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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


George Frederick SALTER

Born 1889 in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia [30] [54]
Son of William Ellis SALTER and Jane CHAPMAN [54]
His mother passed away at the age of 27 years in 1891, and in 1893 his father married Alice WILLIAMS [54]
By 1906 they had left Victoria and had settled on farmland at Coraling in the Quairading district in Western Australia [50]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 6 January 1916 [30: item 8077024]
     Upon enlistment he gave his occupation as Farmer and his address at 72 Dyer Street in West Perth, Western Australia [30]
     He was 4 feet 8 inches tall, weighed 142 pounds and had grey eyes, dark brown hair and a ruddy complexion [30]
     Gave his next of kin as his father William Ellis SALTER, whose address was also 72 Dyer Street in West Perth [30]
     After training at Claremont he was appointed on 20 March 1916 to the C Company of the 44th Infantry Battalion [30]
     Embarked for active service abroad from Fremantle, Western Australia on the H.M.A.T. A29 Suevic on 6 June 1916 [18]
     Disembarked in Plymouth, England on 22 July 1916 and after further training proceeded to France on 25 November 1916 [30]
     Private 614 in the Australian Imperial Force's 44th Infantry Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Wounded in Action in France on 2 March 1917 and was transported to England for treatment to a gunshot wound to his thumb [30]
     After treatment, recuperation and further training in England he proceeded to France to rejoin his Battalion on 1 January 1918 [30]
     Accidentally Wounded in France on 28 March 1918 and was returned to England with a gunshot wound to his left foot [30]
     Returned to France on 6 September 1918 and rejoined his Battalion; was promoted to Lance Corporal on 28 October 1918 [30]
     Lance Corporal 614 in the Australian Imperial Force's 44th Infantry Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Embarked from England on the H.T. Karmala and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on  10 August 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 22 September 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Married Evelyn O'CONNOR in 1920 [66]
Soldier Settler in 1923 on the 1,354 acre Lot 5 of Inering Estate in Carnamah [7: page 66]
Farmer of Karina Farm on the Inering Estate in Carnamah 1923-1940 [6] [7: page 66] [22] [60]
The Postmaster-General's Department had a telephone line built from Carnamah to the Inering Estate in mid 1924 [86: 24-May-1924]
     He had the telephone connected to his farm by 1925 - was telephone number Inering-10 and later number Carnamah-5B [60]
In May 1927 installed a new Lister engine to help "with the manifold duties of his farm" [4: 21-May-1927]
He and his wife took over the running of the Inering Post Office and Telephone Exchange in June 1927 [4: 18-Jun-1927]
After taking it over the Inering Post Office and Telephone Exchange was located within their home [7: page 68]
In June 1927 purchased a new Cooper Shearing Outfit plant from Carnamah agent Charles ROBERTSON [4: 25-Jun-1927]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club [4: 21-Apr-1928]
Attended the Carnamah Returned Solders League Smoke Social held at the Carnamah Town Hall in January 1928 [4: 14-Jan-1928]
Member of a committee formed to obtain a hospital for Carnamah in 1928 [9: 23-Mar-1928]
In 1928 represented the Carnamah Football Club at meetings of the North Midlands Football Association [4: 21-Apr-1928]
Won 1st prize for Strong Wool Merino Fleece and 2nd for Medium Wool at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1928 [4: 13-Oct-1928]
Attended the local farewell for Jack and Annie LYNCH at the home of Mr and Mrs R. W. CLARK on 6 April 1929 [4: 13-Apr-1929]
In the early 1930s held a lease for 4,979 acres in Winchester in partnership with Carnamah farmer William M. NEWMAN [3]
     The 4,979 acres was Victoria Location 7203 on the south side of what is now the Carnamah-Eneabba Road [3] [62]
     They held the block in partnership as "Newman & Salter" and probably used it to graze livestock from their Carnamah farms [3]
     They forfeited their lease for the block on 29 December 1933, and it was later taken up by Robert MACKIE [3]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son 1931-1937 [53]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
Through his quick thinking he narrowly saved his farmhouse from burning down on Tuesday 2 April 1935 [5: 5-Apr-1935]
     He paused from playing his guitar-mandolin-harp to fill a lamp with kerosene, however in the process it burst into flames [5]
     The fire instantly spread to the small can he was filling the lamp with, which he dropped, subsequently setting alight a larger can [5]
     It turned out that the can was filled with petrol not kerosene and after quickly getting water onto the fire he found it be of no use[5]
     He soaked a bag in the bath, which was fortunately full of water, and used this to beat and extinguish the flames [5]
     After his prompt action the damage from the fire was limited to a piece of lino and kitchenette [5: 5-Apr-1935]
The dams on his farm were filled as a result of a storm on Monday afternoon 23 March 1936 [5: 27-Mar-1936]
Attended the R.S.L. Social to farewell "Chitter" George F. BROWN at the Carnamah Hostel on Friday evening 24 April 1936 [5]
     During the evening he contributed to the program with the rendering of "several items of first class order on his guitar" [5: 1-May-1936]
Forfeited his Inering Estate farm to the Carnamah District Road Board on 23 May 1940 [3]
What had been his farm was leased or sold to Leo T. MORTON before being sold to Roy A. LUCAS [3]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley [2]
Died 4 October 1963; buried at the Fremantle Cemetery in the Perth suburb of Palmyra (Anglican, A8, 79) [2]

From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 9 January 1930:
Country Towns and Districts - Carnamah's Advancement
"Another soldier settler on the Inering Estate who is developing a good property of 1,354 acres is Mr. G. Salter. After the war Mr. Salter was determined to secure a satisfactory block and he was prepared to wait for an opportunity to settle at Inering. He has cleared 720 acres, and this season grew 450 acres of wheat, chiefly on second-year land. A 16-bushel average was expected. A portion of the crop actually went 11 bags. The property is now carrying 250 sheep and in the near future Mr. Salter hopes to market cross-bred lambs. At the last Carnamah show he annexed the trophy for the best sheep. Mr. Salter was born in Victoria and his father was one of the first settlers to go from the Eastern Goldfields to Quairading. Mrs. Salter operates the Inering [telephone] exchange and her services, which are availed of at other than official hours, are much appreciated by the neighbours, particularly in summer when the fire menace is abroad."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'George Frederick Salter' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2022 from [reference list]

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