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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Hans Henning TVERMOES

Born 9 November 1899 in Copenhagen, Denmark [16]
Son of Carl Adolph Madsenius TVERMOES and Agnes NEUHAUSEN [385]
He was baptised on 31 December 1899 in Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark [385]
Dairy Producer Merchant in Denmark in 1924 [338]
Departed from Calcutta, India on the steamship Torilla and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 27 December 1924 [338]
Farmer of Minjin Farm in Carnamah in partnership with Peter M. BONNERUP as "Bonnerup & Henning 1927-1934 [6] [53] [60] [P127]
     He resided on and ran the farm while Peter M. BONNERUP was its absentee owner and resided in Perth [P127]
     Minjin Farm was 6,002 acres in size and consisted of Lots M1484, M1485 and M1663 of Victoria Location 2022 [3] [27]
     The farm was situated east of the Inering Estate with its north-west corner bounding the Carnamah-Perenjori Road [62]
     He purchased a 20-35 horsepower Rumeley farm tractor from Carnamah agent Lyndon W. RODGERS in May 1927 [4: 14-May-1927]
     They had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1927 and 1928 [53]
     In 1927 they grew 1,200 acres of crop, all of which was on new country that had recently been cleared of bush [9: 29-Jul-1927]
     "Bonnerup & Henning" had the telephone connected by 1928 and were telephone number Inering-15 [60]
     Wheat from their 1927-28 harvest was carted by a contractor using a G.M.C. truck, which exploded in January 1928 [4: 21-Jan-1928]
     They purchased a new Chev cab truck of their own from Carnamah dealer L. Scott WYLIE in November 1928 [4: 1-Dec-1928]
     From 430 acres of wheat crop they received an average of 17 bushels per acre in 1933 [5: 23-Feb-1934]
     Believed to have dissolved partnership with Peter M. BONNERUP in 1934 when Peter's son Henry took over Minjin Farm [P127]
He held tailing licenses and re-worked mining tailings at Davyhurst northwest of Kalgoorlie 1932-1938 [303: 31-Jul-1934] [334: 13-Feb-1935]
     In January 1938 he obtained 91.91 fine ounces (2.6 kilograms) of gold from 1,100 tonnes of tailings at Davyhurst [5: 14-Jan-1938]
     Two months later in March 1938 he secured 200.06 fine ounces (5.67 kilograms) of gold from 2,150 tonnes of tailings [5: 11-Mar-1938]
Farmer of Killawarra Farm east of Carnamah in Bowgada, West Perenjori [60]
     He appears to have purchased the farm from Aubrey J. SMITH, who had purchased it as virgin bush in 1925 [27]
     The farm was 3,003 acres in size and consisted of Lots M1578 and M1579 of Victoria Location 2021 [27]
     His farm was situated on the north side of the Three Springs-Perenjori Road not far from the Five Gums Reserve [62]
     Married (1) Beatrice Frances Duval MITCHELL in 1936 in Randwick, New South Wales, Australia [32]
     Eventually his farm was 13,000 acres in size with its acquisition financed by his wife's family [P425]
     The finances came out of a legacy of a Victorian branch of the family, to which the name Killawarra was connected [P425]
     He was on the farm by March 1937 when the Perenjori Road Board added him to the electoral roll for Bowgada [4: 3-Apr-1937]
     Member and Patron of the Five Gums Tennis Club from 1937-38 to 1940-41 [89]
     Part of his farm may have been share-farmed by Thomas H. PERRY of Carnamah in 1937 [278]
     He had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1938 and 1940 [53]
     His Killawarra Farm near Carnamah was telephone number Carnamah-17D from 1941 until 1965 [60]
     His first wife Beatrice passed away at the age of 40 years on 18 January 1943 and was buried in Three Springs [24]
     Married (2) his late wife's younger sister Jessie Constance MITCHELL in Perth in 1944 [66]     
     After the Second World War he purchased discarded military equipment, including tanks, and adapted them for farm use [P425]
     The modified military equipment was used as bulldozers to help clear more land and to pull machinery such as harvesters [P425]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Dalkeith [2]
Died 6 January 1965; ashes scattered over the rose garden at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia [2]
He had no children by either of his wives, believed to be because his diabetes made him infertile [P425]
Known as Hans HENNING, Hans Henning TVERMOES and Hans HENNING-TVERMOES [2] [6] [16]

From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 30 May 1946:
Progressive Carnamah - Modern Methods
"Mr H. Henning has a property some 20 miles east of Carnamah comprising 6,000 acres, all first-class country. A feature of this property is the developmental work which is being undertaken. He has equipped a 60 horsepower 'Cletrac' tractor with bulldozer appliances and is clearing forest country (gimlet and salmon gum) at a cost of 12/- per acre; this figure, however, does not provide for depreciation of the machine or administrative costs. The clearing carried out by this method was inspected and was found to be largely freed of stumps, for the reason that the machine generally lifted these out of the ground in its operation. There are 3,400 sheep on this holding and Mr Henning is undertaking a heavy program of cropping this year. The property is watered mainly from bores and Mr Henning at the present time is processing with several bores in an endeavour to locate further supplies."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Hans Henning Tvermoes' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 July 2022 from [reference list]

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