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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Bert" Albert Henry COUSINS

Born 1882 in Dongara, Western Australia [15]
Son of Henry William COUSINS and Clara Elizabeth KING [15]
Married (1) Elizabeth DODD in Perth in 1910 [66]
From 1904 to 1906 he was the Grazier of 1,230 acres in Arrino in partnership with Robert WILLMOTT [44]
Farmer of Hillview Farm in Arrino 1906-1938 [6] [19]
     His farm was 2,125 acres in size and consisted of Victoria Locations 2471, 2759, 2760, 2782, 2783, 2894, 2899 and 3433 [44]
He appears to have supplemented his income by doing local contract work for the Upper Irwin Road Board [9: 5-Aug-1910]
     In 1910 formed and gravelled Railway and Slaughter streets in the Three Springs townsite, for £2/10/6 and £2/20/- per chain [9]
     During October 1910 formed and gravelled part of the Midlands Road for the Road Board for £3 per chain [9: 30-Sep-1910]
     Did gravelling on Dudawa Road for £3 per chain in 1911, and also made four water breaks for £7/10/- [9: 2-Jun-1911]
Played for Arrino in one of their first cricket matches against a team from Three Springs on 5 January 1907 [31: 9-Jan-1907]
He was said to have been a very good farmer and once well established at Arrino he purchased a second farm in Winchester [P2]
     At auction on 25 March 1929 he purchased Arthur WHITE's 800 acre Sun Holme Farm in Winchester [81: 17-Mar-1929] [225: 16-Jan-1930]
     The farm's 800 acres comprised Victoria Locations 2926 and 2927 half a mile from the Winchester Railway Siding [3] [81: 17-Mar-1929]
     All of the farm was cleared, divided and fenced into seven paddocks with water from a 6,000 yard dam and soak [81: 17-Mar-1929]
     Upon purchase the farm contained a seven-roomed bungalow house, with motor garage, both constructed of cement blocks [81]
     From 1929 to 1931 had the telephone connected at his Winchester property, which was telephone number Winchester-3 [60]
     His brother Percy resided on and ran the farm in Winchester while his sons went there to help during seeding and harvest [P2]
     Following the death of his wife he lost interest and sold his Winchester farm [P2] to Howard H. CHAPPEL on 24 March 1934 [3]
His wife Elizabeth passed away at the age of 41 years on 4 February 1931 and was buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth [2]
Married (2) Margaret MCKINNON in Perth in 1933 [66]
     Their marriage didn't work out and they divorced, however she left their young daughter with him and his other children [P2]
     The daughter, Gladys Joan, died at the age of one year on 9 July 1935 and was buried at the Three Springs General Cemetery [24]
Owned a number of racehorses and for a period employed a jockey full time to care for and race his horses [P2]
Attended the very first Carnamah Races with his horses and again for every race meeting thereafter until at least 1929 [4: 6-Apr-1929]
His horse Manilya won the Carnamah Handicap race at the Sports Meeting held in Carnamah on Thursday 4 May 1916 [10: 16-May-1916]
His horses Beeswing and Merryman ran in the Carnamah Race Club's Race Meeting in Carnamah on Easter Monday 9 April 1917 [9]
     Merryman came equal first in the Flying Handicap and came third in the Carnamah Handicap and Forced Handicap [9]
     His horse Beeswing came second in the Pony Race [9: 27-Apr-1917]
Signed the petition and financial guarantee in 1917 for the Midland Railway Company to provide a resident doctor at Three Springs [34]
His horse Brownie won the Pony Race at the Saint Patrick's Day Sports in Three Springs on 16 March 1918 [10: 22-Mar-1918]
Won the Swerving Race at the Three Springs Day held in Three Springs on Thursday 26 September 1918 [10: 4-Oct-1918]
His horse Alfalga won the Hurry Scurry race at the Sports Meeting in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day 17 March 1919 [124]
Received 1st prize out of 15 competitors for Tilting at the Ring at the Three Springs Day held on 25 September 1919 [10: 3-Oct-1919]
Donated £1/1/- to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1920 and 1925 [124]
His horse Banjo won 1st prize in the Gent's Hack at the Three Springs Day on Thursday 23 September 1920 [10: 15-Oct-1920]
     Banjo had won the Hack Race of seven furlongs at the Three Springs Races held on Thursday 4 March 1920 [9: 12-Mar-1920]
     Banjo had also won the Hack Race at the Picnic Race Meeting in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day 17 March 1920 [124]
His and his brother-in-law Charles B. DODD's horse Fiducia won the Parakalia Handicap at the TS Races in 1922 [9: 10-Mar-1922]
Gave a subscription of £5 towards the proposed construction of a road between Watheroo and Winchester in 1923 [9: 16-Mar-1923]
In 1924 unsuccessfully requested with the Mingenew Road Board to fence across the road through suburban blocks in Arrino [9]
     Instead, however, the Mingenew Road Board granted him permission to erect two gates [9: 1-Sep-1922]
His horses Lord Strathburg, Joe Brown and Fiducia ran in the Carnamah Races at Macpherson Park, Carnamah on 10 April 1924 [10]
     Lord Strathburg came 2nd in the First Class Plate and 3rd in the Carnamah Plate, winning him £3/10/- and £3 respectively [10]
     Joe Brown came 2nd in the Third Class Plate, winning him £3/10/- (in total the two horses won him £10) [10: 17-Apr-1924]
Vice President of the Picnic Race Meeting held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Tuesday 17 March 1925 [124]
His horse Plain Doris won the Hack Race at the Carnamah Race Club's Race Meeting on Thursday 3 April 1927 [9: 8-Apr-1927]
Vice President of the Arrino Cricket Club in 1928 [4: 27-Oct-1928]
Nominee for the Arrino Ward Member on the new Three Springs District Road Board in February 1929 [4: 16-Feb-1929]
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]
Purchased a Case tractor from Westralian Farmers in about July of 1929 [4: 2-Aug-1929]
Exhibited in the Grain & Fodder section of the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Second Annual Show on 30 September 1929 [4]
     Won both 1st and 2nd prizes for Wheaten Chaff and 2nd prizes for both Wheaten Hay and Green Wheat [4: 5-Oct-1929]
    Also won 1st prize for Wheaten Chaff in the Grain & Fodder section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Competed in the nationwide Bateman Centenary Wheat Growers' Competition in 1929 [4: 17-May-1930]
Sold five bales of wool for 5d. per pound and seven bales for 12½d. per pound at a sale in Perth on 18 October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Member for Arrino on the Board of the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs 1929-1935 [109] [120: 26-Dec-1929]
In 1930 he had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son [53]
Member of the Arrino Hall Committee in 1930 [4: 10-May-1930]
Won 2nd prize for a Medium Wool Merino Fleece in the Wool section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
His horses Rock Lily, La Kiss and Reus ran in the Carnamah Races in March 1931 - winning two 1st and one 2nd prizes [4: 12-Mar-1932]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah on 14 August 1931 [4]
     He and his brother-in-law Charles B. DODD attended the funeral as representatives of the Arrino Race Club [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Represented Arrino at meetings of the Central Midlands Racing Association in 1932 [5: 12-Aug-1932]
Attended the Commemoration Dinner held at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on Friday 26 August 1932 [5: 9-Sep-1932]
     The dinner was to commemorate Three Springs having the highest average yield for wheat in the State for the 1931-32 season [5]
Entered exhibits in the Horse, Sheep and Grain & Fodder sections of the Fourth Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1932 [5]
     Won 1st prize for a Clydesdale Station, 1st for a Pen of Three Shorn Fat Wethers and 2nd for Oaten Chaff [5: 30-Sep-1932]
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]
His horses La Kiss and Rock Lily ran and won prizes at the Three Springs Races on Monday 1 May 1933 [5: 5-May-1933]
     La Kiss came 2nd in the Open Hack Race of 6 furlongs and Rock Lily came 3rd in the First Class Plate of 7 furlongs [5]
Represented the Carnamah Race Club at the meeting of the Midland Districts Racing Association on 18 July 1933 [5: 21-Jul-1933]
Appointed a Vice President of the Carnamah Race Club at their Annual Meeting on 21 November 1933 [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Travelled from Arrino to Perth by car accompanied by his daughter Daphne on Sunday 20 May 1934 [5: 25-May-1934]
Returned to Three Springs on Saturday 17 November 1934 after a visit to Payne's Find for a race meeting [5: 23-Nov-1934]
Served on the Board of the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs in 1934 and 1935 [109]
Won a salad bowl in a sweepstake at the R.S.L. Dance held in Three Springs on Tuesday 15 January 1935 [5: 18-Jan-1935]
In early August 1935 sold 40 wethers for 17/10 each and 22 wethers for 17/4 each through Westralian Farmers Ltd [5: 9-Aug-1935]
Won prizes in the Ring Events and Horse section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show held on Thursday 19 September 1935 [5]
     Received 1st prizes for 11st. Gent's Hack and the Maiden Hunter, and 2nd for Gent's Hunter in the Ring Events [5: 27-Sep-1935]
     In the Horse section was awarded 1st prizes for Thoroughbred Stallion, Thoroughbred Mare and Thoroughbred Colt or Filly [5]
Among those who protested in 1935 against the Three Springs Road Board spending their rates on tennis courts in Arrino [5: 27-Sep-1935]
     Obviously changed his mind as he later signed a petition in support of the Road Board constructing new courts in Arrino [5: 1-Nov-1935]
In late November 1935 it was reported that he was seriously ill and in Perth receiving medical attention [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Sold four bales of wool for 16d. per pound through Westralian Farmers Ltd at a wool sale in Perth in December 1935 [5: 20-Dec-1935]
Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1936 [5: 12-Jun-1936]
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]
Awarded 2nd prize for Maiden Hunter in the Ring Events at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Exhibited in the Horses in Action and Horse sections of the Three Springs Agricultural Show on Thursday 17 September 1936 [5]
     Won 1st prizes for 11-stone Gentleman's Hack, Pony Hunter, Thoroughbred Stallion and for Thoroughbred Mare [5: 25-Sep-1936]
The Three Springs Road Board installed a new pipe and made a new approach to his farm in Arrino during October 1936 [5: 23-Oct-1936]
In October 1936 himself, Henry J. W. SWEETMAN and Vernon FERGUSON requested a road in Arrino be closed [5: 23-Oct-1936]
Won a one pound note in a raffle at the hugely attended Annual Catholic Ball in Three Springs on Thursday 3 June 1937 [5: 11-Jun-1937]
Advertised in September 1937 that he had 2,000 split White Gum fencing posts for sale that were 5 feet 6 inches long [5: 10 & 17-Sep-1937]
By 1947 he was the resident licensee of the hotel in Pindar near Mullewa [19]
Later resided in Cue where he was the manager of a hotel [P2]
Resided in the Murchison goldfields district of Cue until his death in 1972 [2]
Father of Austin, Eunice, Mervyn, Winifred, Verdun, Edgar, Daphne, Amy, Herbert and Gladys [P2]
Died 20 March 1972; buried Midland Cemetery, Midland WA (Anglican, J, 75) [2]

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

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