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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Harold James COPE

Born 1 December 1893 in Walkaway, Western Australia [16]
Son of Charles Crowther COPE and Elizabeth EAKINS [P95]
His father was a Fettler, Ganger and later Stationmaster for the Midland Railway Company [P95]
Grew up in Mogumber and was educated at the Mogumber State School [P95]
After leaving school worked at Reynolds and Beardons Store in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction [P95]
Farmhand in Arrino in 1915 [94] [P95]
Attended and performed at the Patriotic Concert held at the railway goods shed in Arrino on Friday evening 18 December 1914 [10]
    He and his brother Arnold sang "Daisy's Won't Tell" and with Helena SWEETMAN sang "The Land of Golden Dreams" [10]
    Along with his brother Arnold, Elsie SWEETMAN and Helena SWEETMAN performed the play "Men's and Women's Rights" [10]
    Conducted the Arrino Band when towards the end of the evening they performed "Soldiers of the Queen" [10: 25-Dec-1914]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 5 March 1915 [30: item 3416105]
     Gave his next of kin as his father Charles Crowther COPE, who was at that time Railway Stationmaster in Arrino [30]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 8½ inches tall, weighing 156 lbs with grey eyes, brown hair and a medium dark complexion [30]
      On 2 June 1915 at Blackboy Hill military camp he was appointed to the B Company of the 28th Battalion [30]
     Embarked for overseas service on 9 June 1915; during the war served in France following short periods in Egypt and Gallipoli [30]
     Private 225 in the Australian Imperial Force's 28th Battalion during the First World War [30]
     Promoted to Lance Corporal on 7 January 1918, to Temporary Corporal on 6 Sept 1918 and to Corporal on 12 December 1918 [30]
     Wounded in Action in France on 1 June 1918; after treatment at hospital returned to active service on 11 August 1918 [30]
     Departed Devonport, England on 28 February 1919 on the Anchises and arrived in Albany, Western Australia on 7 April 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 10 June 1919; received the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals [30]
Farmer in Boyanup, Western Australia from after the war until shifting to Carnamah [P95]
     According to Wise's Western Australia Post Office Directory he conducted a general store in Boyanup in 1921 [6]
Purchased in partnership with his brother-in-law Leonard M. C. WOOD 865 acres of land in Carnamah on 10 September 1921 [27]
     The 865 acres of virgin land was Lot M1078 of Victoria Location 1937 on the north side of the Carnamah-Bunjil Road [27] [62]
     The land was purchased from the Midland Railway Company for £753, which was payable by instalments over 15 years [27]
     He resided on and farmed the property, while his brother-in-law appears to have only invested in the property [P95]
Farmer and Grazier in Carnamah 1921-1923 [27] [44]
     They sold their partially paid off farm in Carnamah to Mrs Sophia ROWLAND of Dongara on 5 October 1923 [27]
     Included in the sale were all improvements to the property, a 1000 gallon tank and a new spring cart [P140]
After selling the farm worked at Contract Fencing and Well Sinking in the Carnamah district with his brother Herman 1923-1925 [P95]
Member of the Carnamah Amateur Concert Party in 1922 [9: 15-Sep-1922]
     Sang three songs at the Carnamah Amateur Concert Party's Concert in Carnamah on Thursday 7 September 1922 [9]
     Sang "Nirvana" and "Because" and himself and Madeleine ROOKE sang the duet "When the Wind Bloweth in from the Sea" [9]
Married "Madge" Madeleine ROOKE at the Carnamah Hall on 24 September 1925 [P95]
After their marriage they left Carnamah and shifted to Muchea [P95]
In 1927 moved to a house on Heppleholme Farm in Winchester where he was a farmhand for John W. COLPITTS [P95]
Later worked for Henry PARKIN [P95] and while doing so resided in a house on Mrs Agnes S. SHARP's farm in Carnamah [7: page 150]
In the very late 1920s left Carnamah and moved to Bluff Point in Geraldton where he took up tomato growing [7: page 150] [P95]
Shifted from Geraldton to the Perth suburb of Victoria Park in 1935 [P95]
In 1936 he was working as a Grocer and living at 7 Cardiff Street in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park [50]
Along with wife and children spent the latter quarter of 1939 at Kapella Farm in Carnamah running things for Pat ROOKE [P94] [P95]
Assisted his brother-in-law J. Patrick ROOKE who was unable to run the farm due to a severe allergy to capeweed [P95]
During their time on Kapella Farm in Carnamah their telephone number was Carnamah-11K [60]
Returned to the Perth suburb of Victoria Park at the end of 1939 and resided there until shifting to Guildford in 1942 [P95]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Guildford until his death in 1966 [2]
Father of Audrey, Enid, Bernard and Alan [P95]
Died 10 March 1966; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Crematorium Rose Gardens, 9, 7) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Harold James Cope' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 February 2020 from [sources]

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