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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Hector Thomas Austin JAMES

Born 14 October 1909 in Subiaco, Western Australia [16]
Son of Thomas Robert JAMES and Grace Edgar MCMASTER [15]
His father, late of the Perth suburb of Subiaco, passed away at the age of 50 years on 18 March 1915 [2]
In 1916 his mother married his father's former business partner Alexander Burns GLOSTER [6] [66]
Married Freda Constance OVERHEU on Thursday evening 9 January 1936 in the Perth suburb of Crawley [39: 10-Jan-1936]
Their marriage was the first to be held in the Chapel at Saint George's College, where he had previously been a student [39: 10-Jan-1936]
Shifted from Moora to Coorow to take over the management of the Coorow Hotel in late February 1936 [5: 28-Feb-1936]
Attended the Opening Day of the Coorow Golf Club for the 1936 season in Coorow on Sunday 17 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club in 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Attended the evening in honour of Mr & Mrs BIRMINGHAM of Perth at the home of Harry EDWARDS on 27 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Attended the Bucks Party for George A. RAFFAN and Eric J. BRADLEY of Winchester in Coorow on 7 October 1936 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
In late October 1936 installed a large self contained Kelvinator refrigerator in the bar of the Coorow Hotel [5: 30-Oct-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]
He was injured as a passenger in the car of Three Springs vet Joseph P. GOLLAN when a horse put its hoof through the car [5]
After recovering from his injuries he returned to Coorow on Monday 7 December 1936 [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Again injured as a passenger in a car which collided with another between Coorow and Winchester on New Year's Eve in 1936 [5]
After the accident he spent four days at the Carnamah Private Hospital for injuries to his nose, abrasions and shock [5: 8-Jan-1937]
In January 1937 left Coorow and shifted to Moora where he took over the management of the Moora Hotel [5: 29-Jan-1937]
On leaving Coorow the management of the Coorow Hotel was taken over by Thomas C. BOGUE of Perth [5: 29-Jan-1937]
His wife gave birth to their first child, Thomas Gloster Austin JAMES, at the Moora Hospital on 4 December 1936 [39: 8-Dec-1936]
They appear to have named their first son's given names respectively from names of his father, stepfather and himself [--]
Member of the Moora Golf Club in 1937 [5: 18-Jun-1937]
Enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on 7 October 1940 [16]
Sergeant 406300 in the Royal Australian Air Force's 1st Tactical Air Force Headquarters during the Second World War [16]
Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 7 December 1945 [16]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley [2]
Died 14 May 1975; ashes buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Presbyterian, AA, 76A) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Hector Thomas Austin James' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 August 2022 from [reference list]

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