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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Jim" James William ATKINSON

Born 1909 in Geraldton, Western Australia [P55]
Son of John ATKINSON and Rose DREWETT [15] [P89]
Grew up on Oakabella Farm in Howatharra between Northampton and Geraldton[P55]
Educated at state schools in Geraldton, Northampton and Isseka [P55]
Farmed with his brothers on Oakabella Farm in Howatharra before shifting to Winchester [P55]
On 26 July 1926 his brother "Jack" John ATKINSON purchased Cecil B. O'NEILL's 1,300 acre farm in Winchester [27]
     The 1,300 acres was Lot M1601 of Victoria Location 2023 situated on the south side of the Winchester East Road [27]
     By 1929 he and his brother "Gus" Augustus ATKINSON had shifted to their brother Jack's farm in Winchester [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Farmer in Winchester in partnership with his two brothers as "Atkinson Bros" [19] [P55]
     He and Gus resided on and ran the farm in Winchester while Jack resided on and farmed Oakabella Farm in Howatharra [P55]
     In the 1938-39 financial year he and Jim began leasing an adjoining 3,362 acres in Winchester [3] [34]
     The 3,362 acres was Lot M1792 of Victoria Location 2023 and was leased from the Midland Railway Company [3] [34]
     On 8 August 1945 he and his brothers Jack and Gus purchased the 3,362 acres that they had been leasing for about six years [27]
They purchased the 3,363 acres from the Midland Railway Company for £1176/14/- (7/- an acre), payable by instalments [27]
Annually they dipped their sheep on Charles CHAPMAN's Elouera Farm in Winchester [P55]
Attended the Euchre Party and Dance held in Winchester on Saturday 10 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Attended and won the booby prize at the card evening held at the Billeroo School Hall on 30 July 1932 [5: 5-Aug-1932]
While helping Will LAWSON with his hay carting in November 1932 he fell from the top of the load onto the ground [5: 25-Nov-1932]
     Fractured his arm in the fall and was forced to rest his arm just as harvest was commencing [5: 25-Nov-1932]
     Previous to fracturing his arm he and his brother had suddenly and inexplicably lost three horses [5: 25-Nov-1932]
Paid 10/- by the Carnamah District Road Board on 6 July 1933 for killing a fox and thereby helping control vermin [300: page 41]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1934-35, 1935-36 and 1936-37 [5: 23-Nov-1934, 1-Nov-1935, 16-Oct-1936]
Attended the Party at the home of William & Susan PETHICK on Petan Farm in Winchester on Saturday 14 July 1934 [5: 20-Jul-1934]
Sold 20 suckers at 16/7 per head through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at Midland Market on Wednesday 25 September 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
About a month late in October 1935 sold another 20 suckers at 18/1 per head, 9 wethers at 9/10 and 1 lamb for 9/- [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Competed in the Parkinson Tennis Club's New Year Tennis Tournament in Carnamah on Wednesday 1 January 1936 [5: 3-Jan-1936]
Played for the combined Winchester-Waddy-Coorow tennis team against Carnamah-Parkinson on Sunday 5 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
Attended the Farewell Social for George & Ester MULLIGAN at Marathon Farm in Winchester on Thursday 25 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Sold 24 suckers at 21/- per head through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 16 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Competitor in the Parkinson Tennis Club's Tennis Tournament held in Carnamah on New Year's Day 1 January 1937 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Competed in the Carnamah Tennis Club's Easter Tennis Tournament at Centenary Park in Carnamah in March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
With Frank E. BRADLEY won the Men's Handicap Doubles of the Winchester Tennis Club's Tournament in 1937 [5: 7-May-1937]
Sold 28 lambs at 28/1 per head through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 7 July 1937 [5: 9-Jul-1937]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1946 [13]
Travelled to Winchester Siding once a week to purchase supplies from the Winchester General Store [P55]
In April 1963 he and his brothers sold their 4,662 acre farm in Winchester to Arthur T. DAVIES [P271]
He and his brother Gus retired to Little Anchorage in Leeman [19] where they had a couple of crayfish boats [P55]
Died 18 April 1972; buried at the Utakarra Cemetery in Geraldton, Western Australia [26]

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

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