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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Alex" Alexander John ROBINSON

Born 28 May 1922 in East Perth, Western Australia [P22]
Son of "Ike" Isaac ROBINSON and "Madge" Magdalen Margaret HARDWICK [P1]
Grew up with his parents and siblings Jean, Jim, Bill and Margaret on Welshpool Road in the Perth suburb of Welshpool [P1]
Competed in amateur horse riding and hurdle events in Perth [39: 29-Jul-1940] [225: 23-Sep-1946]
     His introduction may have come via his uncle Tommy CHANDLER, who was a highly successful jockey in Perth [81: 28-Jul-1940]
     He rode Laudation to victory in the Hunt Club Hurdles at the WA Hunt Club's Race Meeting on 27 July 1940 [310: 27-Jul-1940]
     On other occasions he was successful on horse Venetian Maid and in 1946 on Silver Wattle [81: 22-Sep-1946] [225: 23-Sep-1946]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Welshpool until enlisting in the Australian Army on 15 September 1941 [16]
     Trooper WX16481 in the Australian Army's 56th Battalion during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 5 April 1945 [16]
Married (1) "Clem" Clementina Rose CULLETON in Perth in 1945 [66]
Proprietor of the Vanity Toilet Saloon at 551 Hay Street in Perth in partnership with Mavis F. B. HARTZER [39: 19-Jan-1946]
     Upon dissolving their partnership they sold the business, with the new owner taking over on 2 February 1946 [39: 19-Jan-1946]
After his father-in-law purchased the horse Toe Dancer in 1946 he successfully moved from amateur racing to trotting [225]
     Toe Dancer was stabled in Cannington with three other horses - Broadell, Dalanda and Toe Dancer's three year old son [225]
     His wife Clem was an experienced horsewoman and trained the four horses [225: 23-Sep-1946]
By early 1948 he and his wife Clem had separated [39: 10-Mar-1953]
      Clem successfully filed for divorce in Perth on 9 March 1953 on the grounds of five years separation [39: 10-Mar-1953]
In 1949 he was working as a Hairdresser in Meekatharra [50]
He is believed to have shifted to Carnamah in about 1950 [P22] and was definitely in Carnamah by 1951 [5: 1-Nov-1951]
Partner of (3) Vida Emilene WHITEHURST [P1]
Hairdresser in Carnamah 1952-1954 and was also working as a Commission Agent in 1954 [22] [39: 18-Sep-1954] [50]
     Barber and Hairdresser in Carnamah working from home at 10 Niven Crescent and later at 5 Macpherson Street [P22]
     A barber's chair he used is now part of the collection of the Carnamah Museum and Business Houses virtual exhibition [P1]
Resided at 10 Niven Crescent, Carnamah until about 1954 and then at 5 Macpherson Street, Carnamah until 1959 [P22]
     During a portion of the very early 1950s his mother is believed to have resided with him at 10 Niven Crescent, Carnamah [P1]
     Received electricity at his home from local firm Henry Parkin & Son and in 1952 paid a flat rate of 15/- per month [53]
     From 1953 to 1958 his home telephone number was Carnamah-64 [60]
Bookmaker from small premises adjoining the bakery at 21 Macpherson Street in Carnamah from 1956 to 1962 [60] [P22]
     His bookmaking premises were telephone number Carnamah-79 [60]
Resided at 25 Railway Avenue in the Carnamah townsite from 1959 until his death in 1973 [P22]
     The house  was brand new and was acquired through a State Housing Scheme in which your rent paid off the house [P22]
Later worked as a Farmhand in Carnamah and as a Linesman for the Postmaster General's (P.M.G.) Department [P22]
     He received the top mark of 11 men who sat an exam to become a Grade 1 Linemen with P.M.G. on 14 December 1968 [P22]
Member of the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club in 1951 [5: 1-Nov-1951]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1955 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1956-57 - played for Carnamah Towns [4: 14-Dec-1956]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club 1956-1958 [4: 3-Aug-1956, 11-Jul-1958]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society [141]
He went before the Carnamah Police Court six times between 1952 and 1962 on charges of disorderly conduct [22]
     The court found him guilty on all six occasions and each time he was fined between £1 and £10 plus costs of 1/- or 2/- [22]
For a period in the 1960s worked part time as a Barber from a rented room in MARTIN Bros butchers shop in Carnamah [51]
Father of Alexander ROBINSON; Graeme TURNER; Yvette, Yvonne and Isaac WHITEHURST; and father to Keane WELLS [P1]
Passed away at the age of 51 years at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [24]
Died 8 December 1973; buried at the Three Springs General Cemetery in Three Springs (Roman Catholic, Plot 54) [P22]
His first cousin Max CHRISTOPHERS also worked as a Linesman in Carnamah for the Postmaster General's Department [P22]
His first cousin once removed "Fred" William Frederick St. George HARDWICK had previously worked in Carnamah as a saddler [P1]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Alexander John Robinson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 4 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/alexander-john-robinson [reference list]




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