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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Edward John Arthur CLAIRS

Born 1877 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England [20] [21]
Son of Edward Spittlehouse CLAIRS and Maria Elizabeth STOKES [20] [21]
In 1881 he was living with his parents and younger siblings James and Elizabeth at 18 Prospect Street in Huddersfield, Yorkshire [20]
Departed London, England on the barque ship Helena Mena with his parents and siblings James, Elizabeth, George and Edith [69]
They arrived on the Helena Mena in Fremantle, Western Australia on 16 September 1887 [69]
Married (1) Rose Isabel DAWSON in Busselton in 1901 [15]
Manager of the remnants of Coorow Station in Coorow for Edward M. BLYTHE in 1911 [19] [388: 26-Aug-1911]
     300 acres of crop was grown on the property in 1911, which in August was "looking exceedingly vigorous and healthy" [388]
     It was stated he possessed "democratic leanings of an advanced nature" and worked the farm's men only eight hours per day [388]
     He believed that in doing this the farm's employees achieved more in eight hours than what most achieved in a nine hour day [388]
Member of the Coorow Farmers' Progress Association - was Secretary in 1911 [215]
Along with George BATTERSBY and James MCGILL requested the establishment of a tent school in Coorow in September 1911 [215]
     Guaranteed to contribute to the teacher's salary if the attendance fell below ten at the proposed Coorow State School in 1911 [215]
     In late 1911 the Education Department railed school furniture to Coorow and requested he arrange to get it to the school [215]
     They'd hoped to hold the school in a storage building owned by Edward M. BLYTHE but shortly thereafter the building was sold [215]
     He wrote enlisting the help of Samuel J. F. MOORE, M.L.A. to secure an official school building for the Coorow State School [215]
     Samuel F. MOORE succeeded in getting a building for Coorow approved, but it failed to eventuate due to low student numbers [215]
Married (2) Eva Agnes RIELLY in 1949 [66]
Later resided in South Perth [2]
Father of Dorothy Kathleen, John James and twins Mavis and Nancy [15]
Died 30 July 1951; ashes interred at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, AA, 157) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Edward John Arthur Clairs' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 June 2024 from [reference list]

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