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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Tony" Edgar Henry BENTLEY

Born 23 January 1892 in Maitland, South Australia [55]
Son of Anthony BENTLEY and Bessie ALDRIDGE [55]
Married "Bea" Beatrice May WILLSHER on 23 August 1913 at the Methodist Church in Maitland, South Australia [55]
His children Roland and Roma died at the ages of two years eight months and two months on 21 January 1920 and 28 June 1921 [P192]
Along his wife and surviving children shifted from Maitland, South Australia to Carnamah, Western Australia C.1926 [P139]
Shifted to Carnamah to work as a farmhand for F. Wilfred FRANCIS on FRANCIS Bros' farm in Carnamah [P139]
Later left the employ of F. Wilfred FRANCIS and worked as a share-farmer on the Inering Estate in Carnamah [P139]
Along with his wife and children spent Christmas at Dongara Beach in 1927 [4: 7-Jan-1928]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son from 1927 to 1930 [53]
Attended the Euchre Party and Dance held at the Winchester School in Winchester on Saturday 31 August 1929 [4: 7-Sep-1929]
In November 1929 purchased a Chevrolet four door sedan car from Carnamah dealer L. Scott WYLIE [4: 23-Nov-1929]
Came 2nd in the Married Men's Running Race at the Inering Picnic on BATTY's Farm on Sunday 7 September 1930 [4: 20-Sep-1930]
Also came 2nd in the Married Men's Race at the Sports Day & Picnic at Centenary Park, Carnamah on 9 October 1930 [4: 18-Oct-1930]
Member of the Inering Cricket Club in 1930-31 [4: 22-Nov-1930]
Member of the Inering Tennis Club - was President in 1932 [5: 15-Jul-1932]
In 1932 was the correspondent who supplied details on Inering for The Carnamah-Three Springs Times newspaper [5: 23-Sep-1932]
He was unable to get the Inering correspondence to the newspaper for two weeks in August 1932 due to flooding [5: 26-Aug-1932]
Donated a trophy for the Inering Tennis Club's Singles Tournament held in 1932[5: 15-Jul-1932]
On Thursday 1 September 1932 an afternoon's shoot of rabbits and foxes began at his gate at 3 p.m. [5: 26-Aug-1932]
Conducted the sporting events at the "Gimlets" Annual Picnic on 18 September 1932 at BATTY's Farm in Carnamah [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Attended the Surprise 21st Birthday for George AUNGER in Carnamah on Sunday 2 October 1932 [5: 7-Oct-1932]
Attended the Dance & Bridge Party held at Maurice and Eliza AUNGER's home in East Carnamah on 8 October 1932 [5: 21-Oct-1932]
In late 1932 his wife purchased 2,506 acres of farmland south of Carnamah from the Estate of the Late Donald MACPHERSON [117]
Farmer of Maitland Farm in Carnamah 1933-1945 [P139]
Sold 64 wethers at 7/9 per head to John E. H. OAKES, also of Carnamah, in early November 1933 [5: 10-Nov-1933]
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 Winchester Cricket Club from 1934-35 to 1936-37 [5: 23-Nov-1934, 30-Oct-1936]
Sold 19 suckers at 9/11 a head through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 28 August 1935 [5: 30-Aug-1935]
Umpire of the Winchester Cricket Club's first match for the season against Carnamah Blues on Sunday 27 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
President and Captain of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1935-36, and Member in 1936-37 [5: 20-Sep-1935, 13-Nov-1936]
He called a meeting to form a Carnamah Bike Club at Mackie's Buildings, Carnamah at 8 p.m. on 2 May 1936 [5: 24-Apr-1936, 1-May-1936]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Athletic Club in 1936 and 1937 [5: 19-Jun-1936, 19-Mar-1937]
Participated in the Old Stagers Bike Race at the Carnamah Football Club's Scratch Match in Carnamah on 28 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Steward of the Carnamah Athletic Club's Inaugural Bike Races at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 12 July 1936 [5: 10-Jul-1936]
Himself, Thomas F. PATERSON and Richard A. PIKE drew rules for the Carnamah Athletic Club's Bike Racing in 1936 [5: 10-Jul-1936]
Came 2nd in the Old Buffers Race at the Reunion of South Australians in Carnamah on Saturday 26 September 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Attended the Farewell Social for departing postmaster R. Arthur LINDSAY at the Carnamah Hotel on 23 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
In November 1936 he was appointed Inaugural Referee for the bike races conducted by the Carnamah Athletic Club [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Foundation President of the Carnamah Cycle Club in 1937 [5: 21-May-1937]
Financial Member in 1940 and Committee Member 1940-1941 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [13] [58]
Steward of the Gymkhana Programme at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 12 September 1940 [13]
Foundation Committee Member of the Carnamah District War and Patriotic Fund in 1940 and 1941 [0: images 03074 & 04014]
Member of the Bowling Club that played at Howard H. CHAPPEL's Marathon Farm in Winchester in 1941 [4: 29-Mar-1941]
Member of the Carnamah Volunteer Defence Corps in 1941 [4: 29-Mar-1941]
Steward of the Ring Events section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 11 September 1941 [13]
Travelled to South Australia to visit his unwell uncle in May 1945 [0: images 04330 & 04342]
By June 1945 had decided to remain in South Australia and his wife soon after joined him [0: image 04342]
Remained in South Australia to care for his elderly Uncle Joe and Aunt Elisa[P139]
Rates for their farm in Carnamah were sent to them in Maitland, South Australia until the 1952-53 financial year [3]
During the 1952-53 financial year they sold their Maitland Farm in Carnamah to their son Jack [3] [P139]
Returned to Western Australia C.1960 and settled in the Perth suburb of Scarborough [P139]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Scarborough until his death in 1975 [2]
Father of Coral Beatrice, Jack, Edgar Roland, Ida Willsher, Roman May, Shirley Dawn and Russell Joseph [55] [P192]
Died 4 February 1975; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (EC Section, Garden of Remembrance, 5, 218) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Edgar Henry Bentley' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 23 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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