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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Eric SASSE

Born 1884 in Fulham, London, England [20] [21]
Son of clerk Henry Edmund SASSE and Virginia FONTANA [20] [21]
In 1891 was living with his parents and siblings at 51 Rosenau Road in East Battersea, London, England [20]
He and his brother Philip R. SASSE departed from London, England on the steamship Ortona on 26 July 1906 [203]
     After a voyage of just over a month they arrived on the Ortona in Fremantle, Western Australia on 30 August 1906 [70]
Farmhand in Narrogin for six months and then in Greenough and Three Springs for 18 months [152]
     Member of the Kadathinni Farmers & Progress Association in Three Springs in 1911 [9: 13-Jan-1911]
     He took up 920 acres of prospective farmland in Morawa for 12/6 per acre [152]
Farmer in Morawa 1911-1933 [19]
     About 400 acres of his 920 acre holding was forest and the remainder was scrub [152]
     His postal address was Three Springs in 1911 and 1912, and he gave his physical address as Morawa via Arrino [6] [19]
     By 1916 he had fenced his property, divided it into paddocks, had cleared 300 acres and had 260 acres of crop [152]
     His crops averaged 13 bushels in 1913 and 1915, and in 1916 he expected them to average about 14 bushels [152]
     The crops were sown with 45 pounds of seed to the acre with 45 pounds of super on his heavy land up to 80 on his light land [152]
     His water supply in 1916 consisted of a dry well and a dam that only lasted during the winter months [152]
     Owing to a lack of water on his farm he had to cart water from a Government well over summer [152]
     In 1916 he was living in a iron hessian camp on his farm and had a bush stable but no machinery shed [152]
     Began with £350 capital and borrowed an additional £480 from the Agricultural Bank [152]
     Also received financial assistance from the Industries Assistance Board (I.A.B.) and by 1916 owed them about £450 [152]
     In 1916 owned a Deering plough, 13-disc drill and Massey-Harris harvester which he used with five horses [152]
     With his five horses he could plough 10 acres a day, seed 10 or 11 acres a day and harvest five acres a day [152]
     He had poultry and a few pigs for his own use [152]
     Member of the Morawa branch of the Farmers and Settlers' Association in 1916 [81: 16-Jan-1916]
Gave evidence to the Royal Commission on the Agricultural Industries of Western Australia in Morawa on 27 November 1916 [152]
     He believed farmers in Morawa needed 600 acres of first class land in addition to 1,000 acres of sandplain [152]
     The wages for farmhands in Morawa at the time was £2 and keep per week, and he'd had good workers for that price [152]
     He reported that in Morawa farmers generally worked well together and that cooperation between farmers was advantageous [152]
     He'd paid £120 in rent, which he believed would have profited him and the State more if he could have spent it on the farm [152]
     He suggested that instead there should be no rent for the first five years, and that rent spread over the remainder years [152]
     Once he'd found water he hoped to get sheep and although there were dingoes he didn't expect too much trouble from them [152]
     There was no kite leaf poison in Morawa however suspected poison had been found after the 1914 drought and thunderstorms [152]
     He felt that the Agricultural bank and the Industries Assistance Board (I.A.B.) had treated him generously [152]
Married Frances Elsie NICHOLAS in Perth in 1917 [66]
His wife purchased 1,132 acres of land from the Midland Railway Company for £679/4/- (12/- per acre) on 24 October 1924 [27]
His son Philip Harold SASSE passed away at the age of 2½ years in 1928 at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [24]
In 1936 he was living at Selkirk on Fourth Road in Armadale and was working as a Labourer [50]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of South Perth [2]
Died 19 October 1960; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Crematorium Rose Gardens, R, 120) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Eric Sasse' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 23 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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