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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


David Edward ORR

Born C.1903 [5: 9-Feb-1934]
Believed to have worked on a farm in South Australia for four years before shifting to Western Australia in 1933 [5]
Described as 5 feet 8 inches in height, of medium build and had a dark complexion and dark curly hair [5]
Through the Perth Labour Bureau secured a job as a farmhand with Walter BODYCOAT in Carnamah [5]
Before leaving Perth he took out a accident policy worth £500 with the Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Company Limited [5]
Paid the half yearly premium for the policy in cash; the policy would pay £5 per week in the event of disability through accident [5]
Arrived in Carnamah by train on Thursday 26 October 1933 and was met at the station by his new employer [5]
The next day he began working on Walter BODYCOAT's Trevose Farm and was set to work repairing a harvester [5]
Late in the afternoon he was found unconscious and was taken to the Carnamah Private Hospital [5]
The next day he was given the all clear by Dr Cecil P. ROSENTHAL and returned to work on BODYCOAT's farm [5]
Later that same day he complained of head pains and told his employer he was returning to the Carnamah Hospital [5]
He left Walter BODYCOAT's farm with his attache suitcase however never returned or admitted himself to the Hospital [5]
Witnesses saw a man matching his description with an attache suitcase travel on the Carnamah to Perth train on 30 October 1933 [5]
He was believed to be the man whose mutilated body was found on the railway line ten miles from Midland Junction [5]
Died 31 October 1933 in Midland Junction after being run over by a train [5: 9-Feb-1934]
Over three months later, on 13 February 1934, a final coroner's verdict was announced at the Midland Junction Court House [5]
The finding was he was believed to be the man killed by a train, however it wasn't known how he came to be on the railway line [5]
It was also revealed that the name of David Edward ORR may have been an assumed name [5: 16-Feb-1934]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'David Edward Orr' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 14 June 2021 from [sources]

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