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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Gus" Augustus ATKINSON

Born 19 April 1906 in Geraldton, Western Australia [16]
Son of John ATKINSON and Rose DREWETT [15] [P89]
Grew up on Oakabella Farm in Howatharra between Northampton and Geraldton[P55]
Educated at state schools in Geraldton, Northampton and Isseka [P55]
Farmed with his brothers on Oakabella Farm in Howatharra before shifting to Winchester [P55]
On 26 July 1926 his brother "Jack" John ATKINSON purchased Cecil B. O'NEILL's 1,300 acre farm in Winchester [27]
The 1,300 acres was Lot M1601 of Victoria Location 2023 situated on the south side of the Winchester East Road [27]
By 1929 he and his brother "Jim" James William ATKINSON had shifted to their brother Jack's farm in Winchester [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Farmer in Winchester in partnership with his two brothers as "Atkinson Bros" [19] [P55]
He and Jim resided on and ran the farm in Winchester while Jack resided on and farmed Oakabella Farm in Howatharra [P55]
In the 1938-39 financial year he and Jim began leasing an adjoining 3,362 acres in Winchester [3] [34]
The 3,362 acres was Lot M1792 of Victoria Location 2023 and was leased from the Midland Railway Company [3] [34]
On 8 August 1945 he and his brothers Jack and Jim purchased the 3,362 acres that they had been leasing for about six years [27]
They purchased the 3,363 acres from the Midland Railway Company for £1176/14/- (7/- an acre), payable by instalments [27]
Annually they dipped their sheep on Charles CHAPMAN's Elouera Farm in Winchester [P55]
Attended the Euchre Party and Dance held in Winchester on Saturday 10 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Member in 1933-34 and Vice Captain in 1934-35 and 1935-36 of the Winchester Tennis Club [5: 1-Dec-1933, 31-Aug-1934, 30-Aug-1935]
Paid a £1 Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board on 13 December 1934 for killing two foxes [300: page 42]
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]
On Saturday 12 May 1934 attended the Carnamah Football Club's Grand Opening Ball at the Carnamah Hall [5: 18-May-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Roman Catholic Church's Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 26 May 1934 [5: 1-Jun-1934]
Badly injured his knee after being thrown from his motorbike while driving from the farm to Winchester on 13 June 1934 [5: 15-Jun-1934]
Attended the Party at the home of William & Susan PETHICK on Petan Farm in Winchester on Saturday 14 July 1934 [5: 20-Jul-1934]
Competitor in the Parkinson Tennis Club's Open Championship Tournament in Carnamah on Tuesday 1 January 1935 [5: 21-Dec-1934]
Also competed in the Parkinson Tennis Club's New Year Tennis Tournament in Carnamah on Wednesday 1 January 1936 [5: 3-Jan-1936]
Played for the combined Winchester-Waddy-Coorow tennis team against Carnamah-Parkinson on Sunday 5 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
Member of the Coorow Football Club in 1936 and 1937 [5: 22-May-1936, 28-May-1937]
Attended the Farewell Social for George & Ester MULLIGAN at Marathon Farm in Winchester on Thursday 25 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Member of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club in 1936-37 [5: 18-Dec-1936]
Member of the Billeroo Cricket Club in 1936-37 [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Competitor in the Parkinson Tennis Club's Tennis Tournament held in Carnamah on New Year's Day 1 January 1937 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Competed in the Carnamah Tennis Club's Easter Tennis Tournament at Centenary Park in Carnamah in March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1940-41 [4: 29-Mar-1941]
Enlisted in the Australian Army in the Perth suburb of Claremont on 9 April 1941 [16]
Corporal WX11613 in the Australian Army's 7th Australian Docks Operating Company during the Second World War [16]
Discharged from the Australian Army on 30 November 1945 [16]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1946 [13]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Winchester farmer Thomas LAWSON on 26 August 1947 at the Winchester Cemetery [5: 5-Sep-1947]
Also a pallbearer at the funeral of Winchester farmer Charles Brazier BURN at the Winchester Cemetery on 21 September 1947 [5]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1949 [0: image 02992]
Travelled to the Winchester Siding once a week to purchase supplies from the Winchester General Store [P55]
In April 1963 he and his brothers sold their 4,662 acre farm in Winchester to Arthur T. DAVIES [P271]
He and his brother Jim retired to Little Anchorage in Leeman [19] where they had a couple of crayfish boats [P55]
Died 28 February 1977; buried at the Utakarra Cemetery in Geraldton, Western Australia [26]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Augustus Atkinson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 16 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/augustus-atkinson [sources]




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