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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

George Archibald RAFFAN

Born 12 January 1902 in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia [16]
Son of John RAFFAN and Janet Allison TELFER [15]
Arrived at his father's Inchgower Farm in Winchester with his mother and brother Gordon in 1916 [P74]
Farmer of Inchgower Farm, Winchester with his father and brother until 1928 [P74]
Following the death of their father in 1928 himself and Gordon farmed Inchgower in partnership [P74]
Best man at the wedding of Three Springs farmer Robert A. CALDOW and May I. BYRNE in Three Springs in 1921 [9: 21-Oct-1921]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1925 and 1926 [9: 29-May-1925, 7-Aug-1925, 9-Jul-1926]
Member of the Winchester Sports Picnic Meeting Committee in 1927 [4: 10-Dec-1927]
Foundation Captain of the Winchester Cricket Club in 1927 [4: 19-Nov-1927]
     Member of the Winchester Cricket Club until at least 1937-38, and Vice Captain in 1935-36 [5: 23-Nov-1934, 20-Sep-1935, 24-Dec-1937]
     Delegate for the Winchester Cricket Club at meetings of the Carnamah District Cricket Association in 1935-36 [5: 18-Oct-1935]
Member of the Coorow Football Club 1928-1934 - was Captain in 1934 [4: 28-Mar-1928, 6-Jul-1929] [5: 9-Jun-1933, 25-May-1934]
Member of the Winchester Sports Ground Committee in 1928 [4: 1-Sep-1928]
Best man at the weddiong of Harry ZUEGG and Kath HÄUSSLER, both of Winchester, in Carnamah on 7 February 1928 [4: 11-Feb-1928]
Attended the wedding dance for Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN in Carnamah on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
He was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Attended the Show Ball following the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show on 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Attended the Euchre Party and Dances held at the Winchester School Hall on 31 August 1929 and 14 September 1929 [4: 7 & 21-Sep-1929]
Attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Won the Gent's Hunter and Relay Race in the Ring Events at the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 30 September 1929 [4: 5-Oct-1929]
Won the Gent's Hunter Over Hurdles and came 2nd in the Flag Race in the Ring Events at the Carnamah Show in 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
Attended the baptism reception for Kelva M. BADRCK at 18 Boojerabba Street, Carnamah on Sunday 28 September 1930 [4: 4-Oct-1930]
In 1932 was a candidate in the local "Popular Footballer Competition" [4: 16-Jul-1932]
Attended the Valedictory Dinner tendered to Alexander B. GLOSTER at the Coorow Hotel on Monday 3 July 1933 [5: 7-Jul-1933]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 10 November 1933 - was Worshipful Master in 1945 [96] [153]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Attended the Surprise Party tendered to Mrs Eva and Miss Joyce COWDEROY in Carnamah on Friday 5 January 1934 [5: 12-Jan-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Flannel Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 3 February 1934 [5: 9-Feb-1934]
Attended the Dance conducted by the Carnamah Toc H at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 24 February 1934 [5: 2-Mar-1934]
On the evening of Thursday 15 March 1934 attended the Carnamah Race Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1934-1937 [5: 17-Nov-1933, 26-Apr-1935, 22-Nov-1935, 22-Jan-1937]
     Steward of the Ring Events at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Shows in 1934 and 1935 [5: 10-Aug-1934, 7-Jun-1935]
     One of 12 who attended the Annual Meeting of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society on 15 November 1935 [5: 22-Nov-1935]
     Ringmaster at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Shows at Centenary Park, Carnamah in 1938 and 1939 [13]
     Committee Member and Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1940 and 1941 [13]
     Steward of the Ring Events section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 11 September 1941 [13]
On Saturday 12 May 1934 attended the Carnamah Football Club's Grand Opening Ball at the Carnamah Hall [5: 18-May-1934]
Sent a wreath for the grave of Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Won the "Tug of War on Horseback" at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1934, his brother Gordon coming second [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Proposed one of the toasts at the Farewell Social held in Carnamah on 17 January 1935 for chemist Douglas WALDBY [5: 8-Feb-1935]
After a few days in Perth returned to Winchester by car with fellow local farmer William J. PETHICK in May 1935 [5: 31-May-1935]
As a pioneer of Winchester he was asked to present the trophies at the Winchester Tennis Club's Wind-Up on 1 June 1935 [5: 7-Jun-1935]
Returned to Winchester by train on Wednesday 14 August 1935 "after an important visit to Perth" [5: 16-Aug-1935]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society 1935-1937 [5: 13-Sep-1935, 20-Nov-1936] [150]
      Steward of the Horses Events at the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society's Annual Shows 1935-1937 [5: 28-Jun-1935]
     Ringmaster at the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society's Show at Maley Park, Coorow on 31 August 1939 [150]
Won Tilting at the Ring in the Horses in Action section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 5 September 1935 [5: 13 & 20-Sep-1935]
     A week later, on 12 September 1935, came 2nd in Tilting at the Ring in the Ring Events of the Carnamah Agricultural Show [5]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
One of his horses "showed particular enthusiasm" at Jim Jones' Rodeo & Circus in Carnamah on 5 February 1936 [5: 7-Feb-1936]
Travelled to Perth on Monday 17 February 1936 and then sailed from Fremantle on a holiday to Tasmania [5: 14-Feb-1936]
     Following his holiday in Tasmania 12 March 1936 he arrived back in Winchester on Thursday 12 March 1936 [5: 20-Mar-1936]
Attended the public meeting on the question of Saturday Afternoon Closing in Carnamah on Thursday 19 March 1936 [5: 27-Mar-1936]
     The proposition was to replace the half-day holiday on Thursday afternoons with a half-day holiday on Saturday afternoons [5]
     The driving force was some of the local sporting bodies, who wished to play their organised sport on Saturday instead of Sunday [5]
     His opinion was that sport would be played on Sundays regardless of whether the shops were open on Saturday afternoons [5]
Played for the defeated "The Rest" in a cricket match against Carnamah in Coorow on Sunday 22 March 1936 [5: 27-Mar-1936]
Gave a speech following the presentation of the Cricket Association Shield to the Carnamah Blues on 4 April 1936 [5: 10-Apr-1936]
Easily won the Men's Driving Competition at the Coorow Golf Club's 1936 season Opening Day on 17 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Attended the Farewell Social for George & Ester MULLIGAN at Marathon Farm in Winchester on Thursday 25 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club 1936-1958, and Committee Member in 1937 [5: 30-Oct-1936, 16-Apr-1937] [4: 2-Aug-1952, 11-Jul-1958]
Himself and fellow Winchester farmer Eric J. BRADLEY were tendered a bucks party on Wednesday evening 7 October 1936 [5]
     The party was hosted by Harry EDWARDS in Coorow and concluded at 1 a.m. with the singing of Auld Lang Syne [5]
     Among those at the party were William J. GAUNT, E. E. Robert WOODHOUSE, Alan S. HEALES, Hector T. A. JAMES, [5]
     Fred BINGHAM, W. George MULLIGAN, Samuel R. TOMKINS, Augustus F. L. CROFT and Thomas S. STAYT [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Married Mavis Sarah PETHICK on Tuesday evening 20 October 1936 at the Presbyterian Church in Carnamah [5: 23-Oct-1936]
     His best man was Miling farmer Harold T. SEYMOUR, who the following year married Mavis' sister Alice M. PETHICK [5]
     After a reception at Petan Farm in Winchester himself and his wife departed for the honeymoon in the South West of WA [5]
He and Eric J. BRADLEY received presentations during afternoon tea at cricket in Winchester on Sunday 8 November 1936 [5]
     Their presentations, as newly-weds, was as a mark of esteem for their staunch services to the Winchester Cricket Club [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Winner of the Men's Driving Competition at the Carnamah Golf Club's Season Opening in Carnamah on 2 May 1937 [5: 7-May-1937]
Secretary of the Winchester Fire Control Committee in 1939 [0: image 03880]
Member of the Winchester-Coorow Cricket Club in 1940 [4: 9-Mar-1940]
Corporal in the local 25th Light Horse Machine Gun Militia Unit in 1940 [0: image 04022]
Enlisted in the Australian Army at Canning Weir on 17 December 1940 [0: image 04022]
Sergeant WX28231 in the Australian Army's 3rd Field Regiment during the Second World War [16]
Discharged from the Australian Army on 6 October 1944 [16]
Steward of the Ring Events section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Victory Show on 13 September 1945 [13]
From 1946 to 1948 was telephone number Winchester-4D [60]
Pallbearer at the funeral of John Maurice HAIG on 4 May 1946 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
During the 1945-46 financial year purchased 1,175 acres of farmland in Coorow from Gilbert J. UNDERWOOD [3]
The 1,175 acres was Lots M970 and M1333 of Victoria Location 2023, originally taken up by Joseph GOODHILL in 1921 [27] [44]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Winchester farmer Charles Brazier BURN on 21 September 1947 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
In 1948 [25] left Inchgower and shifted to the land in Coorow with Inchgower being carried on by his brother Gordon [P74]
Farmer of Maralcutula and Wadajada Farms in Coorow 1949-1973 [P74]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Coorow farmer George HUTCHCRAFT on 28 January 1949 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
Member for Coorow on the Dr Mayrhofer Memorial Trust Fund Committee in 1950 [4: 16-Dec-1950]
Served on the Carnamah District Road Board from 1950 until 1961 [7: pages 114-115]
President of the Coorow Golf Club in 1950 and 1951 [4: 7-Apr-1951]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Farmers' Union of WA in 1951[4: 7-Apr-1951]
Foundation Member of the Coorow Masonic Lodge in 1952 [64]
Patron of the Coorow Junior Farmers' Club in 1952 [0: image 04635]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah farmer John BOWMAN on 28 July 1952 at the Winchester Cemetery [4]
Member of the Coorow Cricket Club in 1953 [0: image 04707]
Judged the horse riding sections at the Coorow-Waddy Forest District Agricultural Society's 1956 show [4: 21-Sep-1956]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Waddy Forest farmer Angus Archibald Nicol MCGILP on 28 July 1956 [4]
Member of the Coorow Bowling Club [64]
In 1973 retired with wife Mavis to 23 Spain Street in Coorow town and resided there until his death in 1998 [P74]
Attended the "Day of Pioneers" luncheon held at the Shire Council Chambers in Carnamah on 13 October 1982 [253]
Father of Mary, Robert, Valerie and Ian [P74] [14]
Died 25 January 1998 at the Moora District Hospital, Moora WA; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row I, Plot 12) [1]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'George Archibald Raffan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 3 December 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/george-archibald-raffan [sources]




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