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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

George HUTCHCRAFT

Born 13 September 1884 in Ramsey, Huntingdon, England [16]
Son of "Tom" Thomas HUTCHCRAFT and Sarah Ann WYLES [20] [21]
Grew up in Ramsey, Huntingdon, England where his father and later himself worked as an Agricultural Labourer [20]
In 1901 was living with his parents and siblings John, William, Ellen, Martha, Edith, Ada, Ethel and Jack in High Street, Ramsey [20]
Married Ada PRIOR in 1904 in London, England [21]
Departed London, England with wife and son on the steamship Osterley and arrived in Brisbane, Australia on 27 January 1910 [70]
On 23 July 1924 purchased from Carl G. B. JENSEN the 1,305 acre Sandringham Farm in Coorow, Western Australia [27]
The 1,305 acres consisted of Lots M965, M1233 and M1457 and still had instalments owing to the Midland Railway Company [27]
Farmer of Sandringham Farm in Coorow 1924-1949 [19] [27]
3YJ was his registered horse and cattle firebrand for use in Coorow in 1924 [80: 28-Oct-1925]
In 1927-28 he owned a Reo truck, which contained number-plate CA-114 licenced with the Carnamah District Road Board [325]
     He purchased a new Chevrolet truck, or "Chev" from Carnamah dealer L. Scott WYLIE in September 1928 [4: 22-Sep-1928]
     In 1932 his Chevrolet truck was registered with the Carnamah District Road Board with license plate CA-346 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
He was one of 98 people from the Coorow district who signed a petition in 1929 for a local hotel license to be granted [39: 6-Feb-1929]
Purchased for cash from Robert J. MACDONALD his 1,000 acre farm in Coorow on a walk-in walk-out basis [5: 30-Jun-1933]
The farm, which he purchased for his son Reg, was Lot M1069; and 700 of its 1000 acres were First Class land [3] [5]
The local paper stated "Mr. Hutchcraft, who prides himself on his skill in poisoning rabbits, is a careful and successful farmer" [5]
In October 1933 sold seven bales of wool through Westralian Farmers Ltd at 14½d. per pound [5: 13-Oct-1933]
Requested with the Carnamah Road Board in March 1934 for a road adjoining his farm to be closed [5: 23-Mar-1934]
In November 1934 purchased a new Leeuwin No. 4 chaffcutter through Carnamah agent Stanley L. HIDDEN [5: 16-Nov-1934]
Around the same time he also purchased a new Big E harvester [5: 23-Nov-1934]
Member of the Coorow Cricket Club in 1934-35 [4: 22-Dec-1934]
In August 1935 advised the Carnamah District Road Board of farmers who hadn't done compulsory rabbit extermination [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Sold a consignment of 63 sheep through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 2 October 1935 [5: 4-Oct-1935]
     Sold 21 of the sheep consisting of 15 shorn wethers, 3 shorn ewes, 1 shorn lamb and 2 suckers for 11/- per head [5]
     The remainder were 1 stained lamb at 10/7, 3 shorn rams at 8/-, 14 shorn ewes at 5/7, and 24 shorn ewes at 4/7 per head [5]
     Sold another 35 sheep at 8/- per head through Westralian Farmers Ltd at the Midland Market on 21 October 1936 [5: 23-Oct-1936]
Attended the Inaugural Sale of the North Midlands Stud Stockbreeders Association in Carnamah on Friday 18 September 1936 [5]
     Purchased three Merino rams, two at 6¾ guineas and 1 at 6 guineas, from the Carnamah based Wongyarra Stud [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Sold 117 ewes through Westralian Farmers Ltd at the Midland Market in 1937 - 27 at 12/10, 57 at 10/10 and 33 at 5/1 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Part of an overland trip to the uninhabited coast at Jurien Bay, which departed on Monday 15 February 1937 [5: 26-Feb-1937]
     The 12 other members of the party were Angus A. N. MCGILP of Waddy Forest; and William A. T. SARGENT of Carnamah; [5]
     Frank R. BRYANT, Walter G. FENNELL, W. Frank FENNELL and C. Jock BRAYNT of Marchagee; Baxter D. BOTHE, [5]
     William J. GAUNT, Donald S. GRANT, David TODD, Fred BINGHAM and John S. READ of Coorow [5]
     They travelled in two trucks and two cars and from Moora they drove over 54 miles of road and 30 miles of sand [5]
     They erected a shed and tables and were able to get good reception on a wireless Fred BINGHAM had taken along [5]
     They took a boat with them and fished every day, and paid a visit to caves situated nine miles from their camp at Jurien Bay [5]
     The party also visited Sandy Cape and North Head and after an enjoyable stay returned home on Friday 19 February 1937 [5]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club in 1937 [5: 30-Jul-1937, 6-Aug-1937]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Australian Defence League in 1940 [0: image 03947]
Private in the local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Thomas BONHAM on 10 August 1945 at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah [0: 24-Aug-1945]
Financial Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society in 1946 [150]
In December 1948 he sold his original 1305 acres of farmland to Lloyd D. BOTHE of Coorow [3]
Father of Reginald and Cyril [14]
Died 27 January 1949 in Coorow; buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia (Row D, Plot 4) [1]
Rev. P. C. DANGER of Moora officiated at his funeral, which was undertaken by Hugh H. KNIGHT of Three Springs [1]
Following his death his estate was valued for probate at £27,304/0/9 [4: 3-Sep-1949] [39: 27-Aug-1949]
His remaining 1,000 acres of land, Lot M1609, initially purchased for his son Reg, appears to have been inherited by his son Cyril [3]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Thursday 3 February 1949:
Sudden Death of Mr. G. Hutchcraft
"On Thursday last, January 27, a well known and respected farmer of Coorow, Mr. George Hutchraft collapsed whilst in Coorow, and passed away shortly after the arrival of Dr. Mayrhofer who had been summoned from Three Springs. Death was due to heart failure. The late Mr. Hutchcraft was 64 years of age and was born at Ramsey, Huntingdonshire, England, and is survived by his widow and two sons, Reginald and Cyril. Deceased has been conducting farming operations in Coorow for many years and his loss will be felt by many local organisations, especially the Coorow Golf Club of which he was hon. Secretary. The funeral took place at the Winchester Cemetery on Friday, January 28 and was attended by a large number of relatives and friends. The Rev. P. C. Danger, of Moora conducted the burial service at the graveside. The chief mourners were:- deceased's widow and two sons Reg. and Cyril and two daughters-in-law. The carriers and pall bearers were Messrs. George Raffan, A. Hirst, N. M. James, K. Ball, A. C. Bierman, C. J. Dallimore, G. Battersby, H. Greenwood, P. W. Thomson, E. Casey and C. Chapman. Floral tributes were received from The Family, Mr and Mrs C.C. Bothe and family, The Watson Family, The Fowler Family, H. Parkin and Sons and the Management and staff of Elder, Smith and Co."


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 5 February 1949:
Sudden Death at Coorow
"With somewhat tragic suddenness, the death occurred at Coorow on Friday of last week of Mr. George Hutchcraft, of Sandringham Farm, the deceased gentleman being a very old and highly respected resident of the Coorow district. The funeral took place in the Winchester Cemetery on Saturday last and was largely attended by residents from all parts of the district."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'George Hutchcraft' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 15 December 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/george-hutchcraft  [ sources ]




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