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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


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Arthur Thorndike DAVIES

Born 11 April 1925 in Manjimup, Western Australia [P271]
Son of George Edward DAVIES and Dorothy Frances SHEPHERD [P271]
Educated at the Manjimup Primary School 1932-1938 and then at Bunbury High School 1939-1941 [P271]
Shifted with his parents to Glen Forest in 1941 where he worked in a car sales yard and on his uncle's farm [P271]
Resided at Darlington prior to enlisting in the Royal Australian Navy on 14 January 1943 [16]
     Telegrapher T4829 on the Royal Australian Navy's H.M.A.S. Leeuwin during the Second World War [16]
     He was trained as a wireless operator in Melbourne and served in Australian waters at Fremantle, Melbourne and Darwin [P271]
     Also served in Northern Waters near Darwin, Papua New Guinea, Thursday Island and the Torres Straight [P271]
     Discharged from the Royal Australian Navy on 16 May 1946[16]
After the war worked on farms and then as a farmhand for Milton ISBISTER in Moora for two years [P271]
Then shifted to Morawa where for two years he worked carting with his Army Blitz truck and share-farming [P271]
From Morawa shifted to Sherwood Farm in Bindi Bindi, which he share-farmed for six years [P271]
While share-farming Sherwood also share-farmed 1200 acres with Alf and Pat EWARS in Morawa in 1957 and 1958 [P271]
Purchased Sherwood Farm in Bindi Bindi in 1960 and sold it in 1961 [P271]
Arrived in Coorow on 11 April 1962 and share-farmed Bronte and Betty WALDECK's Turipa Farm in 1962-63 [P271]
In April 1963 purchased ATKINSON Bros' 4,663 acre farm in Winchester which he named Tandara, meaning "Camp Here" [P271]
The farm consisted of Lots M1601 and M1792 of Victoria Location 2023 on the south side of the Winchester East Road [3] [62]
Farmer of Tandara Farm in Winchester from 1963 [P271]
On purchase there was only a single cement brick house on the farm which had no verandahs, bathroom, laundry or water [P271]
In 1968-69 a new house was built on the farm by T. & M. OGILBY, which had been designed by his sister Helen KOZUH [P271]
The original house bounded the Winchester East Road while the new house was on the boundary with the Billeroo-Coorow Road [P271]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club from 1963 until its closure [P271]
Member of Coorow's branch of the Returned Soldiers League - served as Treasurer for a number of years [P271]
In 1975, at the age of 50, he learned how to fly in Perth, Northam and on his farm in Winchester [P271]
Purchased a Tiger Moth VH-SHH, the only aircraft he ever wanted, and had a shed and airstrips built in the middle of his farm [P271]
In 1987 purchased from Glen LANE the 3,100 acre Bowhill Farm on the Carnamah-Bunjil Road in Carnamah [P271]
They let John and Marge BOWMAN have the name Bowhill and re-named the farm Yalanga (which means "Over There") [P271]
After the Coorow branch of the R.S.L. closed he was a member of the Three Springs branch of the Returned Soldiers League [P271]
Husband of Inez [P271]
Father of Christine, Brenda, Michael and Richard [P271]
Died 19 February 2004; buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia (Row X, Plot 9) [1]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Arthur Thorndike Davies' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 7 August 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/arthur-thorndike-davies [sources]




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