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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Henry Charles STACEY

Born 6 June 1868 in Mount Lofty, South Australia [55]
Son of Henry STACEY and Annie SHUARD [55]
Married (1) Bessie Friend MUMFORD on 21 January 1891 at Saint Ann's Church in Aldinga, South Australia [55]
Purchased 1,475 acres of virgin land at  Dudawa in East Arrino, Western Australia on 14 February 1910 [27]
     The land, Lot M807 of Victoria Location 2022, was purchased from the Midland Railway Company for £590 (8/- per acre) [27]
Resided in Murray Street, Perth in 1910 and in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe in 1911 [44]
Commission Agent and Traveller of Marine Terrace, Geraldton 1912-1915, and by 1916 had settled on his farm in Arrino [44] [61]
Farmer at Dudawa in East Arrino [19]
He took delivery of a new Fordson tractor for his farm on Monday 8 August 1927[4: 13-Aug-1927]
In October 1929 purchased a new 30 cwt. Ford truck from dealers Messrs FORD & KIDSON of Three Springs [4: 19-Oct-1929]
He was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Judged the Vegetables section at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show held on 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Presented the Three Springs Anglican Church with fruit and veg at its Harvest Thanksgiving service on 23 March 1930 [4: 29-Mar-1930]
Served on the Three Springs Road Board as the Member for Dudawa 1931-1936 [5: 25-Nov-1932, 15-Jul-1934, 31-Mar-1936, 5-Jun-1936]
Attended the Commemoration Dinner held at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on Friday 26 August 1932 [5: 9-Sep-1932]
     The dinner was to commemorate Three Springs having the highest average yield for wheat in the State for the 1931-32 season [5]
He was confined to bed for a number of days in late July 1933 with a sharp attack of bronchitis [5: 4-Aug-1933]
Judged the Vegetable section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show held on Thursday 21 September 1933 [5: 29-Sep-1933]
Voted against dances held at the Three Springs Hall being allowed to continue after midnight on Saturdays in 1934 [5: 15-Jun-1934]
Chaired a meeting on the issue of bulk wheat handling at the Arrino Hall on Saturday 4 May 1935 [5: 10-May-1935]
     Those present at the meeting voted unanimously in favour of bulk wheat handling and all signed a petition [5]
During August 1935 his brother Mr F. H. STACEY M.H.R. (Member for Adelaide, S.A.) visited him in Arrino [5: 16 & 23-Aug-1935]
Judged the Vegetable section at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show held in Coorow on Thursday 5 September 1935 [5: 13-Sep-1935]
     He was surprised with the exhibits due to adverse seasonal conditions, especially the outstanding peas, lettuce and cauliflowers [5]
Two weeks later he was Judge of the Vegetable section at the Three Springs Agricultural Show, on 19 September 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Attended the Special Ratepayers Meeting of the Three Springs Road Board held on Monday 10 March 1936 [5: 13-Mar-1936]
     The ratepayers supported he and two other Members of the Board, however they found fault with the other three Members [5]
     After much discussion three Members, including himself, resigned in protest and the Road Board automatically became defunct [5]
He again judged the Vegetable section at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Shows in 1936 and 1937 [5: 12-Jun-1936, 11-Sep-1936, 10-Sep-1937]
Judged the Vegetable section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Shows in 1936 and 1937 [5: 4-Sep-1936, 17-Sep-1937]
     When he judged in 1937 he gave a demonstration to boys F. Neil ARMSTRONG, Keith A. MULLIGAN and Gordon COLE [5]
He was among local farmers who hired through the Three Springs Road Board a boring plant to bore for water in 1937 [5: 22-Jan-1937]
His wife Bessie passed away at their farmhouse on 7 April 1937 and was buried at the Three Springs General Cemetery [5: 9-Apr-1937]
Married (2) Margaret J. BAKER in 1939 [66]
By 1941 he was farming in partnership with his son Harold as "H. C. Stacey & Son" [6]
Resided in retirement in the Midwest coastal town of Port Denison [132]
Father of Frank Charles, Linda Jane Bessie, Harold James and Launa Annie [5: 9-Apr-1937] [15] [55]
Died 28 April 1945 at his home in Port Denison; buried Dongara Cemetery, Dongara (Old Anglican, Plot 72) [132]

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 6 January 1945:
"Death of Mr H. C. Stacey - The death occurred on April 27th last of Mr Henry Charles Stacey of Port Denison. The deceased, who was seventy six years of age, was a native of South Australia and had resided in this State for fifty years. For many years he was engaged in the commercial life of this State and relinquished his association as a commercial traveller to engage in farming pursuits in the Irwin District. Of recent years he had lived in retirement at Port Denison. The funeral was held on April 28th following a short service conducted in the Dongara Anglican Church by the Rev. K.B. Halley, of Christ Church, Geraldton. The chief mourners were Mrs M. J. Stacey (wife) and Mr H. J. Stacey (son). The casket was carried to the graveside, where the Rev. Halley recited the prayers, by Messrs N. Stokes, F. Money, J. Ferris, E. Burge, L. Tulley and A. Letch, and the pall bearers were Messrs T. Clarkson, F. Prater, A. Stokes, R. W. Clarkson, A. A. Smith and D. Brand. The mortuary arrangements were carried out by Mr Aidan Pinder, of Forrest St, Geraldton."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Henry Charles Stacey' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 29 June 2022 from [reference list]

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