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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Charles Frederick THOMAS

Born 28 August 1898 in Geraldton, Western Australia [P40]
Son of Charles Frederick THOMAS and Winifred BROWNRIGG [15]
Settled with his parents on Kadathinni Farm in Three Springs in 1906 [P40]
Boarding Student at Saint Idephonsus College in New Norcia from 18 July 1916 until December 1918 [187]
Farmer of Kadathinni Farm in Three Springs with his father [P40]
Married "Win" Winifred Beatrice EVERETT on 18 February 1929 in Three Springs [P40]
Resided with his wife and children in the Three Springs townsite and later on Hill Padua Farm in Three Springs [P40]
He and his father played for the victorious Three Springs in a cricket match against Arrino on 5 January 1907 [31: 9-Jan-1907]
     One of them was a member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1915 [9: 10-Dec-1915]
Member of the Three Springs Football Club 1919-1925 [10: 9-Jul-1920, 10-Jun-1921, 12-May-1922, 22-Jun-1923, 12-Jun-1924] [9: 22-Aug-1919, 7-Aug-1925]
Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1922-23 [9: 9-Feb-1923
Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1928, and donated £1/1/- to the Committee in 1928 [124]
He was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Inaugural Committee Member of the Three Springs Agricultural Society in 1928[4: 29-Sep-1928]
Member of the Three Springs Race Club - was Tote Clerk at their Race Meeting on Thursday 11 April 1929 [4: 23-Feb-1929]
Attended the Anglican Church's Fancy Dress Ball held in Three Springs on Thursday 27 June 1929 as a "Sailor" [4: 6-Jul-1929]
Attended the Three Springs Football Club's Welcome Home Social for two newly wedded couples on 1 November 1929 [4: 9-Nov-1929]
Attended the Farewell Evening tendered to local pioneer Mrs Blanche M. KOCH in Three Springs on 3 December 1932 [4: 10-Dec-1932]
Entrant in the Popular Husband's Competition held in There Springs in 1933 to raise funds for the local Convent Building Fund [5]
     He was announced the winner with a lead of 1664 votes at a Concert & Dance at the Convent on 31 August 1933 [5: 8-Sep-1933]
Won 1st prize for Pair of Dressed Fowls at the Three Springs Agricultural Show on Thursday 21 September 1933 [5: 29-Sep-1933]
Served on the Three Springs Road Board 1934-1936 [5: 25-May-1934, 19-Apr-1935, 12-Jun-1936]
     Following the re-election of the entire Road Board in 1936 he was nominated and elected unopposed as the Board's Chairman [5]
     Represented the TS Road Board at the 21st Road Board Conference held in Perth on 5th, 6th and 7th August 1936 [5: 12-Jun-1936]
     He "thanked the members for the honour again conferred upon him" when they re-elected him their Chairman in 1937 [5: 23-Apr-1937]
In 1934 voted in favour of dances held at the Three Springs Hall being allowed to continue after midnight on Saturdays [5: 15-Jun-1934]
     The motion was unsuccessful by one vote, resulting in a continued disadvantage to the hall, town and all who attended dances [5]
     In 1936 he raised the issue before the Road Board once more, and this time it was moved successfully six votes to one [5: 23-Oct-1936]
Attended and spoke at the Farewell to Matron COFFEY held in the Three Springs Hall on Thursday 24 May 1934 [5: 25-May-1934]
Attended the Annual Ratepayers' Meeting of the Three Springs Road Board at 3 p.m. on Saturday 13 April 1935 [5: 19-Apr-1935]
Presided over the meeting of Three Springs ratepayers held on Saturday 11 January 1936 to discuss the local water crisis [5: 17-Jan-1936]
Spoke on behalf of the Three Springs Road Board at the Farewell Social to Harold BARNETT on 14 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Member of the committee who made arrangements for when Sir James MITCHELL visited Three Springs in 1936 [5: 14-Aug-1936]
     Met the Lieutenant Governor Sir James MITCHELL on his arrival in Three Springs by train on 16 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Speaker at the Valedictory Social for Miss Rachel M. A. WALLACE in Three Springs on Tuesday 15 December 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
Speaker at the Social Evening for newlyweds Richard H. S. & Rachel M. A. JAMES in Three Springs on 5 January 1937 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
     In expressing the good wishes of those present he said that their union "had brought together two old and respected families, [5]
     who had for many years been the firmest of friends" and that they "had grown up together from childhood and decided to [5]
     continue life's journey hand in hand" after which he expressed regret at their departure from Three Springs for the goldfields [5]
Nominated for appointment to the Protests & Disputes Board of the North Midlands Football Association in 1937 [5: 9-Apr-1937]
Member of the Three Springs Coronation Celebrations Committee in 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Presented medals to the schoolchildren at the Coronation Celebrations in Three Springs on Friday afternoon 21 May 1937 [5: 23-Apr-1937]
Justice of the Peace and Local Magistrate for the Three Springs Police Court in 1937 [5: 14-May-1937]
Attended the reception in Three Springs to Charles G. LATHAM, Leader of the Opposition in WA, on 26 May 1937 [5: 28-May-1937]
Presided over the farewell to the CARMODY family at the Agricultural Hal in Three Springs on Monday 12 July 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Attended the opening of the Nurse's Quarters in Three Springs and dinner at the Commercial Hotel on 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Judged the Poultry section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 9 September 1937 [5: 17-Sep-1937]
Chairman of the Farewell for Barney & Frances BARNHART's, which was held in Three Springs on 3 February 1938 [4: 12-Feb-1938]
Chairman of the Valedictory for Minnie WATSON & Arthur MORTIMER held in Three Springs on 15 February 1938 [4: 19-Feb-1938]
Main Speaker at the Farewell for EK, Les & Dorine BYRNE and Mervyn WILLIAMS in Three Springs on 16 June 1938 [4: 25-Jun-1938]
Pallbearer at the funeral of TS farmer Albert Irwin Broad at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 6 September 1938 [4: 10-Sep-1938]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Kate A. COLE of Three Springs at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 16 January 1939 [4: 21-Jan-1939]
Attended the funeral of Arrino resident Mrs Ellen DEE at the Three Springs Cemetery on 16 August 1939 [4: 19-Aug-1939]
Around 1940 he became the owner of his father's farm in Three Springs, and took over the farm's management from his father [P40]
     During his father's time the farm's name had been Kadathinni, however his wife renamed it Hill Padua after a place in Italy [P40]
     For many years he also leased and farmed a property in Three Springs belonging to his sister Mrs Winifred M. BOOTH [P2]
Presided over the Valedictory Dance tendered to Ray and Molly SHAW in Three Springs on Thursday 13 March 1941 [4: 22-Mar-1941]
Presided over the Farewell Social & Dance held for Vincent & May TIPPETT in Three Springs on Monday 28 July 1941 [4: 2-Aug-1941]
Presided over the Farewell Function in Three Springs for Private Thomas W. WIGHAM on Friday 12 December 1941 [4: 20-Dec-1941]
Speaker at the Farewell to local army recruit Albert E. ROJO at the Three Springs Hall on Saturday 18 January 1942 [4: 24-Jan-1942]
Speaker at the Social & Dance held in Three Springs for six local soldiers serving in the Army on 20 September 1943 [4: 25-Sep-1943]
Speaker at the Farewell Smoke Social tendered to postmaster Jack ARMSTRONG in Three Springs on 12 March 1953 [4: 21-Mar-1953]
Passed away at the age of age of 78 years at the North Midlands District Hospital [24]
Father of Everett, Marie, Rufie, Pauline and Frances [P40]
Died 22 June 1977 in Three Springs; buried Three Springs General Cemetery (Roman Catholic, Plot 24) [24]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Charles Frederick Thomas' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 20 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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