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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


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Frank Ringol BRYANT

Born 17 July 1881 in Quorn, South Australia [55]
Son of William Henry BRYANT and Caroline MILLS [55]
Married Charlotte HOLMES in 1906 [66]
Farmer in Marchagee, Western Australia 1921-1949 [6] [120: 5-Oct-1933]
Farmer of the Mamboobie Estate in Marchagee 1921-1935 [19] [5: 15-Feb-1935]
     The Mamboobie Estate was 5,355 acres consisting of Victoria Locations 3190, 3220 to 3227, 3219 and 5474 [3] [5: 15-Feb-1935]
     He is said to have managed the Mamboobie Estate in Marchagee for Paterson & Company Ltd [108: page 6]
     He appears to have leased and later purchased the majority of the estate from Griffith G. JOHN and Duncan W. PATERSON [3] [44]
     He later also took up a large parcel of sandplain country in Marchagee which he established into Yorkdale Farm [108: page 6]
     Yorkdale Farm was 8,098 acres in size and consisted of Victoria Locations 8298 and 8382 [3] [120: 5-Oct-1933]
     He then farmed Yorkdale Farm in Marchagee in conjunction with the Mamboobie Estate in Marchagee [120: 5-Oct-1933]
     His 5,355 acre Mamboobie Estate was situated ten miles east of the Marchagee Railway Siding [5: 1-Mar-1935]
     In 1935 his Mamboobie Estate was divided into 20 paddocks and of its acreage 4,596 were cleared acres and 500 were on fallow[5]
     The property included four wells, two dams, a six room homestead, workmen's quarters, sheds, stables, workshop and yards [5]
     Mamboobie contained a shearing shed and a number of Marchagee farmers took their sheep there to be shorn each year [108: page 6]
     Following the sale of his Mamboobie Estate in 1935-36 he continued farming Yorkdale Farm in Marchagee until 1949 [3] [6]
Foundation Member of the Carnamah District Road Board in 1923 [7: page 111]
     Represented the South Ward of the Carnamah District Road Board 1923-1925, retiring in April 1925 [7: page 111] [9: 30-Jan-1925]
     Once more served on the Carnamah District Road Board representing the South Ward from 1926-27 to 1945-46 [7: page 111]
     Represented the Carnamah Road Board at the Vermin Conference of Road Boards in Moora on 20 September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Said to have been 'the' very important person of the Marchagee district who was "the undisputed authority on everything" [108: page 6]
     He was the accepted authority or rallying point for any serious activity such as fire control, local services and problems [108]
     His equivalent in neighbouring districts was said to be Angus A. N. MCGILP for Coorow and John BOWMAN for Carnamah [108]
In July 1925 he unsuccessfully requested that the road between Victoria Locations 3227 and 5475 be closed [9: 14-Aug-1925]
He produced 9,000 of the 25,000 bags of wheat grown in Marchagee in 1927 [4: 10-Mar-1928]
Had a Dodge car licenced with the Carnamah District Road Board with licence plate CA-19 in 1924-25 and 1925-26 [325]
     Appears to have replaced his Dodge car with a Stephens car, which had his licence plate CA-19 and in 1926-27 and 1927-28 [325]
     Had a Reo truck registered in 1925-26 with plate CA-57 and in 1927-28 had that and other Reo truck with plate CA-234 [325]
     By 1932, after the Great Depression had struck, he had only one vehicle registered in 1932 - the Reo truck with CA-57 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
He was the owner of shop premises at Gov Lot 4 in the Marchagee townsite in 1932 [3]
Proposed one of the toasts at the dinner following the official opening of the new Carnamah Post Office on 30 June 1932 [5: 8-Jul-1932]
Travelled to Carnamah to attend the monthly meeting of the Carnamah District Road Board on Tuesday 13 June 1933 [5: 16-Jun-1933]
     On that day the trip to Carnamah was 55 miles in length on a bad road, including two half mile stretches of floodwaters [5]
     After the meeting he was unable to return home due to rapidly rising floodwaters at Winchester so spent the night in Carnamah [5]
Attended the Valedictory Dinner tendered to Alexander B. GLOSTER at the Coorow Hotel on Monday 3 July 1933 [5: 7-Jul-1933]
He was the first Marchagee farmer to deliver wheat to the railway siding in Marchagee for the 1933 harvest [5: 17-Nov-1933]
Attended the Official Opening of the East Marchagee Hall in Marchagee on Saturday 11 November 1933 [5: 17-Nov-1933]
     He organised a sports day which was held on the same day as the opening, and also donated the children's prizes and sweets [5]
     Prior to the building of the East Marchagee Hall he had annually organised a sports day held at the Meelyah Reserve [5]
Vice Patron 1933-1939 and Committee Member in 1937 of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society [5: 23-Dec-1932] [150]
In 1934 and 1937 he was the distributor for Marchagee for the Carnamah District Road Board's rabbit poison [5: 5-Jan-1934, 22-Jan-1937]
Used kerosene tins on their side four high as retaining for sand, and it was standing strong over eight years later in 1934 [5: 12-Jan-1934]
His camp for his employees who worked outback was made out of iron and on wheels so it could be moved by tractor [5: 12-Jan-1934]
In January 1934 six Marchagee farmers expressed their appreciation of him as their member on the Carnamah Road Board [5: 19-Jan-1934]
Accompanied by Rev. A. W. CURTIS of Coorow travelled from Marchagee to the coast at Sandy Cape in February 1934 [5]
     The journey from Marchagee to Sandy Cape (west of Watheroo) was about 90 miles in distance and took six hours [5]
     They travelled to Sandy Cape to see his four sons and son-in-law who had been camping there [5: 16-Feb-1934]
     With a tractor and plough he had cleared 59 miles of the road from Marchagee as far as Spring Hill River a few years earlier [5]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Elder Smith & Co Ltd and Paterson & Co Ltd conducted a dispersal sale of his Mamboobie Estate on Friday 8 March 1935 [5]
     The sale was to sell his 5,355 acre Mamboobie Estate consisting of Victoria Locations 3190, 3220 to 3227, 3219 and 5474 [3] [5]
     His plant, machinery, 600 sheep, 11 horses, 15 cattle and five pigs were sold by auctioned regardless of whether the land sold [5]
     Among the machinery sold at the dispersal sale was an eight foot Gibbons header, six furrow Mouldboard Shearer ploughs, [5]
     16 run McKay combine, large wagon table top, large dray, tip dray, Rushton Proctor steam engine, Hart-Parr tractor, [5: 15-Feb-1935]
     33 tyne McKay cultivator, and a quantity of harnesses, collars, hames, winkers, chains, swings and blacksmithing tools [5: 1-Mar-1935]
     The property itself possibly didn't sell as it was still in his name in rate books at the start of the 1935-36 financial year [3]
     By mid 1936 his former 5,355 acre Mamboobie Estate was owned by Griffith G. JOHN of Paterson & Company Ltd in Perth [3]
Farmer of Yorkdale Farm on the south side of the Buntine-Marchagee Road in Marchagee 1936-1949 [3] [62]
     Yorkdale Farm was 8,098 acres in size and consisted of Victoria Locations 8298 and 8382 [3] [120: 5-Oct-1933]
     Later extended Yorkdale to 9,876 acres with the purchase of the adjoining 1,778 acre Victoria Location 9493 [3]
Costume Judge at the Children's Fancy Dress Ball held in Coorow on Saturday 6 July 1935 [5: 12-Jul-1935]
Judged the Sheep Dogs at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Shows in Coorow in 1935, 1936 and 1937 [5: 13-Sep-1935, 11-Sep-1936, 10-Sep-1937]
Also judged the Sheep Dogs at the Carnamah District Agricultural Shows in 1935, 1936 and 1937 [5: 20-Sep-1935, 4-Sep-1936, 17-Sep-1937]
From September 1935 he held the keys for the East Marchagee Hall on behalf of the Carnamah District Road Board [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Attended the entertainment for the Commonwealth Grants Commission at the Coorow Hotel on 21 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
With his son, was engaged in burning rubbish on fallow on his farm in Marchagee on Tuesday 17 March 1936 [5]
     He picked up a bush when he noticed something move, and as he dropped the bush realised it was a Death Adder snake [5]
     At the same time his son saw another snake at his feet, which he quickly dealt with through the use of an axe [5: 20-Mar-1936]
On 27 July 1936 wrote a letter to the Carnamah Police Station stating that when he mustered his sheep 350 were missing [88]
     Although he believed they could have strayed off his property he had made inquiries for them and couldn't locate them [88]
     Constable Maurice PLUNKETT of Carnamah received his letter on 28 July 1936 and left for Marchagee that same day [88]
     Over 16 days PLUNKETT and two Perth detectives made numerous inquiries and unsuccessful attempts to locate the sheep [88]
     It was reported in The North Midland Times on 7 August 1936 that thorough investigations were being continued [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Attended the Inaugural Sale of the North Midlands Stud Stockbreeders Association in Carnamah on Friday 18 September 1936 [5]
     Purchased four Border Leicester rams at 5 guineas per head, or a total of £21, from LEISHMAN Bros of Winchester [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Despite the unfavourable season he obtained a good cut of hay of about two tons per acre in October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
     He cut his hay from an oat crop which stood approximately seven feet high - its hight making it difficult to cut [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Organiser of an overland trip to the uninhabited coast at Jurien Bay, which departed on Monday 15 February 1937 [5: 26-Feb-1937]
     The 12 other members of the party were C. Jock BRYANT, Walter G. FENNELL and W. Frank FENNELL of Marchagee; [5]
     Baxter D. BOTHE, William J. GAUNT, George HUTRCHRAFT, Donald S. GRANT, David TODD, Fred BINGHAM, [5]
     and John S. READ of Coorow; Angus A. N. MCGILP of Waddy Forest; and William A. T. SARGENT of Carnamah [5]
     The crew, of which he was "Captain," travelled via Moora in two trucks and two cars and arrived the following day [5]
     From Moora they drove over 54 miles of road and 30 miles of sand to their camping spot on the beach at Jurien Bay [5]
     They erected a shed and tables and were able to get good reception on a wireless Fred BINGHAM had taken along [5]
     They took a boat with them and fished every day, and paid a visit to caves situated nine miles from their camp at Jurien Bay [5]
     The party also visited Sandy Cape and North Head and after an enjoyable stay returned home on Friday 19 February 1937 [5]
In April 1937 the Carnamah District Road Board recommended he be appointed a Justice of the Peace [5: 30-Apr-1937, 21-May-1937]
Inspected freshwater pools at Gunyidi in 1937 for their suitability as a swimming pool for the Carnamah District Road Board [5]
     The Road Board planned to get a particularly suitable pool vested in the board for recreation purposes [5: 21-May-1937, 20-Aug-1937]
In 1937 took six children from Marchagee to Carnamah so they could get their free diphtheria injections [5: 20-Aug-1937]
He had a depot in Marchagee for grasshopper baits for the southern end of the Carnamah District Road Board in 1937 [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Attended the meeting in Coorow to discuss constructing a road from Coorow to the coast on 11 September 1937 [5: 17-Sep-1937]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1938 [13]
One of the two judges at the Coorow Flower and Vegetable Show in 1940 [0: image 03904]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Winchester farmer William John PETHICK on 21 March 1941 at the Winchester Cemetery [5]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Eliza Wilhelmina BOTHE at the Winchester Cemetery on 24 August 1942 [5]
Judge of the Ring Events section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Victory Show on 13 September 1945 [13]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah farmer Carl OLSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 21 March 1946 [5]
He lost his place on the Carnamah District Road Board after he was defeated in an election in 1946 [7: page 99]
     On 15 May 1946 the Carnamah District Road Board sent him a letter of appreciation after a service of nearly 23 years [7]
     Along with retiring Road Board member James K. FORRESTER he was the guest of honour at a Complimentary Dinner [7]
Sold 8,098 acres of his Yorkdale Farm (Victoria Locations 8298 and 8382) to "Hal" Albert P. HUNT in March 1949 [3]
Sold his remaining 1,778 acres in Marchagee (Victoria Location 9493) to W. Frank FENNELL in January 1950 [3]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Coorow farmer Baxter Diedrich BOTHE on 23 February 1950 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
By 1951 he had left Marchagee and was living in Stratham Street in the Perth suburb of East Cannington [3]
Resided in Coorow in retirement in 1955 and 1956 [19]
Later resided in the northern agricultural district of Maya, situated between Latham and Wubin [2]
Died 19 November 1957; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Crematorium Rose Gardens, S, 4) [2]


From The Western Mail newspaper, Friday 20 December 1928:
Country Towns and Districts - Carnamah-Coorow - Rapid Development - Marchagee
"The best results obtained by Mr F. R. Bryant, on his 3,100 acres of crop at Mamboobie, came from Dollar wheat. At the present rate 2,000 bags will come off 420 acres. On 5,330 acres of land, including 1,800 acres of crop, 3,700 Koonoona sheep, 30 horses and 30 head of cattle are being carried, the main feed being burr clover and 600 acres of sand plain are down with rye and subterranean clover. Lucerne has proved successful in small patches and two acres of orchard planted fifteen months ago are thriving."


From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 5 October 1933:
Country Towns and Districts - Three Springs and Carnamah - Rich Pastoral and Wheat Lands - A Progressive Community
"Mr F. R. Bryant, the senior member of the Carnamah Road Board, owns a fine property well known throughout the district as Mamboobie, comprising 5,083 acres of splendid agricultural and pastoral land. It was acquired by its present owner 12 years ago and has since been added to by the purchase of the adjoining property known as Yorkdale, which comprises another 8,098 acres. The property is well watered by dams and wells to cover all requirements, and the water is reticulated to the homestead and its many outbuildings. The property is subdivided into 27 convenient paddocks, which permits the constant transfer of stock to facilitate their preparation for the Midland stock market, to which regular supplies are forwarded.  The average acreage cropped on this property over the years is said to be 2,500 acres, but this season, principally owing to the abnormal rains occurring in July, it will be somewhat less. The land is tilled on a three year rotation system, and the wheat grown is Merredin, Nabawa and Canberra; the latter generally giving the best results. The pasture lands grow trefoil, barley and rye grass luxuriantly, and the pastures are not overtaxed while maintaining one sheep to the acre all the year round.  At the present time property is said to be carrying 4,000 Merinos of Kanoona blood, which last year gave an average clip of 8½ lb., while it is claimed that one fleece at 18 lb. In addition to sheep, it carries 45 horses and a herd of 30 Illawarra Shorthorn cattle, which are marketed to the beef trade."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Frank Ringol Bryant' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 December 2018 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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