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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Eddie / "Ted" Edmund Keen BYRNE

Born 18 June 1891 in Bindoon, Western Australia [114]
Son of Edmund Keen BYRNE and Isabella WOODS [114]
     He and his twin brother Robert were born at their paternal grandparents' home at Mount Pleasant Farm in Bindoon [114]
     They were the first known non-indigenous children born to parents who resided in Wannamal [114]
Resided with his parents on West Point Farm in Wannamal 1891-1911 [114]
     Student at the Wannamal State School 1904-1906 - he was the first child to be enrolled at the school [114]
     Member of the Wannamal Cricket Club in 1910 and 1911 [114]
     He and his brother Robert celebrated their 21st birthday with 100 guests in the stable on West Point Farm in Wannamal [114]
Wholesale and Retail Butcher in Three Springs 1911-1912 and again in 1914 [6] [9] [19]
     In early June 1911 he and his father opened a butchering business in Slaughter Street, Three Springs [9: 2- & 9-Jun-1911]
     Kept the primest of beef and mutton on hand and delivered at the shortest notice with cleanliness and civility guaranteed [9: 9-Jun-1911]
     In 1911 his father also purchased 1,130 acres of farmland in Three Springs in Lots M761, M762, M763 and M764 [39: 6-Apr-1937] [44]
     His twin brother Robert had also joined him in Three Springs as a Butcher by 1912 [50]
     Their father sold the butchering business in Three Springs to Alfred H. BUTLER in late 1912 [31: 11-Nov-1912]
     BUTLER sold the business to Robert BUCKLAND in 1913 and in August 1914 his father purchased it back [9: 5-Sep-1913, 28-Aug-1914]
Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1912 and 1914 [9: 29-Nov-1912, 23-Oct-1914]
Attended the Saint Patrick's Day Sports in Three Springs in 1913 and competed in the Sheffield Handicap race [9: 14-Mar-1913]
Dressed as Sir Peter Teazle he attended the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on Easter Monday 24 March 1913 [9:4-Apr-1913]
Member of the Three Springs Football Club in 1914 [9: 7-Aug-1914]
Sang "Goodbye Mavourneen" at a Concert held at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Friday 26 February 1915 [10: 5-Mar-1915]
It was reported in May 1915 that he was rapidly recovering after an attack of pleurisy [10: 14-May-1915]
He won the Sheffield Handicap running race at the Picnic Races in Carnamah in aid of the Belgian Fund on 24 June 1915 [39: 7-Jul-1915]
Left Three Springs in September 1915 and shifted to Westonia [10: 10-Sep-1915] [390: 18-Sep-1915]
Within a year he had returned to Three Springs and was working locally as a farmland [10] [30: item 3178801]
Attended as a "Matador" the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on 19 July 1916 in aid of the Red Cross Society [39: 31-Jul-1916]
Won the Sheffield Handicap race at the Three Springs Day held at Casuarina Park, Three Springs on 27 September 1916 [10: 6-Oct-1916]
Sang "An Emblem" at the local Red Cross Society's Basket Social & Dance held in Three Springs on 22 November 1916 [10: 5-Dec-1916]
Clerk of Scales of the horse races at the Sports Meeting held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Saturday 17 March 1917 [124]
Enlisted in the 1st Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) of the Australian Army in Geraldton on 27 March 1917 [30: item 3178801]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighed 140 pounds and had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a pale complexion [30]
     Following brief training at Blackboy Hill he was on 8 May 1917 appointed to the 26th Reinforcements of the 11th Battalion [30]
     He and Frederick E. S. JAMES returned to Three Springs on pre-embarkation leave in June 1917 [10: 15-Jun-1917]
     They were presented with a wristlet watch, wished success and a safe return at a Social in Three Springs on 12 June 1917 [10]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A30 Borda on 29 June 1917 [30]
     Disembarked in Plymouth, England on 25 August 1917 and after further training he proceeded to France on 8 July 1918 [30]
     Private 7698 in the Australian Imperial Force's 11th Australian Infantry Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Wounded in Action in France on 10 August 1918 and was hospitalised with a severe gunshot wound to his left thigh [30]
     Two days later he was evacuated to England and on 18 December 1918 embarked on his return to Western Australia [30]
     After returning from the war he was tendered a "Welcome Home" in Three Springs on Saturday 1 February 1919 [9: 7-Feb-1919]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 9 March 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
     He was also welcomed home as a guest of honour at the Tea, Social & Dance held in Wannamal on 31 May 1919 [9: 13-Jun-1918]
     His name appears on the Three Springs Honour Board, which was unveiled on Tuesday 3 June 1919 [9: 6-Jun-1919] [10: 13-Jun-1919]
Married (1) Phoebe Alma HENRY  in Fremantle on 17 December 1921 [39: 15-Aug-1927]
     He and his wife initially resided in the Perth suburbs of Bassendean and Subiaco [86: 16-Aug-1927]
     They then moved to Three Springs, where he worked as a Contractor [86: 16-Aug-1927]
     After nine months in Three Springs his wife shifted to Fremantle and he travelled down to see her twice a month [86: 16-Aug-1927]
     He filed for divorce and was granted a decree nisi in August 1927 after his wife moved in with Robert H. JOHNSON [86: 16-Aug-1927] 
     His ex-wife married JOHNSON in 1928 however that marriage and a subsequent one both also ended in divorce [66] [310: 9-May-1942]
In January 1927 both he and his father each purchased a 25 cwt. International truck with tipping body [81: 30-Jan-1927]
Member of the Three Springs Football Club in 1927 [4: 7-May-1927]
Played the drums at the largely attended Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on Friday 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Butcher in Moora in 1932 [5: 28-Oct-1932]
     Married (2) "Win" Winifred Emily BERRY in Perth on Saturday 15 October 1932 [5: 28-Oct-1932] [66]
      He and Win were tendered a Farewell Social at the home of Mr and Mrs F. C. BURNETT in Moora on 22 October 1932 [5]
     About 60 of their friends attended their Farewell Social, which consisted of dancing, cards, a presentation and supper [5: 28-Oct-1932]
     A short time after selling his butchery business in October 1932 he and his wife left Moora [5: 28-Oct-1932]
He either never left Moora or shifted back, as by 1937 he was once more a Butcher in Moora [81: 11-Apr-1937]
Resided in Moora until his death in 1942, at the age of 51 years at the Moora District Hospital [116]
Father of Sybil, Desmond, Dorrie and Clem [4: 1-Dec-1927] [39: 22-May-1942]
Died 21 May 1942; buried at the Moora Public Cemetery in Moora, Western Australia (Anglican, Plot 242) [116]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Edmund Keen Byrne' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 February 2024 from [reference list]

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