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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Harold POPE

Born 14 November 1902 in Perth, Western Australia [15] [P160]
Son of Harold POPE and Susan Matilda SLATER [15] [P160]
Educated at Guildford Grammar School in the Perth suburb of Guildford [P160]
After leaving school in 1916 he began working as a Merchant's Officer [P160]
Later purchased farmland in Caron in partnership with his brother Charles POPE and farmed there until shifting to Carnamah [P160]
He and his younger brother Charles POPE purchased 2,001 acres of virgin land in Carnamah on 23 April 1924 [27]
     The 2,001 acres was purchased from the Midland Railway Company at a cost of £1300/19/6 or 13/- per acre [27]
     Received a 20% discount for paying cash for the land, which was said to have been financed by their father [9: 15-May-1925] [27] [P160]
     The 2,001 acres was Lot M1473 of Victoria Location 2023 and was situated eleven miles east of the Carnamah townsite [27] [P160]
Farmer of Koolabba Farm in Carnamah 1924-1967 [27] [60]
     He and his brother Charles both farmed the property in partnership as "Pope Bros" 1924-1930 [P160]
     Initially the rates for their farm in Carnamah were sent to their father "C/- Col. Pope, Commissioner of Railway, Perth" [34]
     Their father visited Carnamah for a week in May 1925, during which time he stayed at the Carnamah Hotel [9: 15-May-1925]
     In 1925 they were hoping that the following year they'd be reaping 30 bushel crops [9: 15-May-1925]
     They had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son from 1927 to 1931 [53]
     While harvesting on Saturday 19 January 1929 a spark from their tractor started a fire on their farm [4: 26-Jan-1929]
     The fire was quickly extinguished with the help of their neighbours, but destroyed two acres of crop and bags of wheat [4]
     Their father Col. Harold POPE was a guest at the R.S.L. Smoke Social held in Carnamah on 2 February 1929 [4: 9-Feb-1929]
     During the year 1930 Charles left the farm and Carnamah to study Veterinary Science at the Sydney University [P160]
     Despite Charles' departure their partnership "Pope Bros" appears to have continued [3] [60]
     He was assisted on Koolabba Farm in Carnamah by his younger brother Vivian POPE for a number of years [6] [19] [P160]
     They hosted the Wedding Social & Dance for Stuart & May FORD at their home on Koolabba on 25 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
With assistance from neighbouring farmer and master builder Frederick W. COLE he built a mud brick home on Koolabba Farm [P160]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred LANG's wedding dance on 27 March 1928 at the Carnamah Hall [4: 31-Mar-1928]
He was among those who attended the Centenary Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 26 July 1929 [86: 3-Aug-1929]
     The ball was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony [86]
Attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Saw in the new year of 1930 with the singing of Auld Lang Syne at the Church of England's Dance at the Carnamah Hall [86: 4-Jan-1930]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1930 [4: 22-Mar-1930]
Founding Member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 21 March 1930 - was Worshipful Master in 1940 [96] [153]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Primary Producers Association in 1930 [4: 18-Oct-1930]
Gave consent and assistance for the Carnamah Boy Scouts to hold their camp on his farm in September 1932 [5: 26-Aug-1932, 9-Sep-1932]
Kindly allowed the Carnamah Boy Scouts to hold a camp on his Koolabba Farm from 28 August to 1 September 1933 [5: 25-Aug-1933]
The local paper revealed on 1 September 1933 that there were goods for "Pope Bros" at the Carnamah railway station [5: 1-Sep-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
During the 1933-34 financial year his father donated 11/4 cash to the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [5: 11-Jan-1935]
The local newspaper revealed on 8 June 1934 that goods had arrived for "Pope Bros" at the Carnamah Railway Station [5: 8-Jun-1934]
Travelled with Frank and Daphne ROOKE from Carnamah to Mount Magnet on Monday 7 January 1935 [5: 11-Jan-1935]
"Pope Bros" sold 149 sheep through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 15 January 1936 [5: 17-Jan-1936]
     consisting of 67 shorn lambs at 17/7, 6 shorn hoggets at 15/10, 55 shorn ewes at 19/10, and 21 shorn ewes at 5/4 per head [5]
"Pope Bros" sold two bales of wool at 16½d. per pound through Goldsbrough Mort & on Monday 9 March 1936 [5: 13-Mar-1936]
His mother Mrs Susan M. POPE spent a holiday with himself and his brother Vivian in Carnamah during May 1936 [5: 15 & 24-May-1936]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1936 and 1937 [5: 24-Jul-1936, 5-Mar-1937]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Motored from Carnamah to Perth on Sunday 21 June 1936, and returned to Carnamah on Wednesday 24 June 1936 [5: 26-Jun-1936]
     On his return he was accompanied by Sister E. A. LAWTON of the Carnamah Private Hospital and Mrs Mille G. LEITHHEAD [5]
"Pope Bros" sold 41 Corriedale cross lambs at 18/10 per head through Elder Smith & Co Ltd on Wednesday 1 July 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Played in the Carnamah Masonic Lodge's Inaugural Annual Golf Meeting in Carnamah on Saturday 1 August 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Attended the Inaugural Sale of the North Midlands Stud Stockbreeders Association in Carnamah on 18 September 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
     Pope Bros purchased two Corriedale rams at 8½ guineas per head from William G. MORCOMBE of Wynmara, Waddy Forest [5]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social including three plays at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
"Pope Bros" sold 56 lambs at 16/9 and 26 wethers at 14/- through Goldsbrough Mort & Co Ltd in November 1936 [5: 6-Nov-1936]
Attended the public meeting about the creation of stockyards in Carnamah on Saturday evening 14 November 1936 [5: 20-Nov-1936]
     On the same night he was also a Costume Judge at the Carnamah Girls Club's Children's Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall [5]
Member of the Carnamah Adult Education Circle in 1936 and 1937 [5: 18-Dec-1936, 19-Feb-1937, 19-Mar-1937]
     The last meeting of the Circle in 1936 some meetings in 1937 were held at his and his brother Vivian's home on Koolabba Farm [5]
Supported local farmer Francis ROOKE in the election for North Ward Member of the Carnamah District Road Board in 1937 [5]
     He placed an advertisement in The North Midland Times newspaper encouraging people to vote for ROOKE for a change [5]
     "Do not submit to sentiment when voting but support F. Rooke on your own contention of the benefits of a charge" [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Attended the Official Opening of the new golf links in Three Springs on Sunday 23 May 1937 [5: 28-May-1937]
Travelled to Perth on Monday 14 June 1937 and boarded the steamship Kybra on a month long cruise to Esperance [5: 18-Jun-1937, 9-Jul-1937]
Whilst crutching a sheep on his farm on Thursday 12 August 1937 the animal kicked the shearing blades into his face [5: 20-Aug-1937]
    He escaped serious injury however the blades pieced his left cheek and made a small incision in his tongue [5]
    The incident also resulted in grazes to his right cheek bone and eyebrows however fortunately his eyes weren't injured [5]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1939 [489]
By 1939 "Pope Bros" had obtained the telephone, and were number Carnamah-11R until 1960 and then Carnamah East 218 [60]
Member of the Carnamah Athletic Club - was one of the "Senior Instructors" in 1939 [0: image 03867]
Member of the Carnamah Cycle Club in 1940 [0: image 03899]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1941 and 1946[13]
In 1942 sold his farm at Caron to John A. GILMOUR [P118]; the farm at Caron was Victoria Location 8498 [61]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1947 [58]
Member of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association - was Vice President in 1951 [0: image 04611]
During the 1954-55 financial year "Pope Bros" purchased the 1,889 acre farm of "Nineham Bros" in Carnamah [3]
     The 1,889 was Lot M1411 of Victoria Location 2023 situated east of Carnamah on the Carnamah-Bunjil Road [3] [62]
     Also had the telephone on the farm from Nineham Bros - number Carnamah-12G until 1960 and then Carnamah East 255 [60]
Farmer of both Koolabba Farm and the property purchased from Nineham Bros until selling both in 1968 [P160]
Served as the Member for the Nauaranga Ward on the Carnamah Shire Council 1965-1968 [7: page 112]
Left Carnamah in 1968 and retired to the Perth suburb of Floreat Park [P160]
     Sold Lot M1411 in two parts - 1,105 acres to Maurice L. & Valerie J. PERRY, and 895 acres to Ronald H. WATERS [3]
     Sold the 1,889 acre Lot 1411 of Victoria Location 2023 to James A. WHITE of Coorow on 27 February 1968 [3]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Floreat until his death in 1977 [2]
Husband of Violet [P160]
Father of Adrian, Elizabeth and Margaret [P160]
Died 6 March 1977; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (EC Section, Garden of Remembrance, 14, 40) [2]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 20 May 1938:
Obituary - Late Colonel Pope
"The death occurred in Perth on Thursday evening of last week of Colonel Pope, formerly a Commissioner of Railways. The news of his demise was received in Carnamah on Friday morning, and his two sons, Messrs. Harold and Vivian Pope left immediately for the city to follow the remains to their last resting place. The sympathy of a wide circle of friends goes out to bereaved ones."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Harold Pope' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 19 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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