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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Charlie" Arthur Charles NINEHAM

Born 30 January 1887 in Corfe Castle, Dorset, England [P244]
Son of shepherd "George" Alfred George NINEHAM and Emma Grace STILES [20] [21]
Resided with his parents and brothers at Sandyhills in Corfe Castle, Dorset, England and in 1901 was a "Shepherd Boy" [20]
Served three years and nine months in the 21st Battalion in Dorset, England [30: item 7991207]
Departed London, England on the steamship Ormuz and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 30 May 1911 [70]
He spent some time in Western Australia gold prospecting [7: page 64]
Farmhand on Wellington Orchard in Ferguson via Dardanup in 1915 [30: item 7991207] [50]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Blackboy Hill on 8 February 1916[30: item 7991207]
     He had successfully applied to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force at Bunbury on 15 January 1916 [30]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed 143 pounds with grey eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916 [30]
     Private 5160 in the 16th Reinforcements of the Australian Imperial Force's 16th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     In France he was awarded the Military Medal on 31 October 1917 and was promoted to Corporal on 18 December 1917 [30]
     Promoted to Sergeant on 7 September 1918; and also served for a time in France with the 13th Tunnelling Battalion [30]
     Returned to Australia on the steamship Breman, arriving in Fremantle, Western Australia on 18 July 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 30 August 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
He and his brother Herbert purchased 1,889 acres of virgin land in Billeroo, East Winchester on 5 March 1923 [27]
     The 1,889 acres were purchased from the Midland Railway Company for £1606/15/9 (17/- per acte), payable by instalments [27]
Farmer in Billeroo, East Winchester in partnership with his brother Herbert as "Nineham Bros" 1923-1940 [P244]
     In March 1925 they became owners of separate parts of the farm - he took the northern portion and his brother the southern [27]
     He paid cash for the balance of the northern potion on 31 March 1925, while his brother still owed £552/2/4 on his portion [27]
     Even though they owned different parts of the farm and paid individual rates they continued to farm in partnership [3] [6]
     They had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and general repairers Henry Parkin & Son in 1929 and 1930 [53]
     In 1932 they owned a Chevrolet truck registered with the Carnamah District Road Board with license plate CA-255 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
     They made a donation to the Carnamah Country Women's Association to aid them in buying premises in 1932 [5: 29-Jul-1932]
     With a plot of Merredin wheat came 5th in the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's 1932 50-acre crop competition [5: 20-Jan-1933]
     Reported in June 1933 they had lost and would give a reward for a cow and one year old calf with brand 7AR [5: 9-Jun-1933]
     After being missing for some time the cow and calf were found in August 1933, and had been shot [5: 18-Aug-1933]
     The local newspaper revealed on 25 August 1933 that goods for them had arrived at the Carnamah railway station [5: 25-Aug-1933]
     Sold some of their cattle to Carnamah butcher W. Frederick LEE in 1933 [5: 21-Jul-1933]
     In October 1933 they received the excellent price of 15/4 for 79 lambs sold at the Midland Market [5: 13-Oct-1933]
     The local newspaper revealed on 1 June 1934 that a parcel had arrived for him at the Carnamah Railway Station [5: 1-Jun-1934]
     During January 1935 sold nine bales of wool for 12d. per pound and seven bales for 10½d. per pound [5: 1-Feb-1935]
     Purchased a 10 disc Sundercut from local H. V. McKay Massey Harris agent O. S. SOWERBY in September 1935 [5: 6-Sep-1935]
     The Goodyear Rubber Company gave a demonstration of a pneumatic tyred tractor on their farm in September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
     Sold four bales of wool at 17d. and seven bales at 16d. per pound through Elder Smith & Co Ltd in December 1935 [5: 20-Dec-1935]
     Sold 33 sheep through Elder Smith & Co Ltd on 15 April 1936 - 5 wethers at 19/7, 1 ewe at 12/-, 27 ewes at 17/10 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
     On 21 October 1936 sold 55 wethers (31 at 15/10, 24 at 14/10) through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market [5: 23-Oct-1936]
     Sold 62 wethers (23 at 29/7, 39 at 28/4) through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on 16 June 1937 [5: 18-Jun-1937]
     They had PO Box 1 at the Carnamah Post Office [5: 9-Jun-1933]
     In 1939 they obtained the telephone and were telephone number Carnamah-12G from 1939 to 1954 [60]
Married "May" Florence May GRIMM in Perth in 1928 [66]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Mary POOLE of Winchester at the Winchester Cemetery on 22 December 1933 [4: 6-Jan-1934]
During the year 1934 dingoes killed approximately sixty of his lambs and several sheep within a few months [5: 29-Jun-1934]
Travelled from Carnamah to Perth by train on Monday 23 July 1934 to meet his brother who was returning from England [5: 27-Jul-1934]
     After spending a week in Perth himself and his brother Herbert returned to Carnamah on Saturday 28 July 1934 [5: 3-Aug-1934]
Attended Charlie OLSON's Surprise 70th Birthday at Lou JOHANSEN's farm on Thursday 17 January 1935 [5: 25-Jan-1935]
Member of the Carnamah branch of the Wheatgrowers Union in 1936 [5: 17-Jan-1936]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Along with his wife and daughter travelled from Carnamah to Perth on Thursday 12 March 1936 [5: 13-Mar-1936, 30-Oct-1936]
     Departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the Hobsons Bayon Saturday 21 March 1936 for an extended holiday in England [5]
     Arrived on the steamship Hobsons Bay in Southampton, England on 20 April 1936 and then proceeded to Corfe Castle, Dorset [204]
     Departed London, England on the steamship Orontes and arrived back in Fremantle, Western Australia on 27 October 1936 [63]
He was among those from Billeroo who spent a few weeks over February and March 1937 holidaying at the coast at Cliff Head [5]
     Others included his brother Herbert, Frank E. BRADLEY, H. Harold S. FOWLER and C. Darby O'GRADY [5: 12-Mar-1937]
Vice President of the Billeroo Cricket Club in 1938 [0: image 03778]
In 1940 shifted to the Perth suburb of East Cannington, leaving his brother Herbie to run the farm in Carnamah [P244]
Resided in Crawford Street in the Perth suburb of East Cannington in 1940 [61]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1946 [13]
By 1950 was living in Edeline Street in the Perth suburb of Spearwood [61]
Himself and his wife departed Fremantle on the steamship Strathnaver and arrived in London, England on 8 April 1958 [204]
     They stayed in England for six months during which time their address was Hosbury near Marlborough in Wiltshire, England [204]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Coogee [2]
Father of Edith [P244]
Died 13 May 1966; ashes interred Fremantle Cemetery, Perth suburb of Palmyra (Niche Wall D, 43) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Arthur Charles Nineham' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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