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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Gordon Hamilton SAUNDERS

Born 11 August 1915 in Geraldton, Western Australia [P2]
Son of "Archie" Arthur Gordon Yarcowie SAUNDERS and Amy DODD [P2]
Resided with his parents on Wattle Grove Farm and then on York ParkFarm on the Arrino South Road in Arrino [P2]
Student at the Arrino State School until 1928, at the Catholic Convent in Greenough and at Scotch College in Claremont [P2]
In between working on and off on his father's farm in Arrino he worked at a dairy in Narrogin for a few years [P2]
Travelled from Perth to Arrino with his parents in mid April 1935 after being absent from Arrino for a number of months [5: 19-Apr-1935]
Member of the Arrino Football Club in 1936 and 1937 [5: 26-Jun-1936, 14-May-1937]
Represented the Arrino Football Club at meetings of the North Midlands Football Association in 1936 [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Attended and competed at the Official Opening of the Three Springs Rifle Club's rifle range on Thursday 23 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Member of the Arrino Cricket Club in 1936-37 [5: 4-Dec-1936]
Suspended for one match by the Protests & Disputes Board of the North Midlands Football Association in August 1937 [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Won a gallon of beer at the North Midlands Popular Girl Competition Grand Ball in Three Springs on 31 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Later worked for a large wheat property in Bruce Rock driving a truck loaded with wheat from the property to Fremantle [P2]
Share-cropped a portion of Mrs Mary Ann COUSINS' farm in Arrino one year in the late 1930s [P2]
Enlisted in the Australian Army on 24 July 1942, and following the end of the war was discharged on 5 April 1946 [16]
Craftsman WX25031 in the Australian Army's 4 Aust Vehicle Park Workshop [16] in Queensland during the Second World War [P2]
At the end of the Second World War he returned to Arrino with plans to get married and settled on his father's farm [P2]
Died in a truck accident in Arrino on 28 April 1946; buried Three Springs General Cemetery, Three Springs (Anglican, Plot 63) [24]
The Rev. G. Stanley COXON officiated at his funeral, which was undertaken by H. H. KNIGHT, both of Three Springs [24]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Gordon Hamilton Saunders' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 16 December 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/gordon-hamilton-saunders  [ sources ]




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