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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Charles Oliver RHODES

Born C.1875 [2]
Tailor in partnership with his brothers trading as "Rhodes Bros" 1899-1936 [6]
     They were tailors at 8 City Markets on South Terrace in Fremantle in 1899, at 11 South Terrace in Fremantle 1900-1904, [6]
     at Katanning 1900-1920, Broomehill 1911-1914, Gnowangerup in 1914, Albany 1915-1919, Narrogin 1916-1919, [6] [50]
     121 Murray Street in Perth 1920-1921, 837 Hay Street in Perth in 1921 and 1922, 309 William Street in Perth 1923-1924, [6]
     Busselton 1924-1929 and Geraldton 1930-1936 - with one, two or three establishments in different places at the one time [6]
     In 1915 and 1916 they were tailors and drapers, and in 1923 and 1924 they were tailors, cleaners and dyers [6]
Married Elizabeth GARNER in Fremantle in 1902 [15]
     Himself and his wife resided on Cantonment Road in Fremantle in 1902 and 1903, and on Victoria Road in Fremantle in 1904 [6]
     They were in Katanning from later 1903 until at least 1906 and in 1916 were living in Albany [50]
     Resided on King William Street 1921-1923 and on Railway Crescent 1925-1926 in the Perth suburb of Bayswater [6] [50]
In 1933 "Rhodes Bros" were Tailors at 33 Marine Terrace in Geraldton [5: 2-Jun-1933]
     They announced on 2 June 1933 that they would be opening a branch of their tailoring business in Carnamah [5: 2-Jun-1933]
     He arrived in Carnamah on 24 or 25 June 1933 to open the Carnamah branch of their business [5: 30-Jun-1933]
Tailor in Carnamah in 1933 [5: 30-Jun-1933]
     Initially he conducted their Carnamah branch from Nind's Buildings at 27 Macpherson Street, Carnamah [5: 30-Jun-1933]
     During the same period Nind's Buildings were also being used by used by dressmaker Mrs Mildred M. GRANT [5: 30-Jun-1933]
     In July 1933 the old Post Office building at 23 Macpherson Street, Carnamah was turned into a shop for them [5: 28-Jul-1933, 1-Sep-1933]
     The old stone Post Office building had been altered to include a modern attractive shop with living quarters behind [5: 21-Jul-1933]
     Following the completion of the alternations he moved into the old Post Office building on Monday 9 October 1933 [5: 13-Oct-1933]
     Leased the premises, which included a spacious shop and four living rooms, from Cornelius SHEAHAN [5: 13-Oct-1933]
Advertised their business in The North Midland Times and The Irwin Index newspapers [4: 9-Dec-1933] [5: 30-Jun-1933, 18-Aug-1933, 20-Oct-1933]
Also advertised their business in the Schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1933 [13]
     "New Tailoring Business at Carnamah! Rhodes Bros." [13]
     "Tailors (Marine Terrace, Geraldton) have opened a branch business at Carnamah; Perfect Fit Guaranteed at Moderate Prices" [13]
     "Full Range of Newest Suitings, Serges, Tweeds and Melanges - All Work is Hand Tailored - In the Latest Styles" [13]
Chaired a meeting at the Don Tea Rooms, Carnamah on 10 October 1933 which resulted in the formation of a town band [5: 13-Oct-1933]
Their Carnamah branch was the only tailoring establishment between Dongara and Moora in December 1933 [4: 9-Dec-1933]
By March 1934 they had suspended their operations in Carnamah and vacated the premises at 23 Macpherson Street [5: 30-Mar-1934]
Himself and his wife were living on George Road in Geraldton in 1936 [50]
Later resided in Busselton [2]
Died 5 October 1961; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Presbyterian, BC, 176) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Charles Oliver Rhodes' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 5 July 2022 from [reference list]

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