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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Viv" Donald Vivian FOWLER

Born 23 August 1922 in Beverley, Western Australia [16]
Son of "Don" Donnell Edgar FOWLER and Ethel Blanche DRAPER [P120]
Resided with his parents in Beverley 1922-1924 and then on farmland in Waddy Forest from 1924 [P120]
Educated at the Waddy Forest State School in Waddy Forest [5: 10-May-1935] [P120]
Won a 2nd prize for Handwork in the Educational section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 7 September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
He and Norman J. M. PATTON were going home from school bareback on the same horse on 8 May 1935 [5: 10-May-1935]
     Suffered slight concussion and fractured his collar bone after they stopped the horse too suddenly and were flung to the ground [5]
     Later in the evening he was taken to the Carnamah Private Hospital for attention from Dr. Cecil P. ROSENTHAL [5: 10 & 24-May-1935]
     After a few days at the Carnamah Private Hospital he returned to his parents' home in Waddy Forest on Saturday 18 May 1935 [5]
Won a box of sweets at a Dance held at the Waddy Hall in Waddy Forest on Saturday 22 June 1935 [5: 28-Jun-1935]
Attended the Children's Fancy Dress Ball in Coorow on Saturday 6 July 1935 dressed as "Oberon" [5: 12-Jul-1935]
He and his twin sister Verna celebrated their 13th birthday at Glen Waddi Farm on Saturday 24 August 1935 [5: 30-Aug-1935]
Came 3rd in the 13 years Boys Running Race at the Combined School Sports in Carnamah on Saturday 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the 25th Wedding Anniversary of Malcolm L. and Irene S. PATTON in Waddy Forest on 1 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
Won 1st prize for Handwork in the Educational section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Shows 1936 and 1937 [5: 11-Sep-1936, 10-Sep-1937]
Attended Roy M. PATTON's birthday at the dam on Longforest Farm in Waddy Forest on Sunday 8 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Attended Albert E. MILES and Mary E. GREENWOOD's wedding breakfast at the Coorow Hotel on 18 August 1937 [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Attended the Coorow-Waddy Progress Association's Annual Children's Sports in Coorow on Thursday 12 August 1937 [5]
     Won the 14 Years Boys & Girls Race, the Boys Over 9 Years Obstacle Race and the High Jump with a height of 4 feet 2 inches [5]
     Came 3rd in the Boys 9 to 12 Years Obstacle Race [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Enlisted in the Australian Army on 19 July 1942 [16]
     Private WX25384 in the Australian Army's 2/16 Australian Infantry Battalion during the Second World War [16]
     During the war he served initially in New Guinea and then in Borneo [P120]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 17 June 1946 [16]
Returned to Waddy Forest and farmed with his brothers Edgar and Leslie as "Fowler Bros" 1946-1952 [P120]
Farmer in Waddy Forest in partnership with just his brother Edgar as "Fowler Bros" 1952-1979 [P120]
Member of the Waddy Forest Tennis Club from 1946-47 to 1949-50 [5: 29-Nov-1946, 21-Mar-1947, 5-Mar-1948, 15-Dec-1949]
Returned from a visit to Perth by car with the BRADLEY family of Winchester on 26 February 1948 [5: 5-Mar-1948]
Member of Coorow Golf Club in 1948 and 1949 [5: 10-Jun-1948, 9-Jun-1949]
Member of Coorow Rifle Club in 1949 [5: 16-Jun-1949]
Competed at the Official Opening of the Coorow Rifle Range on 6 August 1949 and scored 58.3 (26, 23, 9.3) [5: 18-Aug-1949]
Killed in an accident while on the farm when during stubble chaining the tractor he was driving was pulled over and crushed him [P120]
Died 30 March 1979; buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia (Row U, Plot 19) [1]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday  12 July 1946:
"Mr Viv Fowler was the guest of honour at the Waddy Social Club's evening on Saturday, June 29. Games and dancing were enjoyed and during the evening Mr John Read spoke in eulogistic terms of Mr Fowler and expressed the pleasure of all present that Viv was once more in their midst. A very tasty supper was prepared by the ladies present and the evening closed with a sing-song around the piano."

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

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