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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Ernie" Ernest Llewellyn GRIFFITH / GERSCH

Born 22 December 1910 in Subiaco, Western Australia [16]
Son of Llewellyn GRIFFITH and Jessie SPENCER [P345]
By 1917 his father was working as a Railway Fettler in Caron [50]
Grew up on his father's Glencoe Farm in Caron, South Perenjori [P345]
His father's farm consisted of Victoria Location 7516 and a third of Victoria Location 4029 [P345]
He was the eldest of five children, with four siblings - John, Louise, Frank and Marjorie [P345]
Seeded and harvested crops on his father's Glencoe Farm in Caron, and worked locally as a contractor [P345]
Contract ploughed the road along the Wongan-Mullewa railway from three miles south of Caron to three miles north of Bowgada [P345]
He fulfilled the contract on what is now the Mullewa-Wubin Road with the help of his younger brother John [P345]
Also contracted to plough firebreaks for about 40 miles along the Wongan-Mullewa railway line [P345]
In 1927 ploughed with his horse team the recently marked out recreation ground in Caron [P345]
Member of the Caron Tennis Club 1929-1939 [P345]
Member of the Caron Football Club in 1932 [129: 20-Oct-1932]
Also a member of the Caron Cricket Club [P345]
Played his piano accordion at dances held in the building of the Caron State School [P345]
Married Gladys May GERSCH on Friday 29 May 1936 at the Caron State School in Caron, South Perenjori [5: 5-Jun-1936]
     His best man was Gladys' brother Albert E. GERSCH of Winchester [5]
     Following their wedding they held their wedding reception with 150 family and friends at the Caron State School [5]
Farmer of Dunromin Farm in Carnamah-Winchester 1937-1976 [19] [P88]
     Initially leased Dunromin Farm from FRANCIS Bros of Maitland, South Australia, before buying it from them in 1939 [3] [P88]
     The farm was 1,713 acres in size and consisted of Lots M924 and M1221 of Victoria Location 1937 [3]
     For a period also share-farmed a portion of adjoining Gregorfields Farm in Winchester [P88]
     Initially lived in an old house on Dunromin near Burns Road but later built a new brick home on the farm near Billeroo Road [P88]
     His four children attended the Billeroo State School at Billeroo, East Winchester and later the Carnamah State School [P88]
Private W71740 in the local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War[16]
In additional to his own farm also ran his brothers farms in Caron during the Second World War [P88]
Had his brother-in-law Leslie G. ARMSTRONG man-powered in December 1944 to runGlencoe Farm in Caron [P345]
He was the Polling Officer in Winchester for all government elections for a number of years [P88]
Committee Member 1946-1969 and Financial Member 1946-1971 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1946-1971 [13] [58]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Winchester farmer Charles Brazier BURN on 21 September 1947 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
Steward of the Poultry section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Shows in 1947 and 1949 [13]
Obtained the telephone in 1950 - was telephone number Carnamah-7R [60]
Committee Member of Carnamah's branch of the Farmers Union in 1950 and 1951 [0: image 04608] [4: 22-Apr-1950]
Committee Member in 1951 and President in 1957 of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association [0: image 04611] [4: 22-Mar-1957]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah farmer Charles William John TURNER on 10 July 1956 at the Winchester Cemetery [4]
By 1961 had been made a Justice of the Peace for the local Magisterial District[22]
     As a Justice of the Peace presided as Magistrate at criminal and traffic cases that went before the Carnamah Police Court [22]
     The Carnamah Police Court dealt with cases for Carnamah, Winchester, Waddy Forest, Coorow, Marchagee and Gunyidi [22]
     Presided over his first case on 1 October 1961, and between 1961 and 1963 presided and made rulings at 45 cases [22]
Foundation Member of the Carnamah Bowling Club [P88]
Served on the Board of the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs 1965-1976 [109]
Retired and left Carnamah in the 1970s at which point Dunromin Farm was taken over by his son Allan [P88]
On leaving Carnamah travelled around Australia and on the conclusion of their travels settled in Safety Bay [P88]
Resided in the southern Perth suburb of Safety Bay until his death in 1977 [2]
Father of Joy, Kay, Margaret and Allan [P88]
Died 14 April 1977; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (EC Section, Garden of Remembrance, 16, 7) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Ernest Llewellyn Griffith / Gersch' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 August 2022 from [reference list]

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