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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Bert" Herbert Barkla FAWCETT

Born 10 September 1905 in Kapunda, South Australia [55]
Son of farmer and pharmacist Arthur William FAWCETT and Mary Lilian HARDEN [55] [144]
Resided with his parents on Kinrara Farm in Kupunda until 1919 when they moved to Carinyah 62 High Street in Kapunda [144]
Educated in Kupunda and then studied wool and wool classing at the School of Mines in Adelaide [144]
For two or three years worked as a driver for stock and station agents Messrs Cole Bros Ltd at their office in Kapunda [144] [P332]
By January 1927 he had left Kapunda, South Australia and shifted to Arrino, Western Australia [144]
Farmhand for William D. S. SMITH in Dudawa, East Arrino for 30/- and keep per week from January to March 1927 [144]
Manager of Woopenatty Station in Arrino for Frank F. WEAVER from April 1927 until February 1928 [144]
Sharefarmer on Woopenatty Station in Arrino in partnership with John H. G. LORD as "Fawcett & Lord" 1927-1933 [6] [19] [144]
In 1927 they cropped part of Woopenatty with a 18/32 Case tractor, 10-disc Shearer plough and 20-hoe Sunshine combine [144]
Later in 1927 harvested their crops on Woopenatty with a 8-foot Sunshine header, which had cost £204 [144]
In February 1928, with relief, he passed over the management of WoopenattyStation to "Neil" J. Neilson SMITH [144]
He and John H. G. LORD seeded 1,130 acres of crop on Woopenatty Station in Arrino in 1928 [144]
Contract seeded 150 acres for J. Neilson SMITH and contract fallowed 200 acres for Howard B. SMITH in Arrino in 1928 [144]
In August 1928 a 12 by 20 foot room was built for himself and LORD on Woopenatty with two windows, two doors and fireplace [144]
He was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Spent Sundays, weekends and regular visits with Howard B. SMITH and Mrs Elizabeth J. SMITH at Earra Farm in Arrino [144]
He and his share-farming partner were often the recipients of bottles of milk and jars of cream from Mrs Elizabeth J. SMITH [144]
While share-farming he began using the sheep brand "Lazy F, Zero, L" - which he kept until his death in 1990 [144]
Member of the Yandanooka Cricket Club in 1929-30 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Shearer in Arrino in 1930 - he and three others shore 1300 sheep on Woopenatty Station over 4½ days [144]
After finishing the shearing on Woopenatty Station they did shearing for Howard B. SMITH on Earra Farm in Yandanooka [144]
Member of the Arrino Cricket Club from 1930-31 to 1936-37 [4: 15-Nov-1930] [5: 22-Feb-1935, 20-Nov-1936]
Farmhand for William MUTTER on Noalimba Farm in Dudawa, East Arrino over seeding in 1931, which was done with horses [144]
Briefly left Arrino in July 1931 to work in shearing sheds on Lake Violet Station in Wiluna and Sturt Meadows Station in Leonora [144]
In addition to shearing and share-farming worked over harvest on the wheat bins in Arrino, Yandanooka, Mingenew and Coorow [144]
Weighbridge Clerk in Yandanooka over the 1931-32 harvest, and in Arrino over the 1932-33 harvest [19] [144]
Share-farmed Woopenatty Station in Arrino in partnership with John H. G. LORD as "Fawcett & Lord" until 1933 [6] [19] [144]
Shearer in Arrino 1934-1940 [6]
He had purchased a two stand Lister portable shearing plant which he used when shearing in and near Arrino and Dudawa [144]
In July 1937 purchased from the Agricultural Bank the farm of Greville S. TUNBRIDGE in Arrino for £2,090 [5: 23-Jul-1937]
Farmer of Terrara Farm in Arrino 1937-1949 [5: 23-Jul-1937] [144]
Won the Swerving Race in the Ring Events at the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 22 September 1932 [5: 30-Sep-1932]
Came 2nd in the Hat Coat and Cigarette Race at the R.S.L. Sports Day in Arrino on Thursday 5 November 1932 [5: 11-Nov-1932]
In about 1933 he purchased his first car, which was a Morris-Cowley and was his only car until 1949 [144]
Returned to Arrino in October 1933 after being absent from the district for four or five months [5: 13-Oct-1933]
Member of the Arrino Tennis Club in 1933-34 and 1934-35 [5: 8-Dec-1933, 22-Mar-1935]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
In May 1934 he was again working for his future father-in-law William MUTTER onNoalimba Farm in Dudawa, East Arrino [144]
Among those from Arrino who attended the clearing sale held on the farm of Cyril L. AYLMORE in Mingenew on 1 May 1934 [144]
He and Cyril H. CONNOLLY crutched the ewes on Noalimba Farm using his Lister plant on 2 May 1934 [144]
Around the same time they had also done sheep in Arrino for Leonard F. ANGEL and Henry G. TOWNSEND [144]
Member of the Arrino Football Club in 1934 [5: 25-May-1934]
Returned to Arrino in early August 1934 after a holiday to the Eastern States of Australia [5: 10-Aug-1934]
Competitor in the Parkinson Tennis Club's Open Championship Tournament in Carnamah on Tuesday 1 January 1935 [5: 21-Dec-1934]
He and Alma CONNOLLY won the Arrino Tennis Club's Spoon Contest held in Arrino on Sunday 17 March 1935 [5: 22-Mar-1935]
Committee Member of the Arrino Tennis Club in Committee Member in 1935-36 and 1936-37 [5: 20-Sep-1935, 2-Oct-1936]
Competitor in the Parkinson Tennis Club's Tennis Tournament held in Carnamah on New Years Day 1 January 1936 [5: 3-Jan-1936]
Played for the North Midlands Cricket Association in their victory against the Morawa Association on 10 January 1937 [5: 15-Jan-1937]
In about 1937 he was the first person to tap into and use the underground water at Blue Water west of Arrino [144]
Blue Water is a soak hole on the Arrowsmith River about ten to twelve kilometres west of Arrino [P334]
Leased unfenced sandplain for 1/- per thousand acres near Blue Water, where he shepherded sheep for himself and others [144]
At a charge he also shepherded sheep on his leasehold at Blue Water for farmers William MUTTER and Claude E. MALEY [144]
He and Cyril H. CONNOLLY made cement brick at Blue Water that were used for Arthur A. V. C. SMITH's farmhouse [144]
Speaker at the North Midlands Cricket Association's dinner at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on 21 March 1937 [5: 25-Mar-1937]
Flew to South Australia during September 1937 to attend the funeral of his much loved sister Mrs Kathleen Mabel WEHR [144]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Arrino resident Robert Walter CONNOLLY at the Three Springs Cemetery on 25 July 1938 [4: 30-Jul-1938]
Married Dulcie Martha MUTTER in Perth on 6 July 1940 [66] [144]
His wife gave birth to a still born daughter on 5 May 1942, who was buried at the Three Springs Cemetery (Anglican, Plot 45) [24]
Private W71871 in Arrino's local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Casket-bearer at the funeral of Arrino resident Mrs Isabella ANGEL at the Three Springs Cemetery on 5 January 1943 [4: 9-Jan-1943]
Butcher in Dongara for part of 1947, and then returned to his farm in Arrino[144]
Purchased Mount Erin Farm in Nabawa from Ernest M. and G. Hazel GOULD, and re-named the property Hillslope [144]
They left Terrara Farm in Arrino in April 1949 and shifted to Hillslope Farm in Nabawa, where they resided until 1974 [144]
His Hillslope Farm in Nabawa was a mixed farming and grazing property of approximately 6,000 acres including sandplain [144]
The farm's main industries were cereal crops, Merino sheep, a Dorset sheep stud and later a Murray Grey cattle stud [144]
In conjunction with the Agricultural Department he conducted trials of Tagasaste / Tree Lucerne on sandplain east of Nabawa [144]
Later purchased two neighbouring farms in Nabawa and then purchased ChalnookaFarm in Yetna [P331]
In 1974 they left Nabawa and shifted to Chalnooka Farm in Yetna where he lived until his death in 1990 [P331]
For a few years preceding his death the farm was run by his wife, and he had sold the farm just before his death [P331]
Father of Kathleen, Anthea and Lenore [P331]
Died 25 May 1990 at Chalnooka Farm in Yetna [P331]

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

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