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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Ben" Benjamin James ACKLEY

Born 1902 in Fremantle, Western Australia [15]
Son of Benjamin ACKLEY and Louisa GENONI [15]
Married (1) Lola Ellen WILSON in 1926 [66]
Labourer in Broomehill 1925-1931 [50]
Farmer in Arrino 1934-1962 [6] [19]
Member of the Arrino Tennis Club from 1934-35 to 1936-37 [5: 25-Jan-1935, 20-Nov-1936]
Won the consolation prize for Bridge at the Card Party held at the home Mrs TURNER in Arrino on 7 August 1935 [5: 9-Aug-1935]
While carting hay on his property in Arrino in October 1935 a small piece of straw entered his eye [5: 8-Nov-1935]
     He travelled to Perth and received treatment, including an operation, at the Saint John of God Hospital in Subiaco [5]
     With the operation a success and the hope of his sight being saved he was discharged from hospital on 5 November 1935 [5]
     Following his discharge from hospital he remained in Perth for a fortnight for observation [5]
Represented the Arrino Tennis Club in their lost cricket match against the Arrino Cricket Club on 13 December 1936 [5: 18-Dec-1936]
Attended the funeral of Arrino resident Mrs Ellen DEE at the Three Springs Cemetery on 16 August 1939 [4: 19-Aug-1939]
His yards were used by Goldsbrough Mort & Company's for sheep sales in 1939 and 1941 [86: 26-Ocy-1939, 10-Jul-1941]
Member of Three Springs Tennis Club in 1946 [5: 5-Apr-1946]
Member of Arrino Tennis Club from 1946-1947 to 1949-50 [5:13-Dec-1946, 19-Dec-1947, 16-Apr-1948, 1-Dec-1949]
He and his daughter Irene won a waltzing competition at the Trotting Ball held at the Embassy in Perth in 1949 [81: 4-Sep-1949]
Married (2) Ivy Ethel FORMBY in Perth in 1949 [66]
Exhibited some of his sheep at the Three Springs Agricultural Show held on 24 September 1949 [5: 6-Oct-1949]
     He won 1st for WA bred Ram over 1½ Years of Fine or Medium Wool; and 2nd for WA bred Ram over 1½ Years of Strong Wool [5]
In June 1953 he was awarded £120 damages for an unfinished job by Darling Range Boring Contractors in June 1953 [39: 26-Jun-1953]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Attadale [2]
Father of Michael, Irene and Maurice [39: 25-Jul-1946]
Died 28 April 1978; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth (EC Section, Garden of Remembrance, 18, 32) [2]

From The Geraldton Guardian and Express, Thursday 26 October 1939:
Arrino Market
Goldsbrough, Mort and Company Limited report having conducted a sheep sale in Mr B.J. Ackley’s yards at Arrino on Wednesday, when they yarded and sold 1,850 sheep. There was a good attendance of buyers from the Midland and Wongan Hills lines and areas as far apart as Geraldton and Moora. The quality of the yarding was good, comprising a number of  fresh lines of young wethers and weaners, which met with steady competition throughout the day, resulting in a total clearance at late rates, Quotations: - Ewes, 4, 6 and sound full mouth, good frames, excellent condition, 21/-; ewes, 4, 6 and sound moth with odd faulty mouths, good frames and condition, 14/10, 16/-, 17/7; aged ewes, in good order, 9/7, 12/1, 12/4; Dorset cross ewe lambs, small line, fairly well grown, 13/3; Merino wethers, mainly 2, 4 and 6 tooth, forward to fat, good frames, 12/9, 13/6, 14/6 and 15/-; rougher types, to full mouth, in fair condition, 12/9; Merino weaners, mixed sexes, small, 10/9; wether weaners, well grown, sappy types, 9/4, 11/1, 12/1."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Benjamin James Ackley' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 4 July 2022 from [reference list]

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