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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Donald Macdiarmid BAIN

Born 2 March 1882 in Glasgow, Lanark, Scotland
Son of pastry cook George BAIN and Jane Craig MALCOLM [28]
He was born at home at 130 Mathieson Street in Glasgow at 15 minutes past five in the evening [28]
Later resided with his parents and siblings on East Clyde Street in Helensburgh, Dunbarton, Scotland [20]
He was one of at least ten children, with siblings George, Janet, Martha, James, William, Jane, Maggie, Mary and Sommerville [20]
By 1901 he was like his father working as a Pastry Cook [20]
Married Isabella McCALLUM on 1 July 1907 at Seaview House, 72 East Clyde Street in Helensburgh, Dunbarton, Scotland [28]
Along with his wife and daughter Jane he departed London, England on the steamship Otranto on 30 September 1910 [203]
After a voyage of just over a month they arrived on the Otranto in Fremantle, Western Australia on 1 November 1910 [70] [203]
Employee of the Midland Railway Company, working at various places along the railway and in Midland Junction [6] [50]
In 1912 he was working as a Railway Porter and living with his wife and daughter on Charles Street in Midland Junction [50]
Railway Night Officer in Dongara in 1914 [50]
Railway Stationmaster in Coorow in 1915 and 1916 [6] [19] [50]
     With his wife, was farewelled by the people of Coorow, Winchester and Carnamah at Coorow House in March 1916 [9]
     Their farewell evening consisted of dancing, recitations and songs before concluding with the National Anthem [9: 10-Mar-1916]
     During their farewell they were presented with "a beautiful silver tea set, as a token of the esteem in which they were held" [9]
Railway Stationmaster in Watheroo 1916-1919 [6] [166]
    Along with his wife he was the recipient of a Farewell Social and Dance in Watheroo on Wednesday 16 April 1919 [9: 18-Apr-1919]
     Left Watheroo in April 1919 after being transferred to Gingin [9: 18-Apr-1919]
Railway Stationmaster in Gingin 1919-1921 [6] [9: 18-Apr-1919]
     Donated 5/- to the appeal for William B. HAMMOND and family of Wannamal who lost their house in a fire in 1919 [10: 23-May-1919]
Resided at 14 Stafford Street in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction from 1922 until his death in 1948 [6]
Goods Agent for the Midland Railway Company on Commercial Road in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction 1923-1930 [6]
Store Superintendent in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction 1931-1937 [6]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah farmer John LANG at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 24 December 1935 [5: 3-Jan-1936]
Judged the Confectionary section at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Shows in Coorow in 1936 and 1937 [5: 11-Sep-1936, 10-Sep-1937]
     His ability to judge confectionary was likely an outcome of him having worked, like his father, as a Pastry Cook in Scotland [20]
Attended the funeral of Coorow stationmaster William C. COX at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 4 November 1937 [5: 12-Nov-1937]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Midland Railway Company employee Percy C. MACPHERSON in Middle Swan in 1940 [129: 7-Nov-1940]
Resied of late at 14 Stafford Street in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction, where he suddenly passed away [39: 29-Nov-1948]
Father of "Jean" Jane Maclolm, "Nesle" Isabel Nesle and Donald [39: 29-Nov-1948]
Died 27 November 1948 in Midland Junction; buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Presbyterian, IA, 862) [2] [15]
Photograph taken at the Railway Station in Gingin; courtesy of Rail Heritage WA, P07084 [P1]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Donald Macdiarmid Bain' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 March 2024 from [reference list]

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