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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Archie / "Snowy" Arthur Willis George Alexander POTTS

Born 1903 in Albany, Western Australia [15]
Son of Willis John POTTS and Emily PENDEGAST [15]
Married "Edyna" Edna HUNTER in Perth in 1925 [66]
Along with his wife and daughter Shirley left Perth and shifted to Three Springs[144]
Referred to as the "expert" when assisting with the delivery of a 18/32 Case tractor to Woopenatty Station in Arrino in 1927 [144]
Motor Engineer in Three Springs in 1928, in Coorow 1929-1932 and in Three Springs 1932 onwards [4] [19]
Tractor Expert in Coorow in 1929 [4: 24-Aug-1929, 19-Oct-1929]
     Advertised for the overhauling or repairing of tractors of any make [4: 19-Oct-1929]
     Also the local agent in Coorow for Westralian Farmers in 1929, and was telephone number Coorow-11 [4: 29-Sep-1929]
     In later 1929 and 1930 worked as a Tractor Expert in Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs [4: 2-Nov-1929 & 4-Oct-1930]
     Representative for Westralian Farmers in Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs in 1930 [4: 4-Oct-1930]
In 1932 he was the owner of Lots 3 and 4 of M1640 in the Coorow townsite, the former lot containing a house [3]
Resided in Coorow until 1932, and then resided in Three Springs 1932-1960 [2] [3]
Proprietor of the Commercial Garage in Three Springs [4: 4-Mar-1933] [5: 25-Mar-1937] [262]
Attended the Anglican Church's Fancy Dress Ball held in Three Springs on 27 June 1929 from the "Queen Anne Period" [4: 6-Jul-1929]
Attended the Three Springs Football Club's Welcome Home Social for two newly wedded couples on 1 November 1929 [4: 9-Nov-1929]
Received a nasty blow to the face on 4 November 1929 when the lever of an elevator he was repairing flew up and hit him [4: 9-Nov-1929]
Attended the Masquerade Ball held in Coorow in aid of Hospital Funds in September 1930 dressed as a "Cave Man" [4: 13-Sep-1930]
Attended the evening dance at the Three Springs Hall after the R.S.L. Sports Day at Arrino on 5 November 1932 [5: 18-Nov-1932]
Attended the Farewell Evening tendered to local pioneer Mrs Blanche M. KOCH in Three Springs on 3 December 1932 [4: 10-Dec-1932]
Estimated damages done to his garage premises by floodwaters at £20 for 1932 and £5 for 1933 [5: 27-Oct-1933]
His wireless set (radio) supplied the music for the Bridge, Euchre Party and Dance in Three Springs on 3 June 1933 [5: 9-Jun-1933]
Attended the Official Opening of the Carnamah Golf Course at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 23 July 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
A meeting at his garage on 10 August 1933 resulted in the formation of Three Springs Ratepayers & Citizens Association [5: 18-Aug-1933]
His wireless was one of those used to provide music for the R.S.L. Ball held in Three Springs on 1 September 1933 [5: 18-Aug-1933]
In 1933 united with other garage proprietors in the North Midlands urging locals to purchase spare parts from local garages [5: 8-Sep-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Flannel Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 9 December 1933 [4: 16-Dec-1933]
On the evening of Thursday 15 March 1934 attended the Carnamah Race Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Member of the Three Springs Golf Club 1934-1946 - was President in 1946 [5: 1-Jun-1934, 7-Jun-1935, 15-May-1936] [4: 10-Aug-1946]
     He and Keith S. GLYDE won the Three Springs Golf Club's Men's Foursomes in 1934 [5: 9-Nov-1934]
Member the Three Springs Anglican Church Committee in 1934 [5: 3-Aug-1934]
One of the speakers at the Farewell tendered to Rev. Edward CHARD in Three Springs on Tuesday 31 July 1934 [5: 3-Aug-1934]
Attended the Back to Childhood & Nursery Rhyme Ball held in Three Springs on 6 November 1934 as "Little Boy Blue" [5: 9-Nov-1934]
After spending two weeks in Three Springs his parents returned to Mount Lawley on Tuesday 4 February 1936 [5: 7-Feb-1936]
Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1936 and 1937 [5: 12-Jun-1936, 26-Feb-1937]
In April 1936 he and Alfred HUNTER built target machines for the Three Springs Rifle Club's rifle range [5: 24-Apr-1936]
Competitor in the Billiard Tournament held in Three Springs in May 1936 to raise funds for the Hospital in Three Springs [5: 15-May-1936]
Attended and competed at the Official Opening of the Three Springs Rifle Club's rifle range on Thursday 23 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Miss POTTS of Perth spent a holiday staying with he and his wife in Three Springs during September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
He was among those from Three Springs who travelled to Perth in early October 1936 for the Royal Show [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Travelled from Three Springs to Dongara on 10 December 1936 to attend the break-up of the Dominican Ladies College [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Winner of Bridge at the Card Party at the home of Douglas THOMSON in Three Springs on Tuesday 27 April 1937 [5: 30-Apr-1937]
Motored to Perth with his daughter on 7 May 1937 and returned on 9 May 1937 with his wife and sister Joan POTTS [5: 14-May-1937]
Attended the Official Opening of the Nurse's Quarters in Three Springs on Friday afternoon 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
     Drove his Chevrolet sedan car decorated in wildflowers in the novelty procession to the opening, which "added attraction" [5]
Advertised his business in the schedule for the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1939 [262]
     In 1939 his Commercial Garage in Three Springs was stated to be "the most up-to-date garage in the Midlands" [262]
In addition to running the garage he was also a commission agent for Sydney Atkinson Motors, [262]
     Chevrolet cars and trucks and Buick cars, Winterbottom Motor Company - Case tractors, [262]
     Coventry Motor Replacements Ltd., M. J. Bateman - Electrical Specialists and the Queensland Assurance Company [262]
Form his garage he sold petrol, oil, tyres, tubes, spare parts and batteries[262]
Attended the Farewell Social & Dance held for Vincent & May TIPPETT in Three Springs on Monday 28 July 1941 [4: 2-Aug-1941]
Speaker at the Valedictory Social & Dance for Rev. Charles and Mrs Hilda WALSH in Three Springs on 11 May 1942 [4: 16-May-1942]
His garage boasted an oxywelding plant and recharged batteries and "the most modern equipment North of Perth for Car Service" [262]
His garage was telephone number Three Springs-14 in 1939 however by 1947 had changed to number Three Springs-214 [262]
Casket-bearer at the funeral of Mrs Fanny Jane BRIMSON of TS at the Three Springs Cemetery on 29 April 1946 [4: 4-May-1946]
Speaker at the Farewell Social for Alex & Claire BROWN at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on 3 August 1946 [4: 10-Aug-1946]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1946 [13]
Financial Member of the Three Springs Agricultural Society in 1946 and 1947 [262]
Served on the North Midlands Anglican Church Vestry 1946-1949 [167]
In 1947 he was an agent for Dodge cars and trucks, Austin cars, Case tractors, Coventry Motor Replacements, [262]
     A.M.P. Society, Queensland Insurance, Catstrol oil and grease, Goodyear Tyre Co. and "West Australian" Reporter [262]
PO Box 9 at the Three Springs Post Office [262]
Speaker at the Valedictory Social for stationmaster Herbert E. REYNOLDS in Three Springs during November 1949 [4: 19-Nov-1949]
Foundation Committee Member of the North Midlands St. John Ambulance Sub-Centre in 1952 [0: image 04696]
Could be the A. POTTS who was a member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1958 [4: 11-Jul-1958]
Resided in Three Springs until his death in 1960 [2]
Killed in a go-cart accident on the golf course in Three Springs [144]
Father of Shirley [144]
Died 14 November 1960; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Crematorium Rose Gardens, S, 15) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Arthur Willis George Alexander Potts' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 20 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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