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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Irwin Roy COUSINS

Born 27 January 1891 in Walkaway, Western Australia [16]
Son of "Harry" Henry William COUSINS and Clara Elizabeth KING [15]
Farmer in Arrino 1906-1916 [6] [19]
Married Clarice Constance BELL in 1916 [66]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 13 May 1916 [94]
     Gave his next of kin as his wife Mrs Clarice COUSINS, her address during the war being Carr Street, Leederville WA [94]
     Embarked Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A16 Port Melbourne on 28 October 1916 [94]
     Private 4043 in the Australian Imperial Force's 32nd Battalion during the First World War [18]
     Embarked on his return to Australia on 23 March 1919 [94]
Obtained farmland on the Winchester Estate in Winchester through the Soldier Settlement Scheme [8: pages 19-20]
     His farm was a quarter of what was originally Glenwilli Farm in Winchester owned by Louis P. PARKER [8: pages 19-20]
     His farm was 1,009 acres in size and consisted of Victoria Locations 2953, 3405, 3445 and 5565 [61]
Farmer in Winchester 1922-1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929] [61]
     Resided on his farm in Winchester in a house constructed out of tin [P227]
     He was one of the suppliers of music at some of the functions held in Winchester [4: 2-Nov-1929]
     Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in the 1920s [53]
     Signed the petition in February 1923 for the Irwin Licensing Court to grant a hotel license for Carnamah [10: 9-Mar-1923]
     His horse Wet Day came 3rd in the Second Hack Race at the Picnic Race Meeting held in Carnamah in 1924 [86: 27-Sep-1924]
     By 1925-26 he was the owner of a Dodge car, which was registered with the Carnamah District Road Board with plate CA-49 [325]
     He was reported to be "no slouch with cars" when in August 1926 he upgraded to a Chrysler car [81: 29-Aug-1926] [325]
     In February 1927 purchased a new model Buick car, which like his two previous cars, contained plate CA-49 [4: 26-Feb-1927] [325]
     Purchased new Chevrolet trucks from Carnamah dealer Scott WYLIE in May 1927 and November 1929 [4: 28-May-1927, 9-Nov-1929]
     It was reported in June 1927 that "his latest acquisition, a fine Chevrolet truck, which should give sterling service" [4: 4-Jun-1927]
     His Chevrolet truck, or Chev, was licensed with the Carnamah District Road Board with number plate CA-228 [325]
     Foundation Chairman of the Winchester Cricket Club in 1927 [4: 19-Nov-1927]
     He provided his tuck to transport people to Waddy Forest on 30 November 1927 for the Winchester's first inter-club cricket match [4]
     Committee Member of the Carnamah sub-branch of the Returned Soldiers' League in 1928 [9: 23-Mar-1928]
     Purchased a Case tractor from Westralian Farmers in about July of 1929 [4: 2-Aug-1929]
     He was among those who attended the Centenary Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 26 July 1929 [86: 3-Aug-1929]
     The ball was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony [86]
     Attended the Euchre Party and Dance held at the Winchester School Hall on Saturday 10 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
     Supplied music at the Euchre Party and Dances held in Winchester on 31 August 1929 and 14 September 1929 [4: 7 & 21-Sep-1929]
     His farm was referred to as "the well known Winchester property of Irwin Cousins" [4: 19-Oct-1929]
     Through Carnamah agent Scott WYLIE he sold his farm in Winchester to Howard H. CHAPPEL in October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
     He was still in Winchester in November 1929 he purchased a new Citroen car [81: 24-Nov-1929]
Resided in Perth prior to enlisting in the Australian Army on 28 July 1941 [16]
     Private W15360 in the AACSWA Detachment of the Australian Army during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 10 July 1946 [16]
In 1951 he was working as a Labourer and living on Smith Street in the inner Perth suburb of Highgate Hill [39: 27-Nov-1951]
He went before the Perth Police Court and was fined £20 for assaulting two girls in Highgate on 24 November 1951 [310: 1-Dec-1951]
     The Mirror newspaper reported him as a 60 year old first offender who pleaded guilty and said it would be his last offence [310]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Maylands [2]
Father of Reginald [25]
Died 4 February 1979; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, PB, 27) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Irwin Roy Cousins' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 7 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/irwin-roy-cousins [sources]




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