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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Jack" Doric John SELWAY

Born 28 December 1892 [204] in Perth, Western Australia [15]
Son of Arthur SELWAY and "Kate" Catherine KAVANAGH [5: 20-Jul-1934] [15]
Contractor in Three Springs 1913-1918 and Farmer in Three Springs 1918-1953 [6] [19] [50]
During the 1913-14 financial year he purchased the 450 acre Lot M816 of Victoria Location 2020 from Henry J. PAGE [44]
Purchased three pieces of land in Three Springs from the Midland Railway Company, all of which were paid for by instalments [27]
     On 17 February 1919 purchased the 479 acre Lot M818 of Victoria Location 2020 for £479 (20/- per acre) [27]
     Purchased an adjacent 450 acres in Lot M817 of Victoria Location 2020 for £495 (22/- per acre) on 23 July 1920 [27]
     On 24 January 1921 purchased 913 acres in Lot M1329 of Victoria Location 2021 for £342.12.2 [27]
He appears to have sold 929 of his acres in Lots M816 and M818 to his brother-in-law Karl E. BODDINGTON [81: 21-Dec-1924]
At some point he held a grazing lease for the 814 acre Victoria Location 6003, located twelve miles west of Perenjori [86: 16-Oct-1919]
     He had forfeited the block by October 1919, when it was advertised as available for selection [86: 16-Oct-1919]
Purchased his first car, a Chevrolet, from a commission agent in Carnamah during January 1925 [408: 30-Jan-1925]
     He later owned a 501 model Fiat car "which gave excellent service" before getting a 521C model Fiat 6 car in 1929 [81: 24-Feb-1929]
     His Chevrolet and his first Fiat were both registered with the Carnamah District Road Board and contained license plate CA-15 [325]
Donated £1/1/- to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1928 [124]
A fire broke out on his farm in late December 1928 and burnt four acres of crop before being extinguished [4: 7-Jan-1928]
Purchased 451 acres of farmland in Dudawa, East Arrino from Mrs Fanny P. MITCHELL for £5/10/- an acre in 1930 [39: 22-Feb-1930]
In April 1930 he requested that the Three Springs Road Board clear a road running through Wombarden and Dudawa [4: 26-Apr-1930]
Advertised in September 1930 offering a reward for information on his missing Bay Draught Mare branded D3Z [4: 20-Sep-1930]
Attended the Commemoration Dinner held at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on Friday 26 August 1932 [5: 9-Sep-1932]
The dinner was to commemorate Three Springs having the highest average yield for wheat in the State for the 1931-32 season [5]
His mother passed away at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs on 16 July 1934, aged 75 years [5: 20-Jul-1934]
Married "Lena" Ellen BRENNAN in Perth in 1935 [66]
In mid November 1935 sold four bullocks through Westralian Farmers Ltd - for £7/17/6, £8/7/6, £9/7/6, and £4/12/6 [5: 15-Nov-1935]
Sold seven bales of wool through Dalgety & Co at a sale in Perth in November 1935 at the price of 15¼d. per pound [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Sold 31 suckers at 14/1 and 15 shorn ewes at 9/10 per head through Elder Smith & Co Ltd on 23 September 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
In October 1936 sold nine bales of wool through Dalgety & Co Ltd - five bales at 15d. and four bales at 14¾d. per pound [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Attended the meeting in Three Springs about extending telephonic facilities to East Three Springs on 9 March 1937 [5: 12-Mar-1937]
He had Post Office Box 23 at the Three Springs Post Office [5: 23-Oct-1942]
Advertised in October 1942 that he had 20 good farm horses for sale, which were broken in and aged 3, 4 and 5 years [5: 23-Oct-1942]
In 1949 his telephone number was Three Springs 2331 [5: 29-Sep-1949]
During September 1940 he called for tenders to sell 250 acres of standing wheat and oat crop in Three Springs [5: 23-Oct-1942]
Later sold his farm to Murray MCKAY and left the Three Springs district [P2]
In retirement, he and his wife travelled to England for a six month visit [204]
     They departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Himalaya and arrived in London, England on 24 April 1956 [204]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Floreat Park [2]
Died 27 July 1965; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Roman Catholic, Lawn 3, 24) [2]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 20 July 1934:
Bereavement Notice
"Mr. D. J. Selway, of Three Springs, wishes to thank all kind friends for their expressions of sympathy during his recent sad bereavement."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Doric John Selway' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 May 2022 from [reference list]

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