Francis Henry William Thomas Winifred Brownrigg Peter Welsh Thomson Margaret Jean Caldow /Hodsdon Frederick Edward Senior James Roger Francis Wyman Clark Richard Robertson Patricia Mae Mulligan Joachim Dido

Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Albert Rolfe WILSON

Born 1870 in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia [54]
Son of William WILSON and Emma Elizabeth MINTY [54]
Married Emma MOORE in 1911 [66]
Purchased the general storekeeping business of Andrew SMART at 7 Macpherson Street, Carnamah in late March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Proprietor of Smarts Popular Store at 7 Macpherson Street in Carnamah in March and April 1937 [5: 2 & 23-Apr-1937]
After taking over the store he promptly began advertising in The North Midland Times newspaper: [5: 2-Apr-1937]
     "Smart's Popular Store" was advertised as "The New Business... Entirely Under New Management" [5]
     "We are offering the Entire Stock of Drapery, Boots, Fancy Goods, Crockery and Hardware at Throwout Prices for Cash" [5]
     "We intend having a Big Clean Up and now is your chance to secure your Bargains" [5]
     "Come along for our Weekend Specials - Our Stocks of Grocery are the Best, and we are re-stocking all Lines" [5]
     "We only sell the best and our FAMOUS LOW PRICES will encourage the thrifty house wife" [5]
Two weeks later it was "The New Cash Business known as Smarts Popular Store - Bumper Weekend Bargains" [5: 16-Apr-1937]
     "Try the Cash System - It Pays Us Both - Dairy Produce, Fresh Fruit and Vegetables at Lowest Market Rates [5]
     "DRAPERY Ladies' Felt Hats 1/- each; Ladies' Stockings 1/- per pair; Ladies' Bloomers 1/3 and 2/- set; Vests 1/- and 2/- each; [5]
       Ladies' Dress Material 1/- yard; Ladies' Pyjamas 7/11 pair; Ladies' Frocks, very stylish, only 7/11 each; [5]
       Ladies Blouses, neat and up-to-date, 2/- each; Children's Sox 6d. pair; Boys' Straw Hats, Wonderful Bargains 2/- each; [5]
       Strong Working Boots of Super Quality 7/6 pair; Slippers, very comfortable, 1/6 pair" [5]
     "HARDWARE  Axe Handles 1/- each; Water Bags 1½ gallons 1/- each; Hame Hooks 1/6 pair; Horse Shoes from 1/6 set; [5]
       Water Bags, Hang Up, 10 gallons, 2/3 each" [5]
     "OUR GROCERY DEPARTMENT new stocks have arrived and are clean and of best quality  Wheeties Large, 1/- packet; [5]
       Granose Large, 1/- packet; Pineapple, 9d. tin; Self-Raising Flour 2/- 7lb. Bag; Worcestershire Sauce 6d. bottle; [5]
       Mills and Wares Biscuits  4d. packet (to clear); Boot Polish, 3 tins for 1/-; Sarsparilla 1/3 big bottle" [5]
     "See Us First then Bank the Balances - Come To - Smarts The Popular Providers" [5]
After selling his interest in Smarts Popular Store he left Carnamah for Geraldton on Thursday evening 22 April 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Died 6 August 1951; buried Utakarra Cemetery in Geraldton, Western Australia [26]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 2 April 1937:
New Business
"Another change occurred in business circles in Carnamah this week when Mr A. R. Wilson, late of Mullewa, purchased the general storekeeping business recently owned by Mr A. Smart. Mr Wilson is conducting the business in company with a partner under the title of "Smarts Popular Store." The new owner has been engaged in the storekeeping business for many years during which time he has gained a vast and practical knowledge of the requirements of the householder. In addition to having been business for 20 years in Geraldton and 10 years in Mullewa, Mr Wilson's experiences include the early days of the Coolgardie rush and associations with numerous other fields."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Albert Rolfe Wilson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2020 from [sources]

Use the below form or email

Comment, memory or story about this person
Suggested correction or additional information
Question or general feedback
Please enter this code into the box to confirm your request.

During this time we encourage you to stay active + keep connected. Check out Act-Belong-Commit Creative @ Home for ideas!