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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Bert" Albert Irwin BROAD

Born 1892 in Mingenew, Western Australia [4] [15]
Son of Edward BROAD and Ellen Jane OLIVER [15]
Resided with his parents on Manarra Farm in Mingenew, and later farmed with his father [193]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 24 February 1916 [94]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A48 Seang Bee on 18 July 1916 [94]
     Driver 2032 in the Australian Imperial Force's 51st Battalion on the Western Front during the First World War [94]
     During the war his brother Lewis, who served with the 11th Battalion, was Killed in Action in Belgium on 20 September 1917 [94]
     Returned to Western Australia on 4 June 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [94]
Farmer of Orango Farm in Mingenew in partnership with his brother Frank 1919-1926 [193]
     In 1925-26 they had an Overland car or truck registered with the Perenjori-Morawa Road Board with licence plate PM-46 [325]
     Dissolved partnership with his brother Frank in 1926 and purchased 996 acres of land east of Three Springs [193]
     The 996 acres was Lots M833 and M836 of Victoria Location 2020 purchased from Reginald S. PASCOE [44] [61] [81: 5-Sep-1926]
Married Grace Julie WHITE in Perth on 7 July 1926 [193]
Farmer of Noalimba Farm in Three Springs 1926-1938 [193]
     On purchase 200 acres of the property had been cleared, and it contained a well, a couple of dams and a one roomed hut [193]
     The well had previously been sunk by the Government and one of the dams had been made over an old Aboriginal waterhole [193]
     Named the property Noalimba, which was the Aboriginal word for "Land of Plenty" [193]
     Further developed the property and extended the one roomed hut to a six roomed weatherboard home with an iron roof [193]
     Extended his farm with the purchase of 500 adjoining acres in 1938, and took over the livestock brand BA7 [193]
He intended "operating his farm as much as possible by motive power" [81: 29-Aug-1926]
     In August 1926 he purchased a model 'S' International truck and a 15-30 McCormick-Deering tractor [81: 29-Aug-1926]
     Both the truck and tractor were purchased through Carnamah agent Charles ROBERTSON, who collected the truck from Perth [81]
     His truck and a Chrysler car were licenced with the Carnamah Road Board, which in 1927-28 had plates CA-150 and CA-153 [325]
Inaugural Member for Wombarden on the Three Springs District Road Board in 1929 [120: 26-Dec-1929]
     Served on the Three Springs Road Board as the Member for Wombarden until his death in 1938 [5: 25-Nov-1932, 19-Apr-1935] [193]
In February 1929 advertised his two year old 17-run McCormack-Deering drill for sale for a cheap price [4: 16-Feb-1929]
Attended the Three Springs Race Club's Race Meeting & Evening Ball held in Three Springs on Thursday 11 April 1929 [4: 20-Apr-1929]
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]
In 1934 voted in favour of dances held at the Three Springs Hall being allowed to continue after midnight on Saturdays [5: 15-Jun-1934]
     The motion was unsuccessful by one vote, resulting in a continued disadvantage to the hall, town and all who attended dances [5]
     At the Road Board's monthly meeting in October 1936 the motion was put forward again and passed six votes to one [5: 23-Oct-1936]
Won 1st prize for Green Wheat and 2nd for Green Oats at the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 13 September 1934 [5: 21-Sep-1934]
Attended the Annual Ratepayers' Meeting of the Three Springs Road Board at 3 p.m. on Saturday 13 April 1935 [5: 19-Apr-1935]
Member of the Three Springs-Arrino Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League[4: 10-Sep-1938]
In October 1935 sold 54 shorn wethers at 10/10 per head and 22 wethers at 9/1 per head through Westralian Farmers Ltd [5: 11-Oct-1935]
     A week later sold 30 shorn lambs at 10/7 per head and 52 shorn hoggets at 10/4 per head [5: 18-Oct-1935]
Sold through Westralian Farmers Ltd at a wool sale in Perth one bale of wool for 12¾d. per pound on 7 October 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Presided over the meeting of Three Springs ratepayers held on Saturday 11 January 1936 to discuss the local water crisis [5: 17-Jan-1936]
Attended the Special Ratepayers Meeting of the Three Springs Road Board held on Monday 10 March 1936 [5: 13-Mar-1936]
     The ratepayers supported he and two other Members of the Board, however they found fault with the other three Members [5]
     After much discussion three Members, including himself, resigned in protest and the Road Board automatically became defunct [5]
After the Road Board became defunct a Government Commissioner was sent to run things until a new Board was elected [5: 10-Apr-1936]
     He and Edward HUNT received the support of the public when they re-nominated and were elected unopposed [5: 15-May-1936]
In 1936 the Commissioner for Taxation reduced the unimproved value of his Lots M833 and M836 from £1173 to £923 [5: 10-Jul-1936]
Sold 206 sheep through Westralian Farmers Ltd at two Midland Markets on 23 September 1936 and 14 October 1936 [5]
     The 206 sheep comprised 90 suckers (15 at 13/10, 55 at 11/7, 20 at 9/1), 70 shorn lambs (2 at 9/1, 51 at 7/4, 17 at 6/10) [5]
     33 shorn ewes at 5/4, and 13 shorn wethers (6 at 11/1, 7 at 9/7 per head) [5: 25-Sep-1936, 16-Oct-1936]
In 1937 received permission from the Three Springs Road Board to make a stone crossing over the creek on Weir's Road [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Attended the meeting in Three Springs about extending telephonic facilities to East Three Springs on 9 March 1937 [5: 12-Mar-1937]
Loaned his truck to help cart 80 loads of sand, gravel and stones for the nursing quarters in Three Springs in April 1937 [5: 30-Apr-1937]
Attended the opening of the Nurse's Quarters in Three Springs and dinner at the Commercial Hotel on 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Sold 81 shorn wethers (60 at 18/1, 21 at 17/4) and 3 lambs at 22/7 through Westralian Farmers Ltd on 15 September 1937 [5: 17-Sep-1937]
Resided in Three Springs until his death in 1938 [2]
Father of Geoffrey and Adrian [P2]
Died 5 September 1938; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, ZB, 584)[2]

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 10 September 1938:
Obituary - Death of Mr A. I. Broad - Funeral at Karrakatta
"A wave of genuine regret swept through the Three Springs district on Monday morning last with the receipt of the news that Mr Albert Irwin Broad had passed away in Perth at the comparatively early age of 45 years. The deceased gentleman, who had followed farming pursuits at Three Springs for the past twelve years, was widely known in the district and was very highly respected by all sections of the community. He at all times evinced a lively interest in public affairs, and ever since the inception of the Three Springs Road Board he has represented the ratepayers of the Womarden Ward. He was also prominently associated with the Three Springs Agricultural Society. The late Mr Broad was a returned solder and a valuable member of the Three Springs-Arrino Sub-Branch of the R.S.L. having served in the war with the 51st Battalion of the Australian Imperial Forces. Born at Mingenew, he was the third son of Mr and Mrs E. Broad sen, two of the pioneers of the Mingenew district, and he is survived by a widow and two young sons, for whom the deepest sympathy has been expressed right throughout the district. The deceased gentleman had been in ill health for some time past, and although every effort was made on his behalf from a medical standpoint his death was not altogether unexpected. The esteem in which the late Mr Broad was held was abundantly exemplified on Tuesday afternoon last, when his remains were laid to rest in the Anglican portion of the Karrakatta Cemetery, the service at the graveside being conducted by a former rector of Three Springs in the person of the Rev. E. G. Jaquet. Many residents of the district paid a last tribute by making a special journey to Perth for the funeral. These included the chairman and secretary of the Three Springs Road Board and members of the Three Springs-Arrino Sub-Branch of the R.S.L. and other public bodies. The chief mourners were Messrs C. E. Broad, E. L. Broad, F. H. Broad and J. O. Broad (brothers), Miss N. Broad (niece) and Mr C. McDonald (brother-in-law), the pall bearers being Messrs C. F. Thomas, E. Hunt, F. Connaughton and W. J. Turner (Three Springs Road Board), and O. S. Sowerby, A. Mortimer, A. R. Strutton and M. Williamson (Three Springs-Arrino Sub-Branch of the R.S.L.). Amongst others present at the graveside were Messrs W. Patrick M.L.A., H. Taplin (Midland Railway Company), S. M. Wreford (manager of the National Bank in Perth), R. Swirte (Shell Oil Company), Frank Laverack, C. H. Hope, E. K. Byrne, W. G. Jordan (Three Springs Road Board), W. D. S. Smith, P. G. Morgan, J. H. C. Haworth, Howard Smith, H. W. Weir, K. Whitlock, M. G. Hope, H. Parker, M. M. Wilson, N. P. Hawley, S. C. Gooch, R. P. Hope, I. A. Sackville, G. H. Bickford (secretary of Three Springs Road Board), W. R. Harris, T. J. Berrigan, W. Wilson, K, Watson, W. Fogarty, P. Oliver, G. P. White, K. White, M. K. White, Robbins, Mr and Mrs W. P. Eglou and Mrs Marsh. A large number of floral tributes were laid upon the grave."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Albert Irwin Broad' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 June 2024 from [reference list]

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