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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Fred BINGHAM

Born 3 May 1887 in Heanor, Derbyshire, England [16] [20]
Son of greengrocer John and Elizabeth BINGHAM [20]
Lived with his parents and siblings Annie, George, Harry, Herbert and Frank at 21 Church Street in Heanor, Derbyshire, England [20]
His mother died at the age of 51 years in 1899, and the following year his father married Mrs Hannah WHITE [20] [21]
In 1901 he was working as an Iron Fitter & Turner and later worked as a Mechanic[20] [203[
Married Lilian Sarah REYNOLDS in 1911 in Leicestershire, England [21]
Departed Liverpool, England on the steamship Suevic on 14 November 1911 bound for Albany, Western Australia [203]
By 1912 he and his wife were living in Wannamal, Western Australia [114: page 95]
     Assisted Stephen SHERIDAN in building the Wannamal Hall at Lot 1 Byrne Street in Wannamal in 1912 [114: page 107]
     Cleared and fenced the Wannamal Cemetery by contract for the Wannamal Cemetery Committee in May and June 1913 [114: page 130]
     Helped clear the recreation ground in Wannamal in early September 1913, in preparation for a local football match [114: page 116]
     Farmer on William PADBURY's Ellisford Farm in Wannamal in 1913 [50] and possibly in 1914 and 1915 [6]
He'd moved to Coorow by August of 1915 [81: 8-Aug-1915]
     Advertised to buy a good goat just kidded in September and asked that responses state price and daily quantity of milk [9: 11-Sep-1915]
Railway Fettler / Line Repairer for the Midland Railway Company in Coorow 1916-1921 [6] [19] [50] [44] [215]
Storekeeper in Coorow 1922-1945 [6] [19] [50] [44] [215]
     Ran his general storekeeping business in partnership with his wife Lilian as "L. S. & F. Bingham" [4: 4-Oct-1930]
     In May 1928 he called for tenders for the erection of a cement block store, Post Office and garage at Coorow [9: 11-May-1928]
     He had a new general store made out of bricks built in Coorow during 1928, at a cost of £1800 [10: 6-Sep-1928] [39: 17-Sep-1928]
     His shop, which included the Coorow Post Office, was situated on the corner of Main Street and Poynton Parade, Coorow [114: page 95]
     In June 1928 the Carnamah District Road Board granted permission to lay a water pipe from a trough to his new store [9: 29-Jun-1928]
     He received wheat in Coorow as an agent for John Darling & Co and Associated Farmers Ltd in 1929 [86: 23-Nov-1929]
     Was an agent for Gordon & Gotch (books, periodicals etc), Sunshine Machinery & Parts and was a Shell depot in 1930 [4: 4-Oct-1930]
     At their general store sold The West Australian, The Western Mail, The Sunday Times and The Irwin Index newspapers [4: 4-Oct-1930]
     Opened a branch of his general store at Waddy Forest, however they closed the branch in February 1931 [86: 14-Feb-1931]
     Their store in Coorow was an agent and seller of The North Midland Times newspaper 1933-1935 [5: 7-Jul-1933, 24-Aug-1934, 23-Aug-1935]
     In 1935 he was also an agent for FK "Kills Fleas" and in 1936 was one for Stromberg Carlson Radios [39: 14-Mar-1935] [81: 26-Jul-1936]
In October 1932 his store in Coorow was broken into and a quantity of money, tobacco, cigarettes and tinned goods [5: 28-Oct-1932]
     The Post Office, which was under the same roof as his store was also broken into however nothing was stolen [5]
     The men responsible appeared before the Three Springs Court where they were fined £6/1/3 or 14 days imprisonment [5]
In 1933 he had general stores in both Coorow and Waddy Forest [5: 5-Jan-1934]
     Rabbit Poison provided by the Carnamah District Road Board could be obtained at his stores in Coorow and Waddy [5: 5-Jan-1934]
     His nephew "Jack" John Herbert BINGHAM lived with he and his family in Coorow and worked in their general store [P84]
     Also employed his nephew Jack to drive a van from Coorow to the store in Waddy twice a week to deliver mail and groceries [P84]
     By October of 1933 he had a bulk depot for Shell petrols and oils in Coorow [225: 10-Oct-1933]
Won a raffled pig at the Dance in aid of the Coorow Christmas Tree at the school house in Coorow on 29 November 1919 [9: 5-Dec-1919]
Three men were going to start work on cleaning out a well in Coorow on Friday 2 February 1923 [9: 9-Feb-1923]
     When the first man descended he inhaled foul air, and when the other two men went to his aid they also inhaled it and collapsed [9]
     He rescued all three men who otherwise would have lost their lives, and as a result also suffered from the effects of the foul air [9]
He purchased for £1 an acre of Lot M1284 of Longforest Farm in Waddy Forest from Malcolm L. PATTON on 11 May 1923 [27]
Purchased a Ford 1-ton truck from the Grave & Dwyer Motor Company Perth during February 1924 [225: 15-Mar-1924]
     His Ford truck was registered with the Carnamah District Road Board with licence plate CA-7 in 1924-25 [325]
In July 1925 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace for the Victoria Magisterial District [9: 24-Jul-1925]
Advertised a Fordson tractor for sale in August 1926, which was with accessories and in good working order for £115 [9: 20-Aug-1926]
His store was the polling place in Coorow for elections of the Carnamah District Road Board on 9 April 1927 [30: 12-Mar-1927]
The engine of his truck backfired in March 1928 and resulted in him breaking his wrist [9: 23-Mar-1928] [39: 27-Mar-1928]
     Waddy Forest farmer Malcolm L. PATTON motored him to Moora where he was seen to by Dr William S. MYLES [9: 23-Mar-1928]
Member of the Coorow Cricket Club - was Treasurer in 1928-29 and 1934-35 [4: 20-Apr-1929] [5: 28-Sep-1934]
     Delegate for the Coorow Cricket Club at meetings of the Coorow and Districts Cricket Association in 1928 [4: 3-Nov-1928]
In 1929 the Carnamah District Road Board approved the division of property he owned at Coorow into quarter-acre lots [86: 4-Mar-1929]
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]
Member of the Coorow Football Club - was Treasurer in 1929 [86: 20-Apr-1929]
The local Progress Association accepted his offer to build a surgery and waiting room for a doctor in early 1930 [39: 17-Mar-1930]
     They accepted another offer, on 1 March 1930, for Dr Patrick W. SHANAHAN to temporarily use a room of his house [39: 10-Apr-1930]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Progress Association - was Vice President 1931-1933 [4: 13-Dec-1930] [39: 13-Mar-1933]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Exhibited and one six prizes in the Flower section of the first Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 8 September 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
     Won 1st prizes for Rose and a Collection of Carnations and both 1st and 2nd prizes for collections of Sweet Peas and Pansies [5]
The next week, on Thursday 15 September 1932, entered exhibits in the Carnamah Agricultural Show [5: 23-Sep-1932]
     Won 1st Prizes for Geraniums, Pansies, Carnations and both 1st and 2nd prizes for Sweet Peas in the Flower section [5]
He was among those who attended the opening of the East Marchagee Hall on Saturday 11 November 1933 [5: 17-Nov-1933]
Paid a 10/- Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board in February 1934 for helping to control vermin by killing a fox [300]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society [5: 10-Nov-1933, 3-May-1935, 13-Mar-1936, 20-Nov-1936, 20-Apr-1945]
      Committee Member in 1934, Treasurer 1935-1937, Vice Patron in 1936 and 1937, and a Life Member from 1945 [5]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Smoke Social held in Carnamah on Thursday 26 April 1934 [5: 4-May-1934]
Won 2nd prize for Three Cut Roses in the Flower section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 30 August 1934 [5: 7-Sep-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
The Carnamah District Road Board decided to replace their windmill in Coorow town and called for tenders [5: 21-Sep-1934]
     He was the successful tenderer to purchase and remove the old windmill, for £6, with 14 days to remove the windmill [5]
Donated a trophy to the recently formed Coorow Rifle Club in 1934 [5: 19-Oct-1934]
Attended 50th wedding anniversary of Heinie and Mina BOTHE at the Coorow Hotel on 26 February 1935 [86: 5-Mar-1935]
Member of the Coorow Football Club - was Timekeeper in 1935 and Patron in 1936 [5: 3-May-1935, 10-Apr-1936]
     Represented Coorow at meetings of the North Midlands Football Association in 1935 and 1936 [5: 3-May-1935, 10-Apr-1936]
     Vice President of the North Midlands Football Association in 1935 and 1936 [5: 3-May-1935, 8-May-1936]
     Nominated for appointment to the Protests & Disputes Board of the North Midlands Football Association in 1937 [5: 9-Apr-1937]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club - was Treasurer in 1935 and a Committee Member in 1936 [5: 17-May-1935, 27-Mar-1936]
Won 1st for Beetroot and 2nd for Roses, Pansies and Iceland Poppies at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1935 [5: 13-Sep-1935]
     A week later at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 12 September 1935 he once again won 2nd prize for Pansies [5: 20-Sep-1935]
He and his daughter Evelyn were among those from Coorow who attended the Royal Show in Perth in October 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
     Exhibited gladiola's he had grown in Coorow in the Flower section at the Royal Show in Perth [5: 18-Oct-1935]
     One of his gladiola stems carried over 20 flowers and buds, with the bottom flowers measuring up to four inches in diameter [5]
     After spending a week in Perth he returned to Coorow on Monday 14 October 1935 [5: 18-Oct-1935]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 8 November 1935 [96]
Attended the entertainment for the Commonwealth Grants Commission at the Coorow Hotel on 21 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the 25th Wedding Anniversary of Malcolm L. and Irene S. PATTON in Waddy Forest on 1 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's 1936 season Opening Day at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 26 April 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
Attended the Coorow Golf Club's Opening Day for the 1936 season in Coorow on Sunday 17 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Exhibited in the Flower section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show at Maley Park in Coorow on Thursday 3 September 1936 [5]
     Awarded 1st prize for Collection of Roses and 2nd prizes for Three Cut Roses and for Bulbous Flowers [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Attended the Bucks Party for George A. RAFFAN and Eric J. BRADLEY of Winchester in Coorow on 7 October 1936 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Attended Roy M. PATTON's birthday at the dam on Longforest Farm in Waddy Forest on Sunday 8 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Won the Weight Guessing Competition at the Sports Meeting at Maley Park in Coorow on Boxing Day 26 December 1936 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
He telephoned police constable Maurice PLUNKETT of the Carnamah Police Station at about 9 p.m. on 31 December 1936 [88]
     He informed the constable that there had been a car collision near Coorow and advised that a number of people were injured [88]
     Following the call the constable promptly left for the scene accompanied by Carnamah doctor Cecil P. ROSENTHAL [88]
     Among the injured were Coorow residents Hector T. A. JAMES, Richard HUGHES and Howard HIGGS [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Part 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 Angus A. N. MCGILP of Waddy Forest; and William A. T. SARGENT of Carnamah; [5]
     Frank R. BRYANT, Walter G. FENNELL, W. Frank FENNELL and C. Jock BRAYNT of Marchagee; Baxter D. BOTHE, [5]
     William J. GAUNT, Donald S. GRANT, David TODD, George HUTCHCRAFT and John S. READ of Coorow [5]
     They travelled in two trucks and two cars and from Moora they drove over 54 miles of road and 30 miles of sand [5]
     They erected a permanent shed and tables and were able to get good reception on a wireless radio that he'd 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]
Attended the Silver Wedding Anniversary of Guy & Maude GREENWOOD at Manell Farm in Waddy on 1 June 1937 [5: 4-Jun-1937]
He was among the 80 who attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening at the Carnamah Hall on 25 June 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
Entries for the Novelty Limerick in aid of the North Midlands Popular Girl Competition in 1937 could be left at their store [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Attended the Surprise Linen Tea for Miss Mary E. GREENWOOD at Maryland Farm in Waddy Forest on 22 July 1937 [5: 23-Jul-1937]
Attended Albert E. MILES and Mary E. GREENWOOD's wedding breakfast at the Coorow Hotel on 18 August 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]
      Foundation Member of the Coorow Coast Road Finance Committee in 1937 [5: 17-Sep-1937]
Attended the funeral of Coorow stationmaster William C. Cox at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 4 November 1937 [5: 12-Nov-1937]
Won four 1st and two 2nd prizes in the Vegetable and Flower sections of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]
     Awarded both 1st and 2nd prizes for Swedes; 1st prizes for Turnips, Potatoes and Radish; and 2nd for Double Geraniums [5]
Attended the funeral of Waddy Forest farmer Stanley L. FOLLAND at the Moora Cemetery on Monday 25 August 1941 [4: 30-Aug-1941]
Sergeant in Coorow's local Volunteer Defence Corps during the First World War [16]
By 1946 he had left Coorow [5: 13-Sep-1946]
Visited Coorow for the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show, and judged the Flower section, in September 1946 [5: 13-Sep-1946, 11-Oct-1946]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Waddy Forest farmer Price Willis HUNT at the Winchester Cemetery on 11 September 1946 [5]
Vice Patron of the Coorow Golf Club in 1948 and 1949 [5: 23-Apr-1948, 14-Apr-1949]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [2]
Father of Ivy Lilian and Evelyn Annie [P84]
Died 14 July 1966; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth (Crematorium Rose Gardens, 9N, 61) [2]


From The West Australian newspaper, Saturday 5 May 1928:
New Coorow Post Office
"Tenders are being invited for the erection of a large one-storey building, containing a post office, a general store, a garage and a store room, for Mr F. Bingham at Coorow. The buildng will be of locally made cement blocks, with an iron roof and the floors in the garage and store room will be of cement concrete, wooden flooring being used in the post office and store The store will be 45 ft. by 32 ft, the garage 32 ft. by 20 ft., the storeroom 14 ft. by 22 ft., and the post office 20 ft. by 14 ft. Portions of the store will be partitioned off for offices, and there will be 24 ft. of show windows, with  verandah on two sides. Mr J. H. O. Hargrave is the architect."


From The West Australian newspaper, Saturday 26 May 1928:
New Coorow Post Office
"For the erection at Coorow of a large one-storey building, containing a post office, a general store, a garage, and a store room, for Mr F. Bingham, seven tenders were received, varying from £1,888 to £2,266. The lowest  tenderer (E. Bishop and Co.) was successful. The building was designed by Mr J. H. O. Hargrave, architect."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Fred Bingham' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 17 January 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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