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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Fred" Frederick William COLE

Born 1888 in Palmerston, Otago, New Zealand [P33] [82]
Son of Frederick COLE and Elizabeth MONTAGUE [82]
Grew up on the North Island of New Zealand, and after becoming a builder worked on the South Island [P33]
Left New Zealand by ship for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and intended to catch another ship to America [P33]
Ended up staying in Victoria after meeting and marrying Hilda, and worked in the goldmining and building industries [P33] [P120]
Married Hilda Mabel GRILLETT in 1912 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [54]
Himself and his wife became accustomed to sleeping through the noise of the mine battery and only woke up if it stopped [P120]
Along with his wife and daughter shifted to Western Australia where he worked as a Master Builder [P33]
      He is known to have built Bon Marche Building in Hay Street, Perth and to have helped build Elders Woolshed in Fremantle [P33]
Except for a brief period in Bruce Rock they resided in the Perth suburb of Subiaco from 1915 until 1929 [6]
     Resided at 88 Nicholson Road in Subiaco in 1915; at 170 Heytesbury Road in Subiaco 1916 and 1917; [6]
     at 14 Gloster Street in Subiaco in 1918; at 35 Henry Street in Subiaco in 1919; and at 180 Nicholson Road in Subiaco in 1920 [6]
     Carpenter in Bruce Rock in the Central Wheat-belt of Western Australia in 1920 and 1921 [6]
     Resided at 200 Rokeby Road in Subiaco 1922-1927; and at 234 Nicholson Road in Subiaco in 1928 and 1929 [6]
In 1926 his wife Hilda purchased a 1,388 farm on the Carnamah-Bunjil Road in Carnamah as an investment [P33]
     The farm in Carnamah was share-cropped by neighbouring farmer Robert BOWRAN in 1927 and 1928 [4: 5-Oct-1929]
     His wife was unsatisfied with the management of the farm so in 1929 they shifted to Carnamah to live on and run their farm [P33]
Farmer of Ginawarra Farm in Carnamah 1929-1958 [19] [P33]
     The farm was the 1,338 acre Lot M1210 of Victoria Location 1938 on the north side of the Carnamah-Bunjil Road [3] [62]
     Ginawarra was an Aboriginal word meaning "no women allowed" as their front paddock was a corroboree ground [P33]
He continued to work as a builder, and when he was away farmhands were employed to keep the farm running [P33]
Built a large home including a room upstairs and balcony for his family on Ginawarra Farm in Carnamah [P9]
Attended the Massey Harris Wallis tractor demonstration held on GregorfieldsFarm in Winchester on 31 January 1929 [4: 2-Feb-1929]
Purchased a new Shearer twin disc plough from local agent Charles ROBERTSON in March 1929 [4: 30-Mar-1929]
In 1932 he was one of the trustees of the Billeroo School Hall at Billeroo, East Winchester [5: 7-Oct-1932]
Attended the Surprise Party tendered to Mrs Eva and Miss Joyce COWDEROY in Carnamah on Friday 5 January 1934 [5: 12-Jan-1934]
In April 1934 he was foreman of the alternations being effected to the National Bank in Mingenew [5: 13-Apr-1934]
He was employed to oversee the alterations by the firm A. James & Co of Subiaco, and his son Fred ran the farm in his absence [5]
Supervised the erection of a hotel in Miling, and declared it open on Wednesday 19 December 1934 [5: 4-Jan-1935]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
After spending a holiday with his family in Carnamah he proceeded to work at Geraldton on Saturday 25 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Won 1st prize for Green Wheat exhibited in the Grain & Fodder section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1939 [489]
In October 1940 fell out of a tree necessitating treatment at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [0: image 03933]
His sons Fred and Gordon later ran the farm under the partnership of "Cole Bros"[P33]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1948 and 1952[13]
Resided on Ginawarra Farm in Carnamah until 1958 [19]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Nedlands [2]
Father of Dorcas, Frederick and Gordon [P33]
Died 23 August 1964; ashes scattered over the rose garden at the Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Frederick William Cole' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 June 2022 from [reference list]

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