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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Colin McGregor CALDOW

Born 1883 in Inverell, New South Wales, Australia [32]
Son of Andrew CALDOW and Isabella WHITECROSS [15]
His parents were both from Scotland, his father being born in Glasgow and his mother in Edinburgh [15] [225: 10-Aug-1927]
Resided with his parents in Harrow, Victoria and then on a farming and grazing property in Inverell, New South Wales [225: 10-Aug-1927]
Shifted with his parents and siblings to Western Australia in 1898 [225: 10-Aug-1927]
Married Eleanor Grace PAINTOR in Perth in 1905 [15]
In 1927 he was living with his wife and children in North Perth and was working as a Commercial Traveller [84]
Storekeeper in Mingenew 1930-1947 [19]
Proprietor of the Mingenew General Cash Stores in Mingenew [120: 15-Oct-1936]
     Seller of drapery, groceries, ironmongery, wine, beer, spirits, glassware, crockery, petrol, kerosene and lubricating oils [120]
     He was also the local agent for Goldsbrough Mort & Co Ltd, Western Assurance Co, and the International Harvester Co Ltd [120]
     His store was telephone number Mingenew-2 [120]
Gave evidence in favour of a hotel license for Coorow when the Licensing Board met in Coorow on 3 May 1929 [10: 29-May-1929]
     Within his testimony he produced a resolution in favour passed by the committee of the Commercial Travellers Association [10]
     He also stated, presumably as a commission agent, that he spent about three quarters of a day in Coorow every five weeks [10]
The Mingenew Road Board recommended he be appointed a local Justice of the Peace in February 1930 [4: 15-Feb-1930]
His brother James CALDOW, who had lived in Fremantle for 26 years, visited him in Mingenew in April 1930 [4: 26-Apr-1930]
In 1930 took orders at his store in Mingenew for the services of Mingenew saddler and boot-maker William H. TIMMINS [4: 19-Jul-1930]
Member of the Mingenew Football Club - was Vice President in 1930 [39: 3-Apr-1930]
Speaker at the Farewell Social to departing agent John P. McCABE at the Mingenew Hall on Monday 20 April 1931 [4: 25-Apr-1931]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
In 1932 owned an International wagon and a Pontiac wagon with license plates MI-16 and MI-66 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Board Member for Mingenew on the Board of the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs 1934-1944 [109]
Played the saxophone at the North Midlands District Hospital Ball in Three Springs on Easter Monday 22 April 1935 [5: 26-Apr-1935]
     Played as part of Coffey's Orchestra which consisted of himself, Colin STONE, Frank ARNDT, and Rene & Mick COFFEY [5]
Played the saxophone at the Ball following the Wheatgrowers Union's Annual Picnic in Three Springs on 21 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Played the saxophone at the Three Springs Football Club's Victory Ball in Three Springs on Tuesday 24 September 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Presented one of the trophies at the annual shoot for the Shearn Cup held in Mingenew on Sunday 20 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Visitor at the Fifth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Dongara on Saturday evening 24 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Played the saxophone at the Masquerade Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday night 24 July 1937 [5: 30-Jul-1937]
Attended the opening of the Nurse's Quarters in Three Springs and dinner at the Commercial Hotel on 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Mary J. STEPHEN of Arrino and Mingenew at the Mingenew Cemetery on 15 August 1939 [4: 19-Aug-1939]
While trucking sheep at the railway yards in Mingenew on Monday 1 April 1946 he was run down by a railway truck [86: 5-Apr-1946]
     He was standing between the railway tracks when some railway cattle trucks were moved during shunting operations [86]
     A bystander saw the tucks bearing down on him and attempted to pull him clear but wasn't quick enough, and he was run down [86]
     He was taken to the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs where his leg was amputated [86]
Storekeeper in Mingenew until about 1947 [19]
He was good friends with Hannah and Dave TODD of Three Springs and later of Coorow [39: 3-Feb-1954]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley [2]
Father of Colin Andrew, Isabel Eleanor, Arthur McGregor, Jean, May Lorraine and Betty Joan [39: 2-Feb-1954] [84]
Died 1 February 1954; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Presbyterian, BA, 19) [2]

From The West Australian newspaper, Tuesday 2 February 1954:
Death. "CALDOW: On Feb. 1. 1954, at Royal Perth Hospital, Colin McGregor, the dearly loved husband of Eleanor Caldow and loving father of Colin. Isabel (Mrs. I. Crowe), Arthur, Jean (deceased), May (Mrs. V. Trippet). Betty (Mrs J. McIllwraith), father-in-law of Beatrice. Ivan, Ivy, Cecil, Vincent and Jimmy; aged 70 years."

From The West Australian newspaper, Wednesday 3 February 1954:
Deaths. CALDOW: In loving memory of our sincere friend, Colin. H. and D. Todd and family."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Colin McGregor Caldow' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 August 2022 from [reference list]

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