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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Don" Donald Frederick Allan ROWLAND

Born 26 October 1899 [P80] in Strawberry, Western Australia [90]
Son of Frederick Charles ROWLAND and Sophia MITCHELL [15]
He was registered at birth with the name of Donald Frederick Charles however was baptised as Donald Frederick Allan [15] [84]
He was listed as Donald Frederick Allan on electoral rolls and Midland Railway Company records [19] [27] [50] [61]
Initially resided with his parents in Strawberry and was baptised by John R. THRUM of Dongara on 17 December 1899 [84]
Educated at the Irwin State School after which he worked as a Farmhand, Shearer and Fencing Contractor in and near Irwin [P80]
Farmer in Irwin in 1921 and 1922 [50]
At a land sale on Friday 13 October 1922 he purchased the five acre Suburban Lot 29 near the Irwin townsite [86: 14-Oct-1922]
Farmer in Yandanooka in 1922 and 1923 [19]
He, his father and his brother Rupert worked as Fencing Contractors as far north as Carnamah [P80]
Jointly they erected the first fence around the Carnamah Railway Station and fencing along the railway line towards Three Springs [P80]
He worked as a Farmhand and Shearer in Irwin, from Yandanooka through to Carnamah and also up north [P80]
His mother purchased himself and his brother Rupert W. J. ROWLAND a farm in Carnamah [142]
     Their mother purchased the farm in Carnamah from Harold J. COPE and Leonard M. C. WOOD on 5 October 1923 [27]
     The farm was the 865 acre Lot M1078 of Victoria Location 1937 and had been taken up by COPE and WOOD in 1921 [27]
     Included in the sale were all improvements to the property, a 1000 gallon tank and a new spring cart [P140]
Farmer of Glen Rock Farm in Carnamah [19] [60] [P80]
     Himself and his brother "Rupe" Rupert W. J. ROWLAND farmed the property in partnership as "R. & D. Rowland" [60]
     They had the telephone connected to the farm in 1925, and were telephone number Carnamah-11N [60]
     On 17 March 1927 the contract for purchasing the farm was transferred from their mother's name to their own names [27]
     They had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son from 1927 to 1930 [53]
     At 2 p.m. on Friday 16 November 1928 they hosted a sheep sale at the sheep yards on their farm in Carnamah [4: 10-Nov-1928]
     1600 sheep were sold at their sheep sale - they sold some of their own sheep and so did a number of other farmers [4: 10-Nov-1928]
     They purchased a new 3 h.p. McCromick-Deering engine from local agent Charles ROBERTSON in December 1928 [4: 8-Dec-1928]
     In 1931 they had their telephone disconnected [60]
     Extended the farm with the purchase of 735 acres which was a portion of Lot M1217 of Victoria Locations 1925 and 1937 [3]
     They appear to have purchased the 735 acres from their cousins James H. ROWLAND and Clarence A. ROWLAND [3] [27]
Married Ruby Elizabeth ASHTON in Fremantle on 3 March 1928 [P80]
     Initially resided with his wife in a two roomed house on his and his brother Rupe's Glen Rock Farm in Carnamah [P80]
     The farm wasn't viable for two families so he left and leased John LAWSON's Mayfield Farm in Winchester for a year [P80]
     Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred LANG's wedding dance on 27 March 1928 at the Carnamah Hall [4: 31-Mar-1928]
     Attended the Euchre Party and Dances held at the Winchester School in August and September 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929, 7 & 21-Sep-1929]
     Attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
     His year leasing Mayfield Farm was unsuccessful and with very little money shifted with his wife and son to Irwin [P80]
     Saw in the new year of 1930 with the singing of Auld Lang Syne at the Church of England's Dance in Carnamah [86: 4-Jan-1930]
Farmhand for the MITCHELL family in Irwin, during which time his wife ran the Irwin Post Office from their home in Irwin [P80]
     He also farmed a couple of paddocks in Irwin and worked as a Shearer mainly in Carnamah and surrounding districts [P80]
     Along with his wife Ruby and their two children left Irwin and moved back to Carnamah in 1942 [P80]
Shearer in Carnamah and Wheat Bin Attendant for Co-operative Bulk Handling in Bunjil [P80]
     Initially they resided in a rented house on Francis ROOKE'sKilburn Farm in Carnamah [P80]
     After Kilburn and Kapella Farms in Carnamah were sold to William A. TURNER they shifted to a house on Kapella Farm[P80]
     In 1947 purchased the house on Kapella Farm and had Charles J. DALLIMORE shift it to 20 Railway Avenue, Carnamah [P80]
     Continued to work as a Shearer in Carnamah, and after transferring worked as a Wheat Bin Attendant in Carnamah [P80]
     He is said to have worked shearing sheep in Carnamah in partnership with his brother Harry M. G. ROWLAND [P140]
     In 1949 had the telephone connected to his home in Railway Avenue - was telephone number Carnamah-41 [60]
     Received electricity at his home from local firm Henry Parkin & Son; in 1952 paid £2.17.8 for electricity for the month of July [53]
     In 1953 purchased from Mrs Kate MCINTOSH a 70 acre block just east of the Carnamah townsite (Victoria Location 9533) [3]
     He ran a small piggery on the 70 acres, which was situated behind the Macpherson Homestead on the Carnamah-Bunjil Road [3]
Private W71784 in Carnamah's local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1946 and 1952-1971 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club in 1949 [4: 3-Sep-1949]
Member of the Carnamah Football, Cricket and Bowling Clubs [P80]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1962-1969 [58]
Admitted to the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs in 1980 and resided there until his death in 1984 [P80]
Attended the "Day of Pioneers" luncheon held at the Shire Council Chambers in Carnamah on 13 October 1982 [253]
Father of Allan and Valerie [14]
Died 12 Aug 1984 in Three Springs; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row T, Plot 11) [1]
Also known as Donald Frederick Charles ROWLAND [14] [15]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Donald Frederick Allan Rowland' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 July 2024 from [reference list]

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