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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Fred" Frederick John BOWRA

Born 1880 in Perth, Western Australia [15]
Son of undertaker William Charles BOWRA and Hannah TICHBON [15] [50]
He worked as a Shop Assistant and Salesman while living with his parents in Clifton Street, North Perth 1903-1906 [50]
Married Cecelia Maria BELL in Perth in 1907 [66]
Gardener in Cannington 1912-1914 and then Market Gardener in East Cannington 1915-1921 [6]
Gardener in Cannington in 1922 and 1923 and then Orchardist in East Cannington in 1924 and 1925 [6]
Farmer in Winchester 1925-1939 [3] [5] [27]
     On 9 March 1925 he had purchased 347 acres of farmland in Winchester from Edward W. BELL [27]
     The 347 acres was Lot M916 of Victoria Location 1936, first taken up in 1913 by Chistopher H. HOSKYNS-ABRAHALL [27]
     Resided with his wife and two sons in a four roomed house on the farm [4: 27-Apr-1929] [P89]
     Said to have grown a quantity of vegetables on the farm near an old log tank, the surplus of which he may have sold [P89]
     The entirety of his 347 acres were cleared, fenced and divided into three paddocks all of "first class wheat land" [4: 27-Apr-1929]
Won 1st prize for Turnips and both 1st and 2nd prizes for Lettuce and Onions at the Carnamah Show in 1926 [9: 15-Oct-1926]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1927 [53]
Won 1st prize for Swedes in the Vegetable section of the Carnamah Show and Sports Carnival on 4 October 1928 [4: 13-Oct-1928]
On 15 May 1929 he put his farm up for sale by auction, however it obviously didn't sell as he remained farming [4: 27-Apr-1929] [3]
Attended the Euchre Party and Dances at the Winchester School Hall on 10 August 1929 and 31 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929, 7-Sep-1929]
Won both 1st and 2nd prizes for Lettuce at the Carnamah Show at Centenary Park, Carnamah on 18 September 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
Won 1st prizes for both varieties of Cabbage and for Lettuce and 2nd prize for Onions at the 1932 Carnamah Show [5: 23-Sep-1932]
His mother Mrs Hannah BOWRA spent a holiday in September 1929 staying with him in Winchester [4: 21-Sep-1929]
Received 2nd prizes for Lettuce and Cabbage at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in Coorow on 7 September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
Won 1st and 2nd prizes for Late Variety Cabbage and 2nd for Early Variety Cabbage at the Carnamah Show in 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
After an absence of two weeks he returned to his home in Winchester on Saturday 13 April 1935 [5: 19-Apr-1935]
Travelled from Winchester to Meekatharra in September 1935 to visit his sons[5: 20-Sep-1935]
Member of a deputation that met with the Carnamah District Road Board on Wednesday afternoon 22 January 1936 [5: 24-Jan-1936]
     Himself and five other Winchester farmers met with the Board to discuss the inadequacy of the facilities at the Winchester Well [5]
     His input was that if the well were properly equipped it would relieve the use of the soak at Winchester for domestic purposes [5]
Exhibited in the Vegetable section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 10 September 1936 [5]
     Awarded 1st prize for Swedes, both 1st and 2nd prizes for Lettuce, and 2nd prizes for Cabbage and Carrots [5: 11 & 18-Sep-1936]
Won 1st prize for Swedes in the Vegetable section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 9 September 1937 [5: 17-Sep-1937]
In 1939 sold his farm in Winchester to Mrs Ivy F. STRAITON of Winchester [3]
Himself and his wife Cecilia were the recipients of a send off at Winchester on 10 January 1939 [0: images 02914 & 03782]
Left Winchester in January 1939 [0: image 02913]
Resided at 40 Burt Street in the Perth suburb of North Perth for at least the years 1940-1949 [6]]
Later resided in Perth suburb of Bayswater [2]
Father of Allan and Mervyn [P218]
Died 5 July 1969; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, ZG, 18) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Frederick John Bowra' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 June 2024 from [reference list]

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