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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Jim" James Richard Diggery WEST

Born 19 October 1914 in Albany, Western Australia [16]
Son of Norman WEST and Mary HERBERT [64]
Came to Carnamah as a motherless child and worked for the BREWER family at the Carnamah Hotel [P22]
He did general chores and looked after the horses at the hotel [??]
Competitor in the Carnamah Athletic Club's Inaugural Boxing Tournament in Carnamah in 1932 [4: 6-Feb-1932]
Played for the Carnamah Hotel's team "Gentleman" against the "Ruffs" team at cricket in Carnamah on 5 March 1933 [5: 10-Mar-1933]
Competitor in John KENNY's Billiard Tournaments conducted within Mackie's Buildings in Carnamah in 1933 [5: 26-May-1933, 21-Jul-1930]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Returned to Carnamah on Saturday 14 April 1934 after a few weeks holiday in Perth [5: 20-Apr-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1934, 1935 and 1937 [5: 25-May-1934, 11-Jun-1937] [4: 1-Jun-1935]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on  Saturday 20 October 1934 [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Member of both the Carnamah Cricket Club and the Billeroo Cricket Club in 1934-35 [5: 15-Feb-1935, 5-Apr-1935]
Attended the Carnamah Girls Club's Masquerade Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 7 December 1935 as "Rizla Papers" [5: 13-Dec-1935]
Member of John BOWMAN's XI who played against the Carnamah Cricket Club at the opening of the 1935-36 season [5: 25-Oct-1935]
After spending two weeks in Fremantle he returned to Carnamah on Saturday evening 4 January 1936 [5: 10-Jan-1936]
Later lived with "Charlie" Carl OLSON on his farm on the Carnamah-Bunjil Road in Carnamah [P6] [P22]
Farmhand in Carnamah 1936-1948 [19] [50]
Competed as a Senior Rider in the Carnamah Athletic Club's Bike Races in Carnamah on Sunday of each week in 1936 [5: 4-Dec-1936]
Member of the Billeroo Cricket Club in 1936-37 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Later in the 1936-37 season he was a member of the Carnamah Cricket Club's non-association "Carnamah B" team [5: 5-Feb-1937]
Came 2nd in the Senior Bike Race of six laps at the R.S.L. Easter Athletic Sports Meeting in Carnamah on 29 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Senior Member of the Carnamah Cycle Club in 1937 [5: 4-Jun-1937]
Fell during a bike race at the 1937 Carnamah Agricultural Show and spent several days at the Carnamah Private Hospital [5: 17-Sep-1937]
Member of the 25th Machine Gun Regiment at Canning Weir WA in 1940 [0: image 03949]
     Returned to Carnamah on long weekend leave to see how his harvest was progressing [0: image 03949]
Enlisted in the Australian Army on 18 February 1942 [16]
     Private WX19735 in the Headquarters of the Australian Army's 1st Australian Corps during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 2 April 1946 [16]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1946 and 1952-1955 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1947 [52]
He is said to have inherited "Charlie" Carl OLSON's farm in Carnamah following his death on 20 March 1946 [P22]
     In 1947 ownership of the 835 acre farm was changed from the Estate of the Late Carl OLSON to his name [3]
     The 835 acre farm was Lot M1085 of Victoria Location 1938 situated on the south side of the Carnamah-Bunjil Road [3] [62]
Farmer in Carnamah 1948-1972 [3] [64]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1949 - played for Carnamah Country [0: image 04519]
Telephone number Carnamah 12-U from 1949 to 1960 [60]
Married Muriel Leonie ATKINSON in 1953 [66]
In 1961 his telephone number changed from Carnamah-12U to Carnamah East 220 [60]
Listed in rate books with 28 and 30 Slater Street in the Carnamah townsite in 1960-61 and 1961-62 [3]
     The two vacant quarter acre blocks, which were Gov Lots 51 and 52, reverted to the Crown during the 1961-62 financial year [3]
During the 1967-68 financial year purchased a house at 8 Newman Street (Lot 40 of M1123) from Timothy K. BURKETT [3]
Farmer in Carnamah until 1972 when he sold the farm and moved to his house on Newman Street in the Carnamah townsite [64]
Gardener for the Shire of Carnamah in the 1970s [64]
Attended the "Day of Pioneers" luncheon held at the Shire Council Chambers in Carnamah on 13 October 1982 [253]
In 1993 he sold his house and on 16 March 1993 moved to the Lady Brand Lodge in Three Springs [64]
Resided at the Lady Brand Lodge, Three Springs 1993-1995 [1] [64]
Father of Shelley [14]
Died 12 January 1995 at the Geraldton Regional Hospital, Geraldton; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row G, Plot 9) [1]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'James Richard Diggery West' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 19 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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