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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

John Anderson BROWN

He served with the 10th Light Horse during the First World War [86: 29-Oct-1932]
Farmer of Raith Farm in Yandanooka 1922-1940 [4: 24-Aug-1940] [6] [120: 26-Dec-1929] [225: 17-May-1930]
His farm was the 801 acre Lot 104 of the Yandanooka Estate, which was a Soldier Settlement Estate [44] [61]
Foundation Member of the Yandanooka Tennis Club - was its first Captain in 1923 [9: 24-Aug-1923]
Married Millie Myrtle RIDGWAY in 1924 [66]
In 1926-27 and 1927-28 he had a Dodge car or truck registered with the Mingenew Road Board containing licence plate MI-94 [325]
Member of the Yandanooka sub-branch of the Returned Soldiers' League 1929-1937 [4: 8-Sep-1934] [86: 20-Mar-1937] [120: 26-Dec-1929]
     He was the R.S.L. sub-branch's President in 1929, 1932 and 1937 [4: 26-Nov-1932] [86: 20-Mar-1937] [120: 26-Dec-1929]
During 1930 he received a Centenary Production Certificate of Special Distinction for the crops he grew in 1929 [225: 17-May-1930]
     His crops on Raith Farm averaged over 21 bushels per acre in 1929, which was the Centenary of Western Australia [225]
In February 1930 he purchased a De Soto sedan car [81: 23-Feb-1930]
He was part of the committee that organised and conducted the Anzac Sports in Yandanooka on 23 April 1930 [39: 5-May-1930]
Member of the Mingenew Football Club - was Vice President in 1930 [39: 3-Apr-1930]
Auditor for the Yandanooka branch of the Primary Producers' Association in 1930 [39: 5-May-1930]
Member of the Yandanooka Cricket Club in 1930-31 [4: 15-Nov-1930]
He was appointed a Justice of the Peace for the Victoria Magisterial District during September 1931 [86: 17-Sep-1931]
Member of the Mingenew-Yandanooka Cricket Club in 1931-32 [4: 12-Dec-1931]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
Attended a large meeting in Three Springs to form a North Midlands Chamber of Commerce on 18 November 1932 [4: 26-Nov-1932]
Member of the Mingenew Road Board in 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Member of the Mingenew Tennis Club in 1935-36 [5: 6-Dec-1935]
Member of the Mingenew Golf Club in 1936 [5: 5-Jun-1936]
Member of the Yandanooka Cricket Club in 1936-37 [5: 6-Nov-1936]
Captained one of the mixed club teams of the North Midlands Cricket Association in Three Springs on 3 January 1937 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Played for the North Midlands Cricket Association in their victory against the Morawa Association on 10 January 1937 [5: 15-Jan-1937]
He and his wife won the Mixed Foursomes at the opening of the new golf links in Three Springs on 23 May 1937 [5: 28-May-1937]
By 1939 he was a Justice of the Peace for the Victoria Magisterial District [30: item 3479681]
Member of the Mingenew District Agricultural Society - was Chairman in 1939 [4: 19-Aug-1939]
He and his wife were the guests of honour at valedictory functions in Yandanooka on 17th and Mingenew on 18th of August 1940 [4]
They left Mingenew in August 1940 as he'd been accepted for service as a commissioned officer in the Australian Army [4: 24-Aug-1940]
Father of Helen Mary [39: 14-Sep-1927, 29-Aug-1946]


From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 26 December 1929:
Country Towns and Districts - Three Springs and Mingenew - Cereal and Pastoral Wealth - People and Properties
"There are 45 members in the Yandanooka sub-branch of the R.S.L., the president of which is Mr J. A. Brown, the secretary being Mr G. H. Jones. Born in Scotland, Mr Brown arrived in the State in 1912, and three years later left with the 10th Light Horse for Egypt, returning in 1919 with his commission. He has 800 acres in his block, and this year cropped 270 acres of fallowed land, from which he anticipated an average of 23 bushels an acre. Mr Brown fallows a two-year rotation, and would like to extend it, but finds the area of his block a problem. It is carrying 750 Koonoona blood sheep and lambs, and is worked to capacity. Mr Brown is a member of the selection committee for the district wheat yield competition shield, and is the secretary of the North Midlands Cricket Association. He has been at Yandanooka since 1922."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Anderson Brown' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 15 December 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/john-anderson-brown  [ sources ]




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