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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Harrie Stephen SEWARD

Born 26 February 1884 in Rochester, Victoria, Australia [30]
Son of Stephen SEWARD and Mary Ellen KELLEHER [15]
Educated at Saint Patrick's College in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia [30]
Worked for the Commercial Bank of Australia Ltd in Victoria from January 1900 until May 1904 [196]
Worked for the Bank of Australasia in New Zealand 1903-1908 and then back in Victoria 1908-1913 [196]
Left Victoria in 1913 to join his brother who were farming in Western Australia[196]
Contractor and Farmer in Arrino, Western Australia in 1914 and 1915 [6] [19]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces on 11 August 1915 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia [30: item 8076892]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighed 130 pounds, and had grey eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion [30]
     Gave his father Stephen SEWARD as his next of kin, his address at the time being Craig's Hotel in Ballarat, Victoria [30]
     Embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A31 Ajana on 8 July 1916 [30]
     Appointed to the 60th Battalion on 25 January 1917 and after training in England proceeded to France on 13 February 1917 [30]
     Lieutenant 2013 in the Australian Imperial Force's 60th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Received gunshot wounds to his head and right leg in France on 26 September 1916, and was evacuated to England [30]
     After medical treatment in England he was invalidSed to Australia, embarking England on the Euripides on 30 January 1918 [30]
     Re-enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 24 August 1918, and became a Commissioned Officer on 28 August 1918 [30]
     His commission with the A.I.F. was terminated on 16 August 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Farmer of the Uambine Estate in Pingelly [30]
     Initially farmed in Pingelly in partnership with his brother Leo as "Seward Bros" [6]
     Member of the Primary Producers Association - served on its Executive Council for five years [196]
     Member of the Pingelly Agricultural Society - served as its President [196]
Country Party Member for Pingelly in the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia from 8 April 1933 until 1950 [196] [201]
     Minister for Works and Railways in Western Australia from 1947 to 1950 [196]
     Country Party Senator in the Commonwealth Senate of Australia from 28 April 1951 until his death on 23 July 1958 [211]
Married Eveline Elizabeth BROWN in 1935 at Saint Matthew's Catholic Church in Narrogin [66] [201]
     Two years earlier Eveline's sister Mary BROWN had married Senator Patrick J. LYNCH of Three Springs [66]
     In 1944 assisted his sister-in-law Mrs Mary LYNCH by making the funeral arrangements following the death of her husband [201]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Nedlands [2]
Died 23 July 1958; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Roman Catholic, Lawn 2, H007) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Harrie Stephen Seward' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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