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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Gordon Harold BODYCOAT

Born 25 January 1924 in Northam, Western Australia [16]
Son of Walter BODYCOAT and Katie BURT [P43]
He settled with his parents on farmland on the Inering Estate in Carnamah in 1925 [78: 14-Mar-1957]
Resided with his parents, brother Ken and sister Barbara on Trevose Farm in Carnamah [78: 14-Mar-1957]
He began his schooling at the Dominican Convent School in Three Springs on 14 October 1929 [98]
By 1935 and until at least 1937 he was a student at the Inering State School on the Inering Estate in Carnamah [5: 9-Aug-1935] [276] [278]
He won the 6 to 8 years Boys Running Race at the Inering Picnic on BATTY’s Farm on Sunday 7 September 1930 [4: 20-Sep-1930]
Attended the Children’s Fancy Dress Ball held in Carnamah on 18 August 1932 dressed as "Jester" [5: 26-Aug-1932]
Won 1st prize for Selection of Fodder Plants in the Grain & Fodder section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
In the Educational section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 6 September 1934 won a 1st prize for Handwork [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club from 1934-35 to 1937-38 and in 1940-41, 1946-47 and 1947-48 [5: 3-May-1935] [89]
     In 1940-41 he was both a Committee Member and Vice Captain of the Five Gums Tennis Club [89]
Won a 1st prize for Writing in the Educational section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 12 September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
A week later, on 19 September 1935, won a 1st prize for a Pencil Drawing, at the Three Springs Agricultural Show [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Attended the Inter-School Sports of the Carnamah Road Board district at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Friday 2 October 1936 [5]
     Came 2nd in the 11 & 12 Years Boys Hop Step & Jump, the 11 & 12 Years Boys Broad Jump, and Throwing the Cricet Ball [5]
    Also came 3rd in the 11 & 12 Years Boys High Jump, and 3rd in the 12 Years Boys Running Race [5: 9-Oct-1936]
His leg was severely lacerated when it was jammed against a tree by a horse on Wednesday afternoon 4 November 1936 [5: 6-Nov-1936]
     He was conveyed to the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs by Rev. Alfred J. TOOMEY of Three Springs [5]
Member of the Inering Cricket Club in 1941 [0: image 04060]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society [141]
Member of the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club in 1944 [0: image 04262]
Farmer in Carnamah [19]
     In partnership with his brother Ken purchased the 6,002 acre Minjin Farm in Carnamah from Peter M. BONNERUP in 1947 [3]
     The 6,002 acres consisted of Lots M1484, M1485 and M1663 of Victoria Location 2022 [3]
     Also in 1947 their father transferred 1,784 acres of farmland to him and his brother Ken [3]
     The 1,784 acres consisted Lots M985, M986 and M990 of Victoria Location 2022 [3]
     Previously, the 1,784 acres had been Roselm Farm, owned by ex-photographer Ernest L. MITCHELL [3]
     His farmhouse was telephone number Carnamah-50K from 1949 to 1954 and number Carnamah-50U from 1955 to 1968 [60]
Financial Member 1946-1971 and Committee Member 1953-1969 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [13] [58]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1949 [7: page 197]
Married Robin Stirling THOMPSON in Perth in 1950 [66]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club – played for Carnamah Country in 1957 [4: 5-Apr-1957]
     He was Vice President of the Carnamah Cricket Club during the 1955-56 and 1956-57 seasons [4: 1-Oct-1955, 14-Sep-1956]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1958 [4: 26-Sep-1958]
Member of the Carnamah Pasture Improvement Group [P46]
Member of the Carnamah Bush Fire Brigade – was Officer in Charge of Sector 2 in 1973 and 1974 [100]
Attended the "Day of Pioneers" luncheon held at the Shire Council Chambers in Carnamah on 13 October 1982 [253]
Member and later Life Member of the Carnamah Bowling Club – was President in 1986-87 [7: pages 205, 206]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Ocean Reef [2]
Died 29 September 2013 [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Gordon Harold Bodycoat' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 February 2024 from [reference list]

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