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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Jack" John Alexander GILMOUR

Born 1 July 1906 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [16]
Son of Alexander GILMOUR and Ettie STURROCK [54]
Educated at State Schools in Cope Cope, Cannum and Willenabrina in Victoria, Australia [P118]
Left school at the age of 14 and worked driving a team of nine horses and a five furrow plough [P118]
Along with his parents and Leo V. GREEN travelled to Western Australia to inspect prospective farmland in February 1929 [P118]
On 24 April 1929 purchased from the Midland Railway Company 4790 acres of virgin land at Five Gums near Carnamah [27]
The 4790 acres was Lot M1798 of Victoria Location 2022 and cost £1473 (which he paid for by instalments over 18 years) [27]
His land was priced at seven shillings and nice pence per acre and was situated on the south side of Camac Road [P118]
Leo GREEN purchased the adjacent Lot M1797 to the west, also on the south side of Camac Road [61] [62]
Returned to Victoria and in March 1931 himself and Leo GREEN shifted to their farmland near Carnamah [P118]
Farmer of Yarallah Farm near Carnamah 1931-1988 [P118]
Himself and Leo GREEN farmed together for the first two years and then independently [P118]
Crutched and shore sheep, sank wells, carted water and did contract stripping to supplement his income [P118]
Member of the Perenjori Football Club in 1931 [P118]
Employed the services of local builder Charles J. DALLIMORE to construct a two roomed house on the farm at a cost of £110 [P118]
Briefly returned to Victoria in 1932 to marry "Phyllis" Elsinore Phyllis COUZNER on 19 March 1932 [P118]
Member of the Caron Football Club in 1932 and 1933 [P118]
Travelled to Carnamah to get their mail and supplies once every three weeks (neighbours going the other two weeks) [P118]
Their mail and supplies were later delivered from Carnamah by carrier Raymond R. WYLIE [P118]
The local newspaper revealed on 16 March 1934 that goods had arrived for him at the Carnamah railway station [5: 23-Mar-1934]
Competitor in the Parkinson Tennis Club's Open Championship Tournament in Carnamah on Tuesday 1 January 1935 [5: 21-Dec-1934]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club from 1934-35 to 1962-63  [5: 5-Apr-1935, 4-Oct-1935] [89]
     He was Captain of the Five Gums Tennis Club in 1935-36; and Vice Captain 1936-37 to 1938-39 and in 1941-42 [5] [89]
     Vice President from 1935-36 to 1937-38 and in 1940-41; Joint Auditor in 1936-37 and 1937-38 [5] [89]
     Committee Member from 1935-36 to 1941-42 and again from 1952-53 to 1954-55 [5] [89]
     President in 1946-47, Auditor from 1949-50 to 1962-63, and Vice President in 1950-51 [89]
Sold a stag for £2/7/6 through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 20 November 1935 [5: 22-Nov-1935]
Along with William A. T. SARGENT and Maurice S. B. AUNGER extended the telephone line to enable them to be connected [P118]
     They built the telephone line from James K. FORRESTER's farm on the Carnamah-Perenjori Road to their own farms [P118]
     By 1936 he had obtained the telephone and was number Carnamah-23K until 1960 and then number Carnamah East 229 [60]
Annually took his sheep considerable distance to neighbouring farmer George CATTO's shearing shed to be shorn [P224]
Attended the Wedding Social & Dance for Stuart and May FORD at Koolabba Farm in Carnamah on 25 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
After an extended visit to Victoria himself, his wife and their children arrived back in Carnamah on Tuesday 7 April 1936 [5: 10-Apr-1936]
Sold 12 pigs at £1/8/10 per head on 8 April 1936, and a month later 13 pigs at £1/19/1 per head on 6 May 1936 [5: 10-Apr-1936, 8-May-1936]
Sold 25 porkers at £1/13/- per head (a total of £41/5/-) through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on 22 July 1936 [5: 24-Jul-1936]
Attended the Surprise 21st Birthday for Miss Eileen R. PERRY in Carnamah on Saturday evening 18 July 1936 [5: 24-Jul-1936]
Sold three pigs at £1/15/- per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 8 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Sold four bales of wool at 13½d. per pound through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Perth Wool Sale on 5 October 1936 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Sold 25 pigs at £2/5/10 and 13 at £1/18/11 per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd in January and February 1937 [5: 8-Jan-1937, 12-Feb-1937]
Wrote to the Carnamah District Road Board in March 1937 requesting a corner of a road near Five Gums be truncated [5: 19-Mar-1937]
Attended the meeting at Five Gums on 10 March 1937 to discuss the establishment of a state school at Five Gums, Carnamah [278]
He was one of five fathers who signed a letter to the Education Department in July 1939 requesting a school at East Carnamah [277]
     The names of his elder children were two of the ten children listed in the official application for the school on 18 July 1939 [277]
     Along with the other fathers signed a guarantee to supplement the Education Department if the attendance dropped below eight [277]
     The Wongyarra State School at East Carnamah opened on 4 September 1939 and functioned until closing at the end of 1943 [277]
In 1941 purchased a house at East Bunjil and employed Charles J. DALLIMORE to move it to his farm [P118]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Thomas Gordon PERRY on 28 January 1941 at the Winchester Cemetery [4]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1941-1971 [13]
In 1942 extended the farm with the purchase from POPE's [P118] of Victoria Location 8498 in Caron [61]
Later extended the farm with the purchase of two more farms - one near Carnamah and one near Perenjori [P118]
Private in the local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Eliza A. AUNGER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 25 August 1949 [5: 1-Sep-1949]
Member of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association in 1951 [0: image 04612]
Member of the Carnamah School Board in 1957 [4: 22-Mar-1957]
Supporter, Timekeeper, Patron and later Life Member of the Carnamah Football Club [P118]
Guest Speaker at the "Day of Pioneers" luncheon at the Carnamah Shire Council Chambers on 13 October 1982 [7: page 251]
In 1988 retired to Carnamah town and resided on the north east corner of Newman and Bowman Streets [P118]
Resided at 14 Newman Street in Carnamah 1988-1998 [P118]
Left Carnamah in 1998 and shifted to the Lady Brand Lodge in Three Springs and resided there until 2002 [P118]
Passed away at the age of 96 years at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [24]
Father of Bob, Jim, Neil, Judy and Ron [P118]
Died 6 November 2002 in Three Springs WA; buried Three Springs General Cemetery (Uniting, Plot 91) [24]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Alexander Gilmour' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 August 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/john-alexander-gilmour [reference list]




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