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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Ike" Isaac WALLACE

Born 17 September 1866 in Allendale, South Australia [55]
Son of Isaac WALLACE and Ellen ALEXANDER [55]
Married (1) Martha Symons PERRYMAN on 26 July 1893 in Port MacDonnell, South Australia [55]
His wife Martha passed away in Port MacDonnell at the age of 27 on 7 September 1896 (ten days after the birth of their daughter) [55]
Resided at Mount Gambier in South Australia until shifting to Menzies, Western Australia in 1906 [4: 3-Jun-1939]
He followed mining pursuits in Menzies, Mulline and Sandstone, and then opened a newsagency in Sandstone [4: 3-Jun-1939]
Newsagent in Sandstone, Western Australia in 1909 and 1910 [6]
Married (2) Catherine FERRIS in Sandstone on 14 April 1909 [P111]
In around August of 1910 shifted from Sandstone to Three Springs, and shortly afterwards established a bakery [9: 9 & 16-Sep-1910]
Resided in Three Springs form 1910 until his death in 1939 [P111]
Baker in 1911, Commission Agent 1911-1916, Farmer 1917-1919, Clearer 1920-1922 & Farmer 1922-1939 in Three Springs [6] [9] [10]
By March 1911 he was working in Three Springs as a Land, Commission and Forwarding Agent [9: 24-Mar-1911, 28-Jul-1911]
     He was an agent for Massey-Harris machinery, Cutterbuck Bros of Geraldton and the Victoria Fire Insurance Company [9]
     As part of his business provided vehicles for land seekers, or personally drove them to any part of the Three Springs district [9]
     During February 1916 he sold his agency business in Three Springs and commenced farming locally [10: 25-Feb-1916]
He was known to have done a lot of share-farming in the Three Springs district [P2]
Owned Dingle Dell Farm near Arrino and may have owned another property near Parakalia Farm in Three Springs [P111]
Travelled from Three Springs to Perth on 7 September 1910 after his foot was run over, badly damaging his ankle [9: 9-Sep-1910]
Foundation Committee Member of the Three Springs Race Club in 1910 and 1911 [9: 23-Dec-1910, 20-Jan-1911]
He was appointed a member of the Three Springs Local Board of Health in 1911 [9: 24-Feb-1911]
During the first half of July 1914 he took a two week tour through the country between Coorow and Mingenew [10: 17-Jul-1914]
     The best crop he saw was Tom BONHAM's in Coorow, and it was remarked "Ike knows a good crop when he sees one" [10]
In 1917 grew 300 acres of wheat crop in Three Springs [10: 19-Jun-1917]
Signed the petition and financial guarantee in 1917 for the Midland Railway Company to provide a resident doctor at Three Springs [34]
The Three Springs Committee for Saint Patrick's Day requested his assistance with their children's events in 1919 [124]
In 1922 share-cropped part of Charles C. MALEY's Parakalia Farm in Three Springs [9: 15-Sep-1922]
     His crop on inspection in early September 1922 was reported as "a credit to the cultivator, being as high as the fence" [9]
Won 1st prize for Two Sheaves of Wheat exhibited at the Three Springs Day on Thursday 28 September 1922 [9: 20-Oct-1922]
In early 1923 he underwent an operation to have the middle finger of his left hand amputated at the bottom joint [9: 9-Feb-1923]
     The operation was a success and had it not been there was the possibility he'd have to have had his entire hand amputated [9]
Ran but was defeated in the election for the Three Springs member of the Carnamah District Road Board in 1926 [9: 9-Apr-1926]
Vice President of the Picnic Race Meeting held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Saturday 17 March 1928 [124]
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]
Attended the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show and Show Ball on Thursday 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Nominee for the Member for Three Springs on the new Three Springs District Road Board in February 1929 [4: 16-Feb-1929]
Among those who travelled from Three Springs to the coast for a day in a truck and two cars on Saturday 23 March 1929 [4: 6-Apr-1929]
Inaugural Board Member of the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs in 1929 [120: 26-Dec-1929]
In October 1929 purchased a new Chevreolet truck, or Chev, from Carnamah dealer Scott WYLIE [4: 9-Nov-1929]
Presented the Three Springs Anglican Church with fruit and veg at its Harvest Thanksgiving service on 23 March 1930 [4: 29-Mar-1930]
Wrote to the Three Springs Road Board in 1931 appealing against the rateable valuation on his property in Three Springs [4: 15-Aug-1931]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Isabella BYRNE of Three Springs on 2 July 1932 at the Moora Cemetery [5: 8-Jul-1932]
Attended the Commemoration Dinner held at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on Friday 26 August 1932 [5: 9-Sep-1932]
     The dinner was to commemorate Three Springs having the highest average yield for wheat in the State for the 1931-32 season [5]
Won 1st prize for Greet Oats in the Grain-Fodder section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 21 September 1933 [5: 29-Sep-1933]
He and his son Nolan travelled from Three Springs to the goldfields at Yandanooka in early March 1935 [5: 8-Mar-1935]
Member of the Three Springs branch of the Wheatgrowers Union 1935-1937 - was Secretary in 1935 [5: 12-Jul-1935, 16-Apr-1937]
In 1935 successfully requested the Three Springs Road Board make a road on the west side of Mulliah / Yarra Yarra Lakes [5: 16-Aug-1935]
Helped run the North Midlands Wheatgrowers Union Annual Picnic and Ball held in Three Springs on 21 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Wrote to the Three Springs Road Board in October 1935 alerting them to the need for local repairs before the wheat carting season [5]
     The repairs were to Carter's Road and to the crossing below Golden Hope, both of which the Road Board looked into [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Due to illness he was unable to attend the North Midlands Wheatgrowers Union's Zone Meeting on 3 November 1935 [5: 15-Nov-1935]
Helped make up numbers for the Three Springs Cricket Club in a match against Mingenew on Sunday 9 February 1935 [5: 21-Feb-1936]
     It was said that despite being in his 70th year and not having played cricket for a number of years that he did remarkably well [5]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
In July 1936 requested the Three Springs Road Board clear a road on land they had resumed from James K. HEBITON [5: 10-Jul-1936]
     The Road Board obviously agreed with his request as on receipt of his letter decided to clear a 22 foot wide road on the land [5]
Attended the Valedictory Social for his daughter Rae at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on 15 December 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
In 1937 he owned a farm eight miles west of Carnamah [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Part of the roof from his house blew off during a horrific 36 hour dust storm that raged on 9 and 10 February 1937 [5: 12-Feb-1937]
Attended the North Midlands Cricket Association's dinner at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on 21 March 1937 [5: 25-Mar-1937]
     At the dinner he received special thanks the President of the North Midlands Cricket Association "for the support he had given" [5]
Life Member of the Three Springs Football Club [5: 2-Jun-1939]
Resided with his wife in a house in Slaughter Street, Three Springs until his death in 1939 [P111]
Passed away at the age of 72 years at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [5: 2-Jun-1939]
Father of "Audrey" Martha Audrey Ernestine WALLACE by his first wife [55]
Father of "Rae" Rachel Marion Alice WALLACE and "Nolan" Edward Lauchlan Nolan WALLACE by his second wife [P111]
Died 28 May 1939; buried at Three Springs General Cemetery in Three Springs, Western Australia (Anglican, Plot 36) [24]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 2 June 1939:
Obituary - Late Mr. I. Wallace
"After a long and trying illness the death occurred at the North Midlands District Hospital, Three Springs on Sunday last of Mr. Isaac Wallace an old and respected resident of the Three Springs district. The late Mr. Wallace had been failing in health for some time past and although the news of his death was not altogether unexpected, it cast a deep gloom over the town and district. The deceased gentleman had reached the ripe old age of 72 years. The late Mr. Wallace was a life member of the Three Springs Football Club. A widow, two daughters (Mrs. Byass, Adelaide) and Mrs. R. James and one son Nolan, are left to mourn their loss. The funeral which was largely attended, took place on Monday afternoon, the place of interment being the Three Springs cemetery."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 3 June 1939:
Obituary - Passing of a Three Springs Resident - The Late Mr I. Wallace
"At his home at Three Springs on Sunday morning last there passed away an old and respected resident of the district in the person of Mr Isaac Wallace, the deceased gentleman having reached the age of 72 years. For some time past the late Mr Wallace had been in failing health and his death was therefore not altogether unexpected. As a young man the deceased gentleman arrived in this State from Mt Gambier (S.A.) in 1906 and proceeded to Menzies. From that centre he later transferred to Mulline and then to Sandstone, following mining pursuits in each instant. Some years afterwards he opened a newsagency business in Sandstone, which was then a thriving portion of the Murchison Goldfields, and he also became a member of the Black Range Road Board. In 1910 he disposed of his business interests in Sandstone and transferred to Three Springs with his wife and family. For a time he was engaged in agency work, but later he decided to follow farming pursuits, in which he was engaged until the time of his death. He was a prominent member of the Three Springs Branch of the Wheatgrowers' Union, and for some time officiated as secretary of that organisation. He was also keenly interested in sport, more particularly cricket and football, and as a tribute to his memory members of the Three Springs Football club cancelled a match in which they were scheduled to play last Sunday. The late Mr Wallace is survived by a widow and one son and two daughters. The funeral took place in the Anglican portion of the Three Springs Cemetery on Monday last, the first portion of the burial service being conducted in St James' Church. The officiating minister at both the church and the graveside was the Rev C. A. Walsh, the organ accompanist for the hymns rendered at the church being Mr A. J. Ferguson. The chief mourners were Messrs N.  Wallace (son) and R. James (son-in-law), and the pall bearers were Messrs N. McKenzie, A. R. Strutton, C. M. Maley and K. S. Glyde. Others present at the graveside were Mr and Mrs E. W. Franklin, Mr and Mrs A. Bastian, Mr and Mrs J. K. Hebiton, Mr and Mrs E. Hunt, Mr and Mrs F. Maley, Mr and Mrs A. W. Potts, Mr and Mrs J. Lynch, Mr and Mrs C. F. Thomas sen, Mr and Mrs C. F. Thomas jun, Mr and Mrs S. J. Morgan, Mr and Mrs Black, Mr and Mrs E. Duffy, Mr and Mrs P. Howard, Mr and Mrs J. O'Shannessy, Mr and Mrs Howard Smith, Mesdames N. McKenzie, C. Luscombe, R. Oliver, E. Davis, Kennedy, Blakiston, Turner sen, J. Turner, J. Clune, Misses M. Oliver, Jean Hunt, A. McKenzie, O'Shannessy, R. Franklin, Mary Turner, May Turner, A. Turner, Dr M. A. Mayrhofer, Missioner A. Canning, Messrs Geo. H. Bickford, C. Dodd, P. T. Bridge, W. H. G. Howard ("Irwin Index"), R. J. Fogarty, V. Tippett, J. Hunter, H. Hunter, G. Meyer, C. Cole, C. Prater, P. Vanstone, S. Rojo, R. Shaw (E. S. & A. Bank), R. Swan (Shell Company), J. R. Kuhnberg, T. Oliver, H. R. Carter, R. Carroll, R. Fogarty. N. E. Stokes, S. O'Shannessy, R. Howard, M. Howard, W. G. Jordan, W. D. S. Smith, K. Allan, C. B. Thomas (National Bank), R. Linthorne and A. E. Saggers. There were no flowers by request. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr H. E. Thomas of Three Springs."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Isaac Wallace' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 17 April 2024 from [reference list]

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