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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


George Harding BICKFORD

Born 10 June 1877 in Glenelg, South Australia [55]
Son of John Pepperell BICKFORD and Frances RODGERS [55]
Married (1) Kate Augusta COLE in 1907 in Perth, Western Australia [66]
Arrived in Three Springs in October 1929 to succeed L. L. TURNLEY, who had resigned, as local Road Board Secretary [4: 19-Oct-1929]
He was welcomed to Three Springs at the monthly meeting of the Three Springs Road Board on 21 October 1929 [4: 26-Oct-1929]
Secretary of the Three Springs Road Board for over 17 years, from 1929 to 1947[4] [6] [19]
The Three Springs Road Board a resumed a townsite block and had a house built for him at a cost of not more than £500 [4: 26-Oct-1929]
     He and his wife had moved into the house by March 1930, which was situated near the Agricultural Hall in TS [4: 8-Mar-1930]
     Their home was a big house in Hall Street in the Three Springs townsite [P42]
In 1930 he was admitted as a Fellow of the Council of the British Association of Secretaries (F.B.A.S.) [4: 13-Sep-1930]
Costume Judge at the Children's Fancy Dress Ball at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Friday 6 December 1929 [4: 14-Dec-1929]
Member of the Three Springs Road Board's Revision Court in 1930 [4: 8-Mar-1930]
Along with his wife left Three Springs for Busselton on 17 December 1930, where they holidayed for his annual leave [4: 20-Dec-1930]
Attended the Commemoration Dinner held at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on Friday 26 August 1932 [5: 9-Sep-1932]
     The dinner was to commemorate Three Springs having the highest average yield for wheat in the State for the 1931-32 season [5]
Attended a large meeting in Three Springs to form a North Midlands Chamber of Commerce on 18 November 1932 [4: 26-Nov-1932]
Attended the Farewell Evening tendered to local pioneer Mrs Blanche M. KOCH in Three Springs on 3 December 1932 [4: 10-Dec-1932]
He and his wife attended the Husbands Evening at the Three Springs Hall on Saturday 10 December 1932 [4: 17-Dec-1932]
On 9 February 1933 attended the meeting in Carnamah at which Federal Member A. E. GREEN, M.H.R. was entertained [5: 17-Feb-1933]
Along with his wife spent his annual months holiday of December 1933 in Busselton and Perth [5: 15-Dec-1933]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 12 January 1934 [96]
In 1934 the British Association of Secretaries, of which he was a member, was incorporated with the British Institute of Secretaries [5]
The incorporation meant he was entitled to put F.B.I.S. after his name, in place of the former F.B.A.S. [5: 2-Nov-1934]
After annual leave he returned to Three Springs on Saturday 12 January 1935 [5: 11-Jan-1935]
Attended the Annual Ratepayers' Meeting of the Three Springs Road Board at 3 p.m. on Saturday 13 April 1935 [5: 19-Apr-1935]
Organised the Three Springs Road Board's King George V Jubilee Celebrations held on Friday 24 May 1935 [5: 14-Jun-1935]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Edward James DUFFY on 1 June 1935 at the Three Springs Cemetery [4: 8-Jun-1935]
Attended the luncheon tendered to Primate of Australia Rev. Henry F. LE FANU in Three Springs on Monday 1 July 1935 [5: 5-Jul-1935]
Stage Manager of the Annual Concert in aid of the Dominican Nuns held in Three Springs on Thursday 15 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
He and William J. TURNER motored to Perth on 3 August 1936 to attend the Annual Road Board Conference [5: 7 & 14-Aug-1936]
Attended the demonstration of the 1936 Massey Harris 25-40 tractor on James K. HEBITON's farm on 22 August 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
In 1937 he was also the local Health Officer for seeing that the Health and Licensing Acts were followed [5: 25-Mar-1937]
Attended the reception in Three Springs to Charles G. LATHAM, Leader of the Opposition in WA, on 26 May 1937 [5: 28-May-1937]
Marshall of the novelty parade to the Official Opening of the Nurse's Quarters in Three Springs on Friday 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Helped arrange the Valedictory for Minnie WATSON & Arthur MORTIMER held in Three Springs on 15 February 1938 [4: 19-Feb-1938]
Attended the Farewell Social & Dance held for Vincent & May TIPPETT in Three Springs on Monday 28 July 1941 [4: 2-Aug-1941]
Married (2) Irene Isabelle HAMILTON in 1943 [66]
Resigned as Secretary of the Three Springs Road Board in May 1947, and was succeeded by Edgar L. MARTIN [4: 7-Jun-1947]
He and his wife left Three Springs on Saturday 31 May 1947 [4: 7-Jun-1947]
After leaving Three Springs they spent a few days in Perth and then flew to Carnarvon where they had purchased a business [4]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'George Harding Bickford' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 February 2024 from [reference list]

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