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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Charles Banwell DODD

Born 29 October 1884 in Dongara, Western Australia [16]
Son of Edwin Banwell DODD and Emma PAYNE [15]
His father had arrived in Western Australia as a convict on 21 November 1858; convict number 5071 [107]
He was baptised by the Church of England curate based in Dongara on 25 December 1884 [332]
In 1895 his father established "Dodd's United Grocery Store & Refreshments" in Arrino [P95]
Farmer and Contractor in Arrino 1903-1916 [6] [19] [50]
Played for Arrino in one of their first cricket matches against a team from Three Springs on 5 January 1907 [31: 9-Jan-1907]
Member of the Arrino Cricket Club in 1908 [9: 28-Feb-1908]
Contract ploughed and formed the Dudawa Road in Arrino for the Upper Irwin Road Board for 18/- per chain in 1910 [9: 29-Apr-1910]
Won he Hop, Step and Jump at the Athletic Sports Meeting held in Three Springs on Easter Monday 17 April 1911 [9: 21-Apr-1911]
Member of the Arrino-Dudawa Cricket Club in 1912 [9: 22-Nov-1912]
Won the Standing Long Jump and the Sheffield Handicap at the sports gathering in Arrino on New Year's Day in 1913 [9: 17-Jan-1913]
Attended the Saint Patrick's Day Sports in Three Springs in 1913 and competed in the Sheffield Handicap race [9: 14-Mar-1913]
Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1914 [9: 23-Oct-1914]
Attended the Saint Patrick's Day Sports Meeting held at the recreation ground in Three Springs on Wednesday 17 March 1915 [10]
     During the day's events he won all of the Tilting at the Ring competitions and a number of the running races [10: 26-Mar-1915]
Attended Arrino's Annual Sports Meeting held on Patrick M. DURACK's farm in Arrino on Easter Monday 1 April 1915 [10]
     Came 2nd in the Sheffield Handicap running race and won the Hop, Step & Jump by covering 38 feet and 5 inches [10: 9-Apr-1915]
Attended the Picnic Races held in Carnamah in aid of the Belgian Fund and the Carnamah Hall Fund on 24 June 1915 [39: 7-Jul-1915]
     His horse Patchwork tied to win the Hurry Scurry race, and he himself came 2nd in the Sheffield Handicap running race [39]
He travelled to Moora for medical treatment in early August 1915 after being struck in the eye while clearing in Arrino [10: 13-Aug-1915]
Described as the "Arrino wind splitter" he won the Sheffield Handicap at the Sports Day in Three Springs on 18/02/1916 [10: 25-Feb-1916]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 4 March 1916 at Blackboy Hill, and was given the rank and number of Private 2658 [30]
     On enlistment was noted as 5 feet 3/8 inches tall, weighing 150 lbs. with blue eyes, brown curly hair and a ruddy complexion [30]
     After training at Blackboy Hill he was appointed on 29 May 1916 to the 18th Reinforcements of the 10th Light Horse Regiment [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the R.M.S. Morea on 6 June 1916 [18]
     On 9 September 1916 was detached to the Imperial Camel Corps and served with them in Egypt until August 1918 [30]
     Transferred from the Imperial Camel Corps to the 10th Light Horse Regiment in Egypt on 3 August 1918 [30]
     During the war he was hospitalised a number of times, some for treatment for tonsillitis, general debility and malaria [30]
     Awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
     Returned to Australia on the H. T. Karoa and was discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 25 August 1919 [30: item 3510208]
After the war appears to have returned to Arrino where he worked as a Contractor and Labourer [19] [44]
His horse Afalgar competed at the Carnamah Race Club's Picnic Race Meeting held on Thursday 27 March 1919 [10: 11-Apr-1919]
Riding Albert H. COUSINS' Chestnut horse he won the Swerving Race at the Three Springs Day on 25 September 1919 [10: 3-Oct-1919]
Starter of the Races at the Arrino Picnic Railway Day held in Arrino on Saturday 29 November 1919 [9: 5-Dec-1919]
Donated 10/6 in 1920 and £1/1/- in 1925 to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee [124]
Attended the Carnamah Race Club's Picnic Race Meeting in Carnamah on Thursday 16 September 1920 [10: 1-Oct-1920]
     Riding his horse Afalgar he won the main race of the day, the A.I.F. Plate, and also won the Ladies Bracelet race [10]
His and Albert H. COUSINS' horse Fiducia won the Parakalia Handicap at the Three Springs Races in 1922 [9: 10-Mar-1922]
Solider Settler on the 683 acre Lot 14 of the Inering Estate in Carnamah in 1923[8: page 20]
     Farmer on the Inering Estate in Carnamah until at least 1926[61]
     Sold 218 sheep from his farm in Carnamah to a private buyer through Elder Smith & Co Ltd in late 1924 [120: 4-Dec-1924]
     During the 1920s sold his lot of the Inering Estate in Carnamah to CUMMING Bros [3] [120: 9-Jan-1930]
     After selling his Carnamah farm he returned to Arrino [P73] where he worked as a Contractor [19]
In 1923 was also the owner of 155 acres of farmland in Arrino (Victoria Location 6206) and a townsite block in Arrino town [44]
With Cyril L. COUSINS came 2nd in the V.C. Horse Race at the Annual Show & Sports Carnival in Carnamah in 1923 [86: 4-Oct-1923]
For a time he worked for veterinarian Henry F. BASFORD who worked as a vet throughout the North Midlands [P2]
After the vet left he was often called to help with sick horses and other injured or unwell animals [P2]
He trained race horses for people and raced his own horses at Geraldton, Moora, Walkaway, Paynes Find and Mount Magnet [P2]
His horse Koomarden came 2nd in the Trail Stakes at the Carnamah Races in Carnamah on Thursday 10 April 1924 [10: 3 & 17-Apr-1924]
At the Picnic Races in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day 1925 his Koomarden won the Trial Stakes and Parakalia Handicap [124]
His horses Lord Strathburg and Koomarden ran in the Carnamah Race Club's Race Meeting on Thursday 9 April 1925 [9: 17-Apr-1925]
     Lord Strathburg won the First Class Plate, and Koomarden won the Trial Stakes and came third in the Carnamah Cup [9]
Koombarden won the Saint Patrick's Handicap and Parakalia Handicap at the Picnic Races in Three Springs on 17 March 1926 [124]
Entered and won three prizes in the Ring Events at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show in 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
     Won the Gent's Hack and Relay Race, and came 2nd with Eunice CONNOLLY in the Pair of Hacks ridden by Lady and Gent [4]
     At the Three Springs Show in 1929 won the Relay Race and Pair of Hacks and came 2nd in the Gent's Hack [4: 5-Oct-1929]
Also worked cutting fence posts at Mica Mine and the posts were carted by his cousin Mervyn COUSINS to the railway [P2]
     Miles of fencing at the property The Grange at Irwin were constructed with posts that he'd cut [P2]
Member of the Arrino Cricket Club from 1928-29 to 1936-37 [4: 24-Nov-1928, 15-Dec-1934] [5: 21-Feb-1936, 5-Mar-1937]
Doorman at the Ball at the Arrino Hall after the Arrino Race Club's Race Meeting on Thursday 4 April 1929 [4: 13-Apr-1929]
Attended the meeting held in Arrino on Saturday 13 April 1929 to discuss the affairs and finances of the Arrino Hall [4: 20-Apr-1929]
He was among those from Arrino who travelled to Perth to attend the Perth Royal Show during October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Member of the Arrino Hall Committee in 1930 [4: 10-May-1930]
Represented the Arrino Football Club at meetings of the North Midlands Football Association in 1931 [4: 18-Jul-1931]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah on 14 August 1931 [4]
     He and his brother-in-law Albert H. COUSINS attended the funeral as representatives of the Arrino Race Club [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Along with Edward HUNT organised a football match and grand ball to be held in Three Springs on 22 August 1931 [4: 15-Aug-1931]
     The day consisted of two football matches between Three Springs and Arrino, one of married men and one of single men [4]
     "Dinkum" footballers were not allowed to play and the umpire was someone who didn't know very much about football [4]
     Proceeds of the fun day and the ball held in the evening went to the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [4]
Represented Three Springs at meetings of the Central Midlands Racing Association in 1932 [5: 12-Aug-1932]
Attended the Commemoration Dinner held at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on Friday 26 August 1932 [5: 9-Sep-1932]
     The dinner was to commemorate Three Springs having the highest average yield for wheat in the State for the 1931-32 season [5]
He was unable to walk for a number of weeks after he fell off a truck and sustained a broken ankle on 28 August 1932 [5: 9-Sep-1932]
     The truck he fell from was conveying footballers and spectators from Arrino to Carnamah for a football match [5: 9-Sep-1932]
Gatekeeper at the R.S.L. Sports Day at the Arrino Recreation Ground on Thursday 5 November 1932 [5: 11-Nov-1932]
Entrant in the Popular Sport Competition to raise funds to the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs in 1933 [5: 16-Jun-1933]
     Through his involvement in the competition, in which he came third, he helped raise £138/7/10 for the Hospital Appeal [5]
Represented the Three Springs Race Club at the meeting of the Midland Districts Racing Association on 18 July 1933 [5: 21-Jul-1933]
Around 1924 he had purchased the racehorse Jummery from William B. MITCHELL ofThe Grange in Irwin [5: 28-Jul-1933]
     Over nine years Jummery won 50 races, his 49th at Mingenew and his 50th for a mile and a quarter race at Geraldton in 1933 [5]
     He ran in various races from between Moora and Yalgoo and was said to have been "as well known as his popular owner" [5]
     Jummery's feat in winning so many races was believed to have possibly been a State or maybe Commonwealth record [5]
     The Midland Districts Racing Association placed mention of the remarkable feet on their books [5]
Goal Umpire for the Arrino Football Club in 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Among those who protested in 1935 against the Three Springs Road Board spending rates on tennis courts in Arrino [5: 27-Sep-1935]
     Obviously changed his mind as he later signed a petition in support of the Road Board constructing new courts in Arrino [5: 1-Nov-1935]
He was an inmate at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs until being discharged on 9 December 1935 [5: 20-Dec-1935]
Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1937 [5: 4 & 18-Jun-1937]
Private W83496A in Arrino's local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Arrino resident Mrs Isabella ANGEL at the Three Springs Cemetery on 5 January 1943 [4: 9-Jan-1943]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Fanny Jane BRIMSON of Three Springs at the Three Springs Cemetery on 29 April 1946 [4: 4-May-1946]
Resided in Arrino until the 1960s when due to failing eyesight he moved to the Perth suburb of Midland to live with his sister [P2]
Later resided at a nursing home in Midland, and resided there until his death in his 88th year [P2]
Died 26 May 1972; buried at the Midland Cemetery in the Perth suburb of Midland (Roman Catholic, I, 8) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Charles Banwell Dodd' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 February 2021 from [sources]

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