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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Harry" Harold BARNETT

Born C.1886 [96]
Son of Walter S. BARNETT [15]
Married "Florence" Annie Florence ROWLES in Middlesex, England in 1915 [21]
Departed London with his wife and children on the Jervis Bay and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 12 August 1926 [63]
In 1929 Westralian Farmers underwent decentralisation whereby business undertaken in Perth moved to country areas [4: 15-Jun-1929]
     North Midlands Farmers' Co-operative Company as agents for Westralian Farmers became North Midlands Associated Farmers [4]
     He was appointed Accountant for North Midlands Associated Farmers based at its headquarters in Three Springs [4]
Accountant and Secretary of North Midlands Associated Farmers from its headquarters in Three Springs [4: 15-Jun-1929] [19] [98]
     By mid June 1929 he had shifted with his wife and children from Cunderdin to Three Springs [4: 15-Jun-1929] [98]
     North Midlands Associated Farmers had three branches, or general stores, in Carnamah, Coorow and Three Springs [4]
     It was hoped in 1929 that an additional three branches would be opened in Arrino, Yandanooka and Mingenew [4]
Manager of the North Midlands Farmers' Co-operative Company's Store in Three Springs 1932-1936 [5: 23-Jun-1933, 28-Aug-1936] [6]
He was described as an energetic manager of the Co-op and a highly respected resident of the Three Springs townsite [120: 5-Oct-1933]
His children Margaret and John attended the Dominican Convent School in Three Springs [98]
He and his wife converted to Catholicism, and were baptised by Father Michael LYNCH in Three Springs on 28 October 1929 [91]
     The sponsors of their baptisms were Mrs Elsie M. SAGGERS and Mrs Frances E. BARNHART, both of Three Springs [91]
Attended the Armistice Day ceremony held at the Three Springs State School on Monday 11 November 1929 [4: 16-Nov-1929]
Elected as a member on the Three Springs District Road Board in April 1930 [4: 19-Apr-1930]
Inaugural Auditor of the Three Springs-Arrino Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1932 [5: 12-Aug-1932]
Attended the Commemoration Dinner held at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on Friday 26 August 1932 [5: 9-Sep-1932]
     The dinner was to commemorate Three Springs having the highest average yield for wheat in the State for the 1931-32 season [5]
Attended the evening dance at the Three Springs Hall after the R.S.L. Sports Day at Arrino on 5 November 1932 [5: 18-Nov-1932]
Attended a large meeting in Three Springs to form a North Midlands Chamber of Commerce on 18 November 1932 [4: 26-Nov-1932]
Justice of the Peace and Magistrate of the Three Springs Police Court in 1932 and 1933 [5: 23-Dec-1932, 27-Jan-1933, 7-Jul-1933]
On his way to Perth by car on 13 June 1933 he was unable to get any further than Winchester due to floodwaters [5: 23-Jun-1933]
He drove back to Carnamah where he stayed the night before proceeding to Perth the next day [5: 23-Jun-1933]
Member of the Three Springs Golf Club 1933-1936 - was Captain in 1936 [5: 23-Jun-1933, 17-May-1935, 10-Apr-1936]
Attended the Farewell Social tendered to Sverre HYTTEN at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs in early July 1933 [5: 7-Jul-1933]
Attended the Official Opening of the Carnamah Golf Course at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 23 July 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
He and his wife attended the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show at Maley Park, Coorow on 7 September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
Attended the 21st birthday of Gladys BASTIAN at her parents' home in Three Springs on Sunday 22 October 1933 [5: 27-Oct-1933]
He and his family were among those from Three Springs who spent the 1933 Christmas holiday at Dongara [5: 18-Aug-1933]
During the 1933-34 financial year he donated 11/4 cash to the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [5: 11-Jan-1935]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 12 January 1934 [96]
On the evening of Thursday 15 March 1934 attended the Carnamah Race Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Vice President of the North Midlands Football Association in 1934 [5: 13-Apr-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Smoke Social held in Carnamah on Thursday 26 April 1934 [5: 4-May-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Justice of the Peace and Local Magistrate of the Three Springs Police Court in 1935 [4: 19-Jan-1935]
Proposed one of the toasts at the Farewell Social held in Carnamah on 17 January 1935 for chemist Douglas WALDBY [5: 8-Feb-1935]
Vice President of the Three Springs Football Club in 1935 and 1936 [5: 10-May-1935, 8-May-1936]
Served on the Disputes Board of the North Midlands Football Association in 1935 and 1936 [5: 3-May-1935, 8-May-1936, 9-Apr-1937]
Attended the Three Springs Golf Club's Annual Ball held at the Three Springs Hall on Wednesday 2 October 1935 [5: 4-Oct-1935]
He was among those from Three Springs who travelled to Perth in October 1935 to attend the Royal Show [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Proposed the toast of the victors at the R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Three Springs on Saturday 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Patron and Member of the Three Springs Tennis Club in 1935-36 [5: 20-Sep-1935, 13-Dec-1935]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of William B. SHERIDAN of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Engaged the services of William TOOLE, mechanic of Carnamah, to repair his car as it kept catching fire [88]
     While TOOLE was taking the car for a test drive on the Carnamah-Perenjori Road it caught fire again and was totally burnt [88]
     The incident was reported to policeman Alan O. FIEBIG at the Carnamah Police Station at 2:30 p.m. on 15 March 1936 [88]
Drove the first ball from the first tee at the Coorow Golf Club's 1936 season Opening Day on Sunday 17 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1936 [5: 24-Apr-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]
Committee Member and Finance Committee Member of the Three Springs Agricultural Society in 1936 [5: 1-May-1936, 12-Jun-1936]
Competitor at the Carnamah Golf Club's Open Championship over 36 holes in Carnamah on Sunday 29 August 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
In late August 1936 he received notice that he had been transferred to manage the Farmers' Co-operative in Corrigin [5: 28-Aug-1936]
The residents of Three Springs gathered on Monday evening 14 September 1936 to tender him a Farewell Smoke Social [5]
     Twelve local men spoke giving testimony to his sterling qualities, after which he was presented with an elaborate ink stand [5]
     The ink stand was inscribed as follows "H. Barnett, from his friends at Three Springs, September 14, 1936" [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Left Three Springs and shifted to Corrigin on Tuesday evening 15 September 1936[5: 18-Sep-1936]
Manager of the Corrigin Farmers' Co-operative in Corrigin in 1936 and 1937 [5: 28-Aug-1936, 19-Feb-1937]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Doubleview [2]
Father of Peggy and John [98]
Died 27 May 1965; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Roman Catholic, LA, 345) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Harold Barnett' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 April 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/harold-barnett [sources]




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