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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Charlie" / "Pop" Carl Friederich Wilhelm KROSCHEL

Born 23 June 1874 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia [P1]
Son of farmer and carpenter "Gottlieb" Johann Gottlieb KROSCHEL and "Martha" Karoline Sophia Martha SCHELLACK [P1]
His parents were both born in Prussia and had immigrated to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on the sailing ship Eugenie in 1872 [P1]
He grew up on his father's farm in Bloomfield, Victoria, Australia [320: 9-Dec-1898]
     On the farm they grew wheat and oats and had cattle, horses, pigs and poultry [320: 9-Dec-1898, 14-Jul-1899]
     Member of the Bloomfield Cricket Club in 1892 [320: 22-Nov-1892]
     Foundation Committee Member of the Bloomfield Draughts Club in 1895 [320: 24-May-1895]
     Competed in the Log Chopping Contest at the Easter Fair & Athletic Sports in Yarragon, Victoria in 1896 [320: 3 & 14-Apr-1896]
     In 1899 his father sold the farm in Bloomfield and shifted to Drouin [320: 11-Jul-1899]
Sergeant 725 in the 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles Contingent in South Africa during the Second Boer War [18]
     Along with his contingent, he departed from Melbourne on the troopship Orient on 15 February 1901 [293: 7-Feb-1901] [461: 16-Feb-1901]
     After the war he returned on the transport Custodian, which arrived in Melbourne on 25 April 1902 [293: 21-Apr-1902] [471: 28-Apr-1902]
Departed Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on the steamship Paroo and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 17 April 1903 [70]
Joined the Western Australian Police Force on 1 October 1903 [87]
     On joining the Police Force he was described as being 5 feet 11 inches tall with grey eyes, brown hair and a fresh complexion [87]
     Police Reservist from 1 October 1903 until 15 April 1904, when he became Second Class Constable number 795 [87]
     Police Constable in Perth, West Perth, Leederville and then again in West Perth and Perth 1903-1919 [87]
     He and another constable captured "notorious criminal" Edward CHAINLEY who'd escaped from Cue Gaol in 1906 [483: 12-Jul-1907]
     Competed in the Bandsmen's Race at the Metropolitan Police's Annual Tournament & Display in Perth in 1906 [120: 29-Sep-1906]
     Gave half of a euphonium and trombone duet at the Police Social Gathering at Bon Ton Café in Perth on 12 July 1913 [120: 18-Jul-1913]
     He reported in 1917 that the number of horses in West Perth was less than in 1916 due to more people owning cars [120: 13-Apr-1917]
     Member of the Police Rifle Club in 1917 [129: 27-Apr-1917]
Married "Maggie" Margaret Agnes DODS on 8 February 1905 at Saint Mary's Anglican Church in West Perth [P1]
     In 1910 they were living on the corner of Nicholson and Cambridge streets in the Perth suburb of Leederville [50]
     They later resided for a number of years at 42 Florence Street in Perth [6] [50]
He attended the inspection of "old campaigners" (Boer War veterans) by Lord Kitchener in Perth on 24 January 1910 [225: 26-Jan-1910]
Provided a musical item to the crowd of 3,000 at the Concert at Monger's Lake in Perth on Wednesday 9 February 1910 [39: 10-Feb-1910]
Member of the Subiaco Draughts Club in 1911 [120: 15-Jul-1911]
The Land Board approved his application to take up the 999 acre Avon Location 15093 in Kondinin in October 1910 [81: 6-Nov-1910]
Member of the Wanderers Draughts Club in 1911, 1912 and 1913 [81: 9-Jul-1911, 24-Nov-1912, 6-Apr-1913]
Member of the Leederville-Subiaco Draughts Club - played in the Perth Premiership against the Y.M.C.A. in 1915 [120: 30-Jul-1915]
He was one of the chief mourners at his brother Otto's funeral at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 9 January 1917 [225: 11-Jan-1917]
Member of the Perth Rifle Club in 1917 and 1918 [39: 29-Nov-1917] [225: 31-May-1918]
Police Constable in Three Springs 1919-1924 [87]
     He was transferred from Perth to to fulfil the duties of sole Police Constable at Three Springs on 18 January 1919 [87]
     He was in charge of the Three Springs Police Station on Maley Street, Three Springs and resided in a nearby house [P2]
     The area under his jurisdiction spanned significant portions of the Midland and Wongan-Mullewa railway lines [120: 3-Arp-1924]
     On the Midland line he looked after Three Springs, Carnamah, Winchester, Coorow, Waddy Forest, Marchagee and Gunyidi [120]
     To the east he also had Bowgada, Perenjori, Caron and Bunjil on the Wongan-Mullewa line under his care [120]
     As policeman he had to take agricultural statistics and check working horses weren't being mistreated [7: page 152]
     He also had to check specific statistics of farmers vehicles, livestock and produce for all districts under his jurisdiction [168]
     When travelling to Carnamah or Coorow he would either catch the train or travel down in a horse and buggy [P15]
     Included in his duties were acting as Assistant Registrar and registering locally occurring births and deaths [24]
     In February 1919, shortly after his arrival in Three Springs, he was kept constantly busy investigating the cause of fires [9: 21-Feb-1919]
Made a monetary donation of 10/6 to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1919 and again in 1920 [124]
Attended the Surprise Party held at the home of EK and Isabella BYRNE in Three Springs on Monday 30 June 1919 [10: 4-Jul-1919]
Attended May BERRIGAN's 21st Birthday held at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Friday 12 September 1919 [9: 19-Sep-1919]
Won first prize for One Stone of Potatoes at the Three Springs Day held on Thursday 25 September 1919 [10: 3-Oct-1919]
After spending a three week holiday on the coast he resumed duty in Three Springs in November 1919 [9: 14-Nov-1919]
Along with another police constable he captured local bushranger "Frank" Francis H. W. THOMAS on 29 December 1919 [39: 14-Jan-1920]
     THOMAS was sentenced to two years but after his release was again wanted on charges of stealing [10: 12-May-1922] [39: 14-Jan-1920]
     After searching  for two weeks in freezing weather he again caught the bushranger in May 1922 [10: 12-May-1922] [39: 10-May-1922]
     With another constable and an Aboriginal tracker he had followed tracks from Winchester to the north and then east of Coorow [39]
     They followed tracks from the railway siding in Winchester to nine miles north of Coorow where rain had obliterated the tracks [39]
     After picking up more tracks they were led them to a camp of a fire and some of the stolen stores nine miles north of Coorow [39]
     Tracks from the camp led them to another camp about 16 miles east of Coorow, from which they saw smoke from a fire [39]
     They charged the bush, but THOMAS got away on a horse and after pursuing him for six miles he jumped off and ran into bush [39]
     Later they found him sleeping under bags in a stable and without any resistance they arrested him [10: 10-May-1922] [39: 10-May-1922]
Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1920 [124]
Himself and John G. YOUNG were paid £2 as the musicians at the Ball held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day in 1920 [124]
In mid 1920 captured in Perenjori the wanted criminal Matticrow who had been eluding police for a number of months [9: 30-Jul-1920]
Won 1st prizes for Cabbages and the Best Collection of Vegetables at the Three Springs Day on 23 September 1920 [10: 15-Oct-1920]
On occasion caught the train at Three Springs with his wife and daughter and attended dances held in Carnamah and Coorow [P41]
     They caught the afternoon train, have afternoon tea with a local family, attend the dance and return on the 2:30 AM mail train [P41]
     While living in Three Springs he played the accordion and violin at functions held in the Railway Goods Shed in Carnamah [P41]
     Also played the violin or fiddle at a number of the functions held in Coorow [P15]
Supplier of music at the Dance that followed the Official Opening of the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 17 February 1921 [10: 4-Mar-1921]
Attended the wedding of Robert A. CALDOW and May I. BYRNE at the Three Springs Hall on 5 October 1921 [9: 21-Oct-1921]
Attended the scene on Fairfield Farm in Three Springs where Percy E. HUNT was crushed by a tree on 31 October 1921 [86: 3-Nov-1921]
Won 1st prizes for Potatoes and the Best Collection of Vegetables at the Three Springs Day on 28 September 1922 [9: 20-Oct-1922]
Played the violin at the Ball held after the Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations in Three Springs on Thursday 15 March 1923 [9: 13-Apr-1923]
Played the violin for the dancing at the Hospital Ball at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Thursday 5 April 1923 [9: 27-Apr-1923]
While in Carnamah on Sunday 24 June 1923 he broke two ribs after being thrown from his sulky when it hit a stump [10: 29-Jun-1923]
     A few weeks later it was reported he was "progressing favourably" under the treatment of Dr James P. MCALEER [9: 4-May-1923]
Exhibited vegetables he'd grown at the Annual Show & Sports Carnival held in Carnamah on 20 September 1923 [86: 4-Oct-1923]
     Won 1st prizes for Cauliflower, Carrots, Onions and Parsnips; and overall was the fourth most successful exhibitor of the show [86]
He reported that farmers in his large jurisdiction obtained good returns of grain, hay and wool from the 1923 season [120: 3-Apr-1924]
     Many local crops had yielded six, seven and eight bags to the acre, with some instances of ten and eleven bag crops [120]
     The hay crop was "very good" with some occurrences of 2½ to 3 tons per acres being reaped [120]
     Meanwhile the wool clip was "very good indeed" with an average of seven to eight pounds of wool per sheep [120]
     Over the year great progress had been made in clearing further acreages which were being prepared for the next season [120]
     Settlement had also progressed, "especially in the Waddy-Waddy forest near Coorow" and on the Inering Estate in Carnamah [120]
     Dingoes had been very troublesome to livestock in Perenjori and Gunyidi; and kangaroos, emus and cockatoos to some crops [120]
Departed Perth on the Great Western express train to visit the Eastern States on Tuesday evening 10 June 1924 [225: 11-Jun-1924]
Following his transfer he and his wife left Three Springs by the midnight train on 15 July 1924 [9: 25-Jul-1924]
     He was succeeded as police constable in Three Springs by John COPPINGER from Peak Hill [9: 25-Jul-1924]
     Policeman in Northam from July 1924 until his retirement from the police force on 31 January 1926 [454: 10-Feb-1926]
     They resided at a house or property named Warragul on Duke Street in Northam [120: 7-Jan-1926]
     A number of friends assembled at the Club Hotel in Northam on 18 February 1926 to accord him and his family a farewell [39]
     At the farewell he was presented with a gold watch and presentations were also made to his wife and daughter [39: 23-Feb-1926]
     During his year and a half in Northam he was "highly esteemed by all with whom he came in contact" [454: 10-Feb-1926]
In 1926, after retiring from the Police Force, he shifted with his wife and daughter to Carnamah to start his own business [P22]
     Purchased 10 & 12 Macpherson Street in the Carnamah townsite (quarter-acre Lots 50 & 51 of Victoria Location 1936) [61]
     Believed to have purchased the two blocks from Carnamah pioneer Donald MACPHERSON who had bought them in 1919 [27] [44]
It was reported in February 1926 that he was soon to build "an up-to-date store and dwelling of stone" in Carnamah [9: 12-Feb-1926]
     Employed the services of a builder to build a tearooms out of stone at 10 Macpherson Street, Carnamah in 1926 [P1]
     By May 1926 the tearooms were completed and boasted electric lighting from Henry PARKIN & Son's power plant [9: 28-May-1926]
Proprietor of "The Don Tea Rooms" at 10 Macpherson Street in Carnamah from 1926 to 1935 [9: 21-May-1926, 25-Jun-1927] [P1]
     In addition to providing appetising meals and dainty light refreshments, he and his wife also catered for parties [9: 15-Oct-1926]
     His tearooms were telephone number Carnamah-23 from 1926 to 1932, when the telephone was disconnected [60]
     In addition to meals and tea also catered for weddings and parties, sold confectionary and served fish and chips [4: 21-Jun-1930]
     Newspaper advertisements listed "The Don Refreshment Rooms - and the menu is as good as the name" [4: 14-Aug-1926]
     In 1927 his tearoom advertisements included the line "Own Cow Kept" presumably meaning fresh milk was available [4: 25-Jun-1927]
     He grew wheat and oats on the block next door, 12 Macpherson Street, and cut his small crop with a scythe for feed for his cow [P99]
     Due to the progress of Carnamah and increased business, he made substantial extensions to his tearooms in 1929 [86: 3-Aug-1929]
     He had a workshop at the rear of 10 Macpherson Street where he made Coolgardie safes and other items [4: 8-Dec-1928]
On 15 May 1926 purchased 28 & 30 Caron Street in the Carnamah townsite (Lots 58 & 59 of Victoria Location 1936) [27]
     Purchased the two blocks from the Midland Railway Company for £25 [27]
     He appears to have sold or donated the two blocks to the Roman Catholic Church, who built a church at 30 Caron Street [P1]
Proposed the toast to the parents of the groom at the wedding of his daughter Maggie in Carnamah on 7 February 1927 [4: 19-Feb-1927]
Attended the wedding of Kathleen HÄUSSLER and Harry ZUEGG of Winchester in Carnamah on 7 February 1928 [4: 11-Feb-1928]
Attended and catered for the wedding of J. A. BROWN and Clare BERRIGAN at the Carnamah Hall on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Had also catered for Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred LANG's wedding reception in Carnamah on 27 March 1928 [4: 31-Mar-1928]
He was recommended for appointment as a Justice of the Peace in Carnamah in 1928 and again in 1932 [4: 26-May-1928, 16-Jul-1932]
Purchased Government Lots 89, 90 and 91 on the western side of the Carnamah townsite on 10 September 1926 [39: 25-Sep-1926]
     The three lots were each acres in size and cost £20, £20 and £18 respectively [39: 25-Sep-1926]
     In September 1928 he travelled to Geraldton to visit the Lands Department to purchase more blocks in Carnamah [4: 22-Sep-1928]
     He ended up with five eight-acre blocks totalling 40 acres - Government Lots, 87, 88, 89, 90 and 91 near Yarra Yarra Road [3]
     It was reported later in 1928 that "with time hanging heavily on his hands" he was clearing another one of his blocks [4: 20-Oct-1928]
     He spent considerable time working on the blocks, known as "suburban blocks" or the "macaroni patch" [4: 8-Dec-1928]
     In 1930 he unsuccessfully requested the road between his eight acre blocks and Cecil F. TAYLOR's farm be closed [4: 27-Sep-1930]
     During the 1930s he grew large amounts of vegetables over a portion of the 40 acres and had the remainder cropped [P7]
     With his wife running the tearooms he often walked out to his vegetable gardens every day and worked in them all day long [P7]
     He was said to have built dry wall shacks on his 40 acre property, which was said to have been very rocky [P6]
     During the 1933-34 financial year purchased the eight acre Gov Lot 79, including a house, from Edgar J. CLARK of Carnamah [3]
     During the 1934-35 financial year purchased the eight acre Gov Lot 71 from I. John THOMPSON of Mingenew [3]
     By January 1936 all of his acreage was cleared and securely fenced, and contained a nine foot deep freshwater well [5: 10-Jan-1936]
He was among the locals who rushed to fight the fire at 14 Macpherson Street in Carnamah in the early hours of 1 August 1928 [31]
     The fire destroyed Ernest C. ANDREWS' three-room house but they succeeded in saving Ernest's butcher's shop [31: 10-Aug-1928]
Secured the tender to cater for the afternoon tea at the Carnamah Races, which were held on 27 September 1928 [4: 22-Sep-1928]
Exhibited a number of vegetables at the Carnamah Show and Sports Carnival held on Thursday 4 October 1928 [4: 13-Oct-1928]
     Won second prizes for Collection of Vegetables, Late Variety of Cabbage, Lettuce, Turnips and for Radish [4: 13-Oct-1928]
     Also conducted "good business" with his refreshment booth at the 1928 Carnamah Show and Sports Carnival [4: 13-Oct-1928]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Winchester farmer John RAFFAN on 9 October 1928 at the Winchester Cemetery [4: 20-Oct-1928]
Purchased a cow from Three Springs in 1928 to increase quality and quantity of ice-cream he produced for his tearooms [4: 8-Dec-1928]
     During summer he had ice for his tearooms railed from Perth to Carnamah, which he then collected in a wheelbarrow [4: 8-Dec-1928]
In 1929 he was an agent in Carnamah for the General Insurance Company and the Southern Cross Insurance Company [4: 1-Jun-1929]
Conducted a refreshment booth at the Carnamah Race Club's Annual Race Meeting in March 1929 [4: 6-Apr-1929]
Also conducted a booth at the Carnamah Show on 19 September 1929 where he sold confectionary, soft drinks and ice [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son from 1927 to 1933 [53]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club 1927-1934 - was Captain in 1928 [9: 19-Aug-1927, 17-Feb-1928] [4: 16-Feb-1929, 1-Sep-1934]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Race Club 1927-1934 [9: 8-Apr-1927] [4: 21-Jun-1930] [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Vice President of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1928 [4: 22-Sep-1928]
Said to have been one of the most ardent supporters of Carnamah Football Club and their football team [4: 1-Jun-1929]
     Made a donation to the Carnamah Football Club to aid them in raising funds to send a team to Geraldton in 1928 [4: 22-Sep-1928]
     In 1930 the Carnamah Football Club requested he quote on providing afternoon tea for 40 people on Sunday [86: 15-Mar-1930]
     He donated £1/1/- to the Carnamah Football Club in 1930 to go towards the purchase of a trainer's outfit [86: 15-Mar-1930]
     In 1930 he represented the Carnamah Foobtall Club at meetings with the Centenary Park Improvement Committee [86: 15-Mar-1930]
     Vice President 1930-1935 and a Committee Member in 1935 of the Carnamah Football Club [4: 15-Mar-1930] [5: 20-Apr-1934, 19-Apr-1935]
Member of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association 1928-1934 [4: 10-Nov-1928, 13-Jan-1934]
Donated a trophy to the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1929, which was known as the "Kroschel Trophy" [4: 30-Mar-1929 & 13-Apr-1929]
Attended a meeting at the Carnamah Hall on 19 April 1929 to discuss the establishment of flour mills in Carnamah [86: 20-Apr-1929]
Helped organise and attended the Carnamah Anglican Church's Freak Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 3 October 1929 [4: 12-Oct-1929]
Founding Member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 21 March 1930 [96]
Also a member of the Carnamah Lodge of the Manchester Unity Oddfellows Friendly Society 1930-1935 [4: 23-Aug-1930] [5: 3-May-1935]
He was reported to have been a "keen exhibitor" in the Vegetable section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1930 [4]
     Won 1st prizes for Swedes, Onions and Potatoes; and 2nd prizes for Cauliflower and Beetroot [4: 27-Sep-1930]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League [52]
     He was a Committee Member in 1928, 1930 and 1935 and was Vice President in 1934 [4: 12-Jul-1930] [5: 19-Apr-1935] [9: 23-Mar-1928] [52]
Committee Member in 1930 and Financial Member in 1932 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [4: 21-Jun-1930] [13]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Winchester farmer Hans HÄUSSLER on 7 July 1931 at the Winchester Cemetery [4: 11-Jul-1931]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Sold his block at 12 Macpherson Street, Carnamah for the new Carnamah Post Office [P9], which opened in 1932 [5: 8-Jul-1932]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Isabella BYRNE of Three Springs on 2 July 1932 at the Moora Cemetery [5: 8-Jul-1932]
Reported in July 1932 that he saw two large dingoes as large as young lions on his property in Carnamah [5: 8-Jul-1932]
Rendered a vocal or elocutionary item at the R.S.L. Smoke Social and Friends Night held in Carnamah on 27 August 1932 [5: 2-Sep-1932]
Won 2nd prizes for Beetroot and for the Best Collection of Vegetables at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1932 [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Played the accordion at the Dance & Bridge Party held at AUNGER's home in East Carnamah on 8 October 1932 [5: 21-Oct-1932]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
Attended a large meeting in Three Springs to form a North Midlands Chamber of Commerce on 18 November 1932 [4: 26-Nov-1932]
Vice President of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1932-33 and 1933-34 [4: 17-Sep-1932] [5: 1-Dec-1933]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Inering Estate farmer Herbert MURRAY at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 January 1933 [4: 4-Feb-1933]
Competitor in John A. KENNY's Billiard Tournament conducted within Mackie's Buildings in Carnamah in 1933 [5: 2-Jun-1933]
Vice President of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1933 [5: 5-May-1933]
Advertised his business in the Schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1933 [13]
     "The Don Tea Rooms (Opposite Carnamah Town Hall) - Catering and Specialties" "Luncheons, Afternoon Teas and Suppers" [13]
     "Choice Confectionary and Cool Drinks" "Charlie Kroschel - - - Proprietor (Next to New Post Office)" [13]
At an unknown date he purchased 24 & 26 Caron Street in the Carnamah townsite (Lots 56 & 57 of Victoria Location 1936) [3]
     He at one time grew a wheat crop on the two blocks [P324], which he had cleared and fenced with rabbit proof netting [5: 14-Jun-1935]
     During the 1948-49 financial year sold his 24 & 26 Caron Street to Frank LUCAS Snr of Carnamah [3]
Won 1st prizes for Early Variety Cabbage and Swedes and 2nd for Peas at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
In 1933 bookings for the Carnamah Athletic Club's Boxing Tournaments could be made at his Don Tea Rooms [5: 30-Jun-1933]
He was among those from Carnamah who attended the R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Morawa on 28 October 1933 [5: 3-Nov-1933]
Travelled to Marchagee on Saturday 11 November 1933 to attend the official opening of the East Marchagee Hall [5: 17-Nov-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Provisional Group of Toc H in 1933 and 1934 [4: 9-Dec-1933] [5: 12-Jan-1934]
From 1933 to 1942 rates for his property in Carnamah were sent care of the Bank of New South Wales in Carnamah [3]
Gave a talk on his police experiences at a meeting of the Carnamah Toc H on Tuesday 13 February 1934 [5: 16-Feb-1934]
Purchased produce and sundries at the clearing sale held on Lightfoot & Son's farm in Carnamah on Friday 2 March 1934 [5: 9-Mar-1934]
Attended the Annual R.S.L. General Meeting and Smoke Social in Carnamah on Thursday 8 March 1934 [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Smoke Social held in Carnamah on Thursday 26 April 1934 [5: 4-May-1934]
Attended the Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 June 1934 to raise funds for Church organ repairs [5: 6-Jul-1934]
Sent a wreath for the grave of Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Received 2nd prize for Collection of Vegetables at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 6 September 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Judged the Vegetable section at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Seventh Annual Show on 13 September 1934 [5: 21-Sep-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Committee of Timberlands Woodpulp Company bondholders in 1934 [5: 5-Oct-1934]
Hosted and presided over a valedictory evening at his home for Neil M. GRAHAM on Thursday 6 December 1934 [5: 14-Dec-1934]
In December 1934 requested permission with the Carnamah District Road Board to crop part of the Recreation Reserve [5: 21-Dec-1934]
Patron of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club in 1934-35 and 1935-36 [56]
He supplied the "piping" with his accordion at the Burns Night Celebrations at the Carnamah Hall on  25 January 1935 [5: 1-Feb-1935]
Played the accordion at the Farewell Social held at the Carnamah Hall on 17 January 1935 for chemist Douglas WALDBY [5: 8-Feb-1935]
Supplied the music for dancing at Miss Nan DAVISON's surprise 19th birthday party in Carnamah on 10 February 1935 [5: 15-Feb-1935]
Attended the Surprise Party given to John and Doris MCLEAN at their home in Carnamah on Wednesday 3 April 1935 [5: 5-Apr-1935]
Supplied the music at the M.U.O.F.S. Social held at William DAVISON's home in Carnamah on Saturday 13 April 1935 [5: 19-Apr-1935]
Attended the R.S.L. Annual General Meeting and Smoke Social at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 6 April 1935 [5: 12 & 19-Apr-1935]
Played his accordion at the Bridge Social & Dance at the home of Roger and Margaret CLARK on 25 April 1935 [5: 3-May-1935]
In June 1935 ceased operating his tearooms in Carnamah and leased its premises to Misses GILES and STEPHENS [5: 14 & 28-Jun-1935]
Held a clearing sale on Saturday 22 June 1935 to sell furniture, stock, plant and effects from his tearooms and home [5: 14-Jun-1935]
     Among the items offered for sale were a 6 foot oak extension table, side broad, 4 cane chairs, accordion, small table, bench, [5]
     jarrah fender, seagrass over-mantle with bevelled mirror, accordion, small table, jarrah fender, cane settee, jarrah music stand, [5]
     Rexonola gramophone and large quantity of records, wardrobe with bevelled mirror, 4 duchesses, 3 oblong oak tables, [5]
     26 oak chairs, 2 washstands, 2 marble top washstands, double bedstead, toilet set, new 33 x 3 foot coconut matting runner, [5]
     large ice chest with 8 compartments, 2 round tables with plate glass tops, ice cream stand, 4 ice cream churns, 5 sugar shakers, [5]
     pair confectionary computing scales, complete soda fountain, large quantity of stainless cutlery, 2 shop mirrors, carpet runners, [5]
     large quantity of ice cream and spider glasses and spoons, large quantity of confectionary jars and syrup bottles, quality curtains, [5]
     glass cake containers, cordial essences, 2 cases of lemon squash, quantity of aerated waters, sofa, quality linoleum, settee, [5]
     2 Skeleton wardrobes, full length dressing mirror and stand, quality curtains, 2 single Cyclone beds, wringer, 2 kitchen tables, [5]
     2 linen presses, kitchen dresser, pot stand, quantity of cooking utensils, pots, pans, large quantity of crockery, B.S.A. case, [5]
     shooting case, quantity of carpenter's tools, large treadle, large quantity of books, white leghorn fowls, muscovy ducks, [5]
     pot plants, 2 cleared and rabbit net fenced blocks in Caron Street (which he didn't end up selling) and a host of sundries [3] [5]
Placed notices in The North Midland Times on 28 June 1935 and 7 July 1935 to sell a few items that didn't sell at the clearing sale [5]
Having leased his premises it isn't known where in Carnamah he and his wife resided from July 1935 to January 1936 [P1]
     They may have continued living in the quarters at 10 Macpherson Street, as he may only have leased the tearooms [5: 24-Jan-1936]
Obtained permission from the Carnamah District Road Board on Wednesday 19 June 1935 to erect a milk shed [5: 21-Jun-1935]
     During the same day also secured permission to rent part of Centenary Park in Carnamah at a charge of 5/- per acre [5]
     Established a dairy at Gov Lot 71 Parker Street in Carnamah using his 62 acres and the rented portion of Centenary Park [P6]
     Ran his dairy and operated as a Milk Vendor in Carnamah over the remaining months of 1935 and in early 1936 [3] [5] [P6]
     His dairy consisted of six cows in profit, one heifer, one bull and in January 1936 he had 14 customers [5: 10-Jan-1936]
     Employed local boy Alaric J. PARKER to deliver milk from his dairy to customers in the Carnamah townsite [P6]
     In January 1936 advertised "Kroschel's Dairy" for sale walk in walk out, including his acreage and small farming plant [5: 10-Jan-1936]
Attended the Fourth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Three Springs on Saturday 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Sold two pigs for £1/10/6 each through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 20 November 1935 [5: 22-Nov-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Held another clearing sale in Carnamah on Thursday 30 January 1936 to sell his stock, plant, land, furniture and effects [5: 24-Jan-1936]
     Rate Books of the Carnamah District Road Board reveal that he sold none of his land as he remained its owner and ratepayer [3]
Sold two porkers at 24/- per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 5 February 1936 [5: 7-Feb-1936]
He and his wife left Carnamah and shifted to Perth during the first half of February 1936 [5: 14-Feb-1936]
In March 1936 he got a job painting the first white lines on the sides of streets and parking bays in Perth and Fremantle [39: 6-Oct-1936]
     He worked from 1 to 5 in the morning painting lines and "No Parking" signs by hand by the light of red hurricane lamps [39]
     The West Australian newspaper of 6 October 1936 profiled his work in an article "The Lone Painter - White Lines in the City" [39]
     He revealed that he'd got to know most of the many cats that lived in the city, some of whom would come out to see him [39]
     He'd got used to being shot at in the Boer War and said there wasn't much difference between a car or a bullet whizzing past [39]
     Continued working at night painting traffic lines and signs on city streets until at least 1939 [225: 10-Aug-1939]
Later worked as a Night Watchman for Elder Smith & Co Ltd in Perth [P22]
     In March 1937 advertised "For Lease" his 40 acres of “good wheat land” in Carnamah for one year for £15 cash [5: 25-Mar-1937]
     At the time he was living at 92 Matlock Street in the Perth suburb of Mount Hawthorn [5: 25-Mar-1937]
     His sister Mrs "Lena" Helena S. M. BOCKETT of New Zealand holidayed with them at Mount Hawthorn in April 1937 [5: 9-Apr-1937]
     After leaving Carnamah returned regularly to visit his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren [0: image 03877] [P22]
     After spending a holiday in Carnamah in later June 1937 he returned to Mount Hawthorn on 1 July 1937 [5: 25-Jun-1937, 2-Jul-1937]
     Resided in North Perth in 1938 and at 5 Campsie Street in West Perth 1939-1941 [0: images 02816, 3016] [3]
     Resided at 5 French Street in the Perth suburb of Mount Hawthorn 1942-1950 [0: images 02993 & 04087] [3] [428: 10-Nov-1950]
     In 1939 donated 10/- to the Carnamah Athletic Club to go towards their Boxing tournaments [0: image 03790]
     Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs W. Anna ARNDT of Three Springs at the Fremantle Cemetery on 13 October 1939 [4: 21-Oct-1939]
     Before there were bus shelters in Perth, he wrote to The Daily News suggesting them for Saint George's Terrace [225: 4-Feb-1943]
     He visited Carnamah during March 1947 [77: 1-Apr-1946]
     Attended the AGM of the Carnamah R.S.L. on 9 March 1947 and made the first donation towards their hall [77: 1-Apr-1946]
     Member of the Mount Hawthorn Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1950 [77: 1-Feb-1950]
     His wife died on 15 June 1947 and following her death he continued to reside in Perth until shifting back to Carnamah C.1950 [P22]
His tearooms in Carnamah were later taken over by his daughter and son-in-law Maggie and Ned WELLS [P22]
Resided with his daughter behind the tearooms at 10 Macpherson Street in Carnamah from about 1950 to 1954 [P22]
He passed away at the age of 80 years at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [4: 16-Oct-1954]
Father of Margaret Agnes KROSCHEL, known as Peggy, Peg and in earlier life as Maggie [P1]
Died 8 October 1954; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, ZG, 52) [2]
Also known as Carl Frederick William KROSCHEL and Charles Frederick William KROSCHEL [P1]

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 21 May 1926:
Signs of Progress
"The latest addition to the business premises of Carnamah is the substantial and commodious stone building lately erected to the order of Mr. Charlie Kroschel, who is well and favourably known in the Northern Midlands. Under the title of 'The Don Refreshment Rooms,' Mr. Kroschel is providing appetising and substantial meals as well as dainty light refreshments, sweets, etc. A few finishing details have yet to be effected in the Dining Room and the Refreshment Room; but the public are already showing practical appreciation of the enterprise of this popular citizen."

From The West Australian newspaper, Monday 11 October 1954:
"KROSCHEL: On Oct. 8, 1954, at Three Springs, Charlie, the dearly loved husband of the late Margaret Agnes Kroschel, fond father of Peggy, father-in-law of Ned, grandfather of Vida [Whitehurst], Teddy, Margaret and Bill [Reynolds], great grandfather of Jimmy, Sylvia, Yvette, Adrian and brother of Lena, Fred (New Zealand) and Otto (deceased).”

From The West Australian newspaper, Monday 11 October 1954:
"KROSCHEL: Veteran South African War: The Funeral of the late Mr Charlie Kroschel of Carnamah, formerly of the W.A. Police Force, leaves our Parlour, 289 Albany-hwy., Victoria Park, at 10.45 o’clock this (Monday) morning arriving at the Anglican Cemetery, Karrakatta, at 11.10 o’clock. A. J. Purslowe & Co.”

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Thursday 14 October 1954:
Three Springs Personal
"We regret to hear of the passing away of Mr Charlie Kroschel of Carnamah who died in the North Midlands District Hospital last week. The deceased gentleman was at one time stationed at Three Springs as a member of the Police Force. Our sympathy to his daughter and son-n-law Mr and Mrs Wells of Carnamah."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 16 October 1954:
Obituary - Vale Charlie Kroschel - Boer War Veteran
    "The death occurred in the North Midlands District Hospital at Three Springs on Friday of last week of a well-known identity of Carnamah in the person of Mr Charles Frederick William Kroschel, who was a veteran of the Boer War and for many years an officer of the Western Australian Police Force. The deceased gentleman, who was eighty years of age, had for some time past been in failing health and was only a hospital patient for a week when death intervened. Of a jovial disposition, he was for a period of eleven years a resident of Carnamah after retirement as a police officer, but with his wife he then transferred to Perth, and it was only quite recently that he returned to Carnamah to reside with his son-in-law and daughter (Mr and Mrs E. K. Wells), his wife having predeceased him about nine years ago.
     The late Mr Kroschel was born in Victoria and enlisted for service in the Boer War from Warragul. On returning to Australia he joined the Western Australian Police Force and as a custodian of the law he was for varying periods stationed in Perth and Northam and Three Springs, and whilst in the city he was a playing member of the Police Band. During his earlier years of retirement he was a member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the R.S.L., in which organisation he displayed an active membership and formed many firm friendships. The deceased gentleman is survived by one daughter in Mrs E. K. Wells, of Carnamah, and also a sister and brother, both of whom are octogenarians residing in New Zealand. The funeral took place in the Anglican Cemetery at Karrakatta on Monday morning last and was attended by quite a number of old friends and representatives of the Western Australian Police Force."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Carl Friederich Wilhelm Kroschel' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2024 from [reference list]

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