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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Harry" Henry William SMITH

Born 27 December 1895 in London, England [16]
During the First World War he served with the 129th Battery of the Royal Field Artillery [86: 25-Oct-1934]
Farmhand in Three Springs, Western Australia 1924-1929 [19]
     Member of the Three Springs Football Club in 1937 [9: 15-Jul-1927]
Clerk / Manager of the North Midlands Farmers' Co-operative Company's store in Coorow in 1930 and 1931 [120: 6-Aug-1931] [19] [50]
     Member of the Coorow Tennis Club - was Secretary in 1930 [86: 30-Aug-1930]
     He was farewelled from Coorow at a social held at the Coorow Hotel on Saturday 1 August 1931 [120: 6-Aug-1931]
     Left Coorow in August 1931 after being transferred to Carnamah [120: 6-Aug-1931]
Clerk at the North Midlands Farmers' Co-operative Company's store in Carnamah 1931-1934 [19] [P7]
     Manager of the North Midlands Farmers' Co-operative Company's store in Carnamah in 1935 and 1936 [5: 13-Sep-1935] [6] [88]
     Resided at Chitter and Flo BROWN's boarding house at 13-15 Caron Street known as the "Carnamah Hostel" [P225]
     In early September 1936 he was transferred to Three Springs [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Manager of the North Midlands Farmers Co-operative Company's store in Three Springs in 1936 and 1937 [5: 16-Oct-1936, 19-Feb-1937] [6]
     He presumably resigned as manager in June 1937 when a new manager in John B. KUHNBERG was appointed [5: 25-Jun-1937]
     He was tendered a Farewell Social at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on 3 July 1937 [39: 14-Jul-1937]
He then worked as a Commission Agent in Three Springs 1938-1950 [19]
Secretary-Treasurer of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers' League 19 December 1931 to 8 March 1934 [52]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club - was Secretary in 1932 [4: 17-Sep-1932]
Member of the Carnamah Literary and Debating Society in 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
Rendered a vocal item at the dinner following the Official Opening of the new Carnamah Post Office on 30 June 1932 [7: page 183]
Rendered a vocal or elocutionary item at the R.S.L. Smoke Social and Friends Night held in Carnamah on 27 August 1932 [5: 2-Sep-1932]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
Played for the Bachelors in a 'Benedicts verses Bachelors' cricket match in Carnamah on Sunday 18 December 1932 [5: 23-Dec-1932]
Member of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club in 1932-33 [5: 17-Mar-1933]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Inering farmer Herbert MURRAY on 26 January 1933 at the Winchester Cemetery [4]
Competitor in John KENNY's Billiard Tournaments conducted within Mackie's Buildings in Carnamah in 1933 [5: 26-May-1933, 14-Jul-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club - was Secretary in 1933 until resigning in August [5: 5-May-1933, 11-Aug-1933]
     Committee Member of the Carnamah Golf Club 1933-1936 [5: 11-Aug-1933, 8-Mar-1935, 27-Mar-1936] [4: 14-Jun-1934]
     Scored the first ever "Hole in One" on the Carnamah Golf Club links on Thursday afternoon 20 June 1935 [5: 21-Jun-1935]
     Donated a trophy to the Carnamah Golf Club in 1935, which was won by Carnamah farmer Roger W. CLARK [5: 1-Nov-1935]
     Acting Secretary of the Carnamah Golf Club in March, April and May of 1936 [5: 27-Mar-1936, 24-Apr-1936, 26-Jun-1936]
     In 1936 he was among those who donated a trophy to the Carnamah Golf Club to be played for during the season [5: 26-Jun-1936]
     Committee Member and Vice Captain of the Club in 1936, until resigning from both positions on 22 July 1936 [5: 24-Jul-1936]
Attended the social and address on Home Mission work by Rev. A. J. BARCLAY in Carnamah on 10 July 1933 [5: 14-Jul-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 9 December 1933 [5: 15-Dec-1933]
On his birthday in 1933 he was the recipient of a birthday party at William B. SHERIDAN's home in Carnamah [4: 6-Jan-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1933-34 and 1934-35, and Secretary-Treasurer in 1935-36 [5: 13-Oct-1933, 12-Oct-1934, 16-Aug-1935]
He was among those from Carnamah who spent the 1933 Christmas holidays at Dongara [5: 18-Aug-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Provisional Group of Toc H in 1933 and 1934 [4: 9-Dec-1933] [5: 12-Jan-1934]
Attended the Annual R.S.L. General Meeting and Smoke Social in Carnamah on Thursday 8 March 1934 [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Participated in the debate between the Carnamah and Waddy Forest groups of Toc H on Tuesday 27 March 1934 [5: 30-Mar-1934]
Attended the Farewell Social to Miss Doris MCLEAN at BERRIGAN's home in Carnamah on Wednesday 11 April 1934 [5: 13-Apr-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Sang a song at the valedictory evening tendered to Neil M. GRAHAM in Carnamah on Thursday 6 December 1934 [5: 14-Dec-1934]
Attended Charlie OLSON's Surprise 70th Birthday at Lou JOHANSEN's farm on Thursday 17 January 1935 [5: 25-Jan-1935]
Sang "Friend of Mine" at the Farewell Social to chemist Douglas WALDBY on 17 January 1935 at the Carnamah Hall [5: 8-Feb-1935]
Also sang at the Farewell Social held at the Carnamah Hall for Brian and Gerda STACY on Saturday 16 March 1935 [5: 22-Mar-1935]
Attended the R.S.L. Annual General Meeting and Smoke Social at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 6 April 1935 [5: 12 & 19-Apr-1935]
     At the Social he was presented with a signed certificate in recognition of his services as secretary of the Carnamah R.S.L. [5]
Won the 75 yard R.S.L. Handicap Race at the R.S.L. Sports Meeting in Carnamah on Easter Monday 22 April 1935 [5: 26-Apr-1935]
Auction Rummy winner at the Bridge, Social & Dance held at the home of Roger and Margaret CLARK on 25 April 1935 [5: 3-May-1935]
Attended the Official Opening of the Coorow Golf Club's links in Coorow on Sunday 23 June 1935 [5: 28-Jun-1935]
Consolation winner of bridge at the Parkinson Tennis Club's Presentation and Card Evening in Carnamah on 3 July 1935 [5: 5-Jul-1935]
During September 1935 he was on annual holidays, during which time he was relieved by Norman V. FOGARTY of Three Springs [5]
     After spending his annual holidays in Perth he returned to Carnamah on Wednesday 11 September 1935 [5: 6 & 13-Sep-1935]
Sang and gave a recitation at the Parents & Citizens Association's Social & Dance in Winchester on 26 September 1935 [5: 4-Oct-1935]
He was among the ex-servicemen at the R.S.L. Reunion Dinner in Three Springs on Saturday evening 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Helped organise the Carnamah Golf Club's Annual Dance for presentations at the Carnamah Hall on 24 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Gave vocal and elocutionary items at the farewell to Royston C. DRAGE in Carnamah on Saturday 23 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Member of the Carnamah Presbyterian Church - was its Secretary in 1936 [5: 17-Jan-1936]
Telephoned police Constable Alan O. FIEBIG on 19 February 1936 to report that wheat belonging to the Co-op had been stolen [88]
     The wheat was claimed to have been stolen from the Westralian Farmers wheat stack at Prowaka Siding using a truck [88]
     On further investigation between he and Constable FIEBIG that evening it was discovered no wheat had been stolen [88]
Attended the Smoke Social of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the R.S.L. in Carnamah on Wednesday 11 March 1936 [5: 20-Mar-1936]
Played for the combined Carnamah-Parkinson tennis team against Winchester-Waddy-Coorow on Sunday 5 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
Attended the R.S.L. Social to farewell "Chitter" George F. BROWN at the Carnamah Hostel on Friday evening 24 April 1936 [5]
     During the evening he sang in good voice the song "Shipmates of Mine," accompanied by Norman L. DOIG on piano [5: 1-May-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's 1936 season Opening Day at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 26 April 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Social Club - was Acting Secretary in June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Played for the defeated Carnamah Social Club in badminton against the Carnamah Badminton Club on 5 August 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Sang a song at the Farewell Social for former Co-op manager Harold BARNETT in Three Springs on 14 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social including three plays at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Motored to Perth in early October 1936 to attend the Royal Show, and was accompanied by Evander W. FRANKLIN [5: 16-Oct-1936]
     Near Marchagee one of the car's back tyres blew out causing the car to swerve and turn onto its side before righting itself [5]
Attended the Valedictory Social for Miss Rachel M. A. WALLACE in Three Springs on Tuesday 15 December 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
Member and Patron of the Three Springs Tennis Club in 1936-37 [5: 18-Sep-1936, 27-Nov-1936]
He and Three Springs farmer Edward HUNT motored from Three Springs to Perth on Sunday 21 February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Secretary of the Three Springs-Arrino Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers' League in 1937 and 1938 [5: 19-Feb-1937] [120: 13-Oct-1938]
Paid a hurried visit to Perth leaving by train on Thursday 11 February 1937 and returning by Saturday's train [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Gave an elocutionary item at the Social for Cyril & Mavis RAYNER at the Church Hall in Carnamah on 1 April 1937 [5: 9-Apr-1937]
Vice President of the Three Springs Football Club in 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Attended and competed at the Carnamah Golf Club's Season Opening at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 2 May 1937 [5: 7-May-1937]
Attended the Official Opening of the new golf links in Three Springs on Sunday 23 May 1937 [5: 28-May-1937]
Member of the Three Springs Golf Club in 1937 and was Secretary in 1938 [5: 18-Jun-1937] [120: 13-Oct-1938]
In 1938 ran the "General Cash Store" in Three Springs where he sold hardware and was a general agent [0: image 03718]
Advertised his business in the Schedule of the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1939 [262]
     "H. W. Smith, Hardware and General Commission Agent, Telephone 21 - Three Springs - Telephone 21" [262]
     "Agent for H. V. McKay Massey Harris Pty. Ltd.  Complete Stock of Spare Parts" [262]
     "Agencies - Neptune Oil Company; Musgroves Ltd. - Pianos, Players, all Musical Instruments, [262]
      and Stromberg-Carlson Radio Sets; W. Thomas & Co., Ltd., Flour Millers; Powell Gas Producers; [262]
      Tractor, Truck and Car Tyres and Tubes, Malvern Star Cycles, A.M.P. Society - All Sporting Requisites in Stock" [262]
In 1939 he was a sub-dealer for Ford dealers Saleeba's Service Station of Moora [262]
Also an agent in 1939 for the Australian Lumber Company, who were timber, joinery and hardware merchants [262]
Steward of the Educational section at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Twelfth Annual Show on 14 September 1939 [262]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club in 1939-40 and 1940-41 [89]
Officiated at the funeral of George Langley READING at the Three Springs General Cemetery on 25 April 1943 [24]
Sergeant W71808 in the local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Fanny Jane BRIMSON of Three Springs at the Three Springs Cemetery on 29 April 1946 [4: 4-May-1946]
Financial Member of the Three Springs Agricultural Society in 1946 and 1947 [262]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Stanley Leopold HIDDEN at the Mingenew Cemetery on 24 January 1947 [4: 1-Feb-1947]
Married Mary Rose GOSNEY in 1949 [66]
During July 1950 advertised his "well established hardware and agency business" for sale as he was leaving for England [39: 7-Jul-1950]
Later in 1950 he vacated his shop in Three Springs (the premises of which were then used by the North Midland Co-op) [4: 16-Dec-1950]
He and his wife departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Athenic and arrived in England in February 1951 [204]
Their intended address following their arrival was 157 Botwell Lane in Hayes, Middlesex, England [204]
He was one of 50 West Australians who signed the visitors' book at Savoy House in London during October 1951 [39: 24-Nov-1951]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Henry William Smith' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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