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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Don" Donald Edward REYNOLDS

Born 17 March 1923 in Bunbury, Western Australia [16]
Son of "Fred" Norman Wilfred REYNOLDS and Edith WHALLY [P136]
Resided with his parents in Capel 1923-1927, when his father worked as the manager of a general store [P99]
Shifted to Carnamah with his parents in 1927 after his father purchased A. Leslie TROTTER's general store [P99]
Resided with his parents in a house next to their general store in Yarra Street, Carnamah 1927-1951 [P99]
Student at the Carnamah State School 1929-1937 [P99] - was Captain of the School in 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Came 3rd in the 5-7 years Boys Running Race at the Centenary Celebrations in Carnamah on 13 September 1929 [4: 21-Sep-1929]
Member of the Carnamah Boy Cubs in 1932 [5: 8-Jul-1932, 26-Aug-1932]
Attended the first ever District Rally of Scouts and Cubs held at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Saturday 2 July 1932 [5: 8-Jul-1932]
Attended the R.S.L. Sports Meeting held at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Easter Monday 22 April 1935 [5: 26-Apr-1935]
     Won the Boys High Jump (with 4 feet 2 inches) and came 2nd in the 11-12 years Boys Running Race and Boys Long Jump [5]
As a child in Carnamah his friends included Geoff, Stan and Cliff BROWN, and Ross, Max and Bill SHERIDAN [P99]
Won 1st prizes for Pot of Flowering Plant, Handwork and Pencil Drawing at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Attended the inaugural Combined School Sports of the Carnamah Road Board district in Carnamah on Saturday 19 October 1935 [5]
     Won the 12 years Boys Running Race, 13 years and over Boys Broad Jump, 13 years and over Hop Step & Jump, [5]
     11 and 12 years Boys High Jump (at 4 feet 8½ inches), and came equal first in the 11 and 12 years Boys Broad Jump [5]
     The Carnamah State School won the Sports Day, and as Captain he accepted the Sports Shield on behalf of his school [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the Carnamah R.S.L. Easter Sports Meeting at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Monday 13 April 1936 [5]
     Winner of both the 13-14 years Boys Running Race and the Boys Long Jump [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Won 2nd prize for Mapping and a Special Prize for Woodwork at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Attended the Inter-School Sports of the Carnamah Road Board district at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Friday 2 October 1936
     He won the Running Race, Hop Step & Jump, Broad Jump and High Jump for Boys 13 Years & Over [5: 9-Oct-1936]
     Covered 32 feet 6 inches in the Hop Step & Jump, 14 feet 1 inch in Broad Jump, and jumped 4 feet 6½ inches in High Jump [5]
Won the 13 Years Boys Running Race at the at the North Midlands Athletic Sports Meeting in Three Springs in 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
After leaving school in 1937 worked in his father's general store in Yarra Street, Carnamah [P99]
     Among his first jobs at the shop were washing bottles to be filled with vinegar and doing up food into small packages [P99]
     Also rode a bicycle around town and took grocery orders from people, and then did up the orders and delivered them [P99]
     Often when farmers came to town they would leave an order at the shop and then come back and collect it later [P99]
     He put together their orders, wrapped the items collectively up in four sheets of newspaper and tied it up with string [P99]
     Some customers gave eggs in exchange for something else, and he washed all the eggs before they were railed to Perth [P99]
Member of the Carnamah Badminton Club in 1938 and 1939 [0: images 03781 & 03794]
Went to see Constable W. M. C. WHITE at the Police Station in Railway Avenue, Carnamah in 1940 to get his driver's licence [P99]
     On being asked how he got there he said "I drove" to which the constable replied "I know you can drive then" [P99]
     Without another word or any test he was given a driver's licence marked A, B & C - for cars, trucks and motorbikes [P99]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1940 [0: image 03907]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1941 [0: image 04008]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1941 [0: image 04060]
Enlisted in the Australian Army in his 20th year on 19 July 1942 [16]
     Private WX25383 in the Australian Army's 2/4 Australian Pioneer Battalion during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 20 June 1946 [16] and returned to Carnamah [P99]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society [141]
Best man at the wedding of William RIEBE and Peggy FERGUSON in Carnamah in 1946[0: image 04402]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1946 and -1971[13]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League - was Assistant Secretary in 1947 [0: image 04467]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1949 [7: page 197]
Member of the Carnamah Badminton Club - was Vice President 1949-1951 [0: image 04626] [4: 10-Sep-1949] [75]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1950 [4: 22-Apr-1950]
In 1950 purchased from Robert NIVEN the vacant 49 Macpherson Street in Carnamah (Lot 84 of M1354) [3]
Along with his wife to be was the guest of honour at a pre-wedding party in Carnamah on 3 April 1951 [4: 7-Apr-1951]
His best man and groomsman at his wedding were his brothers Norm and Bill REYNOLDS [4: 14-Apr-1951]
Resided at 49 Macpherson Street in Carnamah 1951-1999 [P136]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club 1951-1958 [0: image 04625] [4: 11-Jul-1958]
Received electricity at his home from local firm Henry Parkin & Son; in 1952 paid £2/1/- for electricity for the month of July [53]
Men's Champion in 1954, Captain 1966-1968 and later a Life Member and Patron of the Carnamah Golf Club [7: pages 210 & 211]
Had the telephone connected to his house in 1960 - was telephone number Carnamah-64 [60]
Winner of the Carnamah Golf Club's "Castrol Trophy" in 1977 [7: page 212]
Patron of the Carnamah Badminton Club for 28 years, from 1971 to 1999 [75]
Attended the "Day of Pioneers" luncheon held at the Shire Council Chambers in Carnamah on 13 October 1982 [253]
Along with his brother Bill worked in and later ran their father's store "N. W. & S. Reynolds & Sons" until 1995 [64]
Remained in Carnamah in retirement after selling the general store in 1995 [64]
Gave a talk on his family and memories of Carnamah at the Carnamah Museum on Wednesday 8 May 1996 [P99]
Husband of Betty [P136]
Father of Sue and Lee [P136]
Died 28 December 1999 in the Perth suburb of Midland; ashes interred Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Niche Wall) [P136]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Donald Edward Reynolds' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 17 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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