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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Doug" Douglas WALDBY

Born 1907 in Kent, England [21]
Son of chemist Harold WALDBY and Ethel Adalene CHAPMAN [5: 9-Feb-1934] [6] [21]
His parents married in Surrey, England in late 1899 and in 1901 were living at 9 St. Judes Road in Egham, Berkshire, England [20] [21]
Along with his parents, brother Norman and sister Constance departed Antwerp, Belgium on the Grosser Kurfurst in 1911 [70]
They arrived on the steamship Grosser Kurfurst in Fremantle, Western Australia on 28 February 1911 [70]
Resided with his parents at 33 Brookman Street in Kalgoorlie in 1911, and by 1913 they were at Stockley Road in South Bunbury [6]
Presumably resided with his parents in Donnybrook 1917-1924, Albany 1925-1926 and in the Perth suburb of Claremont from 1928 [6]
After four years of pharmacy studies at Perth Technical School, he completed his final exams in mid 1931 [39: 2-Jun-1927] [81: 7-Jun-1931]
He shifted to Carnamah on the recommendation of Dr Cecil P. ROSENTHAL of the Carnamah Private Hospital [5: 8-Feb-1935]
Chemist in Carnamah and Proprietor of the Carnamah Pharmacy 1931-1934 [4: 12-Dec-1931, 4-Mar-1933] [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Conducted business from a portion of Cowderoy's Buildings at 2 Macpherson Street, Carnamah 1931-1933 [4: 12-Dec-1931, 4-Mar-1933]
In March 1934 shifted his business to the front of The North Midland Times newspaper building at 13 Macpherson Street [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Promptly dispensed and despatched prescription medicines, and also sold patent medicines and toilet requisites [4: 7-May-1932]
His pharmacy business in Carnamah was telephone number Carnamah-36 [60]
In 1933 he was the only Pharmacist, or Chemist, in the North Midlands district of Western Australia [4: 18-Mar-1933]
During 1933 he expanded his business to deal with telephone and postal orders to neighbouring districts [4: 18-Mar-1933]
Advertised his business in The Carnamah-Three Springs Times & Arrino Advertiser newspaper in 1932 [5: 8-Jul-1932, 7-Oct-1932]
He also advertised in the schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1933 [13]
"Your Chemist is More than a Merchant - Try Your Chemist First - Douglas Waldby  M.P.S., Ph. C. - Telephone 36-Carnamah [13]
Member of the Carnamah Literary and Debating Society in 1932 [5: 2-Sep-1932]
Attended the Card Party held at Mrs Jessie C. THOMPSON's home in Niven Crescent, Carnamah in mid July 1932 [5: 22-Jul-1932]
Prize donor and one of the costume judges at the Children's Fancy Dress Ball held in Carnamah on 18 August 1932 [5: 26-Aug-1932]
During the first week of October 1932 travelled from Carnamah to Perth to attend the Perth Royal Show [5: 7-Oct-1932]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Race Club 1932-1934 [4: 12-Mar-1932] [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Competitor in John KENNY's Billiard Tournaments conducted within Mackie's Buildings in Carnamah in 1933 [5: 26-May-1933, 7-Jul-1933]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1933 and 1934[5: 17-Nov-1933] [13]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club - was Secretary-Treasurer in 1933-34 until resigning in December 1933 [5: 30-Jun-1933, 25-Aug-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Lodge of the Manchester Unity Oddfellows Friendly Society in 1933 and 1934 [5: 27-Oct-1933, 25-May-1934]
Attended the social tendered to recently married Brian and Gerda STACY at the Carnamah Hall on 1 July 1933 [5: 7-Jul-1933]
In early August 1933 he suffered a severe attack of the flu and was treated at the Carnamah Private Hospital [5: 4-Aug-1933]
Judged the Photography section at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show at Maley Park, Coorow on 7 September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
He was admitted to the Carnamah Private Hospital in September 1933 for treatment for appendicitis [5: 15-Sep-1933]
Employed Mr LONGDEN as relieving chemist for some of September and October 1933 while he was unwell  [5: 15-Sep-1933, 27-Oct-1933]
Secretary of the Carnamah District Tennis Association for the 1933-34 season[5: 29-Sep-1933]
One of the Costume Judges at the Children's Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 23 November 1933 [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 9 December 1933 [5: 15-Dec-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Best man at the wedding of Carnamah farmer Frank ROOKE and Daphne STEPHENS on 27 January 1934 in West Perth [5: 2-Feb-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Flannel Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 3 February 1934 [5: 9-Feb-1934]
His father spent a short holiday staying with him in Carnamah, arriving on Thursday 8 February 1934 [5: 9-Feb-1934]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 9 February 1934 [96]
Attended the Dance conducted by the Carnamah Toc H at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 24 February 1934 [5: 2-Mar-1934]
On the evening of Thursday 15 March 1934 attended the Carnamah Race Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Attended the Farewell Social to Miss Doris MCLEAN at BERRIGAN's home in Carnamah on Wednesday 11 April 1934 [5: 13-Apr-1934]
Attended the Parkinson Tennis Club's Dance held on Saturday 14 April 1934 at the Carnamah Hall [5: 20-Apr-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Attended Emily H. TURNER's 21st Birthday at Karragee Farm in Carnamah on Tuesday 8 May 1934 [5: 11-May-1934]
On Saturday 12 May 1934 attended the Carnamah Football Club's Grand Opening Ball at the Carnamah Hall [5: 18-May-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Roman Catholic Church's Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 26 May 1934 [5: 1-Jun-1934]
In June 1934 his sister Mrs Constance MELLOR of Claremont spent a holiday staying with him in Carnamah [5: 8-Jun-1934, 29-Jun-1934]
Travelled to Perth and when he returned to Carnamah on 24 July 1934 he was accompanied by his sister Mrs MELLOR [5: 27-Jul-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1934-35 [4: 22-Dec-1934, 19-Jan-1935]
His father Harold WALDBY spent a few days holiday with him in Carnamah, arriving on Wednesday 12 September 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on  Saturday 20 October 1934 [5: 26-Oct-1934]
On Saturday 27 October 1934 once more served as a Costume Judge at the Children's Fancy Dress Ball held in Carnamah [4: 3-Nov-1934]
While having lunch at the Pyramid Tea Rooms in Carnamah on Sunday afternoon 18 November 1934 a fire started in his pharmacy [5]
     The Pyramid Tea Rooms were housed in the same weatherboard brick fronted building as his pharmacy and the local paper [5]
     Local storekeeper Andrew SMART rushed to the tearooms to tell him his pharmacy / chemist's shop was on fire [5: 23-Nov-1934]
     With water from three nearby adjacent tanks and a copper the flames were soon extinguished by a crowd of helpers [5: 23-Nov-1934]
     The fire damaged a window, window frame and some weatherboards and had started at a mop from an unknown cause [5]
Winner of Newmarket at the Bridge Evening at Tom & Johanna BERRIGAN's home in Carnamah on 30 November 1934 [5: 7-Dec-1934]
Competitor in the Parkinson Tennis Club's Open Championship Tournament in Carnamah on Tuesday 1 January 1935 [5: 21-Dec-1934]
Attended Charlie OLSON's Surprise 70th Birthday at Lou JOHANSEN's farm on Thursday 17 January 1935 [5: 25-Jan-1935]
Placed a notice in The North Midland Times on 1 February 1935 stating he had closed down his Carnamah pharmacy [5: 1-Feb-1935]
He was tendered a Farewell Social at the Carnamah Hall on Monday 4 February 1935, to which sixty of his male friends attended [5]
     The event was organised by three of his local friends: Richard D. GELL, Arnold C. A. BIERMANN and Albert J. MORTIMER [5]
     On entry the Carnamah Hall contained tables laden with food and drink, which were enjoyed and then followed by toasts [5]
     Among the many toasts a number of performances were given by those present including recitations, songs and musical solos [5]
     John BOWMAN, who presided over the evening, presented him with a cheque for £6/16/0 from the people of Carnamah [5]
     His Farewell Social concluded in the singing of Auld Lang Syne and the National Anthem [5: 8-Feb-1935]
Left Carnamah on Wednesday 6 February 1935 due to financial reasons, after which Carnamah was without a chemist [5: 8-Feb-1935]
Returned to Carnamah for a few day long visit in early April 1935 [5: 12-Apr-1935]
Married "Wynne" Winifred Muriel JEWELL on 3 December 1938 at Saint Mary's Church in the Perth suburb of Claremont [81: 4-Dec-1938]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah retiree Robert PALFREYMAN at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 11 August 1938 [4: 20-Aug-1938]
Resided at 4 Sutcliffe Street in the Perth suburb of Nedlands for at least the years 1940-1949 [6]
In the 1960s he was said to have owned a large chemist's shop on Stirling Highway in the Perth suburb of Claremont [51]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley [2]
Died 20 October 1988; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth (EC Section, Garden of Remembrance, 14, 251) [2]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 8 September 1933:
Around the Shops - Goods Which Can Be Bought Locally - The Chemist
"Residents are extremely fortunate in having a chemist in the district, where remedies for and advice on ailments can be obtained, and prescriptions recommended made up. In cases of emergency the convenience of a chemist's shop becomes doubly apparent and residents should remember this always when requiring toilet or medical requirements of any kind. The chemist's shop is not a benefit to the town but to the whole district."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Douglas Waldby' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 8 August 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/douglas-waldby [reference list]




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