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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Albert Patrick COWDEROY

Born 7 July 1871 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia [P308]
Son of Thomas Burnetta COWDEROY and Mary Jane CONSIDINE [P308]
Departed Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on the Grantala and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 2 March 1905 [70]
In 1910 he was working as the Manager of a Boot Shop and was living on Victoria Street in Bunbury [50]
Manager of the Ezywalkin Boot Company's branch in Bunbury, Western Australia 1912-1914 [6]
Married Eva Rebecca ENGLISH in 1913 in Victoria, Australia [54]
Draper, Boot Vendor and Storekeeper in Greenbushes, Western Australia 1916-1924 [6] [50] [70]
     He donated a pair of shoes for a jumble sale held in Greenbushes in 1915 to raise funds for the Red Cross Society [295: 23-Jul-1915]
     In October 1915 purchased four shares in the State Munitions through its Greenbushes committee [295: 12-Oct-1915]
     Member of the Greenbushes Race Club - Vice President in 1917, and President and Treasurer in 1918 [295: 4-Jan-1918, 25-Oct-1918]
     During January 1918 himself, his wife and their two daughters spent a holiday by the coast [295: 18-Jan-1918]
     Served on the Greenbushes Road Board in 1918 and 1919 [295: 10-May-1918, 11-Apr-1919]
     Member of the Greenbushes Traders Association - was their Auditor in 1918 [295: 6-Sep-1918]
     In 1918 their store in Greenbushes was known as "Cowderoy's The Famous Cheap Store" [295: 13-Sep-1918]
     Member of the Greenbushes War Loan Committee in 1918 [295: 20-Sep-1918]
     They lent their store as the venue for the Freak Social & Dance in Greenbushes on Wednesday 25 September 1918 [295: 4-Oct-1918]
     He and his family departed Greenbushes by car on Monday 20 January 1919 for a holiday at Busselton [295: 24-Jan-1919]
     Arrived with his wife in Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Gorgon on 20 November 1921 after a trip to Indonesia [70]
     He travelled to England in 1923, returning on the steamship Esperance Bay and arriving in Fremantle on 11 May 1923 [70]
     He and his wife departed Fremantle on the steamship Hobsons Bay and arrived in Southampton, England on 6 July 1924 [204]
     Their last address during their visit to England was at 7 Lothbury in the City of London in London, England [203]
     They departed London on the Moreton Bay on 23 September 1924 and arrived back in Fremantle on 24 October 1924 [70] [203]
Proprietor of a shoe store at 46 Bay View Terrace in the Perth suburb of Claremont in 1925 and 1926 [6]
     In 1926 was the proprietor of shoe stores at 46 Bay View Terrace, Claremont and at 198 Murray Street, Perth [6]
     Proprietor of a shoe store at 198 Murray Street in Perth 1926 and 1927 [6]
     In 1925 resided at 51 Lock Street and in 1926 and 1927 at 27 Victoria Parade, both in the Perth suburb of Claremont [6] [50]
     Their home at 27 Victoria Parade was a seven-room brick residence, which he sold for 1,600 in mid 1928 [39: 7-Jul-1928]
Shifted to Carnamah in May 1927 after his wife Eva purchased the general storekeeping business of L. Scott WYLIE [4: 21-May-1927] [19]
     Storekeeper with his wife Eva at 2 Macpherson Street in Carnamah 1927-1929 and 1932-1946 [4] [5] [6] [19]
     In 1927 the store specialised in an assortment of millinery, drapery and footwear in all lines, styles and sizes [4: 18-Jun-1927]
     Also sold groceries, medicines, hardware and all general requirements in 1927 [4: 18-Jun-1927]
     The first advertisement for their store in The Irwin Index newspaper included "Shop where Quality and Price is Right" [4: 18-Jun-1927]
     The store was telephone number Carnamah-4 in 1927, 1928 and 1929 [4: 18-Jun-1927] [60]
     They carried on the store for a short time in its original premises [4: 21-May-1927]
     In February 1928 construction of a new store building "was rapidly proceeding" [9: 17-Feb-1928]
     In 1929 employed the services of contractor DOUST of Perth to add on another two new shops to their premises [4: 2-Nov-1929]
     Their shops were located at 2 Macpherson Street which is the south east corner of Yarra Street and Macpherson Street [P4]
Made a donation to the Carnamah Football Club to aid them in raising funds to send a team to Geraldton in 1928 [4: 22-Sep-1928]
Attended the wedding dance for Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN in Carnamah on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Donated a trophy to the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1929, which was known as the "Cowderoy Trophy" [4: 30-Mar-1929]
On 21 March 1929 he and his wife were given a surprise party at their home in Carnamah [4: 30-Mar-1929]
     Among those who surprised them were Roger & Margaret CLARK, Tom PARKIN, Miss CLARK, [4]
     Iram & Jessie THOMPSON, Maurice CLARK, Miss Molly DUFF, J. WILSON, and Thomas FITZGERALD [4]
On Saturday 11 May 1929 attended the surprise party tendered to Mrs Ida B. CROSSING at Ida's home in Carnamah [4: 25-May-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Opening Season Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall on 18 May 1929 [4: 25-May-1929]
In June 1929 sold their storekeeping business in Carnamah and leased its premises to George STODDART [4: 15-Jun-1929. 6-Jul-1929]
     He and his wife then left Carnamah for "a well earned break" [4: 6-Aug-1932]
     Following their departure George ran the store under the name of "Stoddart's" in 1929 and 1930 [4: 31-Aug-1929, 19-Jul-1930]
     He and his wife spent a few days in Carnamah on a business visit in October 1929 [4: 26-Oct-1929]
     In July 1930 George STODDART on-sold the storekeeping business to Stanley L. HIDDEN [4: 19-Jul-1930, 9-Aug-1932]
     Stanley L. HIDDEN operated as "The Corner Store" from their premises in Carnamah 1930-1932 [4] [5: 15-Jul-1932]
He was among those who attended the Centenary Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 26 July 1929 [86: 3-Aug-1929]
     The ball was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony [86]
Resided at 39 Claremont Avenue in the Perth suburb of Claremont in 1931 and 1932 [3]
Along with his wife and their assistant returned to Carnamah in mid July 1932 to re-open their store [5: 22-Jul-1932]
     Stanley L. HIDDEN vacated their premises - either the reason they returned or the reason he moved out [4] [5]
     He and his wife once more ran their general store in Carnamah under the name of "Cowderoys" [5: 22-Jul-1932]
     General Storekeeper and Proprietor of Cowderoy's Stores in Carnamah 1932-1945 [5] [60]
     They re-stocked the store with drapery, millinery, mercery, clothing, boots, shoes, crockery and hardware [5: 22-Jul-1932]
     The store was telephone number Carnamah-18 from 1933 to 1945[60]
Advertised their business in the Schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1933 [13]
     "Cowderoy's Store (The Big Corner Shop) Carnamah (Right Opposite the Railway Station)" [13]
     "We Specialise in all General Drapery and Men's and Boy's Mercery" [13]
     "Large range of Boots and Shoes for Men, Women and Children. Special Lines in Golf Footwear" [13]
     "Stationary, Fancy Goods, Hardware and Furniture - Big Stocks of Quality Goods in all Departments at Reasonable Prices" [13]
     "At Cowderoy's, Carnamah. Tel 18 -- The Cheap Store -- Tel 18." [13]
They also advertised their business in The North Midland Times newspaper [5: 3-Nov-1933, 28-Jun-1935]
Violent winds during a storm on Wednesday 20 February 1935 shattered the glass panelling on a door of their store [5: 22-Feb-1935]
In August 1935 took over the running of Miss Molly HIMBURY's Wattle Tea Rooms located within their shop in Carnamah [5: 2-Aug-1935]
     The tearooms within their Cowderoy's Buildings were leased to Boris J. PASKOS of Three Springs in April 1937 [5: 30-Apr-1937]
     Boris served fish, grills and crayfish in addition to selling fruit and vegetables under the name of the "Carnamah Cafe" [5]
In May 1936 "Cowderoys" became the authorised Carnamah dealer for Aladdin Industries Limited [5: 22-May-1936, 5-Jun-1936]
     As the local dealer they stocked and sold a range of Aladdin lamps as well as Aladdin parts, mantles and chimneys [5]
     He was available to be called upon whenever anyone needed advice on any Aladdin lighting problems [5]
     Offered a free trial service whereby households could use an Aladdin lamp for two or three nights without any obligation [5]
Vice President of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1933-34 [4: 2-Dec-1933]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Race Club in 1934 [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Vice President of the Carnamah Football Club 1934-1937 [5: 20-Apr-1934, 19-Apr-1935, 17-Apr-1936, 16-Apr-1937]
Appointed a Patron of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club at their Annual Meeting on Wednesday 15 August 1934 [5: 17-Aug-1934]
     Patron of the Parkinson Tennis Club during the 1934-35 and 1935-36 tennis seasons [5: 23-Aug-1935]
     Vice President of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club in 1936-37 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Committee of Timberlands Woodpulp Company bondholders in 1934 [5: 5-Oct-1934]
Consolation winner at the Bridge Evening at Tom and Johanna BERRIGAN's home in Carnamah on 30 November 1934 [5: 7-Dec-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club 1934-1936, and Vice President in 1937 [5: 11-May-1934, 5-Mar-1937] [4: 29-Aug-1936]
Vice President of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1935 and 1936 [5: 12-Jul-1935, 17-Jul-1936]
Returned to Carnamah during the first week of September 1935 after a short visit to Perth [5: 6-Sep-1935]
He was among those from Carnamah who travelled to Perth in October 1935 to attend the Royal Show [5: 11 & 18-Oct-1935]
Attended the Ratepayers Meeting of the Carnamah District Road Board in Carnamah on Wednesday 23 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended a meeting about Wireless Interference in Carnamah on Wednesday 23 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
     The main purpose of the meeting was about offsetting the cost of engine suppressors installed to combat local radio interference [5]
Member of John BOWMAN's XI who played against the Carnamah Cricket Club at the opening of the 1935-36 season [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Attended the Wedding Social & Dance for Stuart and May FORD at Koolabba Farm in Carnamah on 25 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the public meeting on the question of Saturday Afternoon Closing in Carnamah on Thursday 19 March 1936 [5: 27-Mar-1936]
     The proposition was to replace the half-day holiday on Thursday afternoons with a half-day holiday on Saturday afternoons [5]
     The driving force was some of the local sporting bodies, who wished to play their organised sport on Saturday instead of Sunday [5]
     He raised objection to the proposal as he felt it would be a loss for tradespeople not to open for business on Saturday afternoons [5]
     He added that sports could be played on Saturday afternoons and the shops remain open, as not many people worked in them [5]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's 1936 season Opening Day at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 26 April 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
Travelled from Carnamah to Perth on Monday 4 April 1936 [5: 8-May-1936]
Travelled to Perth with Alexander R. G. BARR of Three Springs to attend the Royal Show on Monday 5 October 1936 [5]
     A rug strapped to luggage on the front of the car suddenly lifted and completely blocked the windscreen on a slight corner [5]
     The car left the road, crashed into two large jarrah logs, bounced off the second log and high into the air where it overturned [5]
     After completely overturning midair the car landed back on its wheels with its windscreen and all nine windows still intact [5]
     The top of the car was dented but its strong steel body was credited with saving the lives of himself and the other passengers [5]
     He received treatment for head injuries at Saint Andrew's Hospital in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction [5: 9 & 23-Oct-1936]
     After being discharged from hospital on Saturday 17 October 1936 he returned to Carnamah on Friday 23 October 1936 [5]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 12 April 1938 [96]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Florence PRICE of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on Tuesday 1 September 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Caught the train to Perth on Thursday 23 December 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
     A few days later he embarked on the steamship Mongoliafor the Eastern States where he stayed for four weeks [5: 24-Dec-1936]
     While in Adelaide he saw Miss "Molly" Ethel A. P. HIMBURY previously of the Wattle Tea Rooms in Carnamah [5: 19-Feb-1937]
     Following his trip to the Eastern States he arrived back in Carnamah on the Friday morning train on 6 February 1937 [5: 5-Feb-1937]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1937 [53]
Inaugural Vice President of the Carnamah Cycle Club in 1937 [5: 21-May-1937]
The North Midland Times newspaper reported that he visited Perth over the second weekend of August 1937 [5: 13-Aug-1937]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1937-1941 [13]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Eileen Elizabeth WITHNELL at the Winchester Cemetery on 5 January 1938 [0]
Placed an advertisement for their store in the schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1940 [13]
     "You will save money by shopping at COWDEROY'S And You can Depend on Prompt & Efficient Service" [13]
     "We are the Leading Store for: General Drapery, Mercery, Boots and Shoes, [13]
            Stationary and School Books, Crockery and Glassware, Domestic Hardware, Bedsteads and Bedding, etc." [13]
     "The Famous - COWDEROY'S - Cheap Store" [13]
Member of the Bowling Club that played at H. H. CHAPPEL's Marathon Farm in Winchester in 1941 [4: 29-Mar-1941]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Guildford [2]
Father of Joyce and Leila [P307]
Died 12 February 1947; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Crematorium Rose Gardens, 6A, 1) [2]

From The West Australian newspaper, Friday 14 February 1947:
"Cowderoy on February 12 1947 at St. John of God Hospital, Subiaco, Albert beloved husband of Eva, 6 Prowse Street, Guildford, late of Carnamah, loving father of Leila (Mrs Leng of Irymple, Victoria) and Joyce (Mrs Adams of Vernon, B.C.) a private cremation service was conducted by the Rev. Davies at Karrakatta on Thursday February 13 1947."

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

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