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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Con" Conrad Albert Emmanuel BUSSENSCHUTT

Born 9 July 1901 in Paskeville, South Australia [16]
Son of Freiderich Heinrich BUSSENSCHUTT and Jane Anna Isabella GREGORY [55]
Grew up in Paskerville, South Australia where he was one of eight children [P220]
Married Beatrice Alice PETHERICK on 20 February 1924 in Kadina, South Australia[55]
Resided in Paskeville, South Australia until 1928 [4: 17-Mar-1928]
In early 1928 purchased 4,156 acres of farmland in Western Australia from PARKER Bros at a cost of £2 per acre [4: 17-Mar-1928] [27]
     The 4,156 acres consisted of Lots M976, M977, M979, M982 and M994 of Victoria Location 2022 [3]
     Lot M994 (601 acres) is in Carnamah while the remaining adjoining lots are over the boundary in Three Springs [62]
     All lots are located up behind the Inering Estate and all adjoin the boundary between Carnamah and Three Springs [62]
     When he purchased the 4,156 acre property it was partially cleared with 1,000 acres crop-able [P220]
Farmer of Golden West Farm in Carnamah and Three Springs from 1928 until 1974 [3] [P220]
     After travelling to Western Australia by train he arrived on his new farm on Sunday 1 April 1928 [P220]
     They bought their household furniture with them and purchased a new Chev Tourer car on arrival in Perth [P220]
     In earlier years he received his mail from Carnamah [6] and was also enrolled to vote with an address of Carnamah [61]
     Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanic Henry Parkin & Son in 1928, 1929 and 1930 [53]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Opening Season Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall on 18 May 1929 [4: 25-May-1929]
In May 1929 gained permission from the Carnamah Road Board to construct a drain from a public road into his dam [4: 1-Jun-1929]
Advertised in October 1929 that he had 602 acres of clearing work available on contract until the end of 1932 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
He and his wife won the Wheelbarrow Race at the Inering Picnic on BATTY's Farm on Sunday 7 September 1930 [4: 20-Sep-1930]
Made a donation to the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them purchase premises [5: 29-Jul-1932]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1932 and 1946-1952 [13]
Wrote a letter to the Carnamah District Road Board in August 1935 requesting they order the eradication of turnip weed [5]
     In his letter he advised the Carnamah District Road Board that the Three Springs Road Board had already done so [5: 23-Aug-1935]
At the Midland Market on 25 September 1935 sold 9 suckers for 9/7 per head and 35 for 13/1 per head [5: 27-Sep-1935]
     The next month sold 10 suckers for 10/7 per head and 37 shorn ewes for 5/10 per head [5: 18-Oct-1935]
Sold four bales of wool for 13d. per pound through Goldsbrough Mort & Co at a wool sale in Perth on 7 October 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Signed a guarantee on 8 December 1935 that his three children would regularly attend the Inering State School [276]
     As a result of his guarantee and that of six other families the closed Inering State School was re-opened on 3 February 1936 [276]
After spending a vacation in Perth he returned to his farm via Carnamah on Monday 3 February 1936 [5: 7-Feb-1936]
Attended the Surprise 21st Birthday for Miss Eileen R. PERRY in Carnamah on Saturday evening 18 July 1936 [5: 24-Jul-1936]
In August 1936 sold 45 ewes for 19/10 per head, 16 ewes for 16/10 per head, and six wethers for 29/1 per head [5: 21-Aug-1936]
Attended the demonstration of the 1936 Massey Harris 25-40 tractor on J. K. HEBITON's farm in TS on 22 August 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Sold 34 ewes through Elder Smith & Co Ltd in September 1936 - 18 of them for 9/7 per head, and 16 for 10/7 per head [5: 25-Sep-1936]
With his wife came 2nd in Threading the Needle at the Reunion of South Australians in Carnamah on 26 September 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Sold 23 bales of wool through Goldsbrough Mort & Co Ltd at the Wool Sale at Pastoral House, Perth on 5 October 1936 [5: 16-Sep-1936]
     The 23 bales consisted of 7 sold at 15¾d. per pound, 3 at 13¾d., 5 at 13½d., 6 at 12¾d., and 2 bales at 12¼d. per pound [5]
In January 1937 the Three Springs Road Board received complaints of turnip weed on his farm and another nearby farm [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Attended the meeting in Three Springs about extending telephonic facilities to East Three Springs on 9 March 1937 [5: 12-Mar-1937]
Vestryman of the Church of England in Carnamah in 1938 [0: image 03324]
Served on the Committee of the Inering State School [P220]
Each year took his sheep to be shorn to the shearing shed on George CATTO's Piyowola Farm in Carnamah [P224]
Financial Member of the Three Springs Agricultural Society 1938-1947 [262]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club 1938-1958 [89]
During the 1940s Church of England services for the Inering district were held at his home [0: image 04468] [P89]
Committee Member 1940-1942 and Auditor 1941-1942 of the Five Gums Tennis Club[89]
Private in the local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Served on the Board of the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs for 25 years, from 1942 to 1967 [109]
Member of the Inering Parents & Citizens Association - was the Association's last President [276]
Served on the North Midlands Anglican Church Vestry 1946-1952 [167]
Had the telephone connected to his farmhouse around 1947 - was telephone number Three Springs-2346 [60]
In 1949 the quarters of the closed down Inering State School were disposed of between he and the Education Department [276]
His address was "Carnamah" until 1952, at which time it changed to "Three Springs" [3]
Later purchased another property of approximately 5,300 acres at Dudawa, East Arrino which he named Sunnywest Farm [P220]
Resided on the farm until 1966 when he shifted into a house in Railway Road in the Three Springs townsite [19] [P220]
His home in Railway Road, Three Springs was telephone number Three Springs-288[60]
Member of the Three Springs Bowling Club [P220]
In 1974 sold Golden West Farm to John DAWS of Victoria, Australia [P220]
Resided in Three Springs until his death, at the age of 80 years at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [24]
Father of Melva, Betty, Max and Rhonda [P220]
Died 9 June 1982 in Three Springs; buried at the Three Springs General Cemetery in Three Springs (Anglican, Plot 189) [24]

From The York Peninsular Country Times newspaper:
Vale Con Bussenschutt
"Many residents of North Yorke Peninsula, and readers of the Y. P. Country Times, will be saddened to learn of the passing of Con Bussenschutt of Three Springs, W.A., on Wednesday, 9th June. He was almost 81 years of age. Con moved to Carnamah, W.A., from Paskeville in April, 1928. He was then 27, but in years since he kept in contact with his many friends on the Yorke Peninsula. He often wrote bright newsy letters for publication in the Y. P. Country Times, and these will be missed. When he commenced farming at Carnamah he cropped up to 1,400 acres per year, using two small Fordson Tractors as his power units. He was well known for his bright and enthusiastic manner and friendliness to all, both young and old. Over the years he acquired a wealth of knowledge which was always ready to pass on. He often had visitors to both his home on he farmer at Carnamah, and later when he retired to Three Springs. Many of these visitors were people from South Australia. Reporting his death, the Carnamah paper said that Con was a foundation member of both Carnamah and Three Springs bowling clubs, a strong advocate for the combined North Midlands show, a member of the North Midlands District Hospital Board for 25 years, and a life member of the Royal Agricultural Society. He never missed a Royal Show in Perth. He was also a strong supporter of the Returned Services League, and never missed an Anzac Day Service until this year. Con was also on the Anglican vestry for many years, and supported all the local farming organisations. He is mourned by his wife, Beat, and family."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Conrad Albert Emmanuel Bussenschutt' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 February 2024 from [reference list]

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