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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Bert" Herbert Reuben CARTER

Born 1894 in Coff's Harbour, New South Wales, Australia [30: item 3213416]
Son of Reuben CARTER and Leah BIGNELL [32]
Farmer with his father of Fairview Farm in Three Springs, Western Australia [50]
     He settled with his parents on their prospective farmland in Three Springs in 1906 [120: 26-Dec-1929]
     Played for the winning single men in a Married verses Single cricket match in Three Springs on 4 February 1912 [9: 1-Mar-1912]
     Member of the Three Springs Tennis Club - was Secretary in 1915 [10: 11-Jun-1915]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Geraldton on 7 March 1916 [30: item 3213416]
     On enlistment was noted as 5 feet 8¾ inches tall, weighing 137 lbs. with grey eyes, brown hair and a medium-dark complexion [30]
     Returned to Three Springs in early June 1916 during his final leave from training at the Blackboy Hill military camp [10: 6-Jun-1916]
     He was wished God Speed and a safe return at a Red Cross Ball held in Three Springs on Friday 2 June 1916 [10: 6-Jun-1916]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. Seeang Bee on 20 July 1916 [30]
     After undergoing further training in England proceeded to France on the Princess Victoria on 20 December 1916 [30]
     Private 2033 in the Australian Imperial Force's 44th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Wounded in Action in France on 2 June 1916 - returned to England to receive treatment for shell gas poisoning [30]
     Proceeded back to France on 5 September 1917; wounded in action on 13 October 1917, receiving a gunshot wound to his leg [30]
     Returned to England for treatment before embarking on the Borda and arriving back in Western Australia on 22 May 1918 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 23 July 1919; awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Farmer of Fairview Farm in Three Springs, Western Australia 1923-1970[19]
     Initially farmed and owned the farm in partnership with his father as "R. Carter & Son" [120: 26-Dec-1929]
Member of the Three Springs Tennis Club in 1919 [10: 27-Jun-1919]
Briefly left Three Springs in mid 1920 on a trip to New South Wales with the rumour he would return with a wife [10: 9-Jul-1920]
Married Mabel Irene SHEPHARD in 1920 in New South Wales, Australia [32]
Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club from 1920-21 to 1930-31 [9: 21-Jan-1921] [10: 3-Feb-1922] [4: 22-Nov-1930]
Successfully exhibited in four sections of the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show on 20 September 1928 [4]
     Won 1st prize for Pair of Farm Horses and 2nd prizes for both Farm Mare and Farm Gelding in the Horse section [4]
     Won 1st prizes for both 3 Merino Ewe Lambs and for 3 Fat Merino Wethers and 2nd for a Merino Ram in the Sheep section [4]
     In the Wool section won the Special Prize for Merino Fleeces and also won a 2nd prize for a Merino Fleece of Strong Wool [4]
     Won 1st prizes for Oats and for Shaves of Wheat for Grain, and a 2nd prize for Sheaves of Wheat in the Grain section [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Exhibited in the Sheep, Wool and Grain sections of the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Second Annual Show in 1929 [4: 5-Oct-1929]
     Won both 1st and 2nd prizes for a Ram; and 1st prizes for Three Fat Lambs and for Best Ram in Show in the Sheep section [4]
     In the Wool section won 2nd prizes for both Medium Wool and Fine Wool; in Grain & Fodder won 1st prize for Green Wheat [4]
     Won the Silver Cup for being the exhibitor who gained the most points in sections A, B, C, D, E, H and J [4: 5-Oct-1929]
They competed and came 15th in the nation wide Bateman Centenary Wheat Growers' Competition in 1929 [4: 17-May-1930]
Presented the Three Springs Anglican Church with fruit and veg at its Harvest Thanksgiving service on 23 March 1930 [4: 29-Mar-1930]
Attended the evening dance at the Three Springs Hall after the R.S.L. Sports Day at Arrino on 5 November 1932 [5: 18-Nov-1932]
Speaker at the Farewell Evening tendered to local pioneer Mrs Blanche M. KOCH in Three Springs on 3 December 1932 [4: 10-Dec-1932]
Attended the Three Springs C.W.A. Husbands' Evening at the Three Springs Hall on Saturday 10 December 1932 [4: 17-Dec-1932]
In 1933 he was a well known farmer of Three Springs with 28 years of experience as one of the district's earliest settlers [120: 5-Oct-1933]
Won 1st prize for Strong Wool Merino Ram Fleece at the Three Springs Agricultural Show on Thursday 21 September 1933 [5]
     Also won both 1st and 2nd prizes for Australian Strong White Wheat; and 2nd prize for Green Wheat [5: 29-Sep-1933]
Member of Carnamah Rifle Club in 1933 and 1934 [5: 2-Jun-1933, 28-Jul-1933, 7-Sep-1934]
     He was one of four Carnamah Rifle Club members to compete at the National Rifle Association's meeting in 1933 [5: 13-Oct-1933]
In October 1933 sold 10 bales of wool through Westralian Farmers Ltd at 15½d. per pound [5: 13-Oct-1933]
Received 2nd prize for Zone 1 in the Royal Agricultural Society's 50-acre Crop Competition in 1933 [5: 22-Dec-1933]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 8 June 1934 [96]
Attended the Three Springs C.W.A. Ball at the Three Springs Hall on the evening of Thursday 22 November 1934 [5: 23-Nov-1934]
In September 1935 sold through Elder Smith & Co 43 suckers for 12/7 per head and 37 shorn ewes for 17/10 per head [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Won 1st prize for Beetroot exhibited in the Vegetable section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1935 [5: 27-Sep-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]
In November 1935 sold 19 bales of wool through Elder Smith & Co Ltd - 15 bales at 16¾d. per pound and 4 at 15½d. [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Contacted the Royal Automobile Club requesting signs by placed at the railway crossing near the Three Springs Road Board office [5]
     As a result the Royal Automobile Club contacted the Three Springs Road Board who erected the requested signs 1935 [5: 28-Feb-1936]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1936-37 and 1937-38 [5: 24-Apr-1936, 2-Jul-1937]
     Attended and competed at the Official Opening of the Three Springs Rifle Club's rifle range on Thursday 23 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
A field demonstration of the new Massey Harris tractor was to be held on his farm on Saturday 22 August 1936 [5: 24 & 31-Jul-1936]
Won 1st prize for Green Oats for Grain in the Grain & Fodder section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Financial Member in 1938 and Committee Member in 1947 and 1948 of the Three Springs Agricultural Society [262]
Steward of the Grain & Fodder section at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Annual Shows from 1939 to 1948 [262]
Casket-bearer at the funeral of Mrs Fanny Jane BRIMSON at the Three Springs General Cemetery on 29 April 1946 [4: 4-May-1946]
Had the telephone connected to his farmhouse by 1947 - was telephone number Three Springs-236 [60]
By 1971 had retired from farming and was living in Carnamah [24]
Passed away at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs at the age of 76 years [24]
Died 4 February 1971 in Three Springs; buried Three Springs General Cemetery, Three Springs (Methodist, Plot 53) [24]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Herbert Reuben Carter' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 May 2019 from  [ sources ]

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