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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Andy" Andrew SMART

Born 1883 in Eaglehawk, Victoria, Australia [15]
Son of Andrew SMART and Barbara Henderson FRANCIS [15]
Departed Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on the Gaba and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 11 January 1898 [70]
Hairdresser in Day Dawn, Western Australia 1905-1914 [6] [120: 5-Oct-1933]
Married Annie POPE in 1909 [66]
Hairdresser and Tobacconist at 570 Hay Street in Perth, Western Australia 1915-1917 [6]
Resided at 42 Farmer Street in the Perth suburb of North Perth 1915-1917 [6]
For a few years he owned and farmed a property in what was to become the Mukinbudin district [120: 5-Oct-1933]
Hairdresser in Stuart Street and a Newsagent in Mason Street both in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe Beach 1921-1926 [6]
Storekeeper, General Merchant and Commission Agent in Carnamah trading as Andrew Smart & Co. 1928-1937 [4: 4-Oct-1930] [11]
     Purchased L. W. RODGERS' storekeeping and agency business in Carnamah, which he took over on 21 April 1928 [4: 21-Apr-1928]
     He owned the business but leased the store's premises at 7 Macpherson Street, Carnamah from Louis P. PARKER [P5]
     His general store was telephone number Carnamah-1 [60]
     He had a postal address of P. O. Box 1 [50] and later of P.O. Box 77 at the Carnamah Post Office [5: 5-Feb-1937]
     He resided in Carnamah full time while his wife and children resided in Perth but spent some of their time in Carnamah [P5]
     Lived in a couple of rooms situated at the back of the shop at 7 Macpherson Street, Carnamah [P129]
At his store at 7 Macpherson Street, Carnamah he sold all requirements including groceries, hardware and drapery [5: 8-Jul-1932]
     He was an authorised dealer for General Motors in 1928 - G.M.C. trucks as well as Pontiac, Oakland and Vauxhall cars [163]
     In 1928 was an agent for Geo Willis & Co (superphosphate, corn stacks and Twin City tractors), Queensland Insurance Co, [163]
     Atkins WA Ltd (Big E harvesters, Federal machinery, Wizard lights and Quaker oils), Bunge Aust Ltd (wheat buyers), [163]
     Nicholson's Ltd (player pianos and phonographs), Armstrong's Cycle Agency (Douglas, Scout and Indian motorcycles), [163]
     State Implement Works, Dobbie & Co (petrol lamps and wireless sets), Barnett Glass tyres, Dunlop tyres, Kodak supplies [163]
     In 1929 sold a variety of clothing including jumpers, pullovers, overcoats, raincoats, dresses, and evening frocks [4: 1-Jun-1929]
     He was the local agent for Gulbransen Registering Pianos in 1929; and sold the model 5 Gulbransen for £205 [4: 16-Feb-1929]
Established one of the first two petrol and oil depots in Carnamah in 1928 [4: 22-Sep-1928]
     In 1928 became a small and large quantity supplier of Plume petrol, Mobil oil and Voco petrol, oil and kerosene [4: 22-Sep-1928]
     He had a Plume oil bowser outside his store at 7 Macpherson Street, Carnamah in 1928 store [163]
     Sold all grades of Mobiloil in quantities form a quart to a 45 gallon drum in 1928 [4: 22-Sep-1928]
     By early 1929 he was the local representative for the Vacuum Oil Company [4: 16-Feb-1929]
     In February 1929 the Vacuum Oil Company were making arrangements to establish a large bulk oil depot in Carnamah [4: 16-Feb-1929]
     He sold oil and petrol mainly in drums and tins from a yard in Carnamah in November 1928 [4: 17-Nov-1928]
Conducted a trade exhibit of his business at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in Centenary Park, Carnamah on 19 September 1929 [4]
     Within his exhibit he had on display a new Fargo truck, 65 model Chrysler car and a Chrysler-Plymouth car [4]
     In a marquee near his exhibit his wife held demonstrations of the new three burner model of the New Perfection oil stove [4]
     Also had on display products of the Vacuum Oil Co - new and improved mobiloil in various sized containers, Gargoyle mobiloil, [4]
     Voco power kerosene, Vacmark sheep branding fluid, Voco Cup grease and Plume appotenic motor spirit [4: 28-Sep-1929]
     Also conducted a trade exhibit of his business at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Show on 30 September 1929 [4: 5-Oct-1929]
Had at his store full stocks of groceries, drapery, hardware, boots, shoes, motor tyres, accessories and fancy goods in 1930 [4: 4-Oct-1930]
     In 1930 was the local Carnamah agent for Attwood motors, Chrysler and Plymouth cars, Fargo trucks, [4: 4-Oct-1930]
     Big E harvesters, Federal Machinery, Queensland Insurance and farm requisites firm Burridge & Warren [4: 4-Oct-1930]
     Advertised the Big E harvesters to be "light in draft, economy of power, sturdily built and small maintenance costs" [4: 13-Apr-1929]
     Smart's Store in Carnamah was the place for all requirements in "Groceries, Hardware and Drapery" in 1932 [5: 5-Aug-1932]
     In 1933 was also an Agent for National Mutual Life Insurance Association of Australasia Ltd [6]
Held a demonstration of the Bonus Gas Producer, of which he was agent, on WATSON's farm in Carnamah on 3 November 1932 [5]
     The demonstration began by a Harr Part tractor with 14 disc Sundercut being started with petrol and then run on gas [5: 4-Nov-1932]
Advertised his business in The Irwin Index, Carnamah-Three Springs Times and North Midland Times newspapers [4] [5: 15-Mar-1935]
      Also advertised his business in the Schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1933: [13]
     "Smart's Store Carnamah, For: Drapery, Hardware, Groceries, Millinery, Tyres, Petrol, Oils etc., etc." [13]
     "Agencies: Bunge Limited, Queensland Insurance Company, Natural Mutual Life Association, Nicholsons Ltd, Atkin's Ltd" [13]
     Advertised in September 1935 that he had bottles of Chapman's Influenza & Cough Remedies for sale at 2/6 per bottle [5: 20-Sep-1935]
In July 1935 he re-became the local dealer for the Chrysler-Plymouth agency [5: 19-Jul-1935]
     Through the Chrysler-Plymouth agency he sold Chrysler cars, Plymouth cars and Fargo trucks [5: 29-Jan-1937]
Through his agency for Bunge (Aust.) Ltd he received the first load of wheat delivered in Carnamah for the 1935-36 season [5]
     The load of Merredin wheat was delivered by Percival L. MILLARD of Three Springs on Monday 4 November 1935 [5: 8-Nov-1935]
Advertised in early March 1936 that he had just received at his shop a range of new season Henderson's hats [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Through his agency for Nicholsons Ltd he was a seller of Radiola dual wave wireless sets and refrigerators [5: 21-Aug-1936, 29-Jan-1937]
     "For conviction make arrangements with Mr A. Smart for a practical demonstration" [5: 14-Aug-1936]
Advertised in early September 1936 that he had stocked the latest millinery and a limited number of new spring frocks [5: 4-Sep-1936]
"Smarts Stores" held an End of Season Clearance Sale of Drapery, Mercery and Underwear in mid November 1936 [5: 20-Nov-1936]
By January 1937 he was the local agent for "Steel Horse" crude oil tractors which boasted economy, simplicity and solidity [5: 8-Jan-1937]
In 1937 his store had full stocks of drapery, hardware, groceries, batteries, tyres, fuels and oils [5: 29-Jan-1937]
     He received fresh fruit and vegetables three times a week with the catchcry "Stocks Fresh - Prices Right" [5: 5-Feb-1937]
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]
Foundation Treasurer of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association 1928-1932[4: 27-Oct-1932, 16-Jul-1932]
On 30 October 1928 received the news by telephone that his only brother had suddenly died in Melbourne, aged 39 years [4: 10-Nov-1928]
Inaugural Treasurer of the Carnamah Presbyterian Church's Board of Management in 1929 [4: 26-Oct-1929]
     One of four people who purchased the large Church Bell for the Carnamah Presbyterian Church in September 1929 [4: 14-Sep-1929]
     In 1929 collected the necessary signatures for the ordination of local Presbyterian Missionary Charles W. T. HEADEN [4: 26-Oct-1929]
Elected a member of the Carnamah District Road Board on 12 April 1930 [4: 12-Apr-1930]
     Served as the Town Member on the Carnamah District Road Board 1930-1935 [7: page 111]
     Owing to poor health he resigned from his position with the Road Board by letter on Wednesday 13 March 1935 [5: 15-Mar-1935]
Foundation Member and Vice President of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1930 [4: 10-May-1930]
     Member of the Carnamah Golf Club 1930-1936 - was again Vice President in 1933 [5: 5-May-1933] [4: 29-Aug-1936]
     Attended the Official Opening of the Carnamah Golf Course at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 23 July 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
     Donated the "Carnamah Cup" to the Carnamah Golf Club for the Open Championship of the Midlands in 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
Founding Member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 21 March 1930, and was Worshipful Master in 1933 [96] [153]
Member of the Carnamah Business Men's Association - was Inaugural Chairman in 1930 [39: 20-Mar-1930]
Member of the Carnamah Traders Association in 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
Appointed a Justice of the Peace for the Victoria Magisterial District in September 1930 [4: 4-Oct-1930]
     As a Justice of the Peace presided as Magistrate over six cases before the Carnamah Police Court in 1935, 1936 and 1937 [22]
     The Carnamah Police Court dealt with criminal and traffic offences for the Carnamah Police District [22]
     The Carnamah Police District included Carnamah, Winchester, Waddy Forest, Coorow, Marchagee and Gunyidi [22]
     Cases went before two local Justices of the Peace who decided if warranted the amount of the fine or length of imprisonment [22]
Vice President of the Carnamah Football Club in 1930, 1931 and 1936 [4: 15-Mar-1930, 18-Apr-1931] [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Member and Vice President of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1930-31 [4: 11-Oct-1930]
Vice President of the Carnamah Race Club 1930-1934 [4: 21-Dec-1929] [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1930-1931, and Financial Member in 1932 [4: 21-Jun-1930, 25-Apr-1931] [13]
Vice President of the Carnamah Cricket Club from 1930-31 to 1933-34 [4: 4-Oct-1930, 2-Dec-1933]
Made a "very fitting address" at Thomas H. and Marjorie E. PARKIN's wedding dance in Carnamah on 7 August 1931 [4: 15-Aug-1931]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Foundation President of the Carnamah Literary and Debating Society in 1932 [5: 5-Aug-1932]
In 1932 was the owner of a Fargo Runabout car with license plate CA-223 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Proposed one of the toasts at the dinner following the official opening of the new Carnamah Post Office on 30 June 1932 [5: 8-Jul-1932]
Assisted by way of donation or help with the Carnamah Boy Scouts camp held in Carnamah in early September 1932 [5: 9-Sep-1932]
During the first week of October 1932 travelled from Carnamah to Perth to attend the Perth Royal Show [5: 7-Oct-1932]
Made a donation to the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them purchase premises [5: 29-Jul-1932]
On 9 February 1933 attended the meeting in Carnamah at which Federal Member A. E. GREEN, M.H.R. was entertained [5: 17-Feb-1933]
Received the news on 28 February 1933 that he had become a grandfather with the birth of a son to his son Jack [4: 4-Mar-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1933 [5: 16-Jun-1933]
     Played the Bishop in The Bishop's Candlesticks at the Carnamah Repertory Club's 2nd Concert on 30 November 1933 [5: 1-Dec-1933]
On 17 July 1933 attended the American Gift Evening held in Carnamah in aid of the Carnamah Presbyterian Church [5: 21-Jul-1933]
Attended the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show at Maley Park in Coorow on Thursday 7 September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
Acting Coroner at the inquest held in Carnamah into the death of Elva Irene LEWIS on Wednesday 13 September 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
In early October 1933 two of his dogs died after an unknown person illegally poisoned dogs around Carnamah [5: 13-Oct-1933]
He was among those who attended the official opening of the East Marchagee Hall in Marchagee on 11 November 1933 [5: 17-Nov-1933]
One of the Costume Judges at the Children's Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 23 November 1933 [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Paid £3/12/- by the Carnamah District Road Board for killing five foxes and six fox cubs and helping control vermin in 1933-34 [300]
Member of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club - was President 1933-33 to 1936-37[5: 10-Mar-1933, 22-Sep-1933, 23-Aug-1935, 18-Sep-1936] [56]
     Presided over the Parkinson Tennis Club Presentation & Card Evening at the Church Hall in Carnamah on 3 July 1935 [5: 5-Jul-1935]
     Donated trophies which were competed for at a mixed doubles handicap tournament on Sunday 10 November 1935 [5: 15-Nov-1935]
Drove to Perth on 14 February 1934 with locals Amy GILES, Henry PARKIN and Robert PALFREYMAN as passengers [5: 16-Feb-1934]
Attended and made a speech at the Farewell to Miss Gladys M. DIXON at the Carnamah Hall on 22 March 1934 [5: 30-Mar-1934]
Vice President of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1934 [4: 1-Sep-1934]
Supported the successful application for naturalisation in 1934 of Italian born Antonino GIOFFRI of Carnamah [30: item 1103217]
In July 1934 spent a number of days in Perth on account of the ill health of his wife [4: 14-Jul-1934]
     On his return from Perth his daughter-in-law Nellie SMART and her daughter spent a holiday with him in Carnamah [4: 14-Jul-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Rushed to tell Douglas WALDBY his pharmacy in Carnamah was on fire at about 12:15 on Sunday 18 November 1934 [5: 23-Nov-1934]
Due to ill health left Carnamah in March 1935, however retained ownership and control of his general store [5: 29-Mar-1935, 12 & 19-Apr-1935]
Resided in Carnamah part time in 1935 [P113]
Travelled to Carnamah on 14 April 1935 and after staying about a month returned to Perth in mid May 1935 [5: 19-Apr-1935, 24-May-1935]
During the last weekend of June 1935 he once more returned to Carnamah [5: 5-Jul-1935]
In 1935 he advertised his Carnamah business on a weekly basis in The North Midland Times newspaper [5: 2 & 23 Aug-1935]
He was among those from Carnamah who travelled to Perth in October 1935 to attend the Royal Show [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Attended the Ratepayers Meeting of the Carnamah District Road Board in Carnamah on Wednesday 23 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the entertainment for the Commonwealth Grants Commission at the Coorow Hotel on 21 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
     Spoke at the entertainment that he was disappointed with the reception given to the Commonwealth Grants Commission [5]
     He thought they'd come about the disabilities faced by local farmers but were instead "surrounded by all the good things of life" [5]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Donated a trophy to the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1935, which was awarded to the winner of Ladies Handicap Singles [5: 6-Dec-1935]
After a brief absence arrived back in Carnamah accompanied by his daughter Joan on Saturday 14 December 1935 [5: 20-Dec-1935]
Returned to Carnamah on Wednesday 26 February 1936 after spending a week in Perth [5: 21 & 28-Feb-1936]
Attended the public meeting on the question of Saturday Afternoon Closing in Carnamah on Thursday 19 March 1936 [5: 27-Mar-1936]
     The proposition was to replace the half-day holiday on Thursday afternoons with a half-day holiday on Saturday afternoons [5]
     The driving force was some of the local sporting bodies, who wished to play their organised sport on Saturday instead of Sunday [5]
     It was suggested that shops could fill orders Saturday morning and leave them outside in boxes to be collected after sport [5]
     He explained the impracticality of the suggestion, as it would take the shop's all day to fill the orders, and they'd miss sport [5]
     Although he was against sport on Sundays he felt the proposal couldn't work owing to mail arriving by train Saturday evenings [5]
After spending two days in Perth he returned to Carnamah on Thursday evening 23 April 1936 [5: 24-Apr-1936]
Attended the Coorow Golf Club's Opening Day for the 1936 season in Coorow on Sunday 17 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Motored from the Carnamah to Perth on Monday 22 June 1936 [5: 26-Jun-1936]
Attended the Farewell Bridge Evening on 21 June 1936 for Tom & Johanna BERRIGAN who were leaving Carnamah [5: 26-Jun-1936]
     After the playing of bridge and supper he bid the guests farewell on behalf of those present, and presented the bridge prizes [5]
Travelled from Carnamah to Perth by train on Monday 13 July 1936, and returned to Carnamah on 22 July 1936 [5: 17 & 24-Jul-1936]
Played in the Carnamah Masonic Lodge's Inaugural Annual Golf Meeting in Carnamah on Saturday 1 August 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
At 1:30 a.m. on 22 November 1936 he telephoned the Carnamah Police Station reporting two men were fighting near his shop [88]
He motored from Carnamah to Perth on Tuesday 26 January 1937 [5: 29-Jan-1937]
After a residence of over eight years he left Carnamah and shifted to Perth on Monday 22 February 1937 [5: 26-Feb-1937]
     His general storekeeping business in Carnamah was purchased by Albert Rolfe WILSON in late March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
     Following its sale the general store was run under the name of "Smarts Popular Store" [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Resided of late in the Perth hills suburb of Mundaring [2]
Father of Jack, Garnet, Eileen and Joan [P5]
Died 24 August 1940; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Crematorium Rose Gardens, Rose Memorial, 2, 2) [2]


From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 5 October 1933:
Country Towns and Districts - Three Springs and Carnamah - Rich Pastoral and Wheat Lands - A Progressive Community
"Mr Andrew Smart, the town representative of the Carnamah Road Board for the past five years, is a Victorian by birth. Arriving in this State in the early 'nineties, his knowledge of mining conditions gained in his native Bendigo naturally attracted him to the auriferous belts of the Golden West, and finally he decided in 1905, to try his fortune at Day Dawn on the Murchison. On arrival at his destination, he decided to enter into business, rather than chase the "elusive weight". In his business affairs at Day Dawn he met with comparative success, and after spending ten years there, during which time he served as a member of the local road board for a period, he left the district to work a farming proposition that he had acquired in that part of the wheat belt known today as Mukinbudin. After devoting another five years to the farm, Mr Smart disposed of it and engaged in a commercial undertaking in Perth. Tiring of city life after nine years, he responded to the urge to return to the open spaces, and selected Carnamah as the scene of his activities. Soon after settling in Carnamah, he was elected to a seat on the road board as representative for the town ward, in which capacity he is now in his third term of office. Ever on the alert in the interests of the town and district, Mr Smart has well earned the reputation of being one of the progressive citizens of Carnamah. He is interested in sport and is a keen golfer, recently winning the Captain's cup. At the same meeting he had the pleasure of seeing his wife win a similar honour in the ladies' section of the club."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Andrew Smart' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 December 2018 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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