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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Clarrie" Clarence Francis Thomas RYAN

Born 1891 in Northampton, Western Australia [15]
Son of Daniel Joseph RYAN and Mary Margaret MILLER [15]
In 1916 he was a Shop Assistant in Greenough, presumably working for his father who was a local Storekeeper [50]
Passed as fit for active service in the Australian Imperial Force in Geraldton on 21 January 1916 [30: item 8074102]
     Officially enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Blackboy Hill on 1 February 1916 [30]
     He had previously served three years with the disbanded 18th Australian Light Horse in Greenough [30]
     After training at Maribyrnong in Victoria he was appointed to the 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column on 1 June 1916 [30]
     Embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A37 Barambah on 27 June 1916 [30]
     Disembarked in Plymouth, England on 25 August 1916 and after further training proceeded to France 24 November 1916 [30]
     Driver 24434 in the Australian Imperial Force's 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column in France during the First World War [30]
     Transferred from the 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column to the 7th Field Artillery Brigade on 12 July 1918 [30]
     Driver 24434 in the Australian Imperial Force's 7th Field Artillery Brigade in France during the First World War [30]
     Embarked from England on the H.T. Karmala and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 10 August 1919 [30]
     He was hospitalised during the war for pleurisy and at the end of the war still had a cough, expectoration and weight loss [30]
     Discharged from the A.I.F. in Perth on 22 September 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
His sister Mary J. C. J. RYAN was married in 1922 to "Les" Reginald L. MACPHERSON, the son of a Carnamah pioneer [66]
Bookkeeper & Accountant in Carnamah 1924-1938 [4: 1-Sep-1928] [6] [19] [50]
     Later operated from a portion of Elder Smith & Company's premises at 16 Macpherson Street in Carnamah [P44]
     Relieving Secretary of the Carnamah District Road Board in May 1930 and again in October 1933 [4: 31-May-1930] [5: 13-Oct-1933]
     In 1933 he was a representative in Carnamah for the Perth accounting firm R. Goyne Miller [5: 14-Jul-1933]
     Assistant Secretary of the Carnamah District Road Board in 1933 [300: page 2]
     Assistant District Registrar for Births, Deaths and Marriages in Carnamah in 1933 and 1934 [5: 16-Feb-1934]
Attended the house warming of Geoffrey K. RYDER and farewell party of Kim HOLMES in Carnamah in August 1928 [4: 1-Sep-1929]
Owing to a severe illness he was an inmate of the hospital in Three Springs during October 1928 [4: 10 & 20-Nov-1928]
     His sister Nurse RYAN travelled up to help nurse him, and he returned to Carnamah partially recovered on 1 November 19278 [4]
He was among those who attended the Carnamah Cricket Club's Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall on 20 April 1929 [4: 27-Apr-1929]
Attended the Plain and Fancy Dress Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall on Thursday 8 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Anglican Church's Freak Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 3 October 1929 [4: 12-Oct-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Opening Season Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall on 18 May 1930 [4: 25-May-1929]
Member of the Carnamah Loyal Lodge of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows Friendly Society in 1930 [4: 23-Aug-1930]
Auditor for the Carnamah Athletic Club in 1932 [4: 6-Feb-1932]
Made a donation to the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them purchase premises [5: 2-Sep-1932]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
Committee Member in 1932 and Auditor in 1934 of the Carnamah Race Club [4: 12-Mar-1932] [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Auditor in 1932-33 and Member in 1934-35 of the Carnamah Cricket Club 4: 17-Sep-1932] [5: 12-Apr-1935]
He was among those from Carnamah who attended the R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Morawa on 28 October 1933 [5: 3-Nov-1933]
Auditor for the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association in 1932 and 1933 [5: 17-Mar-1933] [4: 9-Jul-1932]
Audited the books of the Carnamah District Road Board on 1 July 1933 [5: 14-Jul-1933]
Attended the Annual R.S.L. General Meeting and Smoke Social in Carnamah on Thursday 8 March 1934 [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Auditor for the Carnamah Football Club in 1934, 1935, 1936 and 1937 [5: 20-Apr-1934, 19-Apr-1935, 17-Apr-1936, 16-Apr-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League - was Secretary in 1934 and 1938 [5: 16-Mar-1934] [52]
     Auditor and Committee Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1937 [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Attended the Repertory Social, of plays, community singing and dancing, held in Carnamah on 15 August 1934 [5: 17-Aug-1934]
Assistant Secretary in 1934 and Auditor 1934-1938 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [5: 17-Nov-1933] [13]
Possibly resided at the Carnamah Hotel during his sojourn in Carnamah as he was living there in 1934 [4: 15-Dec-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club 1934-1936, and Auditor in 1937 [5: 24-Aug-1934, 24-May-1935, 8-May-1936, 5-Mar-1937]
Rushed to Perth on 9 July 1934 after receiving a wireless message advising him that his father was seriously ill [4: 14-Jul-1934]
     His father, Daniel Joseph RYAN, late of Perth, passed away three days later at the age of 73 years on 12 July 1934 [2]
Was back in Carnamah by early November 1934 after undergoing an operation to his leg at the hospital in Three Springs [5: 2-Nov-1934]
He and James J. POWELL were up late talking at the Carnamah Hotel on 9 December 1934 when they heard an explosion [4]
    Looking out the window saw a bright glow coming from Stanley L. HIDDEN's store and residential premises across the road [4]
    They immediately raised the alarm in the hotel and ran out onto the street by which time the building was well ablaze [4]
    Both he and James went in different directions and awoke the townspeople to help fight the fire [4]
    Although they were quick on the scene the building was beyond saving and was entirely burnt to the ground [4: 15-Dec-1934]
Attended Charlie OLSON's Surprise 70th Birthday at Lou JOHANSEN's farm on Thursday 17 January 1935 [5: 25-Jan-1935]
Attended the R.S.L. Annual General Meeting and Smoke Social at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 6 April 1935 [5: 12 & 19-Apr-1935]
Returned to Carnamah on Wednesday 26 June 1935 after spending several weeks in Perth [5: 28-Jun-1935]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1935 - helped behind the scenes with their concerts [5: 2-Aug-1935]
Attended the Super & Social held after the Carnamah Repertory Club's Fifth Concert on Thursday 25 July 1935 [5: 2-Aug-1935]
Attended the Fourth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Three Springs on Saturday 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Auditor of the Carnamah Tennis Club during their 1935-36 [5: 16-Aug-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Auditor for the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1936 and 1937 [5: 10-Apr-1936, 7-May-1937]
He was among those from the North Midlands districts who visited Perth during the Easter holidays in April 1936 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Attended the R.S.L. Social to farewell "Chitter" George F. BROWN at the Carnamah Hostel on Friday 24 April 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
Auditor for the North Midlands Football Association in 1936 and 1937 [5: 8-May-1936, 9-Apr-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association in 1936 [5: 12-Jun-1936]
Auditor for the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1936 [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Florence PRICE of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on Tuesday 1 September 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Attended the birthday party for hotel licensee Malcolm LESLIE at the Carnamah Hotel on Saturday 5 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
After a visit to Perth returned to Carnamah on Wednesday 28 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
In November 1936 he was appointed an Umpire for the weekly bike races conducted by the Carnamah Athletic Club [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Attended the farewell to Josephine M. FITZGERALD at the Carnamah Hotel on Saturday evening 27 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Attended and competed at the Carnamah Golf Club's Season Opening at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 2 May 1937 [5: 7-May-1937]
He was among the 80 who attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening at the Carnamah Hall on 25 June 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
Travelled from Carnamah to Perth on Thursday 5 August 1937 for a two week holiday [5: 6 & 20-Aug-1937]
     At the end of his holiday he returned to Carnamah by car with Carnamah hotelkeeper Malcolm LESLIE who was in Perth [5]
Attended and supported the toast to the makeup artists at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Concert on 20 August 1937 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
Doorkeeper at the Boxing Tournament held in Carnamah on Saturday evening 28 August 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937, 3-Sep-1937]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1937 [13]
In April 1938 obtained legal permission to run a 200-ticket raffle in aid of the Aged Sailors and Soldiers Fund [88]
He was the guest of honour at a valedictory dance and social in June 1938 at the Carnamah town hall [0: image 03328]
Left Carnamah in 1938 and shifted to Moora [0: image 03321]
Representative for the accounting firm R. Goyne Miller & Co in Moora in 1944[0: image 04575]
Later resided in Bunbury [2]
Died 18 April 1961; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Roman Catholic, LC, 12) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Clarence Francis Thomas Ryan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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