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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Harry" Henry Edwin MCNAMARA

Born 1886 in Perth, Western Australia [15]
Son of "Harry" Henry James MCNAMARA and Mary Ann LIDDELOW [P219]
Resided with his parents on farmland in Dandaragan, and was educated at the Dandaragan State School [6] [10: 5-Jul-1918] [185]
Married Lillian Evelyn TOLHURST in Perth in 1909 [66]
Between 1912 and 1925 worked for the Midland Railway Company holding positions from Railway Porter up to Stationmaster [185]
     Railway Porter in 1915 [6] and Night Officer in 1916 of the Railway Station in Moora [10: 22-Sep-1916]
     During his time in Moora it was remarked that he was "a courteous and most efficient officer" [10: 8-Sep-1916]
     He donated four shillings to the Moora District Hospital's sports held in Moora on Boxing Day in 1911 [9: 16-Feb-1912]
     Member of the Moora Football Club in 1913 [9: 11-Jul-1913]
     Left Moora in September 1916 when he was promoted to Stationmaster at Coorow [10: 22-Sep-1916]
     Stationmaster of the Railway Station in Coorow 1916-1919 [6] [10: 22-Sep-1916]
     Stationmaster of the Railway Station in Mogumber from December 1919 to October 1922 [10: 19-Dec-1919] [9: 27-Oct-1922]
     Stationmaster of the Railway Station in Dongara from October 1922 until 1925 [9: 27-Oct-1922] [19]
     During the year 1925 he terminated his employment with the Midland Railway Company to run the Carnamah Hotel [185]
Manager of the Carnamah Hotel at 22 Macpherson Street, Carnamah from 1925 to 1928 [6] [9: 21-Aug-1925, 28-Oct-1927] [4: 7-Aug-1926] [185]
     During his time as manager the hotel was claimed to be the "Most Modern Hotel in the Country" [9: 5-Aug-1927]
     Licensee of the hotel during his management was George Hudson DAVIES [4:7-Aug-1926]
     During his time in Carnamah he was said to have been a part owner of the Carnamah Hotel [5: 15-Sep-1933]
     Legislative Council electoral rolls reveal that his wife may have been part owner of the hotel from its inception [61]
     In 1927 "Hotel Carnamah" boasted hot and cold water baths as well as an up-to-date lock-up motor garage [9: 5-Aug-1927, 28-Oct-1927]
     He and George H. DAVIES conducted the Publican's Booth at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1927 [9: 21-Oct-1927]
Foundation Committee Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1925 and Treasurer in 1926 and 1927 [9: 10-Jul-1925, 8-Jul-1927]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1925 [9: 7-Aug-1925]
     In a match against Three Springs he "proved to be staunch, his shepherding being a splendid lesson to other players" [9]
Travelled to Geraldton by plane on 30 July 1925, made possible after the plane had to land in Carnamah due to fog [9: 7-Aug-1925]
During the first weekend of June 1926 he "paid a visit to his highly-respected mother" Mary A. MCNAMARA in Moora [9: 11-Jun-1926]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Race Club in 1927 [9: 8-Apr-1927]
His mother, who lived in Moora, spent a few days visiting them at the hotel in Carnamah during July 1927 [9: 29-Jul-1927]
Vice President of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1927-28 [39: 25-Oct-1927]
He and George H. DAVIES donated a ten gallon keg of ale to the Carnamah R.S.L. for their Smoke Social in early 1928 [4: 14-Jan-1928]
In January 1928 the Carnamah Hotel Company sold Hotel Carnamah to Charles J. L. BREWER for £20,000 [39: 21-Jan-1928]
Both he and George H. DAVIES, who'd run the hotel together, had left Carnamah by February of 1928 [9: 24-Feb-1928]
It was announced in April 1928 that he had secured a five year lease of the Commercial Hotel in Moora [9: 13-Jul-1928] [10: 12-Apr-1928]
     The deal appears not to have eventuated as the previous managers passed over the hotel to someone else in July 1928 [9]
In July 1928 he took over the license and management of the Commercial Hotel in Northampton [4: 30-Jun-1928] [86: 10-Jul-1928] [185]
     Proprietor of the Commercial Hotel in Northampton from 1928 until 1938 [6] [185] [P199]
     Proprietor of the Club Hotel in Northampton from 1940 until 1946 [6]
     Travelled to Carnamah for a visit in September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
     Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah pioneer Lachlan W. MACPHERSON at the Northampton Cemetery in January 1934 [4]
     Member of the Northampton Tennis, Cricket and Football Clubs - and was President of all three in 1936-37 [185]
     Life Member and Secretary of the Northampton Rifle Club in 1937 [185]
Resided in Northampton until at least 1949 [6]
Later resided in North Perth [2]
Father of Kathleen, Gordon and Eric [P219]
Died 30 July 1975; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Crematorium Rose Gardens, 28, 132) [2]

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 5 July 1918:
Death of Old Resident
"We regret to chronicle the death of a very old and esteemed citizen, Mr. Harry McNamara, who passed away on Thursday after being in failing health for the past twelve months. Old residents of the district will remember that before Moora township was surveyed deceased was a resident of Dandaragan, where he followed stock raising. Later on he was attracted by the splendid country around Elsternwick Siding, now known as Barberton. For many years the late Mr. McNamara was prominent in the social life of Moora. The funeral will take place at Moora at 3 o'clock this afternoon, when the arrangements will be carried out by Mr. E. R. Campbell."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Henry Edwin McNamara' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 July 2024 from [reference list]

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