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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Ernie" Ernest Alfred LONG

Born 13 April 1890 in Coorow, Western Australia [P17]
Son of Samuel RICHINGS and Jessie Norah LONG [15]
He was registered at birth and baptised as Alfred Ernest LONG [15] [332]
His grandparents William LONG and Sarah GREEN had been the first non-indigenous settlers in the Coorow district in 1862 [P16]
He was baptised by the Church of England rector based in Dongara on 17 March 1891 [332]
Labourer in Coorow 1911-1915 [19] [50]
Attended the Coorow Farmers' Progress Association's Picnic & Sports Meeting in Coorow on 7 October 1911 [39: 12-Oct-1911]
     He competed in the sports held during the day and came 2nd in the Sheffield Handicap race [39: 12-Oct-1911]
Won the Footballers' Handicap and the Half-mile Handicap at the Coorow Football Club's Annual Sports Day in 1913 [9]
     Also won the Ladies' Nomination Race for Mrs Eva W. FARLEY and came 2nd in the Three-Legged Race with James MCGILL [9]
Along with his uncle "Clem" Clement W. J. LONG left Coorow for Yarrabubba Station in Nannine on 29 March 1915 [168]
     They were met by his cousin C. Harold NAIRN at Nannine and they arrived at Yarrabubba Station on 3 April 1915 [168]
     Labourer for his cousins Edward F. W. NAIRN and C. Harold NAIRN on Yarrabubba Station in Nannine in 1915 [168]
     During his time on Yarrabubba he worked variously as a Stockman, Shearer, Labourer, Well Sinker and Land Clearer [168]
Applied to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force on 2 March 1916 [30: item 8206336]
     At the time he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighed 145 pounds and had grey eyes, light brown hair and a dark complexion [30]
     He gave his next of kin as his mother Mrs Jessie N. STONE, whose address at that time was 159 Lord Street, Perth [30]
     His application to enlist in the A.I.F. was accepted however he was subsequently discharged at his own request [30]
Farmhand for Samuel B. RUDDUCK on Koobabbie Farm in Coorow 1916-1918 [P17]
     Married his first cousin Irene Ellen DEE in Perth on 11 July 1917 [168]
     Continued to work for Samuel B. RUDDUCK until early 1918 when he began farming on his own [P17]
Farmer of Jun Jun Farm in Coorow from March 1918 until August 1969 [P272]
     Initially the farm was 240 acres in size, consisting of Victoria Locations 2888 and 3343 [44]
     Rates for the 240 acres were in the name of himself and his uncle Clement W. J. LONG from 1916 until at least 1924 [44]
     The farm was situated south east of the Coorow townsite just back from the north side of Jun Jun Road [62]
     EL3 was his registered horse and cattle firebrand in 1924 [80: 28-Oct-1925]
Farmer of Lonsdale and Jun Jun Farms in Coorow 1925-1969 [P17]
     In the mid 1920s he established another farm of about 2,000 acres on sandplain four miles west of his Jun Jun Farm [P17]
     This property included 209 acres in Victoria Locations 3061 and 3393 purchased from his brother-in-law Albyn DOWNES [44]
     The remaining acreage of the property, which they named Lonsdale, was made up of Victoria Locations 4078, 7878 and 8086 [44]
     Years earlier his grandfather William LONG had run livestock on what became Lonsdale, then known as Beekamarah Thicket [P16]
     Lonsdale is on the east side of The Midlands Road and railway line, and on the west side of the Old Geraldton Road [62]
Purchased his first vehicle in 1928 - a one ton Capital model Chevrolet truck [P17] from Carnamah agent Scott WYLIE [4: 21-Jan-1928]
He was one of 98 people from the Coorow district who signed a petition in 1929 for a local hotel license to be granted [39: 6-Feb-1929]
Sold 13 bales of wool through Westralian Farmers Ltd at 12½d. per pound at the Perth Wool Sale on 18 October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
In 1932 his Chevrolet truck was registered with the Carnamah District Road Board with license plate CA-320 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Sold six bales of wool at 17¾d. per pound in Perth at the fourth wool sale of the season in Perth in December 1933 [5: 8-Dec-1933]
In November 1935 sold three bales of wool at 15¾ d. and one bale at 15¼d. per pound through Elder Smith & Co Ltd [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Applied for the Carnamah District Road Board to clear the road from the north-east corner to south-east corner of his farm [5]
The Carnamah District Road Board put off his request for the road to be considered when money was available [5: 28-Aug-1936]
Steward of the Grain & Fodder section at the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1937 [150]
Leased Victoria Locations 682 and 1096 in Coorow belonging to the late Francis H. R. THOMAS during the 1940-41 financial year [3]
     During the 1941-42 financial year purchased the two 40 acre blocks from THOMAS' daughter Mrs Beulah E. MURNANE [3]
     Victoria Location 682 contained Nabappie Spring while Victoria Location 1096 contained Jun Jun Spring [P17]
     During the 1949-50 financial year sold the 40 acre Victoria Location 682 to Mrs Janet M. TONES of Coorow [3]
     Kept the 40 acre Victoria Location 1096 containing Jun Jun Spring, which adjoined his Jun Jun Farm [3] [62]
Casket carrier at the funeral of Coorow farmer Frederick John KAU at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 March 1950 [4]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Farmer's Union of Western Australia in 1950 [4: 18-Mar-1950]
In his later years his farm was share-cropped and his daughters Vera and Doris managed the livestock on the farms [P17]
In 1967 built a house in Coorow townsite, however retained ownership of Lonsdale and Jun Jun Farms [P17]
Resided at Lot 31 Station Street in the Coorow townsite 1967-1969 [P17]
He had P.O. Box 16 at the Coorow Post Office [167]
Father of Vera and Doris [14]
Died 21 August 1969 at the Moora District Hospital, Moora; buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah (Row S, Plot 3) [1]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Ernest Alfred Long' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 June 2024 from [reference list]

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