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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Clem" Clement William John LONG

Born 1876 in Coorow, Western Australia [30: item 9206290]
Son of William LONG and Sarah GREEN [P17]
He grew up on Coorow Station in Coorow - where his parents had been the first non-indigenous settlers [P17]
Following their father's death he and his brother Henry J. LONG ran Coorow Station in Coorow [P16]
     They are said to have had a sheep camp six and a half miles east of Coorow which they called Caron [120: 15-Feb-1951]
     In February 1898 "Long Bros" sold horses in Geraldton and were highly pleased with the good prices they received [323: 7-Feb-1898]
     They ran the property under the name of "Long Bros" until 1901 when it was lost due to a mortgage with £2,000 owing [P16]
Labourer in Berkshire Valley in 1903 [50]
Farmhand in Coorow in 1904 [19]
Labourer in Watheroo in 1905 and 1906 [50]
Farmer in Coorow 1907-1915 [44] [50]
     He was the owner of 120 acres of farmland near Turipa Spring and Jun Jun Spring in Coorow, being Victoria Location 2888 [44]
     By the end of the 1914-15 financial year he also owned the adjoining 120 acre Victoria Location 3343 [44]
Purchased the quarter acre Lot 97 of the Coorow townsite on 25 March 1914 with his nephew Ernest A. LONG [27]
     The block was purchased from the Midland Railway Company for £15 which they paid for by installments over a year [27]
     They paid rates until the 1918-19 financial year on their Lot 97 - which later became the site of the Coorow Hotel [3] [44]
Along with his nephew Ernest A. LONG left Coorow for Yarrabubba Station in Nannine on 29 March 1915 [168]
     They were met by his nephew C. Harold NAIRN at Nannine and they arrived at Yarrabubba Station on 3 April 1915 [168]
     Labourer for his nephews Edward F. W. NAIRN and C. Harold NAIRN on Yarrabubba Station in Nannine in 1915 [168]
     He worked variously on Yarrabubba Station as a Stockman, Shearer, Labourer, Well Sinker and Land Clearer [168]
Applied to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 2 March 1916 [30: item 9206290]
     On enlistment he was 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighed 165 pounds with blue eyes, a ruddy complexion and brown going grey hair [30]
     He gave his next of kin as his sister Mrs Jessie N. STONE, who was at that time living at 159 Lord Street in Perth [30]
     His application to enlist was accepted however he was subsequently discharged due to having a permanent knee injury [30]
     He had received the knee injury the previous year at a cricket match in Nannine, while in the employ of his NAIRN nephews [30]
Farmer and Farmhand in Coorow 1916-1932 [3] [19] [50]
     Farmhand for Samuel B. RUDDUCK on Koobabbie Farm in Coorow in 1916 [P17]
     His nephew Ernest A. LONG and niece Irene E. DEE were also working on Koobabbie Farm in Coorow [P17]
     His 240 acres in Victoria Locations 2888 and 3342 were rated to himself and his nephew Ernest A. LONG 1916 onwards [44]
     The 240 acres, known as Jun Jun Farm, was farmed by his nephew Ernest A. LONG 1916-1969 [P272]
     He and his nephew Ernest A. LONG purchased the quarter acre Lot 3 of the Coorow townsite on 14 February 1922 [27]
     They purchased Lot 3 from the Midland Railway Company for £20 via a deposit of £4 and six instalments of £2/13/4 [27]
     Married Nettie GALE nee LEAF in Perth in 1925 [66]
     Resided with his wife on Samuel B. RUDDUCK's Koobabbie Farm where he worked as a Stockman [P17]
     He was likely the Long of "Gale & Long" who purchased a Ford truck from Carnamah dealer Rupert LAFFAN in 1928 [4: 16-Nov-1929]
     Vermin Inspector in Coorow for the Carnamah District Road Board in 1930 [4: 18-Jan-1930]
     During the 1932-33 financial year he held the 2,391 acre lease for Victoria Location 8740 in Coorow [3]
     Victoria Location 8740 is on the east side of the Old Geraldton Road and the north side of Hunt Road in Coorow-Marchagee [62]
In 1936 he and his wife may have been in Perth as she was enrolled to vote with an address of 75 Malcolm Street, West Perth [50]
Sent a wreath for the funeral of Coorow stationmaster William C. Cox at the Karrakatta Cemetery on 4 November 1937 [5: 12-Nov-1937]
After an absence from Coorow he had returned by 1938 [19]
Farmhand in Coorow 1938-1941 [19]
Later resided in North Perth [2]
Died 23 June 1945; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, LE, 226) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Clement William John Long' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 16 April 2024 from [reference list]

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