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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Tim" Harold Threadgold MELVIN

Born 20 January 1906 in Collie, Western Australia [16]
Son of William Harold MELVIN and Catherine Helena JOHNSON [15]
He and his brother "Jack" William John MELVIN purchased 2,118 acres of virgin land in Coorow on 10 August 1926 [27]
The 2,118 acres was Lot M1669 of Victoria Location 2023 and cost £847/4/- or 8/- per acre, payable by instalments over 15 years [27]
Their father purchased a further 2,253 acres in Victoria Location 1116, Lots M1311 M1312 & M1528 of Victoria Location 2023 [3]
Farmer of Melsom Farm in Coorow 1926-1952 [3] [19] [27]
He and his brother farmed their own and their father's land in Coorow in partnership as "Melvin Bros" [3] [120: 20-Dec-1928]
Together they were later the joint freehold owners of their 2,118 acres and their father's 2,253 acres [61]
Their first crop in 1927 was 800 acres of wheat which averaged 12 bushels per acre [120: 20-Dec-1928]
Married Therese Mary LEESON in Perth in 1927 [66]
Member of the Coorow Football Club in 1927 [10: 19-May-1927]
He was one of 98 people from the Coorow district who signed a petition in 1929 for a local hotel license to be granted [39: 6-Feb-1929]
In 1930 he and his brother grew 1,650 acres of wheat on their farm in Coorow [4: 31-May-1930]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Football Club - was their Most Consistent Player in 1932 [5: 28-Oct-1932]
He attended the Coorow-Waddy Football Club's smoke social at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 22 October 1932 [5: 28-Oct-1932]
Attended the Dance conducted by the Carnamah Toc H at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 24 February 1934 [5: 2-Mar-1934]
"Melvin Bros" sold six bales of wool at 16¼d. and seven bales 16¼d. per pound on Monday 25 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
In 1936 changed to "power farming" and through Dalgety & Co Ltd disposed of all his horses to a farmer in York [5: 8-May-1936]
Sold five head of cattle comprising 2 cows at £2, 2 steers at £1/3/9 and 1 calf at 15/- at the Midland Market in 1936 [5: 6-Nov-1936]
Member of the Coorow Football Club in 1937 [5: 14-May-1937]
Attended the funeral of Waddy Forest farmer Stanley L. FOLLAND at the Moora Cemetery on Monday 25 August 1941 [4: 30-Aug-1941]
Private W72070 in Coorow's local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
During the 1949-50 financial year he purchased a 640 acre portion of Lot M1377 of Victoria Location 2023 [3]
The 640 acres was purchased from Myrtle & Harry EDWARDS and is situated on the north side of Green Road in Coorow [3] [60]
During the 1952-53 financial he and his brother sold the entirety of their farmland to W. Thomas WHITE & Son of Winchester [3]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Glendalough [2]
Died 12 September 1980; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Lawn, F, 203) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Harold Threadgold Melvin' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 16 April 2024 from [reference list]

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