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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Alex" Alexander Ray Porter GRANT

Born 2 July 1868 in Bowden, South Australia [55]
Son of John GRANT and Ann Maitland PORTER [55]
Married Sarah BONHAM on 10 November 1897 in Adelaide, South Australia [55]
Saddler of 16 Laura Street in Stepney, South Australia in 1915 [30]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 27 September 1915 in Adelaide, South Australia [30: item 4669839]
     On enlistment was 5 feet 5¾ inches tall, weighed 124 pounds, and had hazel eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion [30]
     Embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for active service abroad on the Transport A67 Orsova on 12 November 1915 [94]
     Private 676 in the Australian Imperial Force's 1st Remount Unit during the First World War [94]
     Returned to Australia on 12 November 1917; received 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [94]
Farmer in Coorow, Western Australia 1922- [50]
On 3 July 1922 purchased 701 acres of land in Coorow, Western Australia from George J. T. BATTERSBY and Sydney MUSTO [27]
     The 701 acres was Lot M1121 of Victoria Location 2023 and still had instalments owing to the Midland Railway Company [27]
     On 5 August 1922 took out a contract with the Midland Railway Company to purchase 860 acres of virgin land in Coorow [27]
     The 860 acres was Lot M1391 of Victoria Location 2023 and cost £279 (6/6 per acre), payable by instalments over 15 years [27]
     Sold Lot M1121 to Mrs Daisy L. FARLEY on 12 June 1925, and Lot M1391 to Alfred G. WALLIS on 8 November 1926 [27]
During the 1920s he went to jail for six weeks for shooting his son Clem in the ankle during an argument about the farm [P196]
4ZV was his and his son Clem's registered horse and cattle firebrand in 1924 [80: 28-Oct-1925]
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]
By 1931 he was farming 2,814 acres in Coorow belonging to his wife Sarah (Victoria Locations 8283 and 8734) [3]
     They appear to have sold the 2,814 acres to "Harry" W. J. Heinrich ULLRICH and he acquired another 1,953 acres in Coorow [3]
     His 1,953 acres consisted of Victoria Locations 2732, 2997, 3059, 3350, 3351, 3397, 3500, 3502 and 5464 [3]
Paid a £1 Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board on 16 August 1933 for helping control vermin by killing two foxes [300]
Member of the Coorow Rifle Club in 1936 [5: 27-Nov-1936]
Member of the Coorow Cricket Club in 1936-37 [5: 23-Jul-1937]
Sold 17 lambs at 14/8 per head through Westralian Farmers Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 14 July 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Following his wife's death in 1938 his son Clem left Three Springs and shifted to Coorow to help him on the farm [P196]
Resided in Coorow and farmed his 1,953 acres until at least 1944 [3]
On retirement he left Coorow and shifted to Perth [P196]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Claremont [2]
Father of Clem Hunter Porter, Roy Percival Marcus and Jack McDonald [55]
Died 14 June 1947; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, LB, 156) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Alexander Ray Porter Grant' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 16 April 2024 from [reference list]

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