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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Jock" John BREEN

Born 5 March 1869 in Milngavie, Dunbartonshire, Scotland [20] [28]
Son of Thomas BREEN and Letitia RANKIN [28]
Married "Helen" Ellen Watson WALLACE on 17 April 1896 at the Burgh Hall in Milngavie, Dunbartonshire, Scotland [28]
In 1901 he was working as a Gardener and was living with his wife and son John at 101 Station Road in Milngavie [20]
He immigrated to Western Australia and secured employment working on the Midland Railway [19] [50]
His son John, aged 14, departed London on the steamship Armadale and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 1 January 1912 [338]
Railway Fettler and later Railway Ganger in Coorow, Western Australia 1911-1917 [19] [24]
His wife and daughter Letitia departed London on the steamship Demosthenes to join him in Western Australia on 14 August 1913 [203]
Railway Fettler in Mogumber in 1917 and 1918 [30: item 3115665] [39: 6-Mar-1918] [50]
Railway Fettler in Wannamal 1919-1942 [114]
In about 1928 he and his wife shifted from the railway siding in Wannamal to the then vacant Wannamal Store [114]
They re-opened the Wannamal Store and ran it while he continued working as a fettler in Wannamal [114]
Along with his wife and daughter Mary returned to Wannamal in February 1928 after a holiday in Albany [114]
Resided in Wannamal until his death in 1942 [2]
Father of John, Letitia, Margaret and Mary [20] [24] [114] [203]
Died 22 July 1942 in Wannamal; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Presbyterian, IA, 399) [2] [39: 23-Jul-1942]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Breen' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 20 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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