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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Jim" James Hostley ROWLAND

Born 25 May 1883 in Dongara, Western Australia [P13]
Son of John ROWLAND and Caroline Amelia EDWARDS [15]
Resided with his parents in Dongara, and was baptised by Methodist Minister Rev. T. BIRD of Geraldton on 31 August 1883 [84]
Farmer of Oldham Farm at Yardarino in the Irwin-Dongara district [19]
For a few years he also owned 993 acres of land in Lots 25 and 25 of the Dudawa Estate in Dudawa, East Arrino [44]
He appears to have sold his 993 acres in Dudawa, East Arrino to Dongara commission agent William B. MITCHELL [44]
Married "Dorrie" Martha Dorothy SLOPER on 19 March 1913 [P13]
On 24 August 1921 purchased with his brother Clarence virgin land in Carnamah from the Midland Railway Company [27]
In mid 1922, along with his wife and four children, shifted to the land in Carnamah that had been purchased the previous year [P13]
Farmer of Billaloo Farm near Billeroo in Carnamah 1922 onwards [P13]
Owned the land in Carnamah in partnership with his brother "Clarrie" Clarence Augustus ROWLAND until 1927 [27]
Although they owned the land jointly they worked separately and ran their own farms; gradually worked at clearing the land [P7]
Upon the dissolution of their partnership his farm was 1,654 acres in size [3]
Apparently himself and Clarrie had tossed a coin to see who got which block, and he won the toss [P7]
His 1,657 acres were Lot M1219 and Lot 2 of Lot M1218 of Victoria Locations 1936 and 1937 [3]
His children attended the nearby Billeroo State School at Billeroo, East Winchester [7: page 63]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and general repairers Henry Parkin & Son in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s [53]
Member of the Billeroo School Committee in 1930 [7: page 78]
Pallbearer at the funeral of ten year old Charles Godfrey TURNER on 13 August 1932 at the Winchester Cemetery [4]
He was hit by a car as he was entering the football grounds at Centenary Park, Carnamah on Sunday 23 September 1934 [5: 28-Sep-1934]
Member of the Billeroo School Hall Committee in 1935 [5: 21-Jun-1935]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of William B. SHERIDAN of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Sold five porkers at 16/6 per head and four slips at 14/6 per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd on 5 February 1936 [5: 7-Feb-1936]
Sold 80 sheep wethers (50 at 12/4, 30 at 11/1) through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on 4 November 1936 [5: 6-Nov-1936]
In January 1937 he offered to find a good supply of fresh water for the Three Springs Road Board for the sum of £70 [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1946-1958 [13]
His family's transport was a horse and sulky prior to him purchasing a Chevrolet car [7: page 63]
Resided in Carnamah until his death in 1958 [1]
Passed away at the age of 75 years at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [1]
Father of three sons - "Alf" Alfred John, "Wally" Walter Hostley and "Phil" Phillip Stanley [P249]
Father of five daughters - Mavis Amelia, "Jean" Dorothy Jean, Fay Rachel, Eunice Joy and Shirley June [P249]
Died 26 September 1958 in Three Springs; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row H, Plot 12) [1]
His body and coffin were taken to his funeral in the Carnamah District Road Board's truck as the road to the cemetery was flooded [P23]


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Friday 3 October 1958:
Death of Old Carnamah Identity
"Following somewhat abnormal health conditions during the past two years, the death occurred in the North Midlands District Hospital at Three Springs on Friday last of an old and highly respected resident of Carnamah in the person of Mr. James Hostley Rowland at the age of seventy-five years. With his wife and a young family the late Mr. Rowland transferred from Dongara to Carnamah about thirty-five years ago to commence farming activities, and during that period the family have become well known almost right through-out the North Midlands. In addition to a bereaved widow, the deceased gentleman is survived by three sons (Alf, Wally and Phil) and five daughters comprising Mavis (Mrs. C. Rayner), Jean (Mrs H. Davis), Fay (Mrs. P. Moody), Eunice (Mrs. A. Niven) and Shirley (Mrs. E. K. Rowland) and there are also seventeen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In the presence of a large assemblage of relatives and friends the funeral took place in the Winchester Cemetery on Saturday last with the Rev. Threlfall officiating at the graveside. The pall-bearers were Messrs. T. Perry, L. Schier, E. Gurr and C. Robertson, and the casket was borne from the hearse to the grave by Messrs. S. Fleay, R. Watson, R. Parkin and R. Bowran."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'James Hostley Rowland' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 19 September 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/james-hostley-rowland [sources]




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