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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Darby" / "Bob" Clarence Darby O'GRADY

Born 1 December 1903 in Fremantle, Western Australia [16]
Son of Standish Darby O'GRADY and Alice Maud DALE [15]
Fitter's Assistant in Carnamah 1925-1938 [19] [0: image 02932]
Advertised in October 1925 that he'd lost a handbag containing engineer's tools between Pithara and Carnamah [39: 22-Oct-1925]
Member of the Billeroo Cricket Club in 1934-35 [5: 23-Nov-1934, 5-Apr-1935]
Attended the Carnamah Rifle Club's Opening Shoot for the 1935 season over the 200 yard range on 18 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1935, and a Committee Member in 1936 [5: 6 & 20-Sep-1935, 17-Jul-1936]
With a 50 point score won the Carnamah Rifle Club's Spoon Competition over the 500 yard range on 27 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1935-36 - played for "Carnamah Blues"[5: 11-Oct-1935, 1-Nov-1935]
Attended the Carnamah Girls Club's Masquerade Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 7 December 1935 as "Rizla Papers" [5: 13-Dec-1935]
Attended the Wedding Social & Dance for Stuart and May FORD at Koolabba Farm in Carnamah on 25 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Member of the Billeroo Cricket Club in 1936-37 [5: 22-Jan-1937]
After holidaying in Perth for three weeks he returned to Carnamah on Wednesday evening 10 February 1937 [5: 12-Feb-1937]
He was among those from Billeroo who spent a few weeks over February and March 1937 holidaying at the coast at Cliff Head [5]
     Others included A. Charles NINEHAM, Herbert E. NINEHAM, Frank E. BRADLEY and H. Harold S. FOWLER [5: 12-Mar-1937]
Won the Guessing Weight of Sheep (91 pounds) at the Easter Athletic Sports Meeting in Carnamah on 29 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
In early June 1937 he was at the Carnamah Private Hospital suffering from a strained muscle [5: 11-Jun-1937]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Como prior to enlisting for service in the Royal Australian Air Force on 9 January 1940 [16]
     Sergeant 5775 in the Royal Australian Air Force's 1 Personnel Depot during the Second World War [16]
     In August 1943 his engagement to Miss Ruby HOWARD of South Nietta, Tasmania was announced [477: 17-Aug-1943]
     Married Ruby Florence HOWARD in June 1945 at the Holy Trinity Church in Ulverstone, Tasmania, Australia [477:19-Jun-1945]
     Due to "interstate travelling difficulties" none of his relatives were able to be present at his wedding [477:19-Jun-1945]
     Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 30 October 1946 [16]
Died September 1979; buried at Fawkner Memorial Park in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [236]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Clarence Darby O'Grady' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 14 June 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/clarence-darby-ogrady [sources]




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