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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Phil" Albert Phil BAKER

Born 8 August 1921 in Rainbow, Victoria, Australia [16]
Son of Clarence Oswald BAKER and Margaret LAMPARD [P129]
Resided with his parents on their 400 acre farm at Werrap in the Rainbow district of Victoria, Australia 1921-1929 [P129]
Student at the Werrap State School in Weerup in 1928 [P129]
Stayed with his maternal grandparents when his parents visited Western Australia to seek out farming land [P129]
Along with his parents, brother Max and sister Dorothy left Werrap in early 1929 and shifted to Winchester, Western Australia [P129]
Resided with his parents and siblings on his father’s farm in Winchester 1929-1933 [P129]
Student at the Winchester State School from 17 March 1930 to 20 December 1933 [25]
     Travelled to school with Max and Dorothy in a horse and gig, and took a nose bag for the horse to munch on [P129]
     Along with others he used to get the teacher’s cane, nick it with a razor, wedged a horse hair in the gap and then cut it off [P129]
     The result of their tampering was that whenever the cane was used it split, however unfortunately the teacher had lots of canes [P129]
Attended the Carnamah Traders Association’s Sports Day & Picnic at Centenary Park, Carnamah on 9 October 1930 [4: 18-Oct-1930]
Member of the Winchester Boy Scouts in 1932 and 1933 [5: 8-Jul-1932, 8-Sep-1933]
Attended the Boy Scouts camp held at POPE Bros farm in Carnamah from 28 August to 1 September 1933 [5: 8-Sep-1933]
Resided with his parents on Cornelius SHEAHAN’s farm in Carnamah 1933-1938 [P129]
Student at the Carnamah State School in 1934 and 1935 [P282]
Left school a week before he turned 14 years of age and began working at Andrew SMART’s store in Carnamah [P129]
Shop Assistant at the General Store at 7 Macpherson Street, Carnamah 1935-1938 [P129]
Initially worked for Andrew SMART and following the sale of the general store worked for the new owner Eric H. GURR [P129]
Member of the Carnamah Social Club in 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Athletic Club in 1936 and 1937 – was Secretary in 1937 [5: 20-Nov-1936, 19-Mar-1937]
Came 2nd in the Adult’s Bike Race at the Carnamah Football Club’s Scratch Match in Carnamah on 28 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Competed as a Senior Rider in the Carnamah Athletic Club’s Bike Races in Carnamah on Sunday of each week in 1936 [5: 4-Dec-1936]
     Won the Senior Race of the Carnamah Athletic Club’s Inaugural Bike Races on 12 July 1936 [5: 17-Jul-1936, 2-Oct-1936, 24-Dec-1936]
     Presented with £1 as Runner-Up in the 1936 Senior Rider Grand Aggregate, and also won the Mulligan Trophy and Club Cup [5]
Played for the defeated Carnamah Social Club in badminton against the Carnamah Badminton Club on 5 August 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Came 2nd in the Two-Mile Open Handicap and One-Mile Sprint cycle races at the 1936 Carnamah Agricultural Show [5: 11 & 18-Sep-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Badminton Club in 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
     On badminton days rode his bike home to the farm after work, then rode back to town for badminton and then home again [P129]
Won the sectional prize to Winchester for the first half of the Coorow to Carnamah Cycle Race on Boxing Day in 1936 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1936-37 [5: 16-Oct-1936, 12-Mar-1937]
Competed in the Carnamah Tennis Club’s Easter Tennis Tournament at Centenary Park in Carnamah in March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Won the Senior Bike Race and Hurry Scurry Bike Race at the Easter Sports Meeting in Carnamah on 29 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Inaugural Committee Member of the Carnamah Cycle Club in 1937 [5: 21-May-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1937 [5: 21-May-1937]
He was “Miss Fannie Flaharty” in tennis shorts and attire at the Carnamah Football Club’s Opening Ball on 19 June 1937 [5: 25-Jun-1937]
Competed in the Bike Races held at the Carnamah Agricultural Show at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 9 September 1937 [5]
     He won the Men’s One Mile Handicap Sprint and came 2nd in the Two Mile Handicap [5: 7-Sep-1937]
Resigned from his position at Eric H. GURR’s store in Carnamah during October 1938 [5: 21-Oct-1938]
Along with his parents left Carnamah in January 1939 and shifted to Portland in Victoria, Australia [P129]
Got a job at a meatworks in Portland and boarded with one of his aunts so he could ride his bike to and from work [P129]
In mid 1941 he was engaged to Joyce DUSTING of Portland, Victoria, Australia [5: 6-Jun-1941]
Married (1) Joyce DUSTING [P129]
Enlisted in the Australian Army in Portland on 7 October 1941 [16]
Private V160250 in the Australian Army’s 9 Ordnance Stores Company during the Second World War [16]
Discharged from the Australian Army on 2 May 1944 [16]
Along with his wife Joyce and her parents drove from Victoria to Western Australia and visited Carnamah [P129]
Flew over to Western Australia to attend the Winchester State School reunion organised by Jeanette V. ALLEN in 1999 [P129]
Visited Carnamah and Winchester including the Carnamah Museum during May of 2005 [P129]
Married (2) Vera OUTRAM [P129]
Resided in the Melbourne suburb of Portland in Victoria, Australia until at least 2005 [P129]
Father of Wendy [P129]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Albert Phil Baker' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 4 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/albert-phil-baker [reference list]




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