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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Fred" Frederick LATHAM

Born 1907 [15]
Son of "Frank" Francis Arthur LATHAM and Mary OLIVER [265]
Student at the Gosnells State School in the Perth suburb of Gosnells in 1913[215]
Resided with his parents in Coorow in 1919 [215]
     His name was listed as a prospective student on applications for the reopening of the closed Coorow State School in May 1919 [215]
Contractor in Coorow 1929-1939 [19]
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]
Married Grace Ann GALBRAITH in 1932 [66]
Farmhand in Waddy Forest in 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Member of the Coorow Football Club in 1935 [5: 24-May-1935]
Went before the Moora Local Court in Moora on Friday 15 November 1935 over money owed to Westralian Farmers Ltd [5]
     The North Midland Farmers' Co-operative Company had assigned his overdue account to Westralian Farmers Ltd [5]
     Westralian Farmers Ltd recovered judgement for £9/5/5 plus 19/6 costs [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Went before the Carnamah Police Court on Friday 22 November 1935 for having driven an unlicensed vehicle [5: 29-Nov-1935]
     He pleaded not guilty, provided one witness in his defence and could have provided a further two witnesses if given more time [5]
     The Court said they had to go with what information that had and he was fined £1 plus costs of £5/1/8/6 [5]
He and his brother George ran into trouble when returning to Waddy Forest from Marchagee on Wednesday 29 January 1936 [5]
     Rolled scrub had caught alight and was burning out of control when a change in the wind turned the fire towards their truck [5]
     The heat from the fire caused their truck to function improperly and they had no choice but to abandon it and run for their lives [5]
     They were both severely burnt around the arms and face, and the newly purchased truck was burnt to cinders [5: 31-Jan-1936]
     Peter W. THOMSON of Marchagee found them in a shocked state and conveyed them to their home in Waddy Forest [5]
Supplier of music at the Dance in aid of the Anglican Church held in Waddy Forest on Saturday 20 June 1936 [5: 26-Jun-1936]
Advertised for four months in 1937 to shear up to 10,000 sheep with a two stand plant in late September [5: 18-Jun-1937, 30-Jul-1937, 3-Sep-1937]
In 1939 he and his brother George began shearing together and shore sheep in Coorow, Dalwallinu and Calingiri [265]
His wife leased 2,322 acres of farmland in Coorow from the Midland Railway Company (Lots M1744 and M1745) in 1939 [34]
     In 1939 he farmed his wife's leasehold in Coorow in addition to working away as a shearer [34]
     They abandoned their 2,322 leasehold in Coorow during March of 1940 [34]
After an absence shifted back to Coorow in June 1941, and his children attended the Coorow State School [215]
Shearer of Coorow in 1941 and of Waddy Forest in 1943 [215]
Farmer in Morawa in 1950 [19]
Father of Jean, Graham, Ellen and Eric [215]
Died 9 January 1951; buried at the Utakarra Cemetery in Geraldton, Western Australia [26]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Frederick Latham' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 March 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/frederick-latham [sources]




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