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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Hamlet" Alexander Hamlet JONES

Born 1867 in Gingin, Western Australia [15]
Son of Thomas JONES and Eliza FITZGIBONS [15]
Married (1) Sarah Rose CLINCH in Gingin in 1893 [15]
His elder brother James Vigors Aldrid JONES had married his wife's sister Emma Jane CLINCH the previous year [15]
Farmer in Gingin 1895-1904 [6]
His wife Sarah passed away at the age of 30 years on 22 April 1899 and was buried at Saint Luke's Churchyard in Gingin [274]
Two days after the death of his wife their third son Charles John passed away aged one week and was also buried at Saint Luke's [274]
Married (2) his late wife's sister "Jessie" Janet May CLINCH in Perth in 1902 [15]
He is said to have left Gingin in 1904 and settled north of Jun Jun Spring southeast of Coorow and northeast of Marchagee [P16]
     From 1905 to 1908 he had a pastoral leasehold of 5,000 acres in the Coorow district from the Midland Railway Company [34]
     In 1906 and 1907 he was the Farmer of Lake View Farm near Jun Jun Spring in Marchagee [9: 13-Dec-1907] [39: 8-Sep-1906]
     During September 1906 he called for tenders for the ring-barking of Salmon Gum forest on 4,000 acres of land [39: 6-Sep-1906]
     Traces of rabbits were found by a government inspector near his farm in Marchagee in 1906 [39: 25-Dec-1906]
     In late 1906 he wrote to The West Australian newspaper disputing claims the government was eradicating rabbits [39: 25-Dec-1906]
     He reaped 14 tons of hay from 7½ acres and his wheat crop was expected to go 26 to 27 bushels in 1907 [9: 13-Dec-1907]
Farmer of Turipa Farm in Coorow 1908-1939 [19]
     In 1932 his farm was 6,566 acres in size and consisted of: [3]
     Victoria Locations 2148, 2550, 2940, 2991, 2992, 2994, 2995, 3340, 3341, 3427, 3438, 3772, 4071, 6597, 6598 and 8386 [3]
     In 1924 he had the registered horse and cattle firebrand of ZJ3 while his children had a second brand of N6A [80: 28-Oct-1925]
He had a subscription to The Midlands Advertiser in 1908, which was regional newspaper published in Moora [9: 30-Oct-1908, 11-Dec-1908]
In July 1909 he had about 70 head of mixed cattle for sale at Turipa, including some milch (milking) cows [9: 23-Jul-1909]
Foundation Committee Member of the Coorow Farmers' Progress Association in 1911 [39: 4-Aug-1911]
Came 2nd in the Old Buffers' Race at the Coorow Farmers' Progress Association's Picnic & Sports on 7 October 1911 [39: 12-Oct-1911]
     He also came 2nd in the Old Buffers' Race at the Coorow Football Club's Annual Sports Day on 30 September 1913 [9: 10-Oct-1913]
Guaranteed to contribute to the teacher's salary if the attendance fell below ten at the Coorow State School in 1912 [215]
     The Education Department was to build a school in Coorow but in the meantime the school opened from a bush shed on a farm [215]
     His wife made arrangements in July 1912 for their children to board in the Coorow townsite and attend the school [215]
     The school at that time was in a bush shed on George J. T. BATTERSBY's Wattle Vale Farm two or more miles out of Coorow [215]
     It proved too far for his children to walk from the Coorow townsite to the school so they were withdrawn and returned home [215]
He gave a donation at the Coorow Football Club's Annual Sports Day held on 30 September 1913 [9: 10-Oct-1913]
The Coorow State School closed due to lack of numbers and in 1913 it was suggested two half-time schools be established [215]
     After much correspondence from himself, his wife and others with the Education Department two schools were opened [215]
     The Coorow State School reopened on 3 December 1913 and the Turipa State School on his farm opened on 8 December 1913 [215]
     Both schools were Regulation Four and were run from privately owned premises with Education Department furniture [215]
     The teacher, Robert DIXON, boarded with his family when teaching at Turipa, and at Coorow when teaching there [215]
     In 1914 the five children attending the Turipa State School were his daughters Sarah, Madge, Una, Janet and Emma [215]
     The Turipa State School on their farm closed and reopened a number of times, but operated sporadically until 1919 [215]
A dance, organised by his daughter Trix and E. Gertrude SHEEHAN, was held at his home on Turipa on 17 May 1919 [9: 30-May-1919]
He owned a horse named Turipa which ran at local race meetings and was regularly one of the prize winners [9] [10]
     He won £10 when Turipa ran in the Three Springs Races on 6 March 1919 and won the Carnamah Plate [9: 14-Mar-1919]
     His horse Turipa competed in the Carnamah Race Club's Picnic Race Meeting in Carnamah on 27 March 1919 [10: 11-Apr-1919]
     Turipa ran in the Three Springs Races on 4 March 1920 and came 2nd in the Arrino Handicap of 6 furlongs [9: 12-Mar-1920]
     On 11 March 1920 Turipa ran in the Carnamah Races and came 2nd in the Local Handicap and Welter Handicap [9: 19-Mar-1920]
     Turipa came 2nd in the District Handicap at the Moora Race Club's Race Meeting on Tuesday 15 March 1921 [10: 4 & 18-Mar-1921]
     Turipa again ran at the Carnamah Races on 28 March 1921 and came 3rd in the Carnamah Stakes of 1¼ miles [10: 1-Apr-1921]
     At the Picnic Race Meeting & Agricultural Show in Carnamah on 22 September 1921 Turipa won the CA Handicap [9: 30-Sep-1921]
At the first wool sale of the season on Friday 4 November 1921 sold seven bales of wool for 18d. per pound [10: 11-Nov-1921]
In March 1925 he was one of 32 farmers in Western Australia who purchased a Case tractor from Westralian Farmers [39: 21-Apr-1925]
Purchased a model 'S' International speed truck "for all purpose farm work" in November 1926 [81: 7-Nov-1926]
     Registered his International truck with the Carnamah District Road Board and received licence plate CA-165 [325]
Was the owner of two townsite blocks in Coorow which he sold in 1927 to L. S. BINGHAM to host new shop premises [4: 7-May-1927]
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]
Won 1st prize for Ladies Hack in the Horse section and 2nd in the Sheep Dog class at the First Coorow Show in 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
He was thrown from his horse on Monday 5 June 1933 resulting in a dislocated hip and lying out in the rain for some time [5: 9-Jun-1933]
     He was treated at his home by Dr ROSENTHAL and Sister LAWTON of Carnamah and Dr MAYRHOFER of Three Springs [5]
     During the week he was moved to the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs for further treatment [5: 16-Jun-1933]
Won 2nd for a Border Leicester Merino Cross Fleece in the Wool section of the 1933 Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show [5: 15-Sep-1933]
Committee Member in 1933 and Financial Member 1936-1938 of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Agricultural Society [5: 23-Dec-1932] [150]
In January 1934 sold 20 bales of wool for the "exceptionally good average price" of 19¼d. per pound [5: 12-Jan-1934]
Received 2nd prize for a Border Leicester Merino Cross Fleece in the Wool section of the Coorow Show in 1934 [5: 7-Sep-1934]
In October 1934 purchased a pure bred Red Poll bull from P. T. SANDLAND of Moora[5: 2-Nov-1934]
Won three 1st prizes in the Horses in Action section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on Thursday 5 September 1935 [5]
     Received the three 1st prizes for 10 stone Gent's Hack, Lady's Hack and for Best Pony 14.3 or under [5: 13-Sep-1935]
Won three 1st and one 2nd prize in the Ring Events at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 12 September 1935 [5]
     Received 1st prizes for 10 stone Gent's Hack, Lady's Hack and the Flag Race; and 2nd prize for the Swerving Race [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Sold four bales of wool at 16¼d. per pound through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Wool Sale in Perth on 13 January 1936 [5: 17-Jan-1936]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Advertised in March 1936 that he wanted a sharefarmer for upwards of 300 acres of his farm ten miles from Coorow [5: 13-Mar-1936]
     The land available for share-farming had previously stripped ten bags per acre, and had a plentiful supply of water [5: 13-Mar-1936]
Sold 31 lambs at 15/7 per head through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 20 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Successfully entered in the Ring Events, Sheep and Grain & Fodder sections of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1936 [5]
     In Ring Events won 1st prizes for both Lady's Hack and 10-stone Gent's Hack, and came 2nd in the Flag Race [5: 4 & 11-Sep-1936]
     Won 2nd for Merino Ewe in the Sheep section and 1st prizes for Green Oats for Hay and Sheaves of Green Wheat for Hay [5]
Sold 49 wethers at 10/10 and 57 ewes at 9/1 through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on 23 September 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Despite the unfavourable season in 1936 he cut 40 acres of oaten crop from which he obtained 100 tons of hay [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Sold 31 hoggets at 13/4, 4 ewes at 12/6 and 2 wethers at 13/10 and 8 pigs at 54/1 per head on 11 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Sold four bales of wool at 20½d. per pound through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Perth Wool Sale of 23 November 1936 [5: 27-Nov-1936]
In November 1936 he and his wife applied for the Carnamah District Road Board to grade part of the road to their farm [5]
     The Road Board responded advising them that the road would be graded when funds were available [5: 4-Dec-1936]
Sold 19 pigs at £1/15/3 per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 6 January 1937 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Timekeeper for the Coorow Football Club in 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Purchased a new C-30 35 cwt. International truck from Carnamah agent W. George MULLIGAN in August 1937 [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Won 1st for Lady's Hack and 12-stone Gent's Hack in the Rings Events at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]
With three 1st prizes he won the Hugo Fischer Trophy for the Ring Events at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1937 [5]
     Received the three 1st prizes for 10-stone Gent's Hack, Lady's Hack and Lady's Hunter [5: 17-Sep-1937]
Father of Roy, Alex, Charles, Trix, Madge, Una, Neta, Emma and Ted [5: 13-Jan-1939] [15]
Died 7 January 1939 in Three Springs; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row C, Plot 4) [1] [14]
His funeral and burial was undertaken by Henry Parkin & Son of Carnamah and cost £4/10/- [53]
Following his death his Turipa Farm in Coorow was run under the control of his wife Janet [P17]
Also known as Alex Hamlet JONES [19] [215]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 13 January 1939:
Obituary - Vale Hamlet Jones
In the presence of a large number of relatives and friends the funeral of the late Mr. Alexander Hamlet Jones took place on Sunday afternoon when the remains were interred in the Anglican portion of the Winchester Cemetery. The Rev. A. J. Toomey, of the Anglican Church conducted the burial service. The late Mr. Jones, who was a well-known and respected resident of the Coorow district for many years, passed peacefully away on Saturday, January 7th at the Three Springs district hospital. Death has deprived the district of yet another old resident, as the late Mr. Jones was an esteemed member of a well known pioneer family of the Midland districts. Mr. Jones had been failing in health for some time past but, nevertheless, his death came as a great shock to all who had known him. Since the formation of the Coorow Football Club until a few seasons ago the late gentleman had taken a keen interest in its activities, and his passing will leave a void in sporting spheres which will indeed be hard to fill. The late Mr. Jones who was aged 72 years leaves a wife and five daughters Trix (Mrs. Edwards), Una (Mrs. Longmore), Madge, Neta (Mrs. Waldeck), and Emma and one son Edward to mourn their loss. Despite the short notice of the deceased gentleman's death a large cortege followed the remains to their last resting place."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Alexander Hamlet Jones' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 June 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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