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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Harry" Henry WALYA

Born C.1864 in Dandaragan, Western Australia [29]
Aboriginal man [1] who worked as a farmhand in Carnamah [100: Doc D115]
For a period of time he worked in Carnamah doing odd jobs for Donald MACPHERSON [P93]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club 1912-1915 [9: 29-Nov-1912, 28-Nov-1913, 26-Jun-1914, 10-Dec-915]
He is probably the 'Wolya' who played for the Carnamah Natives in a match of cricket in Geraldton on 9 April 1912 [86: 11-Apr-1912]
He is also likely the 'Woolyar' who was a member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1913 [9: 11-Jul-1913]
A stillborn Walya child, who was born in or near Carnamah in 1913, is likely his son [15]
Member of the New Norcia Mission Cricket Club in early 1914 [9: 20 & 27-Feb-1914]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club later in 1914 and in 1915 [9: 1-May-1914, 23-Oct-1914, 10-Dec-1915]
Married Mary YAPPO in 1919 [66]
On 20 October 1923 purchased from the Midland Railway Company a vacant block in the Carnamah townsite [27]
The block cost £10, payable over two years, and was 28 Boojerabba Street, Carnamah (Lot 61 of Victoria Location 1936) [27]
He appears to have sold 28 Boojerabba Street to the Carnamah District Road Board, who had a windmill on the block [3] [P4]
He was later the owner of Gov Lot 1 on Railway Avenue in the Carnamah townsite [3]
Died 9 December 1929 in Carnamah; buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia (Row J, Plot 1) [1]
Undertaker of his funeral was Henry Parkin & Son of Carnamah and the officiating minister Father Michael LYNCH of Three Springs [1]
In 1932 the Road Board was interested in purchasing his land to extend the local recreation ground Centenary Park [4: 15-Oct-1932]
Rates for his Gov Lot 1 on Railway Avenue, Carnamah were sent to his wife in Carnamah until 1934 [3]
By 1935 the Road Board had commenced using his land but had been unable to secure the title [4: 31-Aug-1935]
As he died without a will, the Curator of Intestate Estates took over his affairs from 1936 [100: Doc D115]
The Curator of Intestate Estates contacted the Road Board for information on behalf of his wife in March 1936 [5: 20-Mar-1936]
His quarter acre Gov Lot 1 in Carnamah remained in the name of his estate until 1939 and then disappeared from rate books [3]
Correspondence of the Carnamah District Road Board is suggestive that they may have resumed the block [5: 21-Jun-1935]


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 14 December 1929:
Obituary
"The friends of the late H. Walya, of Carnamah, will regret to learn of his death at Carnamah on Monday 9th instant. The late Mr. Walya was 65 years of age at his death and was a well-known identity in the Midlands districts, especially in and around Carnamah, where he had been domiciled for a considerable number of years. The funeral took place in the Roman Catholic portion of the Winchester Cemetery, on Tuesday. Funeral arrangements being carried out by Hy. Parkin & Son of Carnamah."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Henry Walya' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 May 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/henry-walya [reference list]




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