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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Alf" Alfred HUNTER

Born C.1900 [2]
Son of Harry HUNTER and Mary [273]
Employee of Blue Federal bus line in Melbourne, Victoria and later a Mechanic at Bell's Garage in Geraldton, Western Australia [4]
Commenced business as a Motor Mechanic in premises next to David TODD's blacksmiths shop in Three Springs in 1929 [4: 16-Feb-1929]
Motor Mechanic and proprietor of the Three Springs Garage in Three Springs [5: 9-Feb-1934] [19]
In 1929 he was the Three Springs agent for Graham-Paige cars and trucks [4: 21-Dec-1929]
With Rose BRIMSON he attended the Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on 27 June 1929 as "Mr & Mrs Three Springs" [4: 6-Jul-1929]
Married "Rose" Rosey BRIMSON in 1929 [66]
In 1933 he was a certified Royal Automobile Club (R.A.C.) mechanic having taken their examination [120: 5-Oct-1933]
Received approval for alterations to his premises from the Three Springs Road Board in June 1933 [5: 23-Jun-1933]
In 1933 united with other garage proprietors in the North Midlands urging locals to purchase spare parts from local garages [5: 8-Sep-1933]
His Three Springs Garage was telephone number Three Springs-5 in 1933 [120: 5-Oct-1933]
Installed an Imperial super-diesel crude oil engine in January 1934 for his garage's motive power and for battery charging [5: 9-Feb-1934]
Began advertising his garage in The North Midland Times newspaper on Friday 15 June 1934 [5: 15-Jun-1934]
At his garage he undertook repairs to cars, trucks, tractors and stationary engines and did oxywelding and battery charging [5: 15-Jun-1934]
Along with his wife departed Three Springs for Melbourne by car on 1 October 1934 to see the Centenary Celebrations [5: 5-Oct-1934]
Travelled with Randolph BARNHART, Henry TOWNSEND and Cecil MALEY to the Murchison on 3 February 1935 [5: 8-Feb-1935]
In 1935 he was an agent for Osborne's Ltd Retreading Tyre and Service, Comet trucks and Hillman cars [5: 5-Apr-1935]
His garage in Three Springs became a Royal Automobile Club (R.A.C.) service station in July 1935 [5: 12-Jul-1935]
He and Cliff BARRETT travelled to Perth on 9 December 1935, and returned to Three Springs on 11 December [5: 13-Dec-1935]
Gained permission from the Three Springs Road Board in February 1936 to extend the living quarters of his premises [5: 7-Feb-1936]
In March 1936 purchased a new Vauxhall touring car [5: 13-Mar-1936]
Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club - was Captain in 1936-37 and 1937-38 [5: 24-Apr-1936, 26-Feb-1937, 2-Jul-1937]
In April 1936 he and Archie POTTS built target machines for the Three Springs Rifle Club's rifle range [5: 24-Apr-1936]
Attended and competed at the Official Opening of the Three Springs Rifle Club's rifle range on Thursday 23 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Presented the trophies at the Three Springs Rifle Club's First Annual Ball in Three Springs on 12 December 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
Took part in the novelty procession to the opening of the Nurse's Quarters in Three Springs on Friday 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
     Dressed as Dad, Mum and Dave himself, Artie MORTIMER and Syd HOWARD attended in a dilapidated and smoky vehicle [5]
Handicapper of the Bike Racing at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 16 September 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
Competed at the Annual Prize Meeting of the North-West District Rifle Clubs Union in Geraldton in August 1939 [4: 19-Aug-1939]
Motor Mechanic in Three Springs until the 1950s [19]
Car Salesman in Port Denison in 1958 [50]
He and his wife were living at 92 Vincent Street in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley in 1963 and 1968 [50]
By 1972 to his death in 1977 they resided at 28 Raglan Road in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley [50]
Father of Keith, Bess, Eadie, Margaret and Shirley [P316]
Died 16 December 1977; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, Lawn 7, 22) [2]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 5 April 1935:
"Enterprise and ability are two big factors in the success of any business and Mr Alf. Hunter, of The Three Springs Garage,, appears to be endowed with both. Mr Hunter's ambition has been to install his garage and work-shop with an up-to-date and efficient power plant. In this he has been fairly successful and amongst other machinery has power drills, power dressing wheels, power valve grinding machinery, hydraulic press, battery charging and test appliances, oxywelding plant, etc. installed and is now able to undertake any class of work and execute same at reasonable charges in a minimum of time. In fitting up his work-shop Mr Hunter did not forget the outside appearance of his premises, which give a pleasing impression, being newly painted and neat."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Alfred Hunter' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 21 November 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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