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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Anster" Anstruther Pavy TUCKER

Born 12 October 1891 in Langhorne Creek, South Australia [P219]
Son of John TUCKER and "Louise" Sarah Louise Jane PAVY [P219]
Named Anstruther after the village of the same name in Fife, Scotland and his middle name was his mother's maiden surname [P219]
Shifted with his parents and two brothers from South Australia to Western Australia in 1901 [5: 27-Oct-1939]
Educated at Scotch College in the Perth suburb of Claremont [P219]
In 1916 he was working as a Surveyors Assistant and residing at 90 Coghlan Road in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [18]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 12 February 1916 [30: item 8394927]
     He had previously been rejected as unfit for service on the grounds of his teeth [30]
     On enlistment he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed 143 pounds, and had grey eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion [30]
     Gave his next of kin as his father John TUCKER, whose address was also 90 Coghlan Road in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [30]
     At the Blackboy Hill military camp on 14 September 1916 he was appointed to the 5th Reinforcements of the 51st Battalion [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A66 Uganda on 20 September 1916 [30]
     Disembarked in Plymouth, England on 15 November 1916 and on 12 December proceeded to France on the S.S. Arundel [30]
     Private 2523 in the Australian Imperial Force's 51st Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Hospitalised in France on 15 April 1917 with a septic foot, and on 22 April 1917 was returned to England on a hospital ship [30]
     After treatment in England he returned to France on 10 January 1918, and rejoined the 51st Battalion on 18 January 1918 [30]
     He was appointed Lance Corporal in France on 15 May 1918, and promoted to Corporal on 21 October 1918 [30]
     Granted leave with pay from 11 June 1918 to 11 September 1918 to work for engineer and surveyor Owen BAINES [30]
     Admitted to the 2nd Scottish General Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland with influenza on 25 October 1918, while on leave [30]
     Embarked London, England on the Pakeha and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 16 November 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 13 December 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Surveyor on the Mount Hawthorn reservoir in Perth [P219]
      Also worked on projects to do with Hyde Park, Perth sewerage, Swan River, Wellington Street and Rokeby Road drainage [P219]
Farmer of Yarra Yarra Farm in Carnamah, Western Australia 1920-1952 [P219]
     Soldier Settler on 784 acres of farmland on the Repatriation Department's Yarra Yarra Estate in Carnamah [P219]
     His 784 acres was Victoria Location 6925 situated on the west side of the railway line between Carnamah and Winchester [44] [62]
In 1920 and early 1921 farmed in partnership with L. Roy TIMMINGS, who had settled on the adjacent Victoria Location 6926 [P219]
     Himself and Roy lived in a stone cottage on his farm, which had years earlier been the home of the MACPHERSON family [P219]
     During harvest a grass seed entered Roy's ear, which resulted in his death at the age of 29 years on 20 January 1921 [9: 11-Mar-1921]
     Roy's farmland in Carnamah was inherited and owned by his mother until she sold it to Reginald M. DIAMOND in 1923 [44] [P276]
Farmed in Carnamah in partnership with "Reg" Reginald M. DIAMOND as "Diamond & Tucker" from 1923 to 1927 [44] [60] [P276]
     They farmed their collective 2,127 acres - his 754 acre Victoria Location 6925 and Reg's 1,343 acre Victoria Location 6926 [44]
     By 1925 they had obtained the telephone, and were telephone number Carnamah-9N [60]
     Following his marriage in 1926 and Reg's in 1927 they dissolved their partnership and farmed their respective farmland [P276]
Married "Dorrie" Victoria Doris MCNAMARA in Moora on 24 June 1926 [P219]
     Met Dorrie when she was in Carnamah visiting her brother Harry, who was manager and part owner of the Carnamah Hotel [P219]
     In about 1925 at a local football match in pouring rain he was knocked, fell and broke his leg right in front of Dorrie [P219]
     She rushed out with her umbrella to shelter him, and so began a friendship they eventually led to their marriage [P219]
     Upon their return to Carnamah after their wedding they received a reception at the Carnamah Hall on 3 July 1926 [9: 9-Jul-1926]
     At the reception he was presented with "a handsome cheuqe" which it was said "goes far to show his popularity" [9]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club - was Captain in 1921 and 1926 [10: 6-May-1921] [4: 21-Aug-1926]
Motored to Moora with Donald MACPHERSON to attend the Race Meeting in Moora on Tuesday 14 March 1922 [10: 17-Mar-1922]
In September 1924 he broke his shoulder after the horse he was riding stumbled and threw him [9: 5-Sep-1924]
At the Carnamah Football Club's Grand Ball held on 30 April 1927 he was announced the Club's Best All Round Player [4: 7-May-1927]
In October 1928 purchased an 8 foot Monitor windmill from local agent Charles ROBERTSON [4: 3-Nov-1928]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1928 [4: 10-Mar-1928]
Telephone number Carnamah-9B from 1928 to 1931, when he had the telephone disconnected [60]
Awarded 2nd prize for Three Fat Lambs exhibited at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Sold four bales of wool at 11d. per pound through Westralian Farmers Ltd at the Perth Wool Sale on 18 October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son from the 1920s to the 1940s [53]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Primary Producers' Association - was Chairman in 1930 [4: 18-Oct-1930]
In September 1930 he had a visit in Carnamah from his parents [4: 13-Sep-1930]
Pallbearer at the funeral of 11 month old Thomas Brian SOMERS of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 7 December 1931 [4]
Committee Member 1931-1952 and Financial Member 1932-1958 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [4: 25-Apr-1931] [13] [58]
In 1932 was the owner of a Chevrolet car with license plate CA-388 [4: 12-Nov-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]
Patron of the Carnamah Football Club in 1933, 1934 and 1935 [5: 21-Jul-1933, 20-Apr-1934, 19-Apr-1935]
Represented Carnamah at meetings of the North Midlands Football Association in 1933 and 1934 [5: 21-Jul-1933, 13-Apr-1934]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 20 October 1933, and was Worshipful Master in 1942 [96] [153]
Steward in Charge of the Vegetable section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Shows from 1933 to 1947 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association 1934-1936 [4: 13-Jan-1934] [5: 12-Jun-1936]
In August 1934 purchased a new 10-disc Sundercut from the Sunshine Agency in Carnamah [5: 31-Aug-1934]
One day while he and his family were on holidays his workman fixed the attachment to poison rabbits to the back of his cart [P7]
     The poison was a mixture of bran and pollard and as the wheel turned it dobbed little baits out [P7]
     His workman failed to clean the cart down afterwards and a couple of cows licked the spilt bait on the spring cart [P7]
     The local vet came out, while he was still away, and believed it was the feed so the cows were killed and his haystack burnt [P7]
In 1934 was one of seven members in a committee formed to establish a Bush Fire Brigade in Carnamah [4: 13-Jan-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
With a Bencubbin wheat plot came 5th in the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's 50 acre crop competition in 1934 [5: 21-Dec-1934]
In January 1935 sold five bales of wool through Dalgety & Co for 10d. per pound[5: 1-Feb-1935]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club 1935-1937 [5: 24-May-1935, 15-May-1936] [4: 7-Aug-1937]
In early November 1935 his parents spent a few days in Carnamah prior to his father's departure for Singapore and Java [5: 8-Nov-1935]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League [52]
Sold 68 lambs at 12/2 per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 23 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Sold 81 lambs at 14/1 per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 8 January 1936 [5: 10-Jan-1936]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Sold 47 lambs at 15/5 per head and 6 hoggets at 15/- per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd on Wednesday 4 March 1936 [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Won the Guessing Weight of Sheep at the R.S.L. Easter Sports Meeting in Carnamah on Monday 13 April 1936 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Played in the Carnamah Masonic Lodge's Inaugural Annual Golf Meeting in Carnamah on Saturday 1 August 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Sold 36 lambs at 22/1 and 34 (16 at 24/7, 18 at 19/4 per head) through Elder Smith & Co Ltd on 26 August 1936 [5: 28-Aug-1936]
After an extended holiday himself, his wife and their daughters returned to Carnamah on Saturday 30 January 1937 [5: 5-Feb-1937]
Sold 8 wethers at 14/4, 3 hoggets at 13/10, 2 lambs at 13/10, 27 ewes at 10/7 through Dalgety & Co Ltd in early 1937 [5: 12-Feb-1937]
Himself, his wife and their daughters motored to Perth on 18 April 1937 to visit his father who wasn't in the best of health [5: 23-Apr-1937]
On 1 August 1945 purchased 254 acres of adjoining farmland from the Estate of the Late John LEASK [3]
     The 254 acres was a Portion of Victoria Location 6923, which was later resurveyed as Victoria Location 9777 [3]
     The acquisition of the 254 acres took his farm up to a total of 1,038 acres [3]
Steward of the Vegetable section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Victory Show on 13 September 1945 [13]
Officially welcomed home Carnamah's servicemen and women at the Welcome Home Ball held on 15 December 1945 [7: page 48]
By 1947 he'd had the telephone reconnected and was telephone number Carnamah-28[60]
Chief Steward of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in Centenary Park, Carnamah on 10 September 1949 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association in 1951 [0: image 04612]
Owing to ill-health himself and his wife Dorrie left Carnamah in 1952 and shifted to Perth [12: 24-Mar-1952] [P219]
On leaving the district he had his Yarra Yarra Farm in Carnamah managed by Bertram L. and Patricia M. MARTIN [P219]
He was made a Life Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society at their meeting held on 26 March 1954 [58]
During the 1954-55 financial year sold his 1,038 acres of farmland in Carnamah to HAIG Bros [3]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of North Perth [2]
Father of Joan and Betty [P219]
Died 6 June 1965 in Perth; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, ZF, 317) [2] [P219]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 27 October 1939:
Obituary - Death of Mr. John Tucker
"The death occurred on Friday of last week of Mr. John Tucker who was for many years headmaster at Thomas street State school, Subiaco. He was one of the founders of the Young Australia League and was prominently connected with the work of the Methodist Church. He was 75 years of age last week. The late Mr. Tucker was born in Victoria and was educated in South Australia where he joined the Education Department as a young man. In 1901 he came to this State to join the Education Department as headmaster of the Lake View School. In 1904 he was transferred to Thomas street School and remained there until his retirement in 1928, when he had completed 50 years' unbroken record as a teacher. Always keenly interested in Australian football, the late Mr. Tucker did a great deal of work in promoting the game in the State schools and in recognition of his efforts he was made an honorary life member of the West Australian National Football League. Until a few weeks ago he regularly attended the big football matches in Perth. In 1906 Mr. Tucker, the late Mr. A. R. Hocking and Mr. J. J. Simons formed the Young Australia Football League. From this organisation the Young Australia League was later formed and Mr. Tucker was first president of the Y.A.L., holding that office for five years. In 1924 Mr. Tucker went to Europe as an officer of the Y.A.L. and was received by King George V and Queen Mary. Since his retirement from the Education Department he spent practically all his time doing work for the Y.A.L, in the different States his last job being in Queensland two years ago. The late Mr. Tucker was prominent in Methodist Church circles in this State, being a lay preacher for a number of years. He also attended a number of triennial Methodist conferences in different States. The late Mr. Tucker is survived by a widow and three sons, including Mr. A. P. Tucker, of Carnamah."


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




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