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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Alf" Alfred Ernest NIND

Born 4 December 1876 in Dunedin, New Zealand [30: item 7991173]
Served a five year apprenticeship with W. AITKIN in Dunedin, New Zealand [30: item 7991173]
Married Marion Annie Davis JUSTINS in 1901 in Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia [32]
He worked as a Tailor in Beverley, Western Australia 1910-1917 and resided there with his wife and son Cecil [30: item 7991173]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 1 October 1917 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia [30: item 7991173]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 4½ inches tall, weighed 136 pounds and had hazel eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion [30]
     In November 1917 embarked from Brisbane on the Samatra, disembarking at Rabaul, Papua New Guinea [30]
     During the war served in Papua New Guinea, as a Private and then Lance Corporal in Naval & Military Expeditionary Force [30]
     He arrived back in Australia on 5 August 1919; discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 12 September 1919 [30]
He was formerly of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia when he arrived in Carnamah in early 1928 [4: 4-Feb-1928, 31-Mar-1928]
Tailor in Carnamah, Western Australia 1927-1931 [4: 12-Nov-1927, 31-Mar-1928, 30-May-1931]
     Initially he operated his tailoring business in Carnamah from a building next to the Carnamah Hotel [4: 24-Dec-1927]
     He was assisted in his business by an assistant tailor Harry ROBINSON 1928-1931 [6] [19] [P15]
     Advertised his business in The Irwin Index newspaper with "A Stylishly Cut and Perfectly Fitting Suit Guaranteed" [4: 3-Nov-1928]
     He initially worked from a building next to the Carnamah Hotel but in May 1928 moved into new premises [4: 10-Mar-1928, 19-May-1928]
     It was reported in mid June 1928 that his business had substantially increased since the move into different premises [4: 16-Jun-1928]
     In 1928 he made business trips to do tailoring for clients in Mingenew [4: 28-Jul-1928]
     He had P.O. Box 44 at the Carnamah Post Office [4: 4-Oct-1930]
He purchased two quarter-acre blocks of land at 27 and 29 Macpherson Street in Carnamah (Lots 6 and 7 of M1354) [3]
     The blocks were part of the Annie Niven Estate, an extension of the Carnamah townsite from Craigend Farm [4: 7-Aug-1926]
     In 1929 he had stone premises for his business constructed at 27 Macpherson Street, Carnamah at a cost of £600 [4: 4-Jan-1930]
     By late 1929 he'd shifted into his new premises on the north east corner of Niven Crescent and Macpherson Street [4: 4-Jan-1930] [P4]
     Had the telephone connected to his premises in 1929 and was telephone number Carnamah-38 [60]
     His premises became known as "Nind's Buildings" [P4]
     He was also the owner of a stone building at 29 Macpherson Street which he leased to local veterinarian James J. POWELL [P4]
Received a letter from a very satisfied customer in April 1929, part of which he published in The Irwin Index newspaper [4: 27-Apr-1929]
     "I must say that my suit it up to perfection in fit, and I have recommended you wherever I have been. [4]
      Thanking you, and trusting you are doing a good trade." For Fit Style and Workmanship, try Alf. Nind : Tailor, Carnamah [4]
Advertised in The Irwin Index in September 1929 that he "wanted at once" a tailoress or improver to trade [4: 21-Sep-1929]
Regularly advertised his business in The Irwin Index newspaper in which he carried the slogan "The Tailor that Suits" [4: 28-Sep-1929]
     He stated that Evening Dress Suits and Ladies Costumes at the right price to be his specialty [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Made a donation to the Carnamah Football Club to aid them in raising funds to send a team to Geraldton in 1928 [4: 22-Sep-1928]
Attended and hosted at his home in Carnamah the farewell to William P. WALLACE on Tuesday 16 October 1928 [4: 20-Oct-1928]
Foundation Committee Member of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens' Association in 1928 [4: 6, Oct-1928, 27-Oct-1928] 
Attended the house warming of Geoffrey K. RYDER and farewell party of Kim HOLMES in Carnamah in August 1928 [4: 1-Sep-1929]
Donated a trophy to the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1929, which was known as the "Nind Trophy" [4: 30-Mar-1929 & 13-Apr-1929]
Attended a meeting at the Carnamah Hall on 19 April 1929 to discuss the establishment of flour mills in Carnamah [86: 20-Apr-1929]
In 1930 purchased a Ford truck from Carnamah dealer Rupert LAFFAN [4: 16-Nov-1929]
He had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and general repairers Henry Parkin & Son [53]
Member of the Carnamah Lodge of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows Friendly Society in 1931 [4: 30-May-1931]
Left Carnamah on 25 May 1931 and made his way to his new home in Meekatharra, Western Australia [4: 30-May-1931]
Upon leaving the district he retained ownership of his two buildings at 27 and 29 Macpherson Street, Carnamah [3]
He visited Carnamah for a weekend during October 1932 [5: 14-Oct-1932]
In 1933 dressmaker Mrs Millie GRANT was using his Nind's Buildings and so was tailor Charles O. RHODES [5: 30-Jun-1933]
Resided in Meekatharra in 1933 and 1934, and at 173 Newcastle Street in Perth in 1935 and 1936 [3]
By February 1936 he had established a tailoring business at 29 Stirling Street in Perth, next to the Shaftsbury Hotel [5: 7 & 14-Feb-1936]
He advertised his Perth based business in Carnamah's local newspaper The North Midland Times in 1936 [5: 7-Feb-1936]
He was living in Kalgoorlie by mid 1937 [3]
In 1943 he was living with his daughter-in-law Mrs Eileen G. NIND at 111 Stirling Highway in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe [50]
The accounting firm Goyne Miller managed his two stone buildings in Carnamah which were leased as houses [3]
By 1940 he had transferred ownership of his two stone buildings in Carnamah into the name of his son Cecil [61]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Shenton Park [2]
Father of Cecil [15]
Died 21 August 1947; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, LE, 150) [2]


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 12 November 1927:
Personal
"Mr Alfred Nind, late of the Railway Parade, Carlton, Sydney, has established himself as a tailor at Carnamah. Mr Nind is an experienced tailor and cutter and has already secured a large number of orders for clothes. To have to travel to Perth or Geraldton when in need of a new suit, or worse still, to send measurements, is a very unsatisfactory manner of obtaining suits, so Mr Nind's presence in Carnamah is sure to be appreciated."


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 17 December 1927:
New Suits for Carnamah
"Now that the harvest is practically assured, there will doubtless be a rush to procure new suits, to enable farmers to go away for the holiday which most of them look forward to taking after harvest, dressed as stylishly as are their brothers in the city. Carnamah and the surrounding districts will be especially favoured in the matter of procuring these, for Mr Alfred Nind (late of Sydney), has decided that Carnamah is going to become a big centre, and has, consequently, opened a tailoring business there. His extensive experience in the large cities of the Eastern States will enable him to guarantee suits of stylish cut, and perfect fit. He will rely on moderate prices combined with the best workmanship to ensure the satisfaction of his already numerous clientele. Mr Nind has been so well pleased with the patronage accorded him in the town, that he contemplates building additional business premises in the new future."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Alfred Ernest Nind' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 19 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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