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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Wilbur" Eric Wilbur Walsh OTTE

Born 30 June 1909 in Moonta, South Australia [55]
Son of August OTTE and Harriett Alice WALSH [55]
He was one of ten children and grew up on a farm seven miles north of Bute in South Australia [P90]
He and his brother Wilbur shifted to Carnamah, Western Australia in 1929 to join their brother Fred [P90]
The three of them contract cleared by axe 100 acres of heavy virgin bush in Carnamah [P90]
Farmhand for John BOWMAN on The Home Farm in Carnamah from 1930 [P90] to 1932 [P9]
During his employment with John BOWMAN resided in a workmen's humpy on a part of his farm known as "the camp" [P9]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 14 October 1932 [96]
Member of John BOWMAN's XI who competed against the Carnamah Cricket Club at the opening of the 1932-33 season [5: 21-Oct-1932]
Married Elizabeth Jane Isabel JOHNS on 21 January 1933 at the Gospel Hall in Purnong, South Australia [55]
After his marriage worked as a farmhand for James K. FORRESTER on Dunester Farm, Carnamah [P9]
During his employment with J. K. FORRESTER himself and his wife resided in a house FORRESTER's farm [P9]
Superintendent of the Carnamah Presbyterian Church's Sunday School in 1933 [5: 20-Oct-1933]
Paid a 10/- Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board on 6 July 1933 for killing a fox and helping to control vermin [300]
His wife gave birth to a still born child in Carnamah on 7 December 1933, which was buried at the Winchester Cemetery [1]
Himself and his wife travelled from Carnamah to Dongara for a short holiday by train on Thursday 14 February 1934 [5: 15-Feb-1935]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Came 2nd in the Sheffield Handicap of 100 yards at the Easter Athletic Sports Meeting in Carnamah on 29 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
By 1939 he had left Carnamah and was the Farmer of Pine Park Farm in Bunjil [19]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Alfred Cove [2]
Father of Len and Merle [P179]
Died 19 October 1991; ashes interred Fremantle Cemetery, Perth suburb of Palmyra (Crematorium S, 7, 34) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Eric Wilbur Walsh Otte' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 14 June 2021 from [sources]

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