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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


George SHARP

Born 1883 in Tenterden, Kent, England [20] [21] [30]
Son of Charles SHARP and Fanny CHAPMAN [20] [21]
Resided with his parents at various locations in Tenterden, Kent, England where his father worked as an Agricultural Labourer [20] [21]
     He was one of 11 children, his ten siblings being Charles, Matilda, William, Nancy, Ada, Harry, John, Emily, Bessie and Ernest [20]
     In 1901 he was working as a Teamster on a farm in Tenterden, Kent, England [20]
Married (1) Emma Elizabeth PEPPER on 18 February 1905 in Throwley, Kent, England[229]
     At the time of their marriage he was working as a Labourer and was living at the hamlet of Small Hythe in Tenterden, Kent [229]
     He departed London, England on the steamship Geelong bound for Albany, Western Australia on 13 October 1910 [203]
     His wife and daughters departed England on the steamship Belgic on 23 September 1911 for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
     They were living on Brisbane Street in Perth at the time of his wife's death at the age of 30 years on 5 October 1912 [175]
     His wife passed away at the Home of Peace in the Perth suburb of Subiaco and was buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth [175]
Horse Driver in Geraldton, Western Australia in 1915 [18]
Passed as fit for active service in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in Geraldton on 30 November 1915 [30: item 8080248]
     Enlisted in the A.I.F. at Blackboy Hill on 7 December 1915 and was received training in Maribyrnong, Victoria, Australia [30]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 9½ inches tall, weighed 154 pounds and had blue eyes, dark hair and a ruddy complexion [30]
     Gave his elder daughter as his next of kin, her address during the war being care of Alice BEVAN, 85 Stone Street, West Perth [30]
     He was appointed to the 1st Reinforcements of the 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column in Maribyrnong on 1 June 1916 [30]
     Embarked Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A37 Barambah on 27 June 1916 [18]
     Disembarked in Plymouth, England on 28 August 1916 and after further training proceeded to France on 24 November 1916 [30]
     Driver 25378 in the Australian Imperial Force's 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column in France during the First World War [30]
     Hospitalised in France due to illness on 14 August 1917 and following his recovery rejoined his unit on 20 September 1917 [30]
     Wounded in Action in France from gassing on 15 June 1918, although not reported as a casualty and remained on duty [30]
     Embarked from England on the Somali on 1 June 1919 and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 8 July 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the A.I.F. in Perth on 23 August 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Farmer and Grazier of Yarrow Farm in Carnamah 1921-1925 [6] [44] [84]
     His 746 acre farm was Victoria Location 6922 on the Soldier Settlement Scheme's Yarra Yarra Estate [44] [194]
     Victoria Location 6922 is between the Mulliah / Yarra Yarra Lakes and what is now the Carnamah-Eneabba Road [62]
     Awarded 2nd for Wheat for Corn at the Picnic Race Meeting & Agricultural Show in Carnamah on 22 September 1921 [9: 30-Sep-1921]
     Married (2) Agnes Scott LAWSON in 1922 [66]
     Signed the petition in February 1923 for the Irwin Licensing Court to grant a hotel license for Carnamah [10: 9-Mar-1923]
     Won 1st prize for Wheat Grain exhibited the Annual Show & Sports Carnival held in Carnamah on 20 September 1923 [86: 4-Oct-1923]
     Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League [9: 24-Jul-1925]
     Obtained the telephone in 1925 - was telephone number Carnamah-9A [60]
     Member of the Carnamah Lodge of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows Friendly Society [9: 24-Jul-1925]
     In 1925 had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and general repairers Henry Parkin & Son [53]
     Passed away at the age of 41 years on his Yarrow Farm in Carnamah [30: item 8080248]
Father of Elizabeth Mary, Fanny Nellie, Nancy, Agnes Lawson and George Charles [84] [P38]
Died 15 July 1925 in Carnamah; buried at Three Springs General Cemetery in Three Springs (Anglican, Unsurveyed Corner) [24]
Rev. MINES officiated at his burial, at which Carnamah blacksmith Henry PARKIN acted as undertaker [24]

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 17 July 1925:
Carnamah Notes dated 14 July
"Mr George Sharp, a returned soldier settler, died this morning. Mr Sharp had been in ill-health for a considerable time. Much sympathy is felt for Mrs Sharp."

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 24 July 1925:
Funeral of the Late Mr George Sharp
"The funeral of the late Mr George Sharp, a returned soldier settler at Carnamah, took place on Thursday of last week. The remains were conveyed to Three Springs for burial. The late Mr Sharp was very popular in the district. The cause of death was cancer and he had been suffering a long time. At the time of his death he was 39 years of age and during the war served with the Third Divisional Artillery in France. Mr Sharp leaves a widow and four children, for whom much sympathy is felt, as Mrs Sharp is not enjoying good health, being an inmate of the Three Springs Hospital. Mr Sharp's death cast a gloom over the town and the majority of residents attended the funeral, the local Oddfellows Lodge and returned soldiers being especially well represented. The coffin was covered with the Australian flag, while returned soldiers acted as bearers. The chief mourners were Messrs J and W Lawson (brothers-in-law). Mr Hy Parkin had charge of the funeral arrangements. The interment took place in the Anglican portion of the cemetery, Rev Mines reading the service. Many beautiful wreaths were placed on the grave."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'George Sharp' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 July 2024 from [reference list]

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