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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Locke" Avon Roy Mitchell ROWLAND

Born 9 July 1907 in Irwin, Western Australia [16]
Son of Frederick Charles ROWLAND and Sophia MITCHELL [P80]
Resided with his parents in Irwin [84]
His father had wanted to call him Lockyer, but didn't get his way, however he ended up being known as Locke [142]
He was baptised by Horace FAULL of the Wesley Manse in Dongara on 13 October 1907 [84]
On 13 July 1925 his mother purchased 980 acres of virgin land in Carnamah from the Midland Railway Company [27]
The 980 acres was Lot M1567 of Victoria Location 1937 and became known as Wyulda Farm [27] [P80]
Farmer of Wyulda Farm in Carnamah in partnership with his brothers Mick and Harry [P80]
Won two 1st prizes in the Ring Events section of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1927 [9: 21-Oct-1927]
Won the Flag Race, Gretna Green Race and Obstacle Race at the Carnamah Show & Sports Carnival on 4 October 1928 [4: 13-Oct-1928]
Attended the Euchre Party and Dance held in Winchester on Saturday 10 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Won the Gretna Green and came 2nd in the Flag Race and Obstacle Race at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1929-30 [4: 23-Nov-1929]
Saw in the new year of 1930 with the singing of Auld Lang Syne at the Church of England's Dance at the Carnamah Hall [86: 4-Jan-1930]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Race Club in 1930 [4: 21-Dec-1929]
Had a joint account with his brother Mick with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and repairers Henry Parkin & Son in 1930 [53]
Attended the Ball in Carnamah in aid of the local Roman Catholic Church's building fund on Thursday 24 May 1930 [4: 31-May-1930]
Awarded the trophy for the most successful competitor in the Ring Events at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
     Won the Trotting Race, won the Gretna Green with his brother Mick, and won the Relay Race with his brother Harry [4]
Won the Gent's Hunter in the Horse Events at the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 22 September 1932 [5: 30-Sep-1932]
Attended the Dance conducted by the Carnamah Toc H at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 24 February 1934 [5: 2-Mar-1934]
Won 2nd prize for Tilting at the Ring and the Flag Race in the Ring Events of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
For a period he left Carnamah and worked on Thundelarra Station near Yalgoo in the Murchison [142]
Married (1) Elsie Charlotte DUNN in Perth in July 1936 [5] [66]
His best man at his wedding was his brother, Carnamah farmer "Mick" Michael R. ROWLAND [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Himself and his wife resided in Field's Find until shifting to Carnamah in August 1936 [5: 21-Aug-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1936 [5: 5-Jun-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social including three plays at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Resided in Carnamah until 1937 [50]
After leaving Carnamah resided at 12 Carson Street in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park in 1937 [50]
In 1943 was working as a Machine Hand and living at 253 Heytesbury Road in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [50]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Subiaco prior to enlisting in the Australian Army on 5 January 1943 [16]
     Private WX36351 in the Australian Army's 109 Brigade Ordnance Field Park AAOC during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 2 January 1946 [16]
After the war he continued to live at 253 Heytesbury Road in the Perth suburb of Subiaco while working as a Machine Hand [50]
He wished to move to somewhere in the country while his wife wanted to stay in Perth, so they divorced [P214]
By the late 1940s he was farming in Corrigin, where he met Beth JACKSON [P214]
Married (2) "Beth" Elizabeth JACKSON on 7 January 1961 at the Methodist Church in the Perth suburb of Como [P214]
Purchased a farm on Lindesay Road in Denmark in 1962, which required clearing and developing [P214]
Resided in Corrigin until 1972 when they left and moved to Denmark [P214]
Father of June, John, Brett, Lois and Diana [142]
Died from cancer on 24 September 1980 at the Denmark Hospital; buried Denmark Cemetery, Denmark WA [P214]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Avon Roy Mitchell Rowland' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 August 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/avon-roy-mitchell-rowland [sources]




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