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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


George Langley READING

Born 1875 in Saint Pancras, London, England [20] [21]
Son of polisher George READING and Caroline Eliza RICHARDSON [21] [268]
He was baptised on 27 June 1875 at the Christ Church in Somers Town, London, England [268]
His father worked as a French polisher and his mother as a dressmaker and supplemented their income with two boarders [20]
Resided with his parents and elder sister Clare at 35 Goldington Street in Saint Pancas, London from 1875 until after 1891 [20] [268]
From as early as 1891 [20] until leaving England he worked as a Printer Compositor [P144]
Married Louisa DRAPER on 17 September 1899 at the Parish Church in Saint Pancras, London, England [268]
In 1901 he was living with his wife and his mother at 35 Goldington Street and was still working as a Compositor Printer [20]
Resided at 210 Wellmeadow Road in Lewisham, London, England from as early as 1911 until at least 1926 [20] [377]
He and his wife's last address in England was 5 Brookland Hill at Golders Green in North West London [203]
They departed London, England on the steamship Largs Bay on 13 September 1927  [203] to join their sons in Australia [P144]
After a voyage of exactly one month they arrived on the Largs Bay in Fremantle, Western Australia on 13 October 1927 [338]
Upon departure from England he gave his occupation as Printer but on arrival in Australia he was listed as a Wheat Farmer [203] [338]
Resided on their sons' Wellmeadow Farm near Five Gums in Carnamah 1927-1943 [P144]
Initially helped his sons on the farm but later retired and directed his attention to his garden [5: 30-Apr-1943]
Won 1st prize for Potatoes at the Carnamah Agricultural Show held on Thursday 15 September 1932 [5: 23-Sep-1932]
He judged the Flower section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's shows from 1932 to 1941 [5: 22-Sep-1933, 4-Sep-1936] [13]
Officially Opened the Five Gums Tennis Club's first tennis court on Sunday 19 November 1933 [5: 24-Nov-1933]
     The Five Gums Tennis Club had begun in September 1933, being founded by Mrs Jane MORTON [7: page 69]
     Patron of the Five Gums Tennis Club from 1935-36 to 1940-41[89]
After being at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs for a month returned to his home on 28 April 1935 [5: 3-May-1935]
Won 1st prizes for White Turnips and Potatoes in the Vegetable section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Won 1st prize for Potatoes and both 1st and 2nd for Turnips at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Judged the Flower section at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Show in Three Springs on 17 September 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Judged the Flower section at the Coorow-Waddy Forest Agricultural Shows in Coorow in 1936 and 1937 [5: 11-Sep-1936, 10-Sep-1937]
On Wellmeadow Farm he found two circular stones that had once been used by Aboriginal People to grind seeds for flour [5: 9-Apr-1937]
     At their request he donated one of the circular stones to the Perth Museum and the other to the Geological Museum in 1937 [5]
     His discovery of the two stones coincided with the discovery of a fairly well preserved stone axe at Arrino [5: 9-Apr-1937]
Attended the Flock Inspection & Wool Demonstration at Wongyarra Farm in Carnamah on Saturday afternoon 28 August 1937 [5]
     Supported Three Springs farmer R. James M. EVANS in thanking W. A. T. SRAGENT and others for the afternoon [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Won 1st and 2nd prizes for White Turnips, 1st for Potatoes and 2nd for Beans at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1937 [5: 17-Sep-1937]
Donated £1/1/- in 1937, £1/5/- in 1938, £1/5/- in 1939 and 5/- in 1940 to the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [13]
He was one of the two Judges at the Coorow Flower and Vegetable Show in 1940[0: image 03904]
Financial Member 1939-1940 and Committee Member in 1940 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [13] [58]
He passed away at the age of 67 years at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [5: 30-Apr-1943]
Father of Dick and Fred [P144]
Died 23 April 1943; buried at the Three Springs General Cemetery in Three Springs (Anglican, Plot 54) [5: 30-Apr-1943] [24]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 30 April 1943:
Obituary - Vale George Langley Reading
"The death occurred at the North Midlands District Hospital on Good Friday of Mr. G. L. Reading, a well-known identity of the Inering district. The late Mr. Reading followed the Inky Way in England as a young man, and was employed in the printing office which supplied stationary to His Majesty the King. Retiring from the printing trade, he came to Australia where he engaged in farming pursuits. For the past thirteen or fourteen years he had been in the Inering district, but in latter years he had retired from the active life of the farm, and had turned his attention to an old hobby of his - gardening. A keen and enthusiastic gardener he was always willing to delve into his store of knowledge and help any novice who needed his advice. Such a good judge of flowers was he that his services as judge was availed of by Agricultural Societies in districts extending from Moora to Mingenew. Vegetable growing also occupied a lot of his time, and he was a frequent winner of prizes at local shows. At any time when he could do an act of public service, his services were always made available. The late Mr. Reading, who was 67 years of age, leaves a widow and two sons to mourn his passing."

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

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