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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Colin Charles Cockerill SMITH

Born 11 October 1897 in Balaclava, South Australia [16] [55]
Son of Alfred Ernest Cockerill SMITH and Mary Ann UNDERWOOD [55]
He and his brother Archie shifted to and began share-farming in Arrino, Western Australia in 1927 [4: 28-May-1927]
     "Smith Bros" of Arrino purchased a Case tractor through Westralian Farmers Ltd in April 1927 [4: 23-Apr-1927]
Sharefarmer in Arrino 1927-1932 [4] [19]
     He could be the C. C. SMITH of Yandanooka who owned a Chevrolet truck with license plate MI-106 in 1927-28 [325]
     He and his brother Archie were share-farming at Belleranga near Dudawa, East Arrino in 1929 [4: 17-Nov-1928]
     In 1929 they obtained "a remarkable heavy yield" for the Ford variety of wheat grown on light sandplain country [4]
Married Dorothy BISHOP in 1933 [66]
Farmer of Byancanna Farm in Three Springs 1933-1939 [19]
     The property was said to have been situated twelve miles east of Three Springs [5: 27-Mar-1936]
He was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Member of the inaugural team representing the North Midlands Football Association in 1928 [4: 6-Oct-1928]
Won the High Jump and came 2nd in the Gent's Hunter in the Ring Events at the Three Springs Show in 1932 [5: 30-Sep-1932]
Attended the send-off social and dance to Charles S. MACDONALD at the Three Springs Hall on Thursday 29 June 1933 [5: 30-Jun-1933]
Won 2nd prize for Green Wheat for Hay at the Three Springs Agricultural Show on Thursday 21 September 1933 [5: 29-Sep-1933]
He and Albert E. P. BATEMAN travelled from Three Springs to Cue on Monday 19 February 1934 [5: 23-Feb-1934]
They stayed in Cue for a couple of weeks, during which time they tried their luck at finding gold [5: 23-Feb-1934]
Through the agency of Louis Dreyfus & Co he delivered the first load of wheat in Three Springs for the 1934 season [5: 16-Nov-1934]
He and his wife hosted a golfing afternoon at his home 14 miles from Three Springs on Sunday 21 July 1935 [5: 26-Jul-1935]
About 40 people attended and played on a course he laid out over the afternoon, the proceeds of which went to the Anglican Church [5]
Sold 15 suckers for 14/10 per head and 130 ewes for between 14/4 and 7/10 per head at Midland Market in August 1935 [5: 16-Aug-1935]
Successfully exhibited in the Horse section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show held on Thursday 19 September 1935 [5]
     Won prizes for Clydesdale Mare (1st & 2nd), Clydesdale Stallion (2nd), Pair of Farm Horses (1st), Four Horse Team (1st),
     Clydesdale Stallion & Three Mares Suitable for Breeding Farm Horses (1st), non-Clydesdale Farm Mare (1st & 2nd),
     Draught Colt under 3 years (1st), and Farm Brood Mare in foal or with foal at foot (1st) [5: 27-Sep-1935]
In November 1935 sold seven bales of wool at 15¾d. per pound through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at a wool sale in Perth [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Having leased a portion of his holding and curtailed his cropping operations he held a Surplus Clearing Sale [5: 27-Mar-1936, 3 & 24-Apr-1936]
     The Surplus Clearing Sale was conducted by Carnamah agent Frank E. BROADHURST and held on Thursday 9 April 1936 [5]
     Plant and Machinery sold (including some of the prices obtained) consisted of an A.L. 19-foot Sunshine harvester (£90), [5]
     14-disc Sundercut (£27), 14-run McKay combine (£50), 6-foot McCormick Deering binder (£65), 2-ton lorry and frame (£17), [5]
     set of eight leaf harrows (£12), sulky (£8), drilling machine, hay rake, vice, collars, hames, winkers, plough chains and equalisers [5]
     Livestock sold consisted of 950 sheep, twelve horses, eight cows and heifers, two sows and one boar [5]
     The sheep included 350 Merino mated ewes, 100 Merino ewes, 100 Merino wethers and 100 Merino and Comeback weaners [5]
     The horses sold were described as "a splendid lot of weighty farm workers and have taken numerous prizes at local shows" [5]
     They included the imported Clydesdale stallion Langi Masterpiece, 6-year old pedigree Clydesdale stud book more Queenie, [5]
     three pedigree Clydesdale mares of 4-6 years eligible for registration, 3-year old gelding, five Geldings and mares, and 1 hack [5]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Agricultural Society in 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
In June 1936 sold 189 wethers - 43 for 31/10, 47 for 30/1, 43 for 29/4, 35 for 28/10, and 21 for 28/1 per head [5: 5 & 26-Jun-1936]
     Early the next month sold 129 sheep - 60 for 24/7, 11 for 15/10, 46 for 18/10, and 12 for 18/11 per head [5: 3-Jul-1936]
     In September 1936 sold 40 suckers for 21/10 per head through Elder Smith & Co at the Midland Market [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Exhibited in the Horse, Sheep and Pig sections of the Three Springs Agricultural Show on Thursday 17 September 1936 [5]
     Won six 1st and four 2nd prizes, namely Clydesdale Mare (1st & 2nd), Clydesdale Stallion (2nd), Pair of Farm Horses (1st), [5]
     Farm Brood Mare in or with foal, Clydesdale Stallion & Three Mares suitable for breeding (1st), Four Horse Team (2nd), [5]
     Two Porkers (1st), Five Fat Lambs suitable for export (1st), and Five Fat Lambs judged for weight wool and condition (2nd) [5]
     His prize winnings resulting in him being presented with the Dalgety Cup and the Society's Cup at the Show Ball [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Sold five bales of wool at 16d. per pound in October and eleven bales at 17½d. per pound in November 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936, 27-Nov-1936]
Sold 35 wethers (20 at 16/1, 15 at 26/10), 25 lambs at (13 at 15/1, 12 at 14/10), 2 hoggets at 16/- at market in 1937 [5: 5-Feb-1937, 9-Jul-1937]
Attended the meeting in Three Springs about extending telephonic facilities to East Three Springs on 9 March 1937 [5: 12-Mar-1937]
Travelled to Perth by car with Carnamah agent Frank E. BROADHURST on Wednesday 10 March 1937 [5: 12-Mar-1937]
Grounds Committee Member of the Three Springs Golf Club in 1937 - helped organise new links for the Club [5: 16-Apr-1937]
     He led other volunteers and paid workers who created nine holes of the course from virgin bush in just five days [5: 14-May-1937]
Won a bottle of whiskey in a raffle at the at the Dominican Convent School's Concert in Three Springs on 20 August 1937 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
Left the Three Springs district after a residence of a few years [P2]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park prior to enlisting in the Australian Army on 24 March 1942 [16]
     Private W46135 in the Australian Army's 108 Ind. Bde. GP Ordnance Workshops during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 28 November 1942 [16]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Dalkeith [2]
Died 20 June 1968; cremated at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Colin Charles Cockerill Smith' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 15 April 2024 from [reference list]

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