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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Frank" Francis Henry Reeves THOMAS

Born 1862 in York, Western Australia [15]
Son of Henry THOMAS and Mary FITZGERALD [15]
Married widow Mrs Beulah Emily STARLING in Greenough on 17 September 1885 [40]
     In 1896 his brother John Fitzgerald THOMAS married his wife's daughter Eliza Elizabeth STARLING [15]
Farmer on the Back Flats in Greenough in 1896 [40]
Owner & Grazier of Coorow Station in Coorow 1902-1910 [19] [31: 14-Oct-1910] [44] [50] [323: 31-Oct-1902]
     He was the owner of 358 acres of first class freehold land in Victoria Locations 385, 682, 995, 996, 1096, 1116, 1274 and 2407 [44]
     On Victoria Location 385 was Coorow House, the old homestead of the LONG family who had arrived in Coorow in 1862 [135]
     His Victoria Location 682 contained Nabappie Spring while Victoria Location 1096 contained Jun Jun Spring [P17]
     Also had 520 acres in two Conditional Purchase leases and a Homestead Lease (later Victoria Locations 2732, 2927 and 2997) [44]
Advertised in October 1902 that he wanted to exchange 3½ tonnes of galvanised iron wire for sheep, cattle or a stallion [323: 31-Oct-1902]
He went before the Police Court in Mingenew on 28 March 1906 for inflicting grievous bodily harm on Francis A. LATHAM [39]
     The accused offence had occurred on 7 March 1906 and he was committed for trial but allowed bail [39: 29-Mar-1906]
     He went before the Court of Quarter Sessions in Geraldton on 6 September 1906 on a charge of stabling Francis A. LATHAM [39]
     The charge was that he had stabbed LATHAM in Coorow, however the jury found him not guilty [39: 8-Sep-1906]
During the 1911-12 financial year sold 782 acres of his land in Coorow to Edward M. BLYTHE [44]
     He sold his Victoria Locations 385, 995, 996, 1116, 1274, 2732, 2927 and 2997, but kept Victoria Locations 682, 1096 and 2407 [44]
Farmer & Grazier of Jun Jun Farm in Coorow 1910-1938 [6] [19] [31: 14-Oct-1010] [44]
     Until being cancelled in 1920, he also had a grazing lease for the 811 acre Victoria Location 7020 in Coorow [81: 8-Aug-1920]
     The soil of the grazing lease was described as "strong loam and lake country" with Morrell and Mallee timber [81: 8-Aug-1920]
He gave a donation at the Coorow Football Club's Annual Sports Day held on 30 September 1913 [9: 10-Oct-1913]
His son Frank rose to notoriety in the 1920s as "Thomas the Bushranger" in Coorow, Carnamah and along the Midland Railway [P1]
In 1924 he and his son Jack had the registered horse and cattle firebrand of 8TT [80: 28-Oct-1925]
He attended the funeral of Watheroo farmer George Thomas YORK at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 1 June 1924 [10: 12-Jun-1924]
Farmer in Gunyidi 1926-1933 [6] [19]
He had been a patient at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs until being discharged in early February 1936 [5]
     After leaving hospital he stayed with his daughter Mrs Celia B. CARR at Bluff Point in Geraldton [5: 7-Feb-1936]
Later resided in Perth [2]
Father of Mary Agnes, Celia Blanche, Beulah Emily, "Jack" John Fitzgerald and "Frank" Francis Henry William [15]
Died 26 August 1939; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Roman Catholic, KA, 307) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Francis Henry Reeves Thomas' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 17 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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