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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Herbie" Herbert Edward NINEHAM

Born 27 September 1902 in Corfe Castle, Dorset, England [16]
Son of shepherd "George" Alfred George NINEHAM and Emma Grace STILES [20] [21] [P23]
Farmhand in England [70]
Departed London, England on the steamship Ormonde and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 19 May 1921 [70]
Himself and his elder brother Charlie purchased 1,889 acres of virgin land in Billeroo, East Winchester on 5 March 1923 [27]
     The 1,889 acres were purchased from the Midland Railway Company for £1606/15/9 (17/- per acte), payable by instalments [27]
Farmer in Billeroo, East Winchester in partnership with his brother Charlie as "Nineham Bros" 1923-1940 [P244]
     In March 1925 they became owners of separate parts of the farm - he took the southern portion and his brother the northern [27]
     He signed a promissory note for the £552/2/4 owing on his portion, while has brother paid cash for the balance of his portion [27]
     Even though they owned different parts of the farm and paid individual rates they continued to farm in partnership [3] [6]
     They had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and general repairers Henry Parkin & Son in 1929 and 1930 [53]
     In 1932 were the owners of a Chevrolet truck containing the license plate CA-255 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
     They made a donation to the Carnamah Country Women's Association to aid them in buying premises in 1932 [5: 29-Jul-1932]
     With a plot of Merredin wheat came 5th in the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's 1932 50-acre crop competition [5: 20-Jan-1933]
     Reported in June 1933 they had lost and would give a reward for a cow and one year old calf with brand 7AR [5: 9-Jun-1933]
     After being missing for some time the cow and calf were found in August 1933, and had been shot [5: 18-Aug-1933]
     The local newspaper revealed on 25 August 1933 that goods for them had arrived at the Carnamah railway station [5: 25-Aug-1933]
     Sold some of their cattle to Carnamah butcher W. Frederick LEE in 1933 [5: 21-Jul-1933]
     In October 1933 they received the excellent price of 15/4 for 79 lambs sold at the Midland Market [5: 13-Oct-1933]
     The local newspaper revealed on 1 June 1934 that a parcel had arrived for him at the Carnamah Railway Station [5: 1-Jun-1934]
     During January 1935 sold nine bales of wool for 12d. per pound and seven bales for 10½d. per pound [5: 1-Feb-1935]
     Purchased a 10 disc Sundercut from local H. V. McKay Massey Harris agent O. S. SOWERBY in September 1935 [5: 6-Sep-1935]
     The Goodyear Rubber Company gave a demonstration of a pneumatic tyred tractor on their farm in September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
     Sold four bales of wool at 17d. and seven bales at 16d. per pound through Elder Smith & Co Ltd in December 1935 [5: 20-Dec-1935]
     Sold 33 sheep through Elder Smith & Co Ltd on 15 April 1936 - 5 wethers at 19/7, 1 ewe at 12/-, 27 ewes at 17/10 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
     On 21 October 1936 sold 55 wethers (31 at 15/10, 24 at 14/10) through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market [5: 23-Oct-1936]
     Sold 62 wethers (23 at 29/7, 39 at 28/4) through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on 16 June 1937 [5: 18-Jun-1937]
     They obtained the telephone in 1939 - were telephone number Carnamah-12G from 1939 to 1954 [60]
     They had PO Box 1 at the Carnamah Post Office [5: 9-Jun-1933]
     Farmed in partnership with his brother Charlie 1923-1940, and then ran the farm by himself 1940-1955 [3] [19]
Along with Frank POOLE left Winchester for Perth on Thursday 24 January 1929 for their "after harvest" holiday [4: 26-Jan-1929]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 11 July 1930 - was Worshipful Master in 1941 [96] [153]
Left Carnamah by the express train to Perth on 11 October 1933 on his way to England for an extended holiday [5: 13-Oct-1933]
     Departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Ormonde and arrived in Plymouth, England on 22 November 1933 [204]
     During his seven month holiday his address was Corfe Castle, Dorset, England [204]
     On his return departed London, England on the steamship Orama and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 24 July 1934 [63]
     His brother Charlie was there to meet him and after a few days in Perth they returned to Carnamah on 28 July 1934 [5: 3-Aug-1934]
Married Edith Lillian GRIMM in Perth in 1935 [66]
Member of the Billeroo School Hall Committee - was Secretary in 1935 [5: 21-Jun-1935, 13-Mar-1936]
Motored from Carnamah to Perth as a passenger in William B. SHERIDAN's car on Friday 8 November 1935 [5: 15-Nov-1935]
Member of the Billeroo Cricket Club from 1935-36 to 1948-49 [5: 4-Jan-1935] [118]
     Delegate for the Billeroo Cricket Club at meetings of the Carnamah District Cricket Association in 1935-36 [5: 8-Nov-1935]
     Selection Committee Member of the Billeroo Cricket Club in 1936-37 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Represented the Carnamah District Cricket Association in a match against the North Midlands on 1 December 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the Surprise 21st Birthday for Miss Eileen R. PERRY in Carnamah on Saturday evening 18 July 1936 [5: 24-Jul-1936]
Played for the Carnamah Football Club in their match against Arrino in Three Springs on Sunday 25 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
During the second half of October 1936 he paid a weekend visit to Perth [5: 30-Oct-1936]
He was among those from Billeroo who spent a few weeks over February and March 1937 holidaying at the coast at Cliff Head [5]
     Others included his brother Charles, Frank E. BRADLEY, H. Harold S. FOWLER and C. Darby O'GRADY [5: 12-Mar-1937]
Member of the Billeroo Bush Fire Brigade in 1939 [0: image 03024]
Pallbearer at the funeral of ex-Winchester farmer John MCINTOSH on 8 August 1941 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Thomas Gordon PERRY at the Winchester Cemetery on 28 January 1941 [4]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1940, 1941, 1946 and 1952 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in the 1940s and 1950s [0: images 04230 & 04673]
Member of the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club in 1944 and 1945 [0: images 04261 & 04360]
Private in the local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah farmer Carl OLSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 21 March 1946 [0]
Committee Member of Carnamah's branch of the Farmers' Union of WA in 1950 [4: 22-Apr-1950]
In April 1951 once more returned to England for an extended holiday [0: image 04606]
     They departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Mooltan and arrived in London, England on 13 May 1951 [204]
     Upon arrival she and her husband stated that their future country of intended permanent residence was England [204]
     For nine months their address was East Street in Corfe Castle, Dorset, England [203] [204]
     They departed London, England on the steamship Strathaird on 14 February 1952 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
During the 1954-55 financial year sold the farm [3] to Harold POPE and retired to the Perth suburb of Spearwood [7: page 64]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Spearwood until his death in 1985 [2]
Died 21 September 1985; ashes interred Fremantle Cemetery, Perth suburb of Palmyra (A6, 107) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Herbert Edward Nineham' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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