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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Gilbert Ridgway FOLLAND

Born 2 January 1911 in Enfield, South Australia [55]
Son of Stanley Lorraine FOLLAND and Susanna Kate MORCOMBE [55]
Spent the first few years of his life with his parents in Enfield and then on a farm at Goode near Ceduna in South Australia [P343]
Concluded his education at the school in Goode at the age of 14 when he shifted with his parents to Western Australia [P343]
Settled with his parents and sister on virgin land at Waddy Forest on Monday 6 April 1925 [P343]
Farmer of Enfield Park Farm in Waddy Forest - with his father 1925-1941, his mother 1941-1948 and then with his wife [P343]
     The farm was the 1,136 acre Lot M1505 of Victoria Location 2023 and was purchased from the Midland Railway Company [27]
     They gradually established the farm; he helped with the clearing although contractors felled the salmon gums [P343]
     He and his sister rode on horseback to dance and to the store at Waddy Forest for supplies and their mail [P343]
     He established a Clydesdale horse stud on the farm [P343]
Member of the Waddy Forest Cricket Club from 1928-29 to 1930-31 [4: 10-Nov-1928, 11-Oct-1930]
Attended the Euchre Party and Dance held in Winchester on Saturday 14 September 1929 [4: 21-Sep-1929]
He and his father attended what was described as a "monster meeting" in Carnamah about Bulk Wheat Handling on 14 July 1932 [P343]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1932 [5: 29-Jul-1932]
Came 2nd in the Coat, Hat and Cigarette Race in the Horse Events at the first Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
He walked the horses his father exhibited at shows from their farm to Coorow, a distance of 15 miles each way [P343]
Member of the Waddy Forest Tennis Club 1933-1951 [4: 2-Dec-1933, 23-Oct-1936, 7-Apr-1951]
      Representative on the Carnamah-Winchester-Coorow Tennis Association 1935-36 to 1937-38 [5: 6-Sep-1935, 18-Sep-1936, 24-Dec-1937]
Came 1st in the Flag Race and the Swerving Race in the Horse Events at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
Master of Ceremonies at the send-off to Tom MORCOMBE at the Waddy Forest Hall on Saturday 13 January 1934 [5: 19-Jan-1934]
Member of the Waddy Forest Group of Toc H in 1934 [5: 4-May-1934] and remained a member until at least 1937 [P343]
Received £2 in Vermin Bonuses from the Carnamah District Road Board in February 1934 for killing four foxes [300: page 42]
Attended the Dance conducted by the Carnamah Toc H at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 24 February 1934 [5: 2-Mar-1934]
Married "Fay" Faith Reta NICHOLLS at the Central Baptist Church in Perth on 17 March 1934 [5: 23-Mar-1934, 6-Apr-1934]
     His best man was his cousin Keith MORCOMBE, while groomsman was Fay's brother Max NICHOLLS [5]
     His father had a new cement brick cottage built for them on Enfield Park Farm in Waddy Forest [P343]
     Following their wedding they arrived at their home Thornborough Cottage on Enfield Park on Saturday 31 March 1934 [5]
     The cottage was named Thornborough after a village in Buckinghamshire, England that his great grandfather had come from [P343]
Received a small presentation in recognition of his marriage at a meeting of the Waddy Forest Toc H on 25 April 1934 [5: 4-May-1934]
Travelled to Perth with his father on Sunday 29 July 1934 to attend a horse sale early the next week [5: 3-Aug-1934]
Won the Melon Race in the Ring Events section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on Thursday 30 August 1934 [5: 7-Sep-1934]
After an accident in which he was dragged by a working horse in 1935, he was admitted to the Carnamah Private Hospital [P343]
Master of Ceremonies during the later portion of the Children's Fancy Dress Ball in Coorow on Saturday 6 July 1935 [5: 12-Jul-1935]
Member of the Coorow Rifle Club in 1935 and 1936, and was B Grade Champion in 1937 [5: 1-Nov-1935, 31-Jul-1936, 16-Jul-1937]
Attended the Coorow Rifle Club's Grand Ball held at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 26 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Played for the combined Winchester-Waddy-Coorow tennis team against Carnamah-Parkinson on Sunday 5 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
Attended the Surprise 21st Birthday Party for his sister Nance at Enfield Park in Waddy Forest on 17 August 1936 [5: 21-Aug-1936]
He was among those from Waddy Forest who travelled to Perth for the Perth Royal Show in October 1936 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Attended Roy M. PATTON's birthday at the dam on Longforest Farm in Waddy Forest on Sunday 8 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Competitor in the Parkinson Tennis Club's Tennis Tournament held in Carnamah on New Year's Day 1 January 1937 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Competed in the Carnamah Tennis Club's Easter Tennis Tournament at Centenary Park in Carnamah in March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Played for the defeated Married Men in a cricket match against Single Men in Coorow on Sunday 11 April 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Master of Ceremonies at the Waddy Forest Tennis Club's Presentation Dance in Waddy Forest in June 1937 [5: 18-Jun-1937]
Attended the Kitchen Tea for Albert E. MILES and Mary E. GREENWOOD at the Waddy Forest Hall on 31 July 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
Private in the local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Agricultural Society and Patriotic Funds Committee in 1945 [0: image 04319]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 W.A.C. on 21 September 1945 [96]
     Transferred from Carnamah and was a Foundation Member of the Coorow Masonic Lodge No. 288 in 1952 [P343]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society in 1946 [150]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club in 1952 [0: image 04668]
Patron of the Coorow Football Club, during which time he travelled with them to South Australia [P343]
In 1957 was the owner of a Plymouth [P343] motor vehicle registered with the Carnamah District Road Board with plate CA-52 [22]
Foundation Member of the Coorow Bowling Club [P343]
In 1963 was the owner of a Vauxhall sedan car with licence plate CW-224 and a trailer with licence plate CW-32 [22]
He farmed his father's original Enfield Park Farm, which was the 1,136 acre Lot M1505 of Victoria Location 2023 [3]
     Later also farmed the 961 acre Belper Farm (Lot M1271) which he purchased from "Jim" Randolph H. HOGBIN [P343]
     After being joined on the farm by his daughter Kath and son-in-law Jim OVENS they purchased further farmland [P343]
     They acquired Victoria Location 9967, which was part of Liebe's Waddi Estate from the THOMSETT family [P343]
     Later they purchased the 1,000 acre Lot M1372 of Victoria Location 2023 from Ronald L. PETERS [P343]
Reluctantly, he and his wife gradually retired due to his ill-health during the 1970s and 1980s [P343]
For several years they spent summers in the Perth suburb of Bechenham but returned to the farm for the winter months [P343]
Later resided full time at 45 Beckenham Street in the Perth suburb of Beckenham [P343]
Passed away at the age of 74 from respiratory failure and emphysema at the Mount Henry Hospital in Perth suburb of Como [90]
Father of Kath, Ruth and Maxine [14]
Died 22 January 1985 in the Perth suburb of Como; ashes interred at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah (Niche Wall) [1] [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Gilbert Ridgway Folland' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 24 July 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/gilbert-ridgway-folland [sources]




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