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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Harold" / "Joey" Hubert Harold Spencer FOWLER

Born 20 July 1903 in Lowden, Western Australia [P23]
Son of George Henry FOWLER and Edith Jane COMPTON [15]
His grandparents had been invited to the ceremonies for the visit of The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York in July 1901 [P23]
Grew up on his father's dairy farm and orchard one mile from Lowden [P23]
Educated at the Preston State School, which involved a daily walk of 1½ miles [P23]
In the 1910s his brother G. C. Cecil C. FOWLER and cousin A. R. Eric RUSSELL both farmed in Perenjori [19] [50] [61]
     His brother Cecil served with the Australian Imperial Force in the First World War and was killed at Gallipoli in 1915 [30: item 4019435]
After finishing his schooling he left Lowden and shifted to Fremantle where he worked at the Elders Goldsborough Wool Store [P23]
Purchased 1,600 acres in Winchester in partnership with his brother-in-law Harold V. MOSEDALE on 30 August 1924 [27]
     The 1,600 acres was the virgin bush Lot M1214 of Victoria Location 1938 on the north side of the Winchester East Road [27] [62]
     They purchased the land from the Midland Railway Company for £1200/7/6 (15/- per acre), payable by instalments [27]
Farmer of Fairview Farm in Winchester, South Carnamah 1924-1957 [P23]
     Initially resided on Fairview in a tent and lived off the land by shooting wild turkeys, kangaroos, rabbits and parrots [P23]
     Cleared the farm, which on purchase was virgin bush, with a scrub-roller and an axe [7: page 61]
Farmer of Fairview Farm in Winchester in partnership with his brother-in-law as "Mosedale & Fowler" 1924-1948 [3] [27] [32]
     He resided on and farmed the property while his brother-in-law was an absent financial partner [P23] [102]
     They won 1st for Sheaf of Barley for Grain and for Best Selection of Fodder Plants at the Carnamah Show in 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
     In November 1929 they purchased a Chev six truck from Carnamah dealer L. Scott WYLIE [4: 23-Nov-1929]
     In 1932 their Chevrolet truck contained license plate CA-40[4: 12-Nov-1932]
     They won 1st prize for Merredin Wheat at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1932 [5: 23-Sep-1932]
     With a plot of Merredin wheat came 7th in the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's 1932 50 acre crop competition [5: 20-Jan-1933]
     In April 1935 they purchased a new McCormick-Deering T 20 caterpillar tractor from local agent W. G. MULLIGAN [5: 26-Apr-1935]
     On purchasing the new tractor they sold their old 15-30 McCormick tractor to a farmer in Bowgada near Perenjori [5: 26-Apr-1935]
     A field demonstration of their new tractor was held on their Winchester farm on Thursday afternoon 4 July 1935 [5: 28-Jun-1935]
     In July 1935 they purchased a new 14 disc Sundercut from the Sunshine Agency in Carnamah [5: 2-Aug-1935]
     Sold 146 sheep through Elder Smith & Co Ltd with two consignments to the Midland Market in November 1935 [5: 1 & 15-Nov-1935]
          The 146 sheep consisted of 90 shorn suckers (50 at 15/4, 40 at 12/1) and 56 shorn lambs (31 at 13/7, 25 at 10/7 per head) [5]
     They sold 5 bales of wool at 17d. per pound through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Perth Wool Sale on 9 March 1936 [5: 13-Mar-1936]
     Sold 120 lambs through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market in 1936- 40 lambs on 15 April and 80 on 4 November [5]
          Sold the 40 lambs at 10/- per head while the 80 comprised of 21 at 9/7, 45 at 8/7, 4 at 10/-, 10 at 8/10)[5: 17-Apr-1936, 6-Nov-1936]
     They sold 37 lambs (13 at 23/7, 24 at 20/1) and 1 ewe at 15/- through Elder Smith & Co Ltd on 7 July 1937 [5: 9-Jul-1937]
     After extending the instalments for the farm by two years they completed paying its instalments in 1941 [27]
     The last lot of rates for the farm in the name of "Mosedale & Fowler" were for the 1947-48 financial year [3]
     From 1948-49 onwards rates were solely in his name, and then from 1962-63 onwards they were in the name of his son George [3]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1926 and 1927 [4: 11-Sep-1926] [9: 5-Aug-1927]
     In his first effort over the club's 200 range, on 27 June 1926, he scored 33 out of a possible 35 [9: 9-Jul-1926]
Married Edna Burns GRIMM in Perth on 21 July 1928 [P23]
     Following his marriage resided with his wife in a humpy on Fairview before a mud brick and iron roof house was built [P23]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son from 1928 to 1931 [53]
In 1931 he ran 615 sheep on his Fairview Farm in Winchester [102]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1932, 1940, 1941 and 1946 [13]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Mary POOLE of Winchester on 22 December 1933 at the Winchester Cemetery [4: 6-Jan-1934]
The Carnamah District Road Board paid him £3 for ploughing gravel on Billeroo Road in Winchester in April 1934 [300: page 66]
Paid 13/- in Vermin Bonuses by the Carnamah District Road Board in June 1934 for having killed two foxes and three fox cubs [300]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Wheatgrowers Union - was Secretary 1934-1936[4: 30-Jun-1934] [5: 10 & 17-Jan-1936, 11-Dec-1936]
Member of the Billeroo Cricket Club from 1934-35 to 1939-40 [5: 15-Mar-1935, 15-Nov-1935] [4: 9-Mar-1940]
Along with his wife departed Winchester for Perth in his truck on 16 January 1935 to visit his father who was ill [5: 18-Jan-1935]
Member of the Billeroo School Hall Committee in 1935 [5: 21-Jun-1935]
He purchased a new Sunshine harvester from local agent Oswald S. SOWERBY in November 1935 [5: 15-Nov-1935]
Delegate for the Billeroo Cricket Club at meetings of the Carnamah District Cricket Association in 1935-36 [5: 18-Oct-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Played for the Carnamah District Cricket Association at Country Week Cricket in Perth during February 1936 [5: 14-Feb-1936]
Advertised March 1935 that he had second hand 15-30 McCormick tractor parts in very good order for sale [5: 13-Mar-1936]
Played for the defeated "The Rest" in a cricket match against Carnamah in Coorow on Sunday 22 March 1936 [5: 27-Mar-1936]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association in 1936 [5: 12-Jun-1936]
Called a meeting of the Carnamah branch of the Wheatgrowers Union for 8 p.m. on Wednesday 24 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
     The meeting was held to discuss the potential amalgamation of the Wheatgrowers Union and the Primary Producers Association [5]
Attended the Farewell Social for George & Ester MULLIGAN at Marathon Farm in Winchester on Thursday 25 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
His brother-in-law Harold V. MOSEDALE spent a holiday staying with he and his family in Winchester in October 1936 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Sold an unstated number of cattle at £5/3/6 through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Winchester on 11 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Purchased an Elextrolux Kelvinator refrigerator from Carnamah agent W. George MULLIGAN in early 1937 [5: 5-Mar-1937]
He was among those from Billeroo, East Winchester who spent a few weeks in early1937 holidaying at the coast at Cliff Head [5]
     Others included A. Charles NINEHAM, Herbert E. NINEHAM, Frank E. BRADLEY and C. Darby O'GRADY  [5: 12-Mar-1937]
While attempting to draw kerosene through a siphon from a drum to refuel his tractor on 5 June 1937 he inhaled kerosene [5]
     He was treated by Dr Cecil P. ROSENTHAL at the Carnamah Private Hospital at 14 Robertson Street, Carnamah [5]
     The kerosene had a drastic effect on his stomach which with pneumonia put him in a serious condition [5: 11-Jun-1937]
Attended the meeting in Coorow to discuss constructing a road from Coorow to the coast on 11 September 1937 [5: 17-Sep-1937]
      Foundation Member of the Coorow Coast Road Finance Committee in 1937 [5: 17-Sep-1937]
Control Officer of the Billeroo Bush Fire Brigade in 1939 [0: image 03024]
Member of the Carnamah Cycle Club in 1940 [0: image 03899]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1940 and 1946[58]
Member of the Carnamah Volunteer Defence Corps in 1941 [4: 29-Mar-1941]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Thomas Gordon PERRY at the Winchester Cemetery on 28 January 1941 [4]
Member of the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club 1941-1945 [0: images 03995, 04261 & 04336]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District War and Patriotic Fund in 1942 [0: image 04174]
Obtained the telephone in 1943 - was telephone number Carnamah-9S [60]
Private in the local Australian Army Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1945 [0: image 04371]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah farmer Carl OLSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 21 March 1946 [0]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs A. J. Louise GERSCH of Carnamah and the Three Springs Cemetery on 24 March 1946 [5: 29-Mar-1946]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Winchester farmer Thomas LAWSON on 26 August 1947 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
Member of the Winchester Cricket Club 1951-1955 - was President in 1955 [0: images 04597 & 04794]
Committee Member of the Winchester Progress Association in 1955 [0: image 04786]
Along with his wife Edna left Carnamah on 14 February 1957 and retired to South Perth [P23]
Resided in South Perth from 1957 until his death in 1982 [2] [P23]
Father of George, Cecil, Winnie and Dulcie [P23]
Died 8 May 1982; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (MC Section, Niche Wall, W2, 71) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Hubert Harold Spencer Fowler' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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