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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Harry" Henry Joseph LONG

Born 25 June 1865 in Coorow, Western Australia [P17]
Son of William Day LONG and Sarah GREEN [15]
Resided with his parents on Coorow Station in Coorow, where his parents had settled in 1862 [P17]
     Following their father's death he and his younger brother Clement W. J. LONG ran Coorow Station in Coorow [P16]
     They are said to have had a sheep camp six and a half miles east of Coorow which they called Caron [120: 15-Feb-1951]
     In February and April 1898 they sold horses from Coorow through an auctioneer in Geraldton [323: 7-Feb-1898, 30-Mar1898, 4-Apr-1898]
     Around this period he fathered children Bert William LONG and Edith Rose LONG with Aboriginal woman Sarah Mabel BELL [P17]
     Ran Coorow Station with his brother as "Long Bros" until 1901 when it was lost due to a mortgage with £2,000 owing [P16]
Labourer in Berkshire Valley in 1903 [50]
Grazier in Mingenew in 1904 [19]
Labourer in Watheroo in 1905 and 1906 [50]
Farmer in Coorow 1907-1909 [44]
     From 1907-08 to 1910-11 he paid rates for a 100 acres of land near Turipa Spring in Coorow [44]
     The 100 acres was Conditional Purchase lease 17279/55, which later became Victoria Location 3342 [44]
     During the 1911-12 financial year ownership of his 100 acres in Coorow changed to A. Hamlet JONES of Turipa Farm, Coorow [44]
He worked for Donald MACPHERSON in Carnamah from 1909 until 1929 [5: 29-Jun-1934]
     Labourer in Carnamah 1909-1913, Overseer in Carnamah 1914-1920 and Boundary Rider in Carnamah 1921-1928 [6] [19]
     He also worked as a Stockman for Donald MACPHERSON and oversaw the property's Aboriginal employees [P399]
     He lived in one of the two rooms in the stone building located a number of metres north east of the Macpherson Homestead [P93]
     His son Bert was also in Carnamah before and after serving during the First World War [9: 20-Apr-1917] [10: 29-Aug-1919] [30: item 8206309]
     He gave his consent for Bert to enlist for service however Bert's mother was listed as "absent, whereabouts unknown" [30]
     His daughter Edith married Charles FEEHAN in 1921 [66], resided with her husband in Arrino and died in 1926 [24]
     Donated 2/6 to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1920 [124]
Worked for Mrs Mary A. E. RAMSAY on her Meelyah Farm in Gunyidi 1929-1934 [5: 29-Jun-1934]
Died of old age on 27 June 1934 in Gunyidi; buried at Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia (Row K, Plot 14) [1]
His funeral was undertaken by Henry Parkin & Son of Carnamah [1]

From The North Midlands Times newspaper, Friday 29 June 1934:
Old Identity - Dies at East Gunyidi
"The death occurred on Wednesday morning last at Meelyah, East Gunyidi, of Henry Joseph Long, who was born at Coorow 70 years ago, and who has been well known in the Carnamah and Coorow districts. He was an old-age pensioner, and had been employed for some time at Mrs. Ramsay's farm, where his death occurred. He had been in the employ of the late Donald Macpherson for 20 years, until he left the Carnamah district about five years ago. The body was brought to Carnamah by Constable Carmody, and at the request of the district coroner (Mr. J. K. McDougall) a post mortem examination was conducted by Dr. C. P. Rosenthal yesterday. Death was found to be due to natural causes and an inquest will not be necessary. The funeral took place yesterday."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Henry Joseph Long' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 16 April 2024 from [reference list]

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