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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Charles Hyde GRONOW

Born 15 August 1907 in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia [16]
Son of George GRONOW and Mary Louisa HYDE [54]
Grandson of Charles HYDE, who was one of the first farmers and a pioneer of Dalwallinu, Western Australia [5: 30-Mar-1934]
Grew up on his father's farm in Eaglehawk, Victoria and was educated at a school in Raywood, Victoria [P310]
In February 1924 his brother Lionel purchased from the Midland Railway Company 1,206 acres of virgin land in Waddy Forest [27]
     The 1,206 acres was Lot M1299 of Victoria Location 2023 and cost £1,055/6/1, payable by instalments over 15 years [27]
On 31 March 1924 his father purchased from the Midland Railway Company 1,377 acres of prospective farmland in Waddy Forest [27]
     The 1,377 acres was Lot M1295 of Victoria Location 2023, cost £1,102 and was payable by instalments over 15 years [27]
Along with his father, stepmother and brother Lionel left Victoria and shifted to Waddy Forest in Western Australia [P310]
Resided on and farmed Ingleneuk Farm in Waddy Forest with his parents and brother [19]
     The farm initially consisted of his father's 1,377 acre Lot M1295 and his brother Lionel's 1,206 acre Lot M1299 [27]
     In 1927 the farm was extended by 1,050 acres when he purchased Lot M1296 from Mrs Irene S. PATTON [3] [27] [39: 8-Nov-1927]
     They paid £2 per acre for the land from Mrs PATTON, which was virgin country [9: 27-Jan-1928]
     The farm was then a total of 3,633 acres consisting of Lots M1295, M1296 and M1299 of Victoria Location 2023 [3]
In early February 1929 he and his brother Lionel left Coorow for a holiday in South Australia [4: 9-Feb-1929]
Attended the Surprise Party tendered to John and Eliza LAMPARD at their home in Waddy Forest on 24 May 1930 [4: 31-May-1930]
     He and Kenneth E. JONES won the Ping Pong Tournament that was conducted at LAMPARD's Surprise Party [4]
Vestry Member for Waddy Forest and Ruri-Decanal Representative of the Carnamah-Coorow Anglican Church in 1933 [5: 2-Jun-1933]
Married Lydia CLINCH on Tuesday 13 March 1934 at Saint James Church in Moora[5: 23-Feb-1934, 30-Mar-1934]
His best man was his brother Lionel R. GRONOW while the bridesmaid was Lydia's sister Miss Muriel CLINCH [5: 30-Mar-1934]
Spoke on behalf of the Waddy parishioners at the welcome to Rev. Alfred J. TOOMEY in Carnamah on 29 August 1934 [5: 31-Aug-1934]
Represented Waddy Forest at meetings in Carnamah of the amalgamated Coorow-Three Springs Anglican Parish in 1934 [5: 16-Nov-1934]
Vestry Committee Member of the South Section of the Coorow-Three Springs Anglican Parish in 1935 [5: 17-May-1935]
Attended the Coorow Golf Club's Opening Day for the 1936 season in Coorow on Sunday 17 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Financial Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society in 1936 [150]
Attended the Surprise 21st Birthday Party for Nance FOLLAND at Enfield Parkin Waddy Forest on 17 August 1936 [5: 21-Aug-1936]
Exhibited in the Sheep Dog and Vegetable sections of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 3 September 1936 [5: 4 & 11-Sep-1936]
     Won 2nd prize for Border Collie dog or bitch, and in the Vegetable section received 1st prizes for Cauliflower, Carrots and Peas [5]
Attended Roy M. PATTON's birthday at the dam on Longforest Farm in Waddy Forest on Sunday 8 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Won 2nd prize for Border Collie dog or bitch in the Sheep Dog section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]
Attended the funeral of Waddy Forest farmer Stanley L. FOLLAND at the Moora Cemetery on Monday 25 August 1941 [4: 30-Aug-1941]
Lance Corporal in the local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War[16]
Steward of the Educational section at the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society's Tenth Annual Show in 1947 [150]
Purchased his brother Lionel's 1,206 acre Lot M1299 in Waddy Forest during the 1940-41 financial year [3] [P310]
He later bought out his father's share in the farm by purchasing his 1,377 acre Lot M1295 [3] [P310]
Farmer of Grovalley Farm in Waddy Forest [P310]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society 1946-1948 [150]
He served on the Carnamah District Road Board representing the Coorow Ward from 1949 to 1958 [7: page 112]
Employed the services of Coorow builder E. Clive HUNTER to extend his farmhouse in Waddy Forest [P320]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1952 [13]
Shifted to Bindoon in 1975, and on 1 March 1977 sold his farm in Waddy Forest to F. Keith & Janice L. MORCOMBE [P310]
Resided in Bindoon until his death in 1979 [2]
Father of Eleanor, Margaret, Rosalie and Wendy [P310]
Died 28 November 1979 and his ashes were scattered on his former Grovalley Farm in Waddy Forest [P310]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Charles Hyde Gronow' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/charles-hyde-gronow [sources]




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