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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Alec" / "Sandy" Alistair Archibald NIVEN

Born 25 October 1909 in Clifton, Perthshire, Scotland [28]
Son of general dealer Robert NIVEN and Annie MUNRO [28]
He was born at 11:50 at night at Clifton in the district of Strathfillan [28]
Arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Orvieto with his parents and twelve siblings on 4 August 1914 [P13]
After a short stay in Perth travelled with his parents to their pre-purchased Ready-Made Farm in Carnamah [P13]
Resided with his parents on Craigend Farm in Carnamah [P13]
Member of the Carnamah Sunday School in 1914 [7: page 238]
Farmhand for Samuel J. M. GREEN in Carnamah [P297]
Farmer at Lake Brown in the Mukinbudin district [P13]
     Said to have acquired a farm in Lake Brown with his brothers "Jim" James A. NIVEN and "Tom" Thomas NIVEN [P13]
     Wise's Western Australia Post Office Directory lists "Niven Bros" as farmers in Lake Brown from 1929 until 1939 [6]
Resided in Kalgoorlie prior to enlisting in the Australian Army on 9 May 1941 [16]
     Private WX12617 in the Australian Army's 2/16th Battalion during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 23 November 1944 [16]
Farmer of Grianaig Farm in Carnamah from 1945 [3]
     Leased and farmed the late John LANG's Grianaig Farm at Prowaka Siding in Carnamah from 1944 to 1947 [3]
     In 1947 purchased the 1,593 acre Grianaig Farm which consisted of Lots M945 and M1266 of Victoria Location 1934 [3]
Married Edith Wein ROBERTSON nee RIDLEY on 8 February 1949 [P13]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1951 [52]
Obtained the telephone in 1955 - was telephone number Carnamah-77 [60]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 20 May 1955 [96]
He and his wife Edith later retired to the Perth suburb of Midland [P13]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Bellevue [2]
Father of Alfred and Alister [P13]
Died 8 July 1990; buried at Midland Cemetery, Perth suburb of Midland (Presbyterian, E, 141) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Alistair Archibald Niven' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 July 2024 from [reference list]

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