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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Albyn DOWNES

Born 1895 in Dongara, Western Australia [15]
Son of Thomas DOWNES and Louisa Jane LONG [15]
His father died in 1897 and at Mingenew in 1901 his mother married Thomas DEE [15]
Grandson of William LONG and Sarah GREEN who were the first non-indigenous people who settled in Coorow in 1862 [P17]
Farmer of Jun Jun Farm in Coorow 1916-1923 [44] [50]
During the 1922-23 financial year he paid rates for 209 acres in Coorow consisting of adjoining Victoria Locations 3061 and 3393 [44]
He appears to have sold his 209 acres to his brother-in-law Ernest A. LONG who made it part of Lonsdale Farm [44]
Farmhand for Samuel B. RUDDUCK on Koobabbie Farm in Coorow 1923-1939 [5: 25-Aug-1939]
He was one of 98 people from the Coorow district who signed a petition in 1929 for a local hotel license to be granted [39: 6-Feb-1929]
Member of the Coorow Rifle Club in 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Steward in Charge of the Poultry section at the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1937 [150]
He paid for the funeral of Alfred Edward HILL of Coorow who died on 7 May 1939 and was buried at the Winchester Cemetery [53]
Overseer of Koobabbie Farm in Coorow in 1939 [5: 25-Aug-1939]
Died from a fractured spine on 18 August 1939 in Coorow; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row C, Plot 8) [1] [14]
His funeral, which was undertaken by Henry Parkin & Son of Carnamah, was paid for by his employer Samual B. RUDDUCK [53]


From The West Australian newspaper, Saturday 19 August 1939:
Fall From Ladder - Farm Labourer Killed
"When he fell from a ladder while working on the property of his employer, Mr. S. Rudduck, at Waddy Forest, yesterday afternoon, Albyn Downes (44), suffered injuries from which he died shortly after medical assistance arrived. Interviewed by telephone last night, Mr. Rudduck stated that Downes was engaged in repairing a private telephone line and was mounting a ladder carrying a soldering iron when he slipped and fell a distance of about 15ft. His back appeared to be injured. A doctor was summoned form Moora and shortly after the doctor arrived Downes collapsed and died."


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 25 August 1939:
Obituary - Late Mr. A. Downes
"Following a fall from a ladder, while attending to a telephone post, Mr. A. Downes passed away at "Koobabbie" on Friday evening, 18th inst. The deceased, who was overseer of Mr. S. B. Rudduck's "Koobabbie" estate, had been with Mr. Rudduck for approximately sixteen years. Of a quiet disposition deceased was well known and respected by all in Coorow and Waddy Forest, and the announcement of his death came as a shock to all his friends. A service was held in the Coorow hall on Sunday afternoon, and the remains were then conveyed to the Winchester cemetery, the Rev. C. A. Walsh conducting both the church and funeral service."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Albyn Downes' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/albyn-downes [sources]




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