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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Din" Denis Joseph NOLAN

Born C.1906 in South Africa [39: 22-Jun-1933]
Son of Charles Aloysius NOLAN [39: 22-Oct-1929]
He arrived in Western Australia while still in his infancy [39: 22-Jun-1933]
Resided with his parents on farmland in Kununoppin, Western Australia [6] [50] [354: 25-Mar-1927]
In 1926 he shifted to Perth where he drove an omnibus for a number of months and then ran a greengrocery business [39: 22-Jun-1933]
Farmhand on his father's Monomeath Farm in Coorow in 1929 [19] [39: 6-Feb-1929]
     He was one of 98 people from the Coorow district who signed a petition in 1929 for a local hotel license to be granted [39: 6-Feb-1929]
     His father died on 30 June 1929 and was buried at the Three Springs General Cemetery in Three Springs [24]
     He was listed as the guardian of his brother Lloyd in an application to have the Coorow State School reopened in 1930 [215]
     In his will, their father bequethed a farm he owned in Commberdale to he and his brother Charles Edmund NOLAN  [39: 22-Oct-1929]
     He took over the running of the farm in Coomberdale in 1930 [39: 22-Jun-1933]
Farmer in Coomberdale in 1930 and 1931 [39: 22-Jun-1933]
     During September 1930 he purchased a new Fargo truck [81: 21-Sep-1930]
     Competed in the Sheffield Handicap race held by the Moora Athletic Club during the 1930 Moora Agricultural Show [12: 11-Sep-1930]
     Despite a very good season, the farm did not pay owing to the fall in wheat prices due to the Great Depression [39: 22-Jun-1933]
     He was also involved in sharefarming but they agreed to call it square on account of the good work he'd done [39: 22-Jun-1933]
     He was left in debt from money owed for stores, spare parts and machinery [39: 22-Jun-1933]
After leaving Coomberdale in 1931 he shifted to Perth and took up 24 acres of land in Gosnells [39: 22-Jun-1933]
He commenced market gardening in Gosnells but it was not a success so he began training trotting horses [39: 22-Jun-1933]
In 1933 he was facing the prospect of being declared bankrupt [39: 22-Jun-1933]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Denis Joseph Nolan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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