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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Edward BROAD

Born C.1857 in Victoria Plains, Western Australia [120: 3-Jan-1929]
Son of John BROAD [332]
Married Ellen Jane OLIVER at Strawberry in the Mingenew district [15] on 1 July 1885 [332]
Farmer of Manarra Farm in Mingenew 1885-1939 [39: 29-Mar-1939]
He named his farm after Manarra Pool, which was on his property [120: 3-Jan-1929]
Foundation Member of the Upper Irwin Road Board in 1902 [39: 29-Mar-1939]
He had the telephone connected to his farmhouse by 1926 - was telephone number Mingenew-19 [60]
In 1926-27 and 1927-28 he had an Overland truck registered with the Mingenew Road Board with licence plate MI-17 [325]
Described in 1939 as an "old district identify" and one of the original settlers of Mingenew [176]
Farmer of Manarra Farm in Mingenew until his death in 1939 [176]
Father of seven sons - Charles Edward, Edward Lockier, Albert Irwin, Lewis John, Frank Henry, James Oliver and William [15]
Father of two daughters - Alice Ann and Ellen Victoria [15]
Died 10 March 1939 on Manarra Farm in Mingenew; buried Mingenew Cemetery, Mingenew (Anglican, Plot 19A) [176]

From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 3 January 1929:
Country Towns and Districts - Mingenew - A Prosperous District - Prominent People - The Oldest Inhabitant
"The oldest inhabitant of Mingenew district is Mr Edward Broad, who now owns a successful farm, Manarra (named after the pool there). Mr Broad was born 71 years ago at Victoria Plains, and arrived in Mingenew when 19 years old. He pioneered Manarra, beginning with a 100 acre holding. After working on it, and doing contracting between whiles, he managed to extend his property from time to time, till now he hold something like eight or ten thousand acres. Always interested in the progress of his district, Mr Broad gave a certain amount of his time to affairs of the community, and for twelve years was a member of the road board. Mr Broad married Miss Oliver, daughter of the late Mr C. S. Oliver, of Lockier. He is now still working his farm, with the aid of three of his sons. His attention is divided between wheat, sheep and cattle."

From The West Australian newspaper, Wednesday 29 March 1939:
Country News - Mingenew
"On March 10 there was a large attendance at the funeral of the late Mr E. Broad, sen., who died at his residence, Manarra, on the previous day, at the age of 81. The service at the Mingenew church and at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. Pym (Anglican). Mr Broad has occupied his property for 54 years, and was one of the oldest Mingenew pioneers. He was the second person to grow wheat in the district, the first having been his father-in-law, the late Mr C. S. Oliver. He is survived by his widow, four sons and a daughter. The late Mr Broad was also a foundation member of the Mingenew Road Board, on its formation in 1902. It was then called the Upper Irwin Road Board and had jurisdiction over the territory now governed by the Mingenew, Morawa, Carnamah, Perenjori and Three Springs boards."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Edward Broad' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 March 2024 from [reference list]

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