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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Edward McGill BLYTHE

Born 1883 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia [15]
Son of Edward BLYTHE and Helen MCGILL [15]
Married Margaret Kate HUME in 1907 [66]
He was the manager of the drapery firm Economic Ltd at 111 High Street in the Perth suburb of Fremantle [6]
     Resided in Shenton Road, Claremont 1909-1911, and then in Wolseley Gardens, Richmond / East Fremantle in 1912 [6]
     Resided in Silas Street, Plympton 1913-1915; and then at 49 Colin Street, Perth in 1916 [6]
     Resided at 25 Osborne Road in Richmond / East Fremantle 1917-1936 [6]
Purchased remnants of Coorow Station in Coorow from Francis H. R. THOMAS during the 1911-12 financial year [44]
     The land was 262 acres of first class freehold land and 520 acres of two Conditional Purchase leases and a Homestead Lease [44]
     The 262 acres of freehold land consisted of Victoria Locations 385, 995, 996, 1116 and 1274 [44]
     The 520 acres of two Conditional Purchase leases and one Homestead Lease became Victoria Locations 2732, 2927 and 2997 [44]
     On his Victoria Location 385 was Coorow House, the old homestead of the LONG family who had arrived in Coorow in 1862 [135]
     Coorow House was of mud brick and jarrah wood construction with a galvanised iron roof [P147]
Took up a further 2,227 acres adjoining his Victoria Locations 2732, 2927 and 2997 in Coorow, taking his land up to 3,009 acres [3] [44]
     The 2,227 acres consisted of Victoria Locations 3058, 3059, 3350, 3351, 3355, 3370, 3483, 3500 and 3502 [44]
His land in Coorow was purchased by his father [P147] and was initially briefly managed by Edward J. A. CLAIRS [388: 26-Aug-1911]
     The property was then managed by his uncle James MCGILL 1911-1916 [P147]
     His uncle James MCGILL and his uncle's family resided at Coorow House on his Victoria Location 385 [P147]
     He owned a building used for storage in Coorow which he offered to provide for the proposed Coorow State School in 1911 [215]
     He sold the building, however the school was later held from two rooms of his Coorow House where his uncle was living [215]
     Rates for his land in Coorow were initially sent to Subiaco, presumably to his father who lived at 116 Subiaco Road, Subiaco [6] [44]
     Rates were later sent to 7 Outram Road, Perth in 1913-14 and 1915-16, and were then sent to Coorow [44]
     In February 1911 he called for tenders for clearing up to 500 acres of his land in Coorow [39: 8-Feb-1910]
     He was appointed Vice President, an honorary type of position, of the Coorow Farmers' Progress Association in 1911 [39: 4-Aug-1911]
     In 1912 about 3,165 acres of crop was grown in Coorow and Latham, with a total of about 30 acres of crop on his farm [9: 28-Jun-1912]
     It was reported in mid-1912 that "crops are looking splendid and the indications are in favour of a very fine harvest" [9: 28-Jun-1912]
     Some of his land in Coorow was leased for a time by Thomas BONHAM [44] [61]
8EB was his registered horse and cattle firebrand used in Coorow [80: 28-Oct-1925]
Appears to have sold 140 of his acres, Victoria Locations 385 and 1274, to Angus A. N. MCGILP during the 1917-18 financial year [44]
     Remained the owner of his remaining acreage until about 1919, when he sold most of it to Francis A. LATHAM [10: 12-Sep-1919] [44]
     He appears to have sold his 40 acre Victoria Location 995 to Thomas GREGORY [44]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Claremont [2]
Father of Jean [84]
Died 27 May 1961; ashes buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Presbyterian, CA, 23) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Edward McGill Blythe' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 May 2024 from [reference list]

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