ball a success as the aerodrome he'd created served as an emergency landing ground [5]
Following a hunting expedition up north he and four others returned to Arrino in September 1935 with 800 kangaroo skins [5]
     The hunting party consisted of his brother William, Vern FERGUSON, Fred WOLTER, Tom MCNEILL and himself [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Organiser of the Aerodrome Dance held in Arrino on Thursday 7 November 1935, which was attended by about 100 people [5]
     The Dance was to help defray the expenses he's incurred in the clearing of his landing ground in Dudawa, East Arrino [5: 22-Nov-1935]
Elected to the Three Springs Road Board on Saturday 30 May 1936 as the Member for Dudawa [5: 5-Jun-1936, 23-Apr-1937]
     Upon the expiration of his term in April 1937 he was defeated by Fergus CONNAUGHTON by a narrow margin of three votes [5]
Attended the demonstration of the 1936 Massey Harris 25-40 tractor on J. K. HEBITON's farm in TS on 22 August 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Agricultural Society in 1937 [5: 25-Mar-1937]
In March 1937 he requested a sign for Phillips' Road in Arrino warning the public they used the road at their own risk [5: 25-Mar-1937]
Private in Three Springs' local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Resided in Arrino until his death in 1954 [2]
Died 5 December 1954; buried Fremantle Cemetery, Fremantle WA (Anglican, A4, 294) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Albert Fortescue Nairn Sheppard' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 3 July 2022 from [reference list]

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