Francis Henry William Thomas Winifred Brownrigg Peter Welsh Thomson Margaret Jean Caldow /Hodsdon Frederick Edward Senior James Roger Francis Wyman Clark Richard Robertson Patricia Mae Mulligan Joachim Dido

Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Fred" Frederick Charles WOODS

Born 1863 in Williamstown, Victoria, Australia [15]
Son of George Austin WOODS and Lydia Mary DODD [15]
Orchardist at Waterloo east of Bunbury in Western Australia in 1903 [50]
Manager of Woodsome Station in Upper Swan for Samuel W. COPLEY 1905-1908 [39: 16-Sep-1905] [120: 18-Jan-1908] [374: 1-Sep-1905]
     The station, also referred to as an estate or farm, was near Warbrook Siding in what is now part of Bullsbrook [120: 18-Jan-1908]
Married Jane JEFFREY on Tuesday 29 August 1905 at Saint Paul's Pro-Cathedral in Bunbury [374: 1-Sep-1905]
He commenced working for the Midland Railway Company on 6 March 1909 [34]
Ranger for the Midland Railway Company based in Moora 1910-1914 and based in Winchester 1914-1917 [6] [19] [34]
Committee Member of the Moora Race Club in 1911 [9: 16-Dec-1910]
His horse Laura Jay won the District Pony Handicap at the Moora Race Club's Race Meeting on 29 March 1911 [9: 24-Mar-1911]
He rode Mrs Emily GARDINER's horse Desperado in the Ladies Bracelet at the Race Meeting in Three Springs in 1911 [9: 17-Mar-1911]
Resided with his wife and children in Moora until Saturday 26 September 1914 when they shifted to Winchester by train [10: 29-Sep-1914]
He had to order more cornsacks for the wheat being harvested off the Company's unsold farms in Carnamah in 1913 [81: 1-Feb-1914]
     The 1,000 or so acres of crop on the Company's farms had been expected to yield 15 bushels an acre, but it turned out to be 20 [81]
In 1916 he was Supervisor of the Midland Railway Company's farms in the Carnamah district [34]
Along with his wife and children travelled by train to Dongara in January 1916 - his only holiday between 1909 and 1919 [34]
Ranger for the Midland Railway Company based in Carnamah from 1917 to 1919 [6] [34]
His duties as Ranger included guiding prospective settlers to blocks of land for inspection [8: page 15]
He also had to send the Midland Railway Company weekly reports on their properties in the Carnamah district [34]
In a letter to the company dated 26 June 1917 he detailed what existed in towns associated with the company's farmlands: [34]
     Three Springs is a town of about 150 inhabitants (within a radius of 5 miles). Buildings consist of State School, Hotel, [34]
     Boarding House, Agricultural Hall, Blacksmith's shop, Butchers shop, 2 Stores, Greengrocer, Hair Dressing Saloon, [34]
     Post and Telegraph Office and telephone exchange, Catholic Church, Telephone [34]
     Carnamah. Population (including settlers) about 120, Post and telegraph Office, Store, Railway Station and Goods Shed, [34]
     State School one mile north of Town. [34]
     Winchester. No station, siding only, and small shelter shed. Post and telegraph office, can telephone Perth or Geraldton [34]
     and intermediate stations, or telegraph per telephone. Post Office is conducted by settler, Geo. Reid, residing on Farm No. 913 [34]
     Coorow. Railway Station, Store, from which you can telephone similarly as at Winchester, population about 100 [34]
     There is a daily mail from Perth, Mondays and Thursdays excepted and from Geraldton (Fridays excepted, a most [34]
     inconvenient arrangement). There is a Station Master at Three Springs and Coorow only. [34]
     There are schools at Three Springs and Carnamah but none at Winchester or Coorow, "half-time" schools could be [34]
     arranged for these latter two places where they are badly needed. [34]
     The nearest Catholic Church is at Three Springs. A Church of England clergyman holds monthly services (in private houses) [34]
     at Three Springs, Carnamah, Winchester, and Coorow. [34]
He managed the sheep on the Midland Railway Company's unsold farms in Carnamah in 1918 [34]
In May 1918 the Midland Railway Company moved a house from Lot M967 in Coorow to the Carnamah townsite [34]
     After it had been moved resided in the house with his wife and children, who had been living in Moora [34]
In 1919 the Midland Railway Company paid him a monthly salary of £25 [34]
He was a passenger on the mail train that went into a washaway near Gunyidi on the night of Monday 23 July 1917 [10: 27-Jul-1917]
     The incident was reported to have been the worst rail accident in the State's History, with three casualties and 14 injured [10]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Race Club in 1919 [9: 7-Mar-1919]
He was the Starter at the Carnamah Race Club's Picnic Races held in Carnamah on Thursday 27 March 1919 [9: 7-Mar-1919]
Member of the Carnamah Peace Celebrations Committee in 1919 [10: 11-Jul-1919]
Three of his daughters ran in the children's races at the Peace Day Celebrations held in Carnamah on 19 July 1919 [10: 29-Jul-1919]
Himself and his family were tendered a Surprise Farewell Party at their home in Carnamah on Saturday 11 October 1919 [10: 17-Oct-1919]
     Visitors turned up from near and far to bid them farewell, and so many that their house was unable to accommodate everyone [10]
     He was presented with a travelling rug, his wife with a silver bush and comb, and their children with an envelope of money [10]
Left Carnamah by train in October 1919 and shifted to the Perth suburb of Midland Junction [10: 17-Oct-1919] [34]
After leaving Carnamah he was employed as a General Ranger by the Midland Railway Company [34]
     His duties were to deal with people who unlawfully cut timber or grazed livestock on the Company's unsold land [34]
     Although he moved to Perth he travelled up to Carnamah to show any prospective purchasers over the Company's land [34]
Donated 10/- to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1920 [124]
His horse La Carnamah ran in the Carnamah Races on Thursday 11 March 1920 and won the Maiden Plate [19-Mar-1920] [10: 19-Mar-1920]
     He leased La Carnamah from its owner Donald MACPHERSON until his lease ended in early 1923 [39: 8-Mar-1923]
Resided at 41 Helena Street in the Perth suburb of Guildford 1921-1924 [6]
Wrote a letter to the attorney of the Midland Railway Company on 29 November 1922 requesting an offer of farmland [34]
     Other members of the Company's staff in Perth had been offered 1,000 acres of the Company's land at a nominal price [34]
     On 23 March 1923 purchased from the Midland Railway Company 1,000 acres of virgin land in Winchester [27]
     The 1,000 acres was Lot M1419 of Victoria Location 2023 and cost £125 (2/6 per acre), payable by instalments [27]
     He completed paying off the 1000 acre block and on 18 January 1932 sold it Winchester farmer John BRADLEY [3] [27]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah farmer John LANG at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 24 December 1935 [5: 3-Jan-1936]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah retiree Robert PALFREYMAN on 11 August 1938 at the Karrakatta Cemetery [4]
By 1947 he was living in Glen Forrest and was receiving a gratuity of £156 per annum from the Midland Railway Company [34]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Glen Forrest until his death in 1949 [2]
Father of seven daughters - Austin, Noel, Jean, Ruth, Lina, Nancy and June [39: 14-Nov-1949]
Died 11 November 1949; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, WG, 792) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Frederick Charles Woods' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 15 August 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/frederick-charles-woods [sources]




Use the below form or email history@carnamah.com.au

Name:
 
Email:
 
Comment, memory or story about this person
Suggested correction or additional information
Question or general feedback
 
 
Please enter this code into the box to confirm your request.


During this time we encourage you to stay active + keep connected. Check out Act-Belong-Commit Creative @ Home for ideas!