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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Jim" James GILLESPIE

Born C.1885 [15]
Son of James GILLESPIE and Kate PARFITT [239: Tree 19C]
Member of the Wanderers Football Club in Moora in 1913 [9: 29-Aug-1913]
     The Wanderers Football Club was an all-Aboriginal team which competed in the Moora Football Association [120: 28-Jul-1949]
     Years later in 1949 he recalled a time when their team of 18 players defeated a white team numbering 25 [120: 28-Jul-1949]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1913 and 1915 [9: 28-Nov-1913, 26-Nov-1915]
Along with another two Aboriginal trackers from Moora, he helped search for missing four year old boy Lionel MARTIN in 1917 [10]
     Lionel had been going to a neighbour's house on an errand for his mother but never arrived or returned home [10]
     He and the other trackers gave all their energy in the search, tracking the boy's tracks in the sand until they were lost [10]
     The boy was later found safe and sound in a stable - after spending two days and nights lost in the bush [10: 13-Apr-1917]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'James Gillespie' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 August 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/james-gillespie [reference list]




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