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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Eric John CLARKE

Born 1894 in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia [54]
Son of John William CLARKE and Emily Elizabeth TATLOW [54]
He had shifted with his parents to Guildford in Western Australia by 1898 where his father worked as a builder [15] [50]
In 1916 he was working as a Clerk and living with his parents on Helena Street in Guildford [30]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Fremantle on 10 April 1916 [30: item 1968936]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed 118 pounds and had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion [30]
     He had previously served almost four years with the 22nd Australian Army Medical Corps [30]
     After training at Blackboy Hill was appointed on 15 March 1917 to the Reinforcements of the Australian Army Medical Corps [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A30 Borda on 29 June 1917 [18]
     Disembarked in Plymouth, England on 25 August 1917 and after further training proceeded to France on 1 October 1917 [30]
     Private 17446 in the Australian Imperial Force's 1st Field Ambulance in France during the First World War [30]
     Embarked England on his return home on the Takada and disembarked in Western Australia on 29 August 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 28 September 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Married Edith Joyce PARKER in 1923 [66]
Builder of James Street in the Perth suburb of Guildford [50]
He and his father are known to have built a number of the prominent buildings in the Carnamah townsite [51] [4: 20-Nov-1926]
     During the year 1921 his services were employed by Louis P. PARKER to build two buildings in the Carnamah townsite [P5]
     The two buildings were a large stone house at 5 Macpherson Street and a shop of galvanised iron at 7 Macpherson Street [P5]
     In 1926 he built stone road board offices and extended the town hall in Carnamah for the Carnamah District Road Board [4]
     The Road Board paid him £625 for the new offices and extension to the hall on 19 October 1926 [7: page 97] [4: 28-Aug-1926]
     In May 1927 he built a showroom and garage for L. Scott WYLIE at 17 Macpherson Street in Carnamah [4: 28-May-1927]
     They completed building a house for Dick READING on Wellmeadow Farm in Carnamah in September 1927 [4: 24-Sep-1927]
     Began extensive renovations to the Carnamah Hotel in late 1929, including the addition of a second story [4: 2-Nov-1929]
     Constructed out of stone the first purpose-built Carnamah Post Office at 23 Macpherson Street in Carnamah [51]
     Built Mackie's Buildings for Robert MACKIE at 19 Macpherson Street in Carnamah in the 1920s [P399]
     He is said to have built the stone premises known as Nind's Buildings at 27 Macpherson Street in Carnamah [51]
     He had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1929 and 1930 [53]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Guildford until his death in 1973 [2]
Died 15 July 1973; ashes dispersed at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Eric John Clarke' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 February 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/eric-john-clarke [sources]




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