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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Gerard Augustus NEWMAN

Born C.1868 [2] in Ceylon, which in 1972 was renamed Sri Lanka [225: 19-Oct-1929]
Married Florence LEE in 1896 in Victoria, Australia [54]
He worked on ships sailing around Australia and was for many years the Chief Steward on the steamship Minderoo [225: 19-Oct-1929]
Grazier in Carnamah, Western Australia from 1911 [6]
Grazier of Dalveen Farm in Carnamah, Western Australia 1913-1921 [6] [19] [44] [81: 23-Sep-1918]
     By 1913 he was the owner of 1,255 acres of farmland in Carnamah, which became Victoria Locations 3332 and 3835 [3] [44]
     Also by 1913 his wife Florence was the owner of 1,476 acres of farmland in Carnamah, which was listed as care of himself [44]
     Their land had previously belonged to Mrs Isabella C. BRAIDWOOD and her son James R. BRAIDWOOD [44]
     By 1921 he was the owner of 2,251 acres of farmland in Carnamah and 2,370 acres of farmland in Three Springs [44]
     His 2,251 acres consisted of Victoria Locations 3331, 3332 and 3333 on the west side of the railway line near Prowaka Siding [44] [62]
In 1917 had 350 acres of wheat crop growing on his Carnamah farm [10: 19-Jun-1917]
Purchased some of his general supplies from PARKIN's general store "The Supply Stores" in Yarra Street, Carnamah in 1917 [92]
Signed the petition and financial guarantee in 1917 for the Midland Railway Company to provide a resident doctor at Three Springs [34]
Had charge of the waitresses during lunch at the Picnic Races held in Carnamah on Easter Monday 1 April 1918 [10: 12-Apr-1918]
During the 1918-19 financial year he appears to have leased the 424 acre Lot M941 in Carnamah from the Midland Railway Co [44]
While riding through one of his paddocks on Friday 31 May 1919 his horse stumbled and threw him onto the ground [10: 6-Jun-1919]
     One of his workmen found him and picked him up in an unconscious and badly bruised condition [10]
     When he regained consciousness he had no recollection of the accident and remembered nothing from beforehand [10]
     He was sent to Geraldton by train the next day where it was found he had a slight concussion of the brain and internal injuries [10]
Played the banjo at the Euchre Party & Dance at Mrs Jane WOODS' home in Carnamah on Tuesday 19 August 1919 [10: 29-Aug-1919]
In September 1919 donated £1 to the Carnamah Hall Fund, which was being raised to build a Hall in Carnamah [10: 19-Sep-1919]
Donated a sheep for the Bazaar at the Picnic Race Meeting held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day 17 March 1920 [124]
Donated a chestnut colt and a turkey gobbler for the Euchre Party Basket Social & Dance held in Carnamah on 24 June 1920 [10]
     Both items were raffled as part of the Popular Girl Competition which was raising money for the Carnamah Hall Fund [10: 16-Jul-1920]
Attended the Picnic Race Meeting & Agricultural Show held in Carnamah on Thursday 22 September 1921 [9: 30-Sep-1921]
     Exhibited in the show, winning 1st prize for White Turnips and receiving 2nd prizes for Potatoes, Early Cabbage and Lettuce [9]
During the 1920s his Dalveen Farm near Prowaka Siding in Carnamah was managed by "Jack" John Alexander GRANT [P10]
Farmer of Carrawhala Farm in Three Springs 1923-1929 [6] [19]
Vice President of the Picnic Race Meeting held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Tuesday 17 March 1925 [124]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son from 1927 to 1929 [53]
Purchased a new Chevrolet truck, or Chev, from Carnamah dealer Scott WYLIE in June 1929 [4: 15-Jun-1929]
Sold 11 bales of wool for 10½d. per pound through Dalgety & Co. at the Perth Wool Sale on Friday 18 October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Resided in Three Springs until his death in 1929 [2]
Stepfather of William LEE who was known as William McLaren NEWMAN [19] [54]
Died 3 October 1929; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, RA, 658) [2]
His niece Marjorie Evelyne PIESING married "Tom" Thomas H. PARKIN in 1931 [66] and resided in Carnamah 1931-1953 [P18]
Following his death his Carnamah farmland remained in the name of his estate for a number of years [3]
996 acres of his Carnamah farmland, Victoria Location 3330, was sold to E. Henry H. HALL of Geraldton on 14 January 1936 [3]
During the 1939-40 financial year his remaining farmland in Carnamah and all of his wife's land was sold to E. Henry H. HALL [3]

From The Dialy News newspaper, Saturday 19 October 1929:
Obituary - The Late Mr. G. A. Newman
"The funeral of the late Mr Gerard Auugstus Newman, late of Carnamah and Three Springs, took place in the Church of England Cemetery, Karrakatta, on Friday morning, October. 4. Deceased, who was born in Ceylon, had for the last 40 years been travelling round the coast of Australia, and is best remembered as the popular chief steward of the s.s. Minderoo for many years. Latterly he had been farming in the Carnamah and Three Springs districts, where he acquired a large number of friends. Many beautiful wreaths and floral tributes were received, besides the numerous telegrams and messages of sympathy sent to his sister, Mrs. F. Piesing, of 1121 Hay-street, West Perth. The chief mourners were Mrs. F. Pieslng (sister) and Mr. Fred W. Edema (nephew). The pall-bearers were Messrs. E. Potts. T. King, R. L. Dunman, V. Abbott, J. Hall and E. Hosking. Amongst those present were Messrs. A. W. Walker, H. A. W. Jones, Captain Richardson and many others. The Rev. A. T. Haining conducted the service at the graveside, and the funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Donald J. Chipper and Son."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Gerard Augustus Newman' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 June 2022 from [reference list]

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