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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Harry EDWARDS

Born 1893 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [54]
Son of Charles EDWARDS and Margaret Jane GRAHAM [54]
He was one of five children with sisters Violet, Myrtle, Ivy and Marguerite [39: 16-Jun-1930]
In 1914 he was working as a Mine Storekeeper and was living at 87 Lewis Street in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia [18] [30: item 1934871]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in Kalgoorlie on 17 August 1914 [30: item 1934871]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 foot 6 inches tall, weighed 135 pounds and had fair hair, grey eyes and a fair complexion [30]
     He gave his next of kin as his father Charles EDWARDS, whose address was also 87 Lewis Street, Kalgoorlie [30]
     After brief training at Blackboy Hill in the Perth hills he was on 6 October 1914 appointed to the 11th Infantry Battalion [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the HMAT A11 Ascanius on 31 October 1914 [18]
     After further training in Alexandria, Egypt he embarked for Gallipoli on the HMT Suffolk on 2 March 1915 [30]
     Private 651 in the 11th Infantry Battalion of the A.I.F. on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey during the First World War [30]
     He was admitted to hospital three times in 1915 - twice in August for influenza and dysentery and in October for appendicitis [30]
     Returned to Australia on the steamship Mashobra, disembarking in Melbourne on 4 July 1916 [30]
     Discharged from the A.I.F. on 28 December 1916; received the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Clearing Contractor for Gerard A. NEWMAN in Three Springs, Western Australia in 1925 and 1926 [50]
Farmer in Coorow, Western Australia 1927-1941 [19]
     Along with his sister Myrtle EDWARDS he'd purchased 1,820 acres of land in Coorow on 12 July 1922 [27]
     The 1,820 acres was Lot M1377 of Victoria Location 2023 [27]
     The land was purchased from the Midland Railway Company for £1,228/7/6, which was paid for by instalments over 17 years [27]
Committee Member of the Coorow Football Club in 1935 [5: 3-May-1935]
Attended the Official Opening of the Coorow Golf Club's golf course in Coorow on Sunday 23 June 1935 [5: 28-Jun-1935]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club in 1935, 1936 and 1937 [5: 2-Aug-1935, 3-Jul-1936, 18-Jun01937]
In mid-September 1935 sold 28 suckers for 10/1 per head and 13 suckers for 8/10 per head [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Attended Miss Olive W. KAU's 21st birthday at Meadow Dale Farm in Coorow on Saturday evening 18 January 1936 [5: 24-Jan-1936]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Hosted an evening in honour of Mr and Mrs BIRMINGHAM of West Perth at his home in Coorow on 27 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Held a cocktail party at his home to show bush life by night to Elsie MARRIOTT and Ross MELROSE on 16 July 1936 [5: 24-Jul-1936]
Hosted a bucks party for Winchester farmers George A. RAFFAN and Eric J. BRADLEY on Wednesday evening 7 October 1936 [5]
     The evening included songs, stories, seafood and coffee - the latter of which was reported to have been a masterpiece [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Sold 27 hoggets at 10/1, 19 suckers at 11/5 and 20 ewes at 9/8 per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd in November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Attended Roy M. PATTON's birthday at the dam on Longforest Farm in Waddy Forest on Sunday 8 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Competed in the Carnamah Tennis Club's Easter Tennis Tournament at Centenary Park in Carnamah in March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Attended the R.S.L. Valedictory for Charles A. METTAM at the lounge of the Carnamah Hotel on 28 July 1937 [5: 30-Jul-1937]
"H. & M. Edwards" sold 48 lambs through Elder Smith & Co Ltd in September 1937 - 13 at 18/7, 26 at 17/10, 9 at 17/9 [5: 10-Sep-1937]
Married former Waddy Forest school teacher Marjorie Etta UNDERWOOD in Perth in 1941 [66]
Resided at 3 Malcolm Street in Perth while initially remaining the owner of his farm in Coorow [61]
In 1950 sold 1,180 acres of his farm to Milton J. TILLY and the remaining 640 acres to "Tim" Harold T. MELVIN [3]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of North Beach [2]
Died 16 June 1959; ashes scattered over the rose garden at the Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA [2]
Memorialised along with his wife in the Garden of Remembrance at the Karrakatta Cemetery (Crematorium Rose Gardens, K, 306) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Harry Edwards' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 June 2024 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/harry-edwards [reference list]




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