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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Jim" James FARLEY

Born 11 October 1900 in Calcutta, Bengal, India [16]
Son of Philip FARLEY and Eva Harriett BROWN [30]
Baptised at the Seamens Church at Hastings in Calcutta, Bengal, India on 13 November 1900 [272]
Departed Calcutta, India with his parents on the steamship Hymettus and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 26 April 1911 [70]
Prior to leaving India his father had arranged to purchase a Ready-Made Farm in Coorow from the Midland Railway Company [34]
Resided with his parents on Dartmouth Farm in Coorow, Western Australia 1912-1916 [19] [30] [215]
     His name was listed as a prospective student in applications for an assisted State School to be established in Coorow in 1911 [215]
     Student at the Coorow State School in 1912, which was a bush shed on Wattle Vale Farm and run by his sister Ellen [215]
     By September 1913 he was boarding in Three Springs and attending the Three Springs State School [215]
     Awarded the prize for Wheat Classing at the Three Springs State School's end of year on Saturday 13 December 1913 [9: 19-Dec-1913]
     Student at the Coorow State School at Coorow House on Victoria Location 385 in Coorow in 1914 [215]
Farmhand in Coorow prior to enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force in Geraldton on 14 July 1916 [30: item 3548039]
     He was noted as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 144 lbs. and with blue-grey eyes, brown hair and a medium complexion [30]
     After brief training at Blackboy Hill he was on 1 November 1916 appointed to the 17th Reinforcements of the 28th Battalion [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916 [18]
     Private 6075 in the Australian Imperial Force's 28th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     His mother wrote to the Australian Headquarters of the A.I.F. on 24 December 1917 informing them he was underage [30]
     A month later an investigation was begun to ascertain his true age, and it was revealed with his admission that he was underage [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 14 January 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
On his return from the war he was tendered a Welcome Home at his parents' home in Coorow on Thursday 10 July 1919 [10: 18-Jul-1919]
     The evening was organised by his mother, who with some assistance decorated the room with the colours of his battalion [10]
     His Welcome Home was reported to have been "the best and brightest function yet head in that old established place Coorow" [10]
     A large crowd from Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs attended, many of whom travelled boggy roads to be present [10]
Farmer in Coorow 1920-1928 [6] [19] [27]
     Purchased with cash 517 acres of virgin land in Coorow from the Midland Railway Company on 16 June 1920 [27]
     The 517 acres was Lot M1231 of Victoria Location 2023, and cost £439/13/7 (17/- per acre), less a 20% cash discount [27]
     Initially farmed his own land and his father's in partnership with his father and brother Daniel as "Philip Farley & Sons" [44]
     By 1924 was farming on his own, and had also become the owner of the 753 acre Lot M1046 of Victoria Location 2023 [44]
     Lot M1046 had previously belonged to his father, who had purchased it as virgin land in 1915 for £428/14/- [27]
     At an unknown date also acquired the 1,477 acre Lot M1142 of Victoria Location 2023 from Charles C. BOTHE [27] [81: 14-Nov-1926]
     His Lot M1142 was advertised for sale in November 1926 and appears to have been sold to Charles A. NOLAN [3] [81: 14-Nov-1926]
     By 1932 his remaining 1,270 acres in Coorow (Lots M1046 and M1231) was owned by Charles C. BOTHE of Coorow [3]
Married Lily BROWN in 1921 [66]
Labourer in Perenjori 1929-1935 [19]
Farmer in Bowgada 1938-1942 [19]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Nedlands prior to enlisting in the Australian Army on 9 April 1942 [16]
     Private W64281 in the Australian Army's 5 Garrison Battalion during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 19 April 1943 [16]
Farmer in Perenjori 1948-1958 [19]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe [2]
Died 29 June 1981; cremated at the Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'James Farley' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 June 2022 from [reference list]

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