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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Don" Donald Reginald CAMAC

Born 11 July 1915 in Balhannah, South Australia [55]
Son of James CAMAC and Muriel Elizabeth STARLING [55]
Following the completion of his schooling at Unley High School in South Australia he worked on the family farm in Balhannah [P21]
In March 1938 shifted to Western Australia and worked on farms in the Carnamah district [P21]
     Soon after obtained a conditional purchase block of land in Gunyidi, and was a  Farmer in Gunyidi in 1939 [P21]
     Allowed his land in Gunyidi to revert back to the Crown in 1940 and purchased 4800 acres of land in nearby Marchagee [P21]
     By 1942 he had shifted to and commenced farming in Carnamah[P77] [0: image 02939]
Returned to South Australia in 1942 where he enlisted for service in the Royal Australian Air Force on 16 March 1942 [64]
     Leading Aircraftman 48522 in the Royal Australian Air Force's 5 Central Recovery Depot during the Second World War [16]
     During the war when he was posted in Sale in Victoria, Australia he met Elsie NICHOLLS [64]
     Returned to Sale and on 1 September 1945 married "Elsie" Daisy Elsie Margaret NICHOLLS [64]
     Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 19 December 1945 [16]
Along with his wife Elsie shifted to Carnamah, Western Australia in January 1946[P21]
Wheat and Sheep Farmer of Daldee Farm at Five Gums 1946-1996 [P21]
     In 1946 purchased Leo V. GREEN's Daldee Farm at Five Gums near Carnamah [P21]
     Leo V. GREEN's farm was Lot M1797 of Victoria Location 2022, situated on the south side of what is now Camac Road [P21] [62]
     Telephone number Carnamah-17U from 1947 to 1953 and then telephone number Carnamah East 231 from 1962 to 1969 [60]
     Extended the farm with purchases of land from Lola  MILLARD, Rupert CAMAC, George AUNGER and Colin SPENCER [P21]
     As he increased his amount of farmland in Carnamah he leased and later sold his block at Marchagee [P21] to Ronald H. BOTHE [P46]
     After selling his land at Marchagee he purchased a new block of land in South Eneabba [P21]
In October 1948 purchased from Mrs Lola MILLARD 1000 acres in Lot M1739 of Victoria Location 2022 in Carnamah [3]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Eliza A. AUNGER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 25 August 1949 [5: 1-Sep-1949]
Financial Member 1946-1971 and Committee Member 1955-1969 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [13] [58]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club 1947-1964 - was President 1953-1961 and Auditor 1961-1963 [89]
Captain and Committee Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club in 1949-50 [89]
Vice Captain and Committee Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club in 1950-51 [89]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1954 [7: page 193]
Committee Member of Carnamah's branch of the Farmers' Union of WA in 1957 [4: 5-Apr-1957]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Pasture Improvement Group in 1957 - later Secretary and Field Officer [4: 5-Apr-1957] [P21]
Served on the Carnamah School Board in 1957 [4: 22-Mar-1957]
Member of Carnamah's Parents & Citizens Association for 17 years [P21]
Member of the Carnamah Bowling Club [64]
Foundation Trustee of the Lady Brand Lodge - served as a Trustee for 18 years[P21]
Served on the Carnamah Shire Council from 1970 until 1990 [7: page 112] [64]
Member of the Carnamah Bush Fire Brigade - was a Lieutenant in 1973 and 1974[100]
On his retirement as a Councillor of the Shire in 1990 he was made an Honorary Freeman of the Municipality of Carnamah [P21]
Member of the Soil Conservation Committee and the Agricultural Protection Board[P21]
In 1985 had a new brick and tile house built at 12 Bierman Place in the Carnamah townsite [P21]
     Along with his wife Elsie shifted off the farm and into their new home at 12 Bierman Place in 1985 [64]
     Travelled from their home at 12 Bierman Place in the Carnamah townsite out to the farm each day to work from 1985 to 1996 [64]
Member of the Carnamah Historical Society 1985-1997 - was Treasurer 1987-1990 and President 1992-1997
      He was the driving force behind the establishment of the Carnamah Historical Society's museum and machinery displays [P23]
     He was also involved in the restoration of the Macpherson Homestead in Carnamah [P23]
Member of the Winchester Cemetery Management and Advisory Committee in 1989 [254]
Resided at 12 Bierman Place in the Carnamah townsite until his sudden death in 1997 [P4]
Father of Alan, Heather and Keith [14]
Passed away from a heart attack at the age of 81 years at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [1]
Died 20 April 1997 in Three Springs; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah WA (Row I, Plot 11) [1]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Donald Reginald Camac' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 16 January 2021 from [sources]

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