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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Claude BATTY

Born 1871 in Eastchurch, Kent, England [20] [21]
Son of James BATTY and Julia TOBEN [20] [21]
In 1871 was living with his parents, brother James and sister Adelaide at 1 Ganett Cottage in Eastchurch, Kent, England [20]
His mother died at the age of 29 years in early 1878, and later that same year his father married Mrs Emma QUESTED [21]
He was living with his father, stepmother, siblings and stepbrothers at Church Farm Cottage in Harty, Kent in 1881 [20]
In 1891 he was employed as an Able Seaman on the ship Darial and he later worked as a Bricklayer's Labourer [20] and Fitter [338]
Partner of Mrs Frances Lavinia Hodges HILBORN [20] [70]
     In 1901 he was living with Frances, her two children and her sister Florence RUCK at 54 Victoria Street in Whitstable, Kent [20]
     Departed London, England on the steamship Orvieto and arrived Fremantle, Western Australia on 21 March 1911 [338]
     He travelled with Mrs Frances HILBORN and her two children - with all three of them arriving using his surname of BATTY [338]
Labourer in the Perth suburb of Queen's Park 1914-1916 [50]
Contractor and Labourer in Three Springs 1916-1921 [9: 27-Oct-1916] [19] [50]
     He was the successful tenderer to make footpaths in Three Springs for the Upper Irwin Road Board at £3/8/10 per chain in 1916 [9]
Farmer in Arrino 1921-1926 [6] [44]
     For the first year or two he owned farmland in Arrino in partnership with J. E. THOMAS, trading as "Batty & Thomas" [44]
     Initially his farm in Arrino consisted solely of Victoria Location 3748, which was 100 acres in size [44]
     His partner Frances was thrown from a spring cart and died in Arrino on Saturday 6 May 1922 [10: 12-May-1922]
     Although they don't appear to have married, he referred to Frances as his "beloved wife" [9: 5-May-1922]
     By 1925 he'd extended his farm by 765 acres, to a total of 865 acres, with the purchase of Victoria Locations 3749, 4475 and 4478 [44]
     During the 1926-27 financial year he sold his farm in Arrino to Greville S. S. TUNBRIDGE [44]
He was living on the Inering Estate in Carnamah in 1933, presumably on his son's farm [4: 7-Feb-1931]
Along with three others, including Cecil R. POTTER of Carnamah, he departed Fremantle on the yacht Iolanthe on 8 January 1931 [4]
     They planned to sail north to Dongara over about five days and advised friends they would send a telegraph upon arrival [4]
     After they failed to arrive the coast was searched without success and it was presumed that the yacht had met with disaster [4]
     On 5 February 1931 one of the men telegraphed that they'd arrived in Carnarvon, some 500 miles past their destination [4: 7-Feb-1931]
     A day into their journey the encountered bad weather, lost their bearings and the yacht sustained some damage [81]
     They eventually made it to Cape Inscription on Dirk Hartog Island and after running out of food survived on turtles, fish and crabs [81]
     After suffering with dysentery, a fishing schooner saw their distress signals, collected them and took them to Carnarvon [81]
     The Sunday Times newspaper reported that he was weakened by the arduous experience [81: 8-Feb-1931]
In 1933 he was living on Williamson Street in the Three Springs townsite and was working as a Labourer [19]
He was living on McDonald Street in the Perth suburb of Tuart Hill in 1949, 1954 and 1958 [50]
In 1963 he was living at Eventide Home in the Perth suburb of Nedlands [50]
Died 14 July 1967; buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, WI, 315) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Claude Batty' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 7 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/claude-batty [reference list]




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