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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Charlie" Charles John DALLIMORE

Born 26 November 1896 in Subiaco, Western Australia [5 & 15]
Son of Charles John DALLIMORE and Delia KEIRSE [15]
Grew up in Subiaco - in 1905 was living with his parents in Mueller Road in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [6]
In 1916 he was working as a Clerk and residing with his parents at 283 Meuller Road in Subiaco [30: item 3483814]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in Perth on 20 February 1916[30: item 3483814]
     He had the signed consent of both his parents, which was necessary as he was under 21 years of age [30]
     At the time of his enlistment he was serving with the 88th Infantry [30], which was a cadet and citizen force [327]
     He was 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighed 122 pounds, had blue eyes, fair hair, a fair complexion and a scar on his left thumb [30]
     After initial training at Blackboy Hill he was appointed on 4 April 1916 to the 18th Reinforcements of the 16th Battalion [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A48 Seang Bee on 18 July 1916 [18]
     Disembarked in Plymouth, England on 9 September 1916 and began further training the following day [30]
     He was hospitalised for scarlet fever on 17 September 1916 but was taken on strength and resumed training a week later [30]
     Following further training in England he proceeded overseas to France on the steamship Arundel on 12 December 1916 [30]
     Private 5704 in the Australian Imperial Force's 16th Infantry Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Listed as Missing in Action from 11 April 1917 however later revised to Prisoner of War interned at Limburg, Germany [30]
     After 20 months as a prisoner of war he was repatriated to England, arriving on 18 December 1918 [30]
     Lost four days pay for being Absent Without Leave from 10am on 22 January 1919 to 9am on 24 January 1919 [30]
     Embarked from England on the H.T. Barambag and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 17 October 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 21 December 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
In 1925 he was working as a Carpenter and living with his parents at 283 Roberts Road in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [50]
Married Ivy Evangeline STONEMAN in Perth in 1925 [66]
Builder and Contractor in Carnamah from 1927 until his death in 1965 [P92]
Did considerable work in and around Carnamah building houses and shifting and re-erecting houses [P7]
Built for himself and his wife a large stone house at 19 Boojerabba Street, Carnamah in 1927 [4: 7-May-1927]
     On arrival in Carnamah himself and his wife stayed with Zeb and Lana GREEN [P92]
     Stayed with the GREEN family on Railway Avenue in the Carnamah townsite and then for a few weeks at the Carnamah Hotel [P92]
     Once he had built the laundry for their house they lived in that while he built the actual house [P92]
     In February 1928 it was reported that his residence was "practically completed" [9: 17-Feb-1928]
     Following the completion of his home he had the telephone connected - was telephone number Carnamah-32 [60]
     Boojerabba Street was part of the initial Carnamah townsite, and was named after an Aboriginal locality northeast of Carnamah [P1]
     The Carnamah District Road Board changed the name of the street from Boojerabba to Robertson Street in 1932 [39: 26-Mar-1932]
Secretary and Manager of the Carnamah Brick Works in 1928 and 1929 [4: 1-Sep-1928, 1-Jun-1929]
     The brickworks were initially unable to commence manufacturing in 1928 due to a lack of rain [39: 10-Jul-1928]
     They had started to cart water for the brickworks in July 1928 and it was expected manufacturing would soon follow [39: 10-Jul-1928]
     He was presumably the person looking for a "Good Brickmaker" for Carnamah in The West Australian in August 1928 [39: 4-Aug-1928]
     In September 1928, following trial kilns, was turning out bricks of exceptional quality and could supply large orders [4: 22-Sep-1928]
     About 17,000 bricks made from local clay had been produced by September 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son from the 1920s to the 1940s [53]
Assisted the Carnamah Golf Club with the creation of their new golf course at Centenary Park in Carnamah in 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Came 2nd in the Sheep Weight Competition at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1934; his guess was only out by 2 oz. [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Wrote to the Carnamah District Road Board in 1934 suggesting means of reducing fire risk by the design of future buildings [5]
     He wrote the letter after two shops were totally destroyed by fire and a third damaged on Sunday 9 December 1934 [5: 21-Dec-1934]
After spending several days in Perth himself and Neil MOORHEAD returned to Carnamah on 22 November 1935 [5: 29-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]
Arrived back in Carnamah on Saturday evening 9 May 1936 after a visit to Perth[5: 15-May-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association in 1936 [5: 12-Jun-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association in 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
The North Midland Times reported on 9 April 1937 that he had paid a visit to Perth during the week [5: 9-Apr-1937]
His brother G. Henry DALLIMORE and his wife Gwendolen stayed with them in Carnamah for a few days in May 1937 [5: 14-May-1937]
Motored to Perth as a passenger on Sunday 19 September 1937 and returned to Carnamah later in the week [5: 24-Sep-1937]
     He travelled with "Jack" John K. DIGBY and they were also accompanied by "Stan" D. Standish O'GRADY [5]
In 1938 he was the local agent for the West Australian Boring Company and Southern Cross Windmills [0: image 02824]
Throughout the 1940s an agent for Wigmores Limited (farm machinery) and Southern Cross (windmills and engines) [13] [0: image 02949]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1937-1948 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in the 1930s and 1940s [52]
Leased the old garage premises at 2 Robertson Street, Carnamah from local farmer John S. ROOKE [3] [P92]
     Used the premises for the storage of his building materials and tools, and his employee Neil MOORHEAD lived at the back [P92]
     In February 1949 purchased the premises at 2 Robertson Street (Lot 71 of Victoria Location 1936) from John S. ROOKE [3]
     In about 1949 his employee "Fitzy" Vesey FITZGERALD started a mechanical repairs garage in the premises [P92]
     He never worked in the garage himself, but employed mechanics to do the work [51]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1940 [58]
Placed an advertisement for his business in the schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1940 [13]
     "C. J. Dallimore, Builder and Contractor, Carnamah - Agent for: [13]
     "Southern Cross Electric Light Plants, Windmills, Engines and all Water Supply Equipment" [13]
     "Wigmores Limited  - Farm Machinery for all purposes. Your Enquiry will have Prompt and Expert Attention" [13]
In October 1946 purchased three vacant blocks in Robertson Street, Carnamah from the Estate of the Late Henry F. BASFORD [3]
     The three townsite blocks were 6, 8 and 10 Robertson Street (respectively Lots 76, 75 and 74 of Victoria Location 1936 [3]
     Pulled down the saddler's residence at 11 Macpherson Street and used the material to build a house at 10 Robertson Street [P92]
     Rented the house at 10 Robertson Street to Mrs Eunice M. ROWLAND from 1947 and sold it to her on 1 November 1949 [3] [P140]
     His block as 6 and 8 Robertson Street remained vacant, however by 1956 there was a "Depot" at his 6 Robertson Street [3]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Coorow farmer George HUTCHCRAFT on 28 January 1949 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
In 1952 housed his numerous workers at "The Barracks" (back of ex-newspaper printing office), Hardwicks and Ninds [53]
Also had the telephone connected to The Barracks - which was telephone number Carnamah-31 from 1954 to 1965 [60]
Obtained electricity for his home, garage, timber yard and the buildings that housed his workmen from Henry Parkin & Son [53]
As a Wigmores agent he was a seller of the new John Deere automatic pick-up hay baler in 1954 [4: 24-Jul-1954]
He was made a Life Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society on 17 May 1956 [58]
Vice Patron of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1957-1965 [58]
A Carnamah resident in reference to him said "I never met a nicer man" and that he "built beautifully finished homes" [P9]
Resided in Carnamah until his death in 1965; died near the Winchester-Eneabba Road in Carnamah [24]
Father of Effie and Tony [P4]
Died 11 May 1965 in Carnamah; buried at the Three Springs General Cemetery, Three Springs (Anglican, Row 4, Plot 115) [24]
His Victory Medal from the First World War was found near the back fence of a house on Railway Avenue, Carnamah in 2013 [P1]
The medal was handed to the Carnamah Historical Society in March 2013 and on 9 October 2013 was given to his daughter Effie [P1]


Charles John DALLIMORE is known to have done the following building and contract work in and near Carnamah:
In May 1927 was engaged in building a town office for Charles ROBERTSON at 14 Macpherson Street, Carnamah [4: 7-May-1927]
He finished building a new house for Reginald M. DIAMOND on Wooruk Farm in Carnamah during September 1927 [4: 24-Sep-1927]
In later 1927 he built a weatherboard house for Raymond R. WYLIER at 17 Boojerabba Street in Carnamah [4: 24-Sep-1927]
Built a six roomed brick house in Carnamah for local butcher Ernest C. ANDREWS from May to October 1928 [4: 19-May-1928]
     During the same period also built a new house for Sydney C. GOOCH on his farm in Three Springs [4: 20-Oct-1928]
     In October 1928 began construction of a weatherboard house at 3 Niven Crescent, Carnamah for C. E. I. THOMPSON [4]
In 1929 erected a machinery shed behind the town hall, a 3000 gallon tank and fence for the Carnamah Road Board [4: 30-Nov-1929]
Contracted by the Carnamah Road Board to relocate the town trough in December 1929 [4: 14-Dec-1929]
Effected additions and other work to the doctor's residence / Carnamah Private Hospital in 1930 [5: 20-Dec-1935, 20-Mar-1936, 24-Apr-1936]
     The work was done for the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association, who then referred payment to the Road Board [5]
     The matter later created a large deal of controversy as to who was to pay him for the work done to the doctor's residence [5]
     The Road Board were unsuccessful at raising a loan to pay for the work he'd done, which they hadn't requested [5]
     Furthermore, the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association later requested that the Road Board not pay for the work done [5]
     A deputation from the Carnamah R.S.L. met with the Carnamah District Road Board on Wednesday 18 March 1936 [5]
     The deputation unsuccessfully requested that the Road Board pay him for work he'd done on the Private Hospital / residence [5]
     The Road Board wasn't legally obliged to pay for the work, but the deputation felt that the Road Board had a moral obligation [5]
     Five years on and still having not received payment he hired the services of Messrs Parker & Parker, solicitors of Perth [5]
     Part of the payment was a £200 account with Millars Timber & Trading Company for the materials used on the hospital [5]
     John BOWMAN and William A. T. SARGENT travelled to Perth to interview Millars Timber & Trading Company [5: 12-Jun-1936]
     They managed to negotiate a £60 settlement for the £200 account, and to drop legal proceedings against him for payment [5]
     A more sympathetic Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association endorsed their actions at a meeting on Saturday 6 June 1936 [5]
     The Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association also set about finding a way to raise the £60 [5: 12-Jun-1936]
In July 1930 was engaged in erecting a residence in Carnamah for the Shell Oil Company to house their superintendent [4: 19-Jul-1930]
Later in 1930 was working at building a new garage at 4 Macpherson Street for local mechanic Stan O'GRADY [4: 1-Nov-1930]
     The garage built for Stan O'GRADY was built from bricks made at the local Carnamah Brick Works [4: 14-Dec-1929]
From July to September 1933 renovated the old Post Office building at 23 Macpherson Street, Carnamah [5: 21-Jul-1933, 1-Sep-1933]
     Employed by Cornelius SHEAHAN to transform the building into a spacious shop with living quarters behind [5: 13-Oct-1933]
Paid £20/1/6 for work on the stage and for erecting curtains at the Carnamah Hall for the Carnamah District Road Board in 1933 [300]
In 1934 constructed a 70 by 24 foot exhibition shed for the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [4: 14-Jul-1934, 31-Aug-1934] [5: 13-Jul-1934]
Around 1935 built a shearing shed on Wongyarra Farm in Carnamah for William A. T. SARGENT [P46]
     In 1937 he built a substantial new brick home [P46] for William A. T. SARGENT on Wongyarra Farm in Carnamah [5: 5-Feb-1937]
In August 1935 was the successful tender at £44 to erect pig yards and extend a kitchen for the Carnamah District Agricultural Soc. [5]
     The kitchen was located in the Society's shed at Centenary Park and the twelve pig yards were also at Centenary Park [5: 9-Aug-1935]
     He may have ended up charging the Society below tender as their expenditure reveals they paid him £40 for the work [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Built a house on HOLLINGSWORTH Bros' farm in Carnamah, and one for William A. T. SARGENT on Wongyarra Farm [P92]
Fitted doors on the shed at the rear of the Carnamah Hall for the Carnamah District Road Board in June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
In November 1936 erected new tanks and repaired equipment for the Carnamah District Road Board [5: 4-Dec-1936]
In about 1937 separated Mrs Florence M. BROWN's boarding house at 13-15 Caron Street into two houses (one on each block) [P92]
Built a house for Percival L. MILLARD on Gimlet Park Farm in Three Springs [P92]
Built a large house for James K. FORRESTER on Dunester Farm in Carnamah[P7]
Later built houses for Alan R. C. FORRESTER on Bowhill Farm and for Ian T. M. FORRESTER on Inverness Farm [P92]
Separated the Carnamah Hostel (ex-boarding house) in Caron Street, Carnamah into two houses in 1936 [P7]
In 1947 shifted a weatherboard house from Kapella Farm to 20 Railway Avenue, Carnamah for Donald F. A. ROWLAND [P80]
Contracted in 1950 to construct the new Carnamah State School  [4: 16-Dec-1950]
Built a Bio Box used for showing pictures at the Carnamah Hall for the Carnamah District Road Board in 1952 [283]
Over 1954 and 1955 constructed a large brick and tile home on Prowaka SpringFarm, Carnamah for David I. M. BOWMAN [P1]
     He had previously built at Prowaka Spring a four roomed cookhouse, large rectangular silo, shearing shed and windmills [P1]
Won the tender to build an official Post Office building on the corner of Prater and Winfield streets in Morawa in 1955 [476]
Built the Carnamah Masonic Lodge's Temple at 16 Caron Street, Carnamah [P92]
His services were employed by a number of local people to shift old Midland Railway houses to other farms or into town [P7]
Built the local Country Women's Association's Restroom at 26 Macpherson Street in Carnamah in 1957 [7: page 171]
In 1963 and 1964 built the Anglican Church of the Holy Apostles at 1 Niven Crescent, Carnamah for £10,004 [7: page 237]
He was the contractor build major additions to the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [P92]
Also built the new Carnamah Town Hall, part of the Carnamah Junior High School and many and numerous houses in Carnamah [P4]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Charles John Dallimore' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 October 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/charles-john-dallimore [sources]




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