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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Teddy" Henry Edward EDWARDS

Born C.1897 in Peak Hill, Western Australia [29]
Son of Harry WILLIAMS and Jane [243]
Married Mary Mercy WALLEY in 1921 [66] [91]
He appears to have resided in or near Moora in 1920 and 1921 [9: 2-Jul-1920, 3-Jun-1921, 9-Jun-1922]
Member of the Wanderers Football Club in 1920 and was its Captain in 1921 [9: 2-Jul-1920, 3-Jun-1921]
     The Wanderers Football Club was an all-Aboriginal team which competed in the Moora Football Association [120: 28-Jul-1949]
     He obtained a permit to transfer from the Wanderers Football Club to the Carnamah Football Club in 1922 [9: 9-Jun-1922]
Farmhand and Shearer in Carnamah [6] [P23], where both he and his wife "were very highly regarded" [P198]
     Resided in Carnamah in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s [4: 2-Jun-1922] [6]
     In the early 1930s he resided in a block of trees between the Carnamah townsite and the Macpherson Homestead [P139]
     Manager of local butcher Ernest C. ANDREWS' farm on the Yarra Yarra Estate in Carnamah 1929-1937 [P198]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club 1922-1937 [4: 2-Jun-1922] [5: 29-May-1936]
     Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Grand Presentation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 9 October 1930 [4: 18-Oct-1930]
     Received the medal for being the Carnamah Football Club's Most Unselfish Player for the 1930 season [4: 18-Oct-1930]
     One of the five most outstanding players on 4 September 1932 when the Carnamah Football Club won the Premiership [5: 9-Sep-1932]
     Played and helped Carnamah win the Grand Final on 20 August 1933, and was one of the "most prominent" players [5: 25-Aug-1933]
     Vice Captain and Fairest & Best Player of the Carnamah Football Club for the 1934 season [4: 3-Nov-1934] [5: 1-Jun-1934]
     Selection Committee Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
     In 1937 "the veteran, Edwards, was an object lesson to any young player, he battled as hard as any man on the field" [5: 25-Jun-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club from 1922-23 to 1939-40 [9: 15-Dec-1922] [4: 2-Nov-1929, 4-Mar-1933, 9-Mar-1940]
     He was presented with a Don Bradman cricket bat for making a century in a match at Carnamah on Sunday 17 February 1935 [5]
     The bat had been donated by Harris Scarfe & Sandover and after receiving the bat he donated it to the Carnamah Cricket Club [5]
     On the occasion he was congratulated on his fine performance, for his general good sportsmanship and unselfishness [5: 22-Feb-1935]
Competitor in John KENNY's Billiard Tournaments conducted within Mackie's Buildings in Carnamah in 1933 [5: 26-May-1933, 21-Jul-1933]
Travelled to Winchester to help look for missing school teacher Arthur JACKSON on the morning of 14 November 1933 [5: 17-Nov-1933]
The cricket season opened each year in Carnamah with John BOWMAN fielding a team against the Carnamah Cricket Club [5]
    He played in BOWMAN's XI at the opening of 1933-34, 1934-35, 1935-36 and 1936-37 [4: 9-Dec-1933, 30-Nov-1934, 25-Oct-1935, 9-Oct-1936]
Competed in the Three Springs verses Carnamah billiard contest held in Three Springs on Thursday 14 February 1935 [5: 15-Feb-1935]
Captained a football team of local country cricketers against town cricketers in Carnamah on Sunday 30 June 1935 [5: 5-Jul-1935]
In 1935-36 the Carnamah Cricket Club had two teams, and he played for the "Carnamah Reds" [5: 11-Oct-1935] [4: 9-Mar-1940]
     Vice Captain of the Carnamah Cricket Club's "Carnamah Reds" in 1935-36 [5: 18-Oct-1935]
     He was the only Aboriginal person allowed to play within the Carnamah District Cricket Association in 1935-36 [5: 8-Nov-1935]
     Represented the Carnamah District Cricket Association in their game against the North Midlands on 1 December 1935 [5: 22-Nov-1935]
     He was back to "his old form" when he secured 141 runs after opening for the Carnamah Reds on 8 December 1935 [5: 13-Dec-1935]
     Played for the Carnamah District Cricket Association at Country Week Cricket in Perth during February 1936 [5: 14-Feb-1936]
     At Country Week won The Western Mail Trophy for scoring the highest aggregate of runs (351) in the competition [5: 6-Mar-1936]
     Played for victorious Carnamah in their cricket match against "The Rest" in Coorow on Sunday 22 March 1936 [5: 27-Mar-1936]
     Had the highest batting average within the Carnamah Cricket Club for the 1935-36 season with an average of 49.8 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
     For the 1935-36 season he also had the second highest number of catches for the Carnamah Cricket Club [5: 3-Apr-1936]
     Played for the Carnamah Cricket Club in their victorious special match against the Bulk Handlers on 11 October 1936 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
He, David BOWMAN, Tom BUCKINGHAM and Roger CLARK motored to Perth in early February 1936 [5: 14-Feb-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Dinner at the Carnamah Hotel on Sunday evening 6 September 1936 [5]
     At the Premiership Dinner he was presented with a Special Prize that had been donated by Ernest C. ANDREWS [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Played for the North Midlands Cricket Association in their victory against the Morawa Association on 10 January 1937 [5: 15-Jan-1937]
Motored to Perth with Ivan JOHNSON, Josie FITZGERALD and Andy FITZGERALD on Monday 8 February 1937 [5: 12-Feb-1937]
     Represented the North Midlands at Country Week Cricket in Perth during the second week of February 1937 [5: 12-Feb-1937]
     In their first match against Kalgoorlie he hit phenomenally with six sixes and twelve fours and scored 106 not out [5]
He went before the Protests & Disputes Board of the North Midlands Football Association on Friday night 16 July 1937 [5: 23-Jul-1937]
     The Board suspended him for four football matches for disputing the umpire's decision and using threatening language [5]
Father of Helen, Elisha, Mona, Rose, Julia, Elvie, Teddy, Ruth, Janet and Shirley [P491]
Died 13 August 1980; buried at the Utakarra Cemetery in Geraldton, Western Australia (Roman Catholic, Row 96, Plot 10) [26]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Henry Edward Edwards' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 4 August 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/edward-henry-edwards [sources]




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