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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Harold Roy ROBINSON

Born 22 December 1897 in Midland Junction, Western Australia [15] [84]
Son of Thomas ROBINSON and Alma Alice JONES [15]
Initially resided with his parents in the Perth suburb of Canning Vale [84]
He was baptised by Methodist Minister C. H. POOLE of Guildford on 12 January 1898 [84]
Worked as a Joiner before moving to Carnamah [50]
In 1925 and 1926 he was living with his parents and brother at 22 East Parade in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley [34] [50]
He and his brother Leslie took out a contract to purchase 1,999 acres of virgin land in Carnamah on 19 January 1926 [27]
     The 1,999 acres was Lot M1614 of Victoria Location 2023 on the north side of the Carnamah-Bunjil Road [27] [62]
     It was purchased from the Midland Railway Company for £899/16/8 (9/- per acre), payable by instalments over 15 years [27]
Farmer of Belvoir Farm in Carnamah in partnership with his brother Leslie 1927-1958 [3] [19] [0: image 02918]
     Although the contract to purchase the farm was in both their names it was transferred into only his name on 31 July 1931 [27]
As a skilled carpenter he built and sold furniture locally and helped build the Billeroo School Hall at Billeroo, East Winchester [7: page 64]
He and his brother are said to have worked at harvest time with no clothes on[7: page 64]
In 1934 his vegetable and fruit garden on Belvoir, 13 miles east of Carnamah, received mention in the local newspaper [5: 2-Mar-1934]
     In February 1934 he had apricot, pear and orange trees growing as well as pawpaws, pineapples, peanuts, pumpkins and melons [5]
     He also grew a variety of other vegetables in winter, all of which was grown in light sand with nothing but stable manures added [5]
Member of the Billeroo Cricket Club in from 1934-35 to 1939-40 [5: 19-Apr-1935, 30-Oct-1936, 24-Dec-1937] [4: 9-Mar-1940]
Lined the inside of the Billeroo School Hall at Billeroo, East Winchester during May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
In March 1937 requested with the Carnamah District Road Board for the closure of the road running through his farm [5: 19-Mar-1937]
In 1944 and 1945 he appears to have leased the farm to or had it share-cropped by Thomas H. PERRY of Carnamah [3]
Sold Belvoir Farm in Carnamah to Lester and Mary DUNNAGE on 1 March 1959[3]
Later resided in Port Denison [2]
Died 14 November 1971; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Wesleyan, GA, 207)[2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Harold Roy Robinson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 8 August 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/harold-roy-robinson [sources]




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