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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Charlie" Charles POPE

Born 27 March 1907 in Perth, Western Australia [16]
Son of Harold POPE and Susan Matilda SLATER [P160]
Purchased farmland in Caron in partnership with his elder brother Harold POPE and farmed there until shifting to Carnamah [P160]
Himself and his elder brother Harold POPE purchased 2,001 acres of virgin land in Carnamah on 23 April 1924 [27]
     The 2,001 acres was purchased from the Midland Railway Company at a cost of £1300/19/6 or 13/- per acre [27]
     Received a 20% discount for paying cash for the land, which was said to have been financed by their father [9: 15-May-1925] [27] [P160]
     The 2,001 acres was Lot M1473 of Victoria Location 2023 and was situated eleven miles east of the Carnamah townsite [27] [P160]
Farmer of Koolabba Farm in Carnamah 1924-1967 [6] [27] [60] [P160]
     He and his brother Harold both farmed the property in partnership as "Pope Bros" 1924-1930 [P160]
     Initially the rates for their farm in Carnamah were sent to their father "C/- Col. Pope, Commissioner of Railway, Perth" [34]
     Their father visited Carnamah for a week in May 1925, during which time he stayed at the Carnamah Hotel [9: 15-May-1925]
     In 1925 they were hoping that the following year they'd be reaping 30 bushel crops [9: 15-May-1925]
     They had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son from 1927 to 1931 [53]
     While harvesting on Saturday 19 January 1929 a spark from their tractor started a fire on their farm [4: 26-Jan-1929]
     The fire was quickly extinguished with the help of their neighbours, but destroyed two acres of crop and harvested bags of wheat [4]
     Their father Col. Harold POPE was a guest at the R.S.L. Smoke Social held in Carnamah on 2 February 1929 [4: 9-Feb-1929]
His postal address was P.O. Box 11 at the Carnamah Post Office [50]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred LANG's wedding dance on 27 March 1928 at the Carnamah Hall [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Opening Season Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall on 18 May 1929 [4: 25-May-1929]
He was among those who attended the Centenary Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 26 July 1929 [86: 3-Aug-1929]
     The ball was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony [86]
Attended the Plain and Fancy Dress Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall on Thursday 8 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
On 19 September 1929 attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Anglican Church's Freak Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 3 October 1929 [4: 12-Oct-1929]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1929-30 [4: 22-Mar-1930]
Saw in the new year of 1930 with the singing of Auld Lang Syne at the Church of England's Dance at the Carnamah Hall [86: 4-Jan-1930]
Attended the Ball in Carnamah in aid of the local Roman Catholic Church's building fund on Thursday 24 May 1930 [4: 31-May-1930]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 11 July 1930 [96]
Left Carnamah in 1930 to study Veterinary Science at the Sydney University in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia [P160]
     Despite his departure his and his brother Harold's "Pope Bros" farming partnership appears to have continued [3] [60]
     "Pope Bros" sold 149 sheep through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 15 January 1936 [5: 17-Jan-1936]
     "Pope Bros" sold two bales of wool at 16½d. per pound through Goldsbrough Mort & Co in Perth on 9 March 1936 [5: 13-Mar-1936]
Spent part of his summer holidays with her brothers Harold and Vivian on Koolabba Farm in Carnamah in January 1937 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
In late 1937 obtained his Bachelor of Veterinary Science [0: image 02887]
Resided in Elwood, Victoria, Australia prior to enlisting in the Australian Army on 17 November 1939 [16]
     Captain VX217 in the Australian Army Veterinary Corps during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 2 June 1945 [16]
Later owned ran his own Veterinary Practise in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia[P160]
While living in Ballarat he re-joined the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 15 June 1945 [96]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Charles Pope ' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 19 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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