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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Rev. Gilbert Stanley FOSS

Born 23 September 1909 in Hanover Square, London, England [P89]
Son of Thomas Percy FOSS and Lilian May WHEELER [P89]
Educated at Cambridge University and Lincoln Theological College in England [P89]
Curate of Saint Luke's in Brighton, Sussex, England [P89]
Married Lidia Ema DA CONCEICAO on 1 August 1936 in Beckenham, Kent, England [P89]
During the Second World War volunteered as padre in the Army and spent time in North Africa, Italy and Germany [P89]
In 1946 was invalided out of the Army and travelled with his wife and two children to Western Australia [P89]
Departed Southampton, England on the Stirling Castle and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 24 September 1946 [63]
Anglican Rector of the North Midlands Parish from 1946 to 1949 [P89]
During his time as Rector of the North Midlands Parish resided at the rectory in Three Springs [P89]
Conducted services at Arrino, Three Springs, Inering, Carnamah, Winchester, Billeroo, Waddy Forest, Coorow and Marchagee [P89]
Regular services were held at Saint George's Hall in Carnamah, at the school in Winchester and at the hall in Billeroo [P89]
Once a month services were held at Inering at the home of Conrad A. E. BUSSENSCHUTT [P89]
Also visited the many schools of his parish during the week [P89]
He was the officiating minister at a number of burials at the Winchester and Three Springs cemeteries [1] [24]
Chairman of the North Midlands Anglican Church Vestry 1947-1949 [167]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 16 July 1948 [96]
Left Three Springs in July 1949 to become Rector of the Wembley-Floreat Park Parish [P89]
Returned to England in 1952 and was Vicar of Turner's Hill until December 1956 [P89]
Returned to Western Australia, arriving in February 1957 [P89]
On arrival in WA was appointed Rector of the Meckering Parish however with deteriorating health only survived one month [P89]
Father of Mary and Peter [P89]
Died 9 March 1957 in Meckering, Western Australia; ashes scattered on the Rose Garden at the Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA [P89]
Memorialised at the Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park in the Perth suburb of Padbury [P89]

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Friday 15 March 1957:
"Clergyman's Death - The death occurred at Meckering on Saturday last of the Rev. Gilbert Stanley Foss, who some years ago was in residence at Three Springs as Rector of the North Midlands Parish. The funeral of the deceased gentleman, who is survived by a widow, one son and one daughter, took place in the Karrakatta Crematorium on Tuesday last."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Rev. Gilbert Stanley Foss' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 24 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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