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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Ted" Edward James DUFFY

Born C.1874 [24]
Married Elessia REAU in Perth in 1908 [66]
Licensee of Wallace's Hotel in Walkaway in 1908 [9: 11-Dec-1908]
In addition to holding the Wayside License for Wallace's Hotel in Walkaway he also held a Billiard Table License [9: 11-Dec-1908]
He purchased Lot 81 of the Mullewa townsite for £14 on 2 December 1910 [86: 3-Dec-1910]
Along with his wife and son Edward settled in Three Springs in 1914 [5: 7-Jun-1935]
Hairdresser and Greengrocer in Three Springs [6] [44]
Resided in Three Springs from 1914 until his death in 1935 [5: 7-Jun-1935] [24]
Over November 1915 he fenced in a quarter acre block he owned in Three Springs[10: 19-Nov-1915]
Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1915-16 [10: 19-Nov-1915]
Donated 5/- to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1919 [124]
He and his wife attended May BERRIGAN's 21st Birthday at the Three Springs Hall on 12 September 1919 [9: 19-Sep-1919]
Member of the Three Springs Progress Association [4: 1-Jun-1935]
On 25 May 1920 purchased from the Midland Railway Company the vacant block at 2 Yarra Street, Carnamah for £20 [27]
Donated oranges for half time of the football match between Three Springs and Mingenew in TS on 13 August 1920 [10: 20-Aug-1920]
Won the Stepping 100 Yards competition at the Three Springs Day held on Thursday 23 September 1920 [10: 15-Oct-1920]
Attended the wedding of Robert A. CALDOW and May I. BYRNE at the Hall in Three Springs on 5 October 1921 [9: 21-Oct-1921]
Around 1922 sold his vacant block at 2 Yarra Street, Carnamah (Lot 2 of Victoria Location 1936) to P. J. LYNCH [27]
Gave a subscription of £5 towards the proposed construction of a road between Watheroo and Winchester in 1923 [9: 16-Mar-1923]
By 1927 he had the telephone connected to his home and/or store - was telephone number Three Springs-13 [60]
Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1928, and donated £1/1/- to Committee in 1928 [124] [124]
Provided goods at cost price for the Centenary Celebrations held in Three Springs on Friday 13 September 1929 [4: 21-Sep-1929]
Member of the Three Springs Football Club - was Secretary in 1933 [120: 5-Oct-1933]
Exhibited a display of fretwork at the Sixth Annual Three Springs Agricultural Show on Thursday 21 September 1933 [5: 29-Sep-1933]
Represented the Three Springs Football Club at meetings of the North Midlands Football Association in 1933 [5: 7-Jul-1933]
Took a number of photos of the Three Springs town when in flooded during the winter of 1933 [5: 21-Jul-1933]
A photo of floodwaters opposite Jordan's store was blown up and hung in the Three Springs Road Board's board room [5: 27-Oct-1933]
Represented the Three Springs Cricket Club at meetings of the North Midlands Cricket Association in 1935-36 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Father of Edward [5: 7-Jun-1935]
Died 30 May 1935 in Three Springs; buried Three Springs General Cemetery (Roman Catholic, Row 1, Plot 17) [24]

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 1 June 1935:
"Late Mr. E. J. Duffy - Death at Three Springs - A Valuable Citizen. After a long illness Mr. Edward James Duffy passed peacefully away at his home in Railway Parade, Three Springs, on Thursday morning at the age of 61 years. The deceased, who with his wife and son (Edward) came to Three Springs and commenced business in 1914, has been closely associated with the many activities in connection with the district's progress. He took a keen and prominent part in sporting and social life. For his work for the old Progress Association and his aims and achievements, and also his work for the Three Springs Football Club Mr. Duffy will ever be remembered as a valuable citizen. The deceased was born in Stawell, Victoria, but lived in Western Australia the greater portion of his life. A severe attack of pleurisy necessitated Mr. Duffy's removal to hospital several weeks ago and although he showed some improvement  when discharged little hope was held for his recovery owing to severe pulmonary troubles, this being the third time Mr. Duffy had been seized with an attack of pleurisy. His sister, Miss E. Duffy, of Stawell, who was in Kalgoorlie at the time, was sent for. Throughout Wednesday night Mr. Duffy gradually became weaker and passed peacefully away in the presence of his wife, son and sister at about 9 o'clock on Thursday morning. Requiem Mass will be held at the Roman Catholic Church at 9 a.m. this Saturday morning, and the funeral is expected to leave the church this morning at 10 o'clock for the Roman Catholic portion of the cemetery where the Rev. Father M. Lynch will perform the last rites."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 7 June 1935:
"Obituary - Death of Three Springs Resident - The death occurred at Three Springs on Thursday morning, May 30, when Mr James Duffy, an old and respected resident passed away at his residence in Railway Parade. Deceased, with her wife and son (Edward) arrived in Three Springs in 1914, and commenced business there, since then he has been actively associated with all sporting and social life and has taken a keen interest in the progress of the district. The deceased was born in Stawell, Victoria, but lived in Western Australia the greater portion of his life. Mr Duffy suffered an attack of pleurisy recently from which he never fully recovered. He leaves a widow and son (Edward). The remains were interred in the Catholic portion of the Three Springs Cemetery on Saturday last, Rev. Father M. Lynch officiating at the graveside."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 8 June 1935:
"Obituary - The Late Mr. E. J. Duffy - Funeral at Three Springs�. Nearly 30 motor cars followed the late Mr. Duffy's remains to the cemetery, the chief mourners being Mrs. Duffy (widow), Miss Duffy (sister) and Mr. Edward Duffy (son). The pall bearers were Messrs. E. Hunt, C. F. Coffey, G. H. Bickford, E. Burge, A. S. Mortimer, E. Humphrey, W. A. Rogers, R. Black, H. Thomas and G. Campbell."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Edward James Duffy' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 6 December 2019 from  [ sources ]

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