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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Con" Cornelius SHEAHAN

Born 1873 in Gisborne, Victoria, Australia [15]
Son of John SHEAHAN and Ellen WALSH [15]
Married Amy Frances JONES [24]
Along with his wife shifted from Victoria to Western Australia in about 1907 [5: 2-Mar-1934]
After initially farming in Brookton and Geraldton they settled on farmland in Arrino [5: 2-Mar-1934]
In May 1909 his application to purchase the 427 acre Lot 28 of the Dudawa Estate was approved [86: 29-May-1909]
Farmer at Dudawa, East Arrino in the Three Springs district from 1910 until 1927 [19] [44] [9: 21-Oct-1927]
     He owned 917 acres of farmland at Dudawa (Lots 21 and 28 of the Dudawa Estate) and his wife owned 510 acres (Lot 27) [44]
     His younger brother Edmund SHEAHAN, who was known as Ted and Edward, was also a farmer on the Dudawa Estate [19] [44]
     Contract cleared the Dudawa Road for the Upper Irwin Road Board for 2/6 per chain in May 1911 [9: 28-Apr-1911]
     Grew over 500 acres of crop on his farm in Dudawa, East Arrino in 1914 [10: 19-Jun-1914]
     Their son Francis passed away in Dudawa at the age of five years on 21 July 1914 and was buried at the Arrino Cemetery [24]
     Signed the petition and financial guarantee in 1917 for the Midland Railway Company to provide a doctor at Three Springs [34]
     Voluntary Caretaker of the Dam and Well in Dudawa for the Upper Irwin Road Board in 1918 [9: 27-Jun-1918]
     Member of the Arrino-Dudawa Race Club - was Chairman in 1923 [9: 23-Feb-1923]
     Trustee of the Arrino Race Club [192]
     South Ward Member on the Mingenew Road Board from 1923 until resigning in January 1926 [86: 21-Jan-1926, 18-Mar-1926] [101: page 152]
     In about October of 1923 he purchased a Chevrolet car from the Skipper Bailey Motor Company in Perth [81: 4-Nov-1923]
     His car was registered with the Mingenew Road Board and contained license plate MI-28 [325]
     Donated £1/1/- to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1925 [124]
     Vice President of the Picnic Race Meeting held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Tuesday 17 March 1925 [124]
     His farm at Dudawa was said to have been a very good property [P2]
     They sold their farm at Dudawa to Charles A. NOLAN who in late 1926 re-sold it to William MUTTER [4: 3-Sep-1927] [39: 11-Dec-1926]
Purchased a 2,026 acre farm on the Inering Estate in Carnamah from William J. LANGDON in 1927 [9: 21-Oct-1927]
     Paid £4/12/6 per acre for the farm, which included its plant, stock and 500 acres of crop [9: 21-Oct-1927]
     The farm's 2,026 acres consisted of Lot 1 of the Inering Estate and Lot M978 of Victoria Location 2022 [27] [61]
     Farmer on the Inering Estate in Carnamah in 1927 and 1928 [4: 10-Sep-1927] [9: 21-Oct-1927, 7-Sep-1928] [60]
     His farm on the Inering Estate was telephone number Inering-4 [60]
     In 1927-28 he owned an International truck and a Buick car, which contained license plates CA-200 and CA-252 [325]
     Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son from 1927 to 1930 [53]
     In July 1928 he sold his Inering farm to the firm Bedwell, Ludeman & McIntosh [3] [39: 21-Jul-1928] [60]
In early 1929 he appears to have purchased P. John LYNCH's 1,672 acre farm on the Yarra Yarra Estate in Carnamah [3] [5: 2-Mar-1934]
     The 1,672 acres consisted of Victoria Locations 6920 and 7461, adjoining the upper easterly banks of the Yarra Yarra Lakes [3] [62]
     Farmer on the Yarra Yarra Estate in Carnamah from 1928 to 1933 [--] [0: image 03496]
     He was among those who attended the Centenary Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 26 July 1929 [86: 3-Aug-1929]
     The ball was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony [86]
     Advertised a clearing sale on his farm on 7 March 1930 to sell stock, produce, plant and machinery by public auction [4: 1-Mar-1930]
The Plant and Machinery to be sold at the sale included a Big E 10 foot harvester, 6 foot Sunshine harvester, [4]
     6 foot Osborne binder, 17 disc I.H.C. drill, 3½ horsepower I.H.C. engine, McKay chaffcutter, 5 ton wagon, [4]
     two 10 disc Sundercut ploughs, 5 disc I.H.C. plough, 35 tyne McKay cultivator and a Fordson tractor [4]
     The clearing sale was presumably unsuccessful owing to the depression or was called off, as he continued farming in Carnamah [3]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
In 1932 was the owner of Chevrolet car and a Buick car with license plates CA-85 and CA-252 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Unsuccessfully applied to purchase the 1,021 acre forfeited farm of E. Noel BELL on the Carnamah-Perenjori Road in 1933 [P300]
Paid a 10/- Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board on 16 August 1933 for killing a fox and helping to control vermin [300]
Could be the "C. Sheahan" who effected additions to the boys dormitory at the Convent in Three Springs in August 1933 [5: 18-Aug-1933]
Sold nine bales of wool at 19d. per pound in Perth at the fourth wool sale of the season in December 1933 [5: 8-Dec-1933]
At noon sharp on Friday 16 February 1934 he held a clearing sale on his farm two miles north of Carnamah [5: 26-Jan-1934]
     The clearing sale was conducted by local Elders agent Rupert LAFFAN to sell of his livestock, plant, furniture and effects [5]
Livestock sold at his clearing sale amounted to 1700 sheep, 100 poultry, 25 cattle, two horses and two kelpie sheep dogs [5]
Plant and Machinery sold at the sale included an 18/32 Case tractor, 10 foot Sunshine harvester, 20 run Massey combine, [5]
     14 disc McKay sundercut, set of drill harrows, 8 disc Shearer plough, spring tip dray and harness, 300 S-H wheat bags, [5]
     200 gallon square tank, petrol drums, 40 gallons of kerosene, 1500 jam posts and a quantity of strainer posts [5: 26-Jan-1934]
Also sold a ton of Super, a quantity of pickled and graded Merredin wheat and a large selection of farm tools, nuts bolts etc [5]
In February 1934 he leased his farm in Carnamah to Clarence O. BAKER [5: 2-Mar-1934]
During the 1933-34 financial year he purchased from J. ROBERTS and W. CARRUTHERS a house in Niven Crescent, Carnamah [3]
     Employed the services of Charles J. DALLIMORE, who built another two rooms onto the house in May 1934 [5: 18-May-1934]
     The house was at 4 Niven Crescent (Lot 18 of M1354) [3] and after extensions was rented to George A. BRADSHAW [5: 25-May-1934]
Along with his wife and children left Carnamah and shifted to Three Springs on Sunday 13 May 1934 [5: 25-May-1934]
Won the euchre competition at Mrs Sarah MALEY's home on Parakalia Farm in Three Springs on Monday 23 July 1934 [5: 27-Jul-1934]
Resided at the Royal Hotel in Kojonup in 1937 and 1938, and then at 462 Hay Street in the Perth suburb of Subiaco in 1939 [3]
In 1940 was living at the Mount Helena Hotel in Mount Helena, and by 1944 was resident at 27 Richmond Street in North Perth [3]
During the 1946-47 financial year sold his farm in Carnamah to HAIG Bros, after having leased it to them for a number of years [3]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Inglewood [2]
Father of Francis, Eileen and Molly [P2] [24]
Died 13 October 1959; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Roman Catholic, ZD, 96) [2]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 2 March 1934:
"Mr. and Mrs. Con Sheahan, after 25 years association with the district, will be leaving Carnamah shortly. Their future plans are somewhat indefinite, but they may purchase a business if a suitable opportunity occurs. Mr. and Mrs. Sheahan came from Victoria about 1907 and after taking up land at Brookton and Geraldton, settled in the Arrino district remaining there on the farm for 18 years. Having sold this property (which is now occupied by the Mutter family), Mr. and Mrs. Sheahan lived in Perth for a couple of years before taking up property at Inering. This they sold a year later and five years ago bought their present property. This has been leased to Mr. C. Baker, of Winchester, who took up residence on the farm early last week. About eight years ago Mr. Sheahan bought the freehold of the Three Springs Hotel, which was on lease to Mr. MacDonald. On being ordered by the licensing court to rebuild, and being unable to obtain the lease, Mr. Sheahan disposed of it to Mr. Barnhart, who erected the present building, adopting, with some modification, plans prepared by Mr. Sheahan. Mr. Sheahan at present owns property in Carnamah, Three Springs and Arrino."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Cornelius Sheahan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 23 March 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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