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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Don" Andrew Duncan WALKER

Born 1 July 1892 in Coburg, Victoria, Australia [16] [54]
Son of Robert WALKER and Margaret MCALPINE [54]
Farmer in Ongerup, Western Australia in 1917 [94]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 10 April 1917 [94]
     Gave his mother Mrs M. WALKER as his next of kin, her address also being Ongerup, Western Australia [94]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the S.S. Canberra on 23 November 1917 [94]
     Private 7935 in the Australian Imperial Force's 27th Reinforcements of the 16th Battalion during the First World War [94]
     Embarked on his return to Australia on 22 September 1919[94]
In 1925 he was working as a Salesman and living at 203 Hampton Road in the Perth suburb of South Fremantle [50]
Married Olive Margaret ROBERTS in Perth in 1929 [66]
     He and his wife took up residency in Carnamah in early 1929 [4: 30-Mar-1929]
Representative in Carnamah for the Shell Oil Company in 1929 [4: 25-May-1929]
     Resided with his wife in Carnamah for a portion of the year 1929 [4: 30-Mar-1929]
     Attended the Massey Harris Wallis tractor demonstration held on Gregorfields Farm in Winchester on 31 January 1929 [4: 2-Feb-1929]
     Attended the Three Springs Race Club's Races and Evening Ball in Three Springs Races on 11 April 1929 [4: 20-Apr-1929]
     In 1929 had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son [53]
     Left Carnamah in May 1929 and shifted to Lake Grace [4: 25-May-1929]
Traveller / Salesman for the Shell Oil Company in Carnamah 1931-1934; resided at the Carnamah Hotel [5: 9-Mar-1934] [19] [50]
     Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
     Pallbearer at the funeral of 11 month old Thomas Brian SOMERS at the Winchester Cemetery on 7 December 1931 [4]
     Made a donation to the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them purchase premises [5: 29-Jul-1932]
     In 1932 was the owner of a Buick car with license plate CA-163 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
     Unwell for at least two weeks over late June and early July 1932 after an encounter with a rusty nail [5: 8-Jul-1932]
     One of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
     Attended the Valedictory Dinner tendered to Alexander B. GLOSTER at the Coorow Hotel on Monday 3 July 1933 [5: 7-Jul-1933]
     Along with his wife and Miss Joyce COWDEROY spent a few days in Perth during July 1933 [5: 21-Jul-1933]
     Attended the Official Opening of the Carnamah Golf Course at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 23 July 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
     Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1933 [5: 4-Aug-1933]
     Part of John BOWMAN's XI who competed against the Carnamah Cricket Club at the opening of the 1933-34 season [4: 9-Dec-1933]
     Committee Member of the Carnamah Race Club in 1934 [5: 24-Nov-1933]
     After a number of years left Carnamah in March 1934 after being transferred to Moora [5: 9-Mar-1934]
Representative / Commercial Traveller for the Shell Oil Company in Moora 1934-1938 [5: 9-Mar-1934] [6] [50]
     Visitor at the R.S.L. Valedictory for Charles A. METTAM at the lounge of the Carnamah Hotel on 28 July 1937 [5: 30-Jul-1937]
Farmer in Mardella in 1941 and 1942 [6]
Resided in Mardella until enlisting in the Australian Army on 20 May 1942 [16]
     Class 2 Warrant Officer W62475 in the Australian Army's Marrinup Prisoner of War Camp during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 1 July 1946 [16]
In 1944 his wife requested and was granted a divorce on the grounds of desertion [310: 8-Jul-1944]
Salesman in Carnamah in 1952 [19]
Later resided at 61 Kitchener Avenue in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park [2]
Died 21 October 1977; ashes scattered at the Fremantle Cemetery in Perth suburb of Palmyra (Presbyterian, EE, 235) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Andrew Duncan Walker' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 28 October 2021 from [sources]

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