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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Charles Richard BENNETTS

Born 24 June 1921 in Subiaco, Western Australia [16]
Worked for Wesfarmers in Waroona [39: 31-Jan-2006]
Resided in Waroona until enlisting in the Australian Army in Bunbury on 31 March 1941 [16]
Corporal W732 in the Australian Arm's 10 Light Horse Regiment during the Second World War [16]
Discharged from the Australian Army on 12 October 1942 and enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force the next day [16]
Flying Officer 427976 in the Royal Australian Air Force's TRANS during the Second World War [16]
Married Ivy Caroline WOODLEY in 1944 [66]
Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 28 September 1945 [16]
Worked for Wesfarmers in Waroona, Pinjarra, Narembeen and then Three Springs[39: 31-Jan-2006]
Arrived in Three Springs in August 1959 when Wesfarmers took over the North Midlands Farmers Co-operative's stores [P450]
Manager of the Wesfarmers co-op stores in Three Springs, Carnamah, Winchester, Coorow and Marchagee [P450]
In 1959 the stores at Winchester and Marchagee were closed as it was felt the three major stores were sufficient [P450]
Most of the supplies for the stores came from Gascoyne Traders and he often met truck drivers with deliveries through the night [P450]
He'd sometimes open the stores to accept deliveries at all three stores in the early hours of the morning [P450]
Deliveries included watermelons from Geraldton and wooden boxes of apples from Boyup Brook [P450]
His wife Ivy worked in the drapery section of the Co-op store in Three Springs[P450]
Together they both often worked evenings lodging stock orders, paying invoices and preparing ticket cards for sales [P450]
During his time at Three Springs the stores at Carnamah and Coorow became privately owned [P450]
Manager of Wesfarmers in Three Springs until November 1967 when he took long service leave [P450]
He was then transferred to Perth where he Wesfarmers' Credit Officer for Country Purchases [P450]
Resided of late in South Perth [2]
Father of Graeme, Carol, Nollene and Ron [39: 31-Jan-2006]
Died 10 September 1991; ashes interred Fremantle Cemetery, Perth WA (Lakes Small Bronze, Garden of Remembrance, BP1, 45) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Charles Richard Bennetts' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 15 December 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/charles-richard-bennetts  [ sources ]




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