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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Fred" / "Bluey" Frederick William MALEY

Born 1868 in Greenough, Western Australia [15]
Son of John Stephen MALEY and Elizabeth Kniest WALDECK [15]
He was one of 53 who requested William T. LOTON run as the Member for Greenough in the Legislative Council in 1889 [383: 26-Jan-1889]
Married (1) Edith Louisa Hale HOSKEN in Geraldton on 31 July 1890 [388: 12-Jul-1919]
     He and his wife moved from Geraldton to the Perth suburb of Cottesloe Beach in 1899 [388: 12-Jul-1919]
     Four months later his wife returned to Geraldton and said she no longer wished to live with him [388]
     His wife sold a house in Geraldton and drew the surrender value of his life insurance policy, which he had transferred to her [388]
     He deferred getting a divorce "until his two children were settled in life" [388]
In 1909 he and his brothers were farming in both Carnamah and Three Springs as Maley Bros [86: 15-Apr-1909]
     They were farming Carnamah Farm in Carnamah and during mid April 1909 he ploughed 250 acres with an eight horse team [86]
     "Old Fred was looking well, and I think his horses were looking even better... considering the rough work they had been doing" [86]
     After finishing at Carnamah he went to Three Springs to join his brother Sol in ploughing - he with eight horses and Sol with five [86]
     In addition to their ploughing, there were eight men clearing and one carting off tree roots on their farm in Three Springs [86]
     "They are hardworking young men, and it is to be hoped they will be recouped by a good harvest" [86]
     In 1909 they were also cutting timber in Three Springs and sending it away by railway trucks to be sold for mines [86]
     He arrived back in Three Springs with a team of horses from Greenough during early August 1909 [9: 6-Aug-1909]
Brewer in Greenough in 1910 [50]
Farmer in Three Springs in 1911-1917 [10: 22-Oct-1915] [19] [30: item 8213506] [50]
     Dressed as a Stockman he attended the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on Easter Monday 24 March 1913 [9:4-Apr-1913]
     Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1914 [9: 26-Jun-1914]
     Travelled from Three springs to Perth hoping to be accepted for service in the A.I.F. in October 1915 [10: 22-Oct-1915]
     Recruited to join the A.I.F. at the Dance after the Carnamah Races in Carnamah on Easter Monday 9 April 1917 [9: 20-Apr-1917]
Officially enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Geraldton on 16 April 1917 [30: item 8213506]
     When he applied to enlist stated Carnamah to be his present address, while he gave his permanent address as Three Springs [30]
     Although he gave his addresses as Carnamah and Three Springs, he gave his occupation as Fisherman [30]
     He stated his marital status to be "widower" and gave his son Claude E. MALEY of White Peak WA as his next of kin [30]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 11½ inches tall, weighed 182 pounds and had brown eyes and grisly hair [30]
     At the Claremont Military Camp he was appointed to the 28th Reinforcements of the 10th Light Horse on 28 April 1917 [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. Port Sydney on 19 May 1917 [30]
     Private 3365 in the Australian Imperial Force's 3rd Light Horse Regiment in Egypt during the First World War [30]
     He was hospitalised numerous times due to illness before being invalided home to Western Australia [30]
     Disembarked from the Port Sydney back in Australia on 31 March 1919 [30]
     His name appears on the Three Springs Honour Board, which was unveiled on Tuesday 3 June 1919 [9: 6-Jun-1919] [10: 13-Jun-1919]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 28 June 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
The day before he'd left for active service abroad he'd run into his wife on the platform of the railway station in Perth [388: 12-Jul-1919]
     She asked "where are you going?" to which he replied "can't you see?" after which she said "well, divorce me before you go" [388]
     He responded "I cannot. I am leaving tomorrow, but if I return I will do so immediately", which he did in July 1919 [388]
It was reported in November 1920 that he was living in Arrino [86: 20-Nov-1920]
Married (2) Lewese Charlotte NIELSON in Perth in 1921 [66]
Farmer in Arrino in partnership with his son Claude as "Maley & Son" for at least the years 1922-1933 [6]
     He was part owner in the farm in Arrino but is said to have not lived on the property [P2]
Farmer in Greenough 1923-1933 [6]
Sold five bales of wool for 10½d. per pound through Elder Smith & Co at a sale in Perth on 18 October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
In December 1930 the engagement was announced of his wife's niece Rose N. WILSON to Alan O'GARR of Scotland [4: 13-Dec-1930]
The Three Springs Road Board gave permission in May 1937 for him to erect gates on a road through his farm in Arrino [5: 21-May-1937]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park [2]
Father of Edith, Claude and Adele [15]
Died 6 October 1940; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Wesleyan, GA, 212) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Frederick William Maley' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 June 2024 from [reference list]

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