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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Francis" Henry Francis BILLINGHURST

Born 20 December 1919 in Hove, Sussex, England [16]
Son of electrical engineer "Harry" Henry William BILLINGHURST and Beatrice Edith GARRETT [19] [21] [203]
His father departed from London, England on the steamship Hobsons Bay on 4 July 1922 bound for Western Australia [203]
In Western Australia his father was assigned a group settlement farm near Busselton [P477]
Resided with his mother at 46 High Street in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England prior to them joining his father [203]
He and his mother departed London on the steamship Jervis Bay and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 6 July 1923 [338]
Farmhand on Hove Farm on Group Settlement 34 in Busselton [50] and did a mechanics course by correspondence [P477]
Resided in Busselton until enlisting in the Royal Australian Air Force in Perth on 12 November 1940 [16]
He trained in the Australian states of Victoria and Queensland [P477]
Leading Aircraftman 29263 in the Royal Australian Air Force's Air Gunners School during the Second World War [16]
Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 4 December 1943 [16]
Married Beryl GREGOR in 1943 at Scot’s Church in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [P477]
Along with his wife he returned to Western Australia [P477]
Initially had a cream business in Cowaramup, just north of Margaret River [P477]
They then purchased 150 acres at Busselton and ran a dairy farm and later had sheep [P477]
Joined the Agriculture Protection Board (APB) as an officer and worked in Perenjori for six years and then Coorow for seven [P477]
He and his wife resided at 106 Livingstone Street, Perenjori and then at 6 Bristol Street in Coorow [19] [P477]
Member of the Coorow Returned & Services League and regularly played billiards with Clem BROUN and Fred WOOTTON [P477]
Upon leaving Coorow he and his wife shifted to Busselton [P477]
Father of David, Ian, Howard and Lynleigh [138]
Died 21 May 1994; buried at the Busselton Cemetery in Busselton, Western Australia [138]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Henry Francis Billinghurst' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 March 2024 from [reference list]

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