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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Donald Charles BEATON

Born 16 July 1910 in Geraldton, Western Australia [16]
Son of Donald BEATON and Irene M. PURCHASE [66] [139]
Grew up on Thunderlarra Station near Yalgoo in the Murchison [139]
In 1914 his grandfather, father and uncles John and Charles BEATON were the owners of Thunderlarra Station near Yalgoo [6]
Educated at Guildford Grammar School in the Perth suburb of Guildford 1919-1926[139]
Stockman and later Manager of his father's Thunderlarra Station until 1933 [139]
Sheep Hand at camp number four on F. W. Gustav LIEBE's Waddi Estate in Waddy Forest in 1935 and 1936 [22]
During the early hours of 27 December 1935 he was arrested by Police Constable Alan O. FIEBIG on the charge of assault [88]
     His employer F. W. Gustav LIEBE paid his bail of £25 pending an appearance before the Carnamah Police Court [88]
     He went before the Carnamah Police Court on 11 January 1935, pleaded guilty and was charged £2 plus costs of £2/4/- [88]
Played in the match of Waddi employees against the Billeroo Cricket Club in Billeroo, East Winchester on 7 March 1937 [5: 12-Mar-1937]
Head Sheepman / Sheep Foreman for 18 months on F. W. Gustav LIEBE's Waddi Estate in Waddy Forest [139]
Then worked as Manager of Gregorfields Farm in Winchester for LEISHMAN Bros for 20 months [139]
Managed the livestock at Gregorfields and also purchased and sold livestock on behalf of LEISHMAN Bros [139]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1936 and 1937 [5: 10-Jul-1936, 11-Jun-1937]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Competed in the Adult's Bike Race held at half-time of the Carnamah Football Club's Scratch Match on 28 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
He was among the 80 who attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening at the Carnamah Hall on 25 June 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937, 6-Aug-1937]
Married Amy DYKE in Geraldton on 20 August 1937 [139]
Won 2nd prize for Tilting at Ring in the Ring Events at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 9 September 1937 [5: 17-Sep-1937]
Member of the Winchester and Billeroo grasshopper eradication committee in 1937 [0: image 02876]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1938 and 1939 - played for Carnamah Blues [0: images 03027 & 03318]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1939 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1939 [489]
By January 1940 had left Carnamah and shifted to Moora WA [0: image 03043]
Returned to Carnamah in January 1940 to supervise the sale of their furniture and household effects [0: image 03043]
Resided in the Perth suburb of West Perth prior to enlisting in the Royal Australian Air Force Reserves in June 1940 [139]
On 11 November 1940 enlisted in the regular Royal Australian Air Force [16]
    Flight Lieutenant 406370 in the Royal Australian Air Force's 459 Squadron during the Second World War [139]
    Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after courageously attacking and sinking an enemy destroyer in North Africa [0: image 04191]
    His efforts were praised as the "most noticeable single achievement of any pilot in the R.A.A.F." [0: image 04175]
    On 23 September 1942 the Carnamah District Road Board sent him a congratulatory telegram on his prestigious award [7: page 99]
    Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 14 December 1945 [16]
Farmer in Northampton C.1946-1950 [139]
Later resided in Perth, Port Hedland, Mount Magnet, Mingenew, Bindoon and Pinjarra [139]
Father of Gregory and Bruce [139]
Died 12 March 1968 [2] in the Perth suburb of Hollywood; ashes scattered on the Murchison River [139]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Donald Charles Beaton' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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