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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Iram" Charles Eugene Iram THOMPSON

Born 15 July 1899 in Kimbolton, New Zealand [P469]
Son of William Henry THOMPSON and Elizabeth Mary LONDON [P469]
By 1923 he had shifted to Western Australia and was opening a motor garage in Kulin [354: 28-Sep-1923]
Motor Mechanic in Kulin, Western Australia 1923-1928 [6] [50] [354: 28-Sep-1923]
     He undertook all classes of motor and engineering work as well as tin-smithing and iron-working [354: 4-Jul-1924]
     His garage also stocked Ford and Dodge spare parts and a full range of accessories [354: 28-Sep-1923]
     In 1926 he contracted Perth builders Dawkins & Sons to build him a new 60 by 27 foot garage in Kulin [354: 2-Apr-1926]
Married Jessie Catherine KNIGHT on 19 June 1924 at her parents' home Knightsbrook in Argyle, Western Australia [354: 4-Jul-1924]
He and his wife shifted to Carnamah in June 1928 [4: 30-Jun-1928]
Motor Mechanic in Carnamah, Western Australia 1928-1932 [6] [53]
     He was the proprietor of the G.M.C. Service Station in Carnamah from June to September 1928 [4: 1 & 29 Sep-1928] [9: 22-Jun-1928]
     His garage was "prepared to overhaul or repair any type of motor car, motor truck or tractor promptly and efficiently" [9: 6-Jul-1928]
     He leased the G.M.C. garage from Scott WYLIE however after about three months it was taken back over by WYLIE [4] [9]
     For a period he continued to run the G.M.C. Service Station but for Scott WYLIE [4: 1 & 29 Sep-1928]
     In September 1930 he took over the Ford garage of Rupert LAFFAN on Boojerabba Street in Carnamah [4: 27-Sep-1930]
     The garage was situated towards the back of 16 Macpherson Street, its entrance being on Boojerabba Street [4: 27-Sep-1930]
     At the Ford Service Station he also undertook all classes of repairs to any make of car, truck of tractor [4: 4-Oct-1930]
Employed local builder Charles J. DALLIMORE to build him a weatherboard house in Niven Crescent, Carnamah in 1928 [4: 20-Oct-1928]
     Resided at 3 Niven Crescent, Carnamah - which was telephone number Carnamah-37 from 1929 to 1931 [60]
Commission Agent for the International Harvester Company in Carnamah in 1932 and 1933 [5: 8-Jul-1932, 18-Aug-1933] [6]
     He took over the local agency of the International Harvester Company from Charles ROBERTSON in July 1932 [5: 8-Jul-1932]
     He likely ran the agency from his home as his business address in 1932 was Niven Crescent, Carnamah [5: 8-Jul-1932]
     In 1932 and 1933 he was telephone number Carnamah-9 [5: 8-Jul-1932] [60]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club 1928-1934 - was Captain 1929 and President 1930 [4: 6-Oct-1928, 30-Sep-1929, 2-Aug-1930] [5: 7-Sep-1934]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and general repairers Henry Parkin & Son 1928-1930 [53]
Attended the surprise party given to Albert and Eva COWDEROY in Carnamah on 21 March 1929 [4: 30-Mar-1929]
In 1932 he owned a Whippet Runabout car registered with the Carnamah District Road Board with license plate CA-184 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Member of the Carnamah Committee of the North Midlands Popular Girl Competition in 1933 [5: 30-Jun-1933]
In June 1933 installed a Southern Cross windmill in the pit of the Carnamah rifle range to pump out water [5: 30-Jun-1933]
After being ill for a week he was taken to Perth for medical attention on Monday 14 August 1933 [5: 18-Aug-1933]
The Carnamah District Road Board paid him 15/- on 16 August 1933 for repairs he'd undertaken for them [300: page 19]
His plans for the erection of a workshop and office in Carnamah were approved by the Road Board in August 1933 [5: 18-Aug-1933]
He left the Carnamah district for a period, however returned to live locally around September 1934 [4: 1-Sep-1934]
Shortly afterwards he left the district again to commence business elsewhere [4: 1-Sep-1934]
Mechanic in Argyle in 1937 [50]
Mechanic at Lyalls Mill near Collie in 1943 [50]
Fitter & Turner in Manjimup 1949-1954 [50]
He passed away while staying in the North Auckland town of Kaitaia during a holiday in New Zealand [P469]
Died 7 May 1970; buried at the Waikumete Cemetery in Auckland, New Zealand (Protestant, Lawn D, Row 1, Plot 25) [380]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Charles Eugene Iram Thompson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 23 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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