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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Rev. Alfred James TOOMEY

Born 1906 in London, England [21]
Married Myra HODGSON in 1932 [21]
Curate at Camberwall, South London, England before emigrating to Western Australia [5: 31-Aug-1934]
Along with his wife and infant daughter departed Southampton, England on the steamship Largs Bay on 18 July 1934 [203]
They arrived on the steamship Largs Bay in Fremantle, Western Australia on 17 August 1934 [63]
He travelled to Western Australia to take up the position of Anglican Rector of the North Midlands Parish [4: 1-Sep-1934]
Along with his wife Myra and their infant daughter Carol arrived in Three Springs on Friday 24 August 1934 [5: 31-Aug-1934]
Resided in Three Springs however embraced all of the North Midlands from Marchagee to Mingenew [4: 1-Sep-1934]
Officially welcomed to the district at a Welcome Social held in the Three Springs Hall on Monday 27 August 1934 [4: 1-Sep-1934]
He was welcomed by the southern half of his parish at an Evensong service in Carnamah on Wednesday 29 August 1934 [5: 31-Aug-1934]
Held services in Mingenew, Arrino, Three Springs, Inering, Carnamah, Winchester, Billeroo, Coorow, Waddy and Marchagee [4] [5]
The Very Rev. Dean MOORE of Perth remarked it was a tremendously sized parish for one man to work [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Officiating minister at a number of burials at the Winchester Cemetery and Three Springs General Cemetery [1] [24]
Officiated at the wedding of Dr Mario A. MAYRHOFER and C. Annie BYRNE in Three Springs on 15 September 1934 [5: 5-Oct-1934]
Spoke at the Valedictory Evening to Jack HODKKISS and the BICKELL family in Three Springs on 21 January 1935 [5: 25-Jan-1935]
In April 1935 was organising a series of social evenings for men to discuss and air views any subject of interest [5: 5-Apr-1935]
One of the speakers at the Farewell Social to Thomas and Laura POOLE at the Billeroo School Hall on 10 April 1935 [5: 12-Apr-1935]
Gave an impressive address at the King George V Jubilee Celebrations held in Three Springs on Friday 24 May 1935 [5: 14-Jun-1935]
Attended the luncheon tendered to Primate of Australia Rev. Henry F. LE FANU in Three Springs on Monday 1 July 1935 [5: 5-Jul-1935]
During the first week of October 1935 he was indisposed and confined to his bed[5: 4 & 11-Oct-1935]
Invited Guest at the R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Three Springs on Saturday evening 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
He and Rev. David H. DYKE conducted the Anzac Day service at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 25 April 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
Officiated at the wedding of Sydney C. GOOCH and Priscilla H. VINCE in Three Springs on Wednesday 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Attended the social in Carnamah when the Lord Archbishop of Perth Henry F. LE FANU visited on 19 September 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Member of the Three Springs Parents & Citizens Association in 1936 and 1937 [5: 23-Oct-1936, 16-Apr-1937]
Officiated at the wedding of Richard H. S. JAMES and Rachel M. A. WALLACE in Three Springs on 5 January 1937 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
     The JAMES-WALLACE wedding was the 150th ceremony he had performed, and the most pleasurable of them all [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Thanked those present for their patronage at the Anglican Church's 1936 New Year's Eve Ball at the Carnamah Hall [5: 8-Jan-1937]
He had charge of Saint Mary's Church in South Perth for a few weeks over January and February 1937 [5: 15-Jan-1937]
     Himself, his daughter and their daughter returned to Three Springs during the second week of February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Attended the North Midlands Cricket Association's dinner at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on 21 March 1937 [5: 25-Mar-1937]
Speaker at the welcome to the Venerable Archdeacon Charles L. RILEY in Three Springs on Tuesday 13 April 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Member and Secretary of the Three Springs Coronation Celebrations Committee in 1937 [5: 16 & 23-Apr-1937]
Along with his wife and Edward HELLEWELL of Carnamah he made a brief trip to Perth on Tuesday 10 August 1937 [4: 14-Aug-1937]
Conducted special Coronation Commemoration services in Three Springs and Carnamah on Coronation Day 12 May 1937 [5: 7-May-1937]
Attended the reception in Three Springs to Charles G. LATHAM, Leader of the Opposition in WA, on 26 May 1937 [5: 28-May-1937]
Rector of the North Midlands Anglican Church Vestry in 1937 [5: 4-Jun-1937]
Padre of the Waddy Forest Group of Toc H in 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
Gave family prayers at the Waddy Forest Toc H Group's Social Evening at the Coorow Hall on Thursday 24 June 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
Officiated at the wedding of Franz H. ARNDT and Carolina W. F. WOLTER in Three Springs on 14 July 1937 [5: 23-Jul-1937]
Conducted the service at the meeting of the Mothers Union at Saint George's Hall in Carnamah on 4 August 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
Motored to Perth on 9 August 1937 to attend the Anglican Retreat of Clergy and the Synod of the Diocese of Perth [5: 13 & 27-Aug-1937]
Attended the opening of the Nurse's Quarters in Three Springs and dinner at the Commercial Hotel on 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Expressed his thanks for the North Midlands Popular Girl Competition at the Grand Ball in Three Springs on 31 August 1937 [5]
     The Competition, its competitors and supporters, and the Grand Ball raised over £200 for the Anglican Church [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Served on the Board of the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs 1937-1939 [109]
Officiated at the wedding of Gladys E. STOKES and W. Kenneth MUTTER in Three Springs on 6 September 1938 [4: 10-Sep-1938]
Rector of the North Midlands Parish until January 1939 [0: image 03783]
Along with his wife was bided farewell by the people of Coorow and Waddy Forest on 5 January 1939 [0: image 03783]
Returned to England in or shortly after January 1939 [0: image 03783]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Alfred James Toomey' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 June 2024 from [reference list]

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