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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Jack" John BREEN

Born 1896 in Milngavie, Dunbartonshire, Scotland [30: item 3115665]
Son of John BREEN and "Helen" Ellen Watson WALLACE [20] [39: 20-Oct-1928]
In 1901 he was living with his parents at 101 Station Road in Milngavie, Dunbartonshire, Scotland [20]
His father immigrated to Western Australia and worked as a Railway Fettler and later Railway Ganger in Coorow 1911-1917 [19] [24]
At the age of 14 he departed London on the steamship Armadale and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 1 January 1912 [338]
18 months later his mother and sister Letty departed London to join them, arriving in Western Australia on 14 August 1913 [203]
Farmhand in Coorow, Western Australia in 1916 [30: item 6518792]
He unsuccessfully applied to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force in Moora on 5 August 1916 [30: item 6518792] [225: 10-Aug-1916]
Farmhand in Mogumber in 1917 [30: item 3115665]
Farmhand in Coorow 1919-1925 [50]
Resided in Perenjori 1925-1928 [39: 19-Sep-1925] [83]
He placed a notice in The West Australian in 1925 that he wasn't the John Breen sentenced to 20 months imprisonment [39: 19-Sep-1925]
Died suddenly on 14 October 1928; buried at the Perenjori Cemetery in Perenjori, Western Australia (Plot 15) [39: 14-Oct-1932] [83]

From The Geraldton Guardian newspaper, Thursday 18 October 1928:
Sudden Death at Perenjori
"A message was received by the Geraldton police, from Constable Savage, of Perenjori, to the effect that a man named John Breen, aged 31, had died suddenly last Sunday at Perenjori. It appeared that the deceased had been found that morning be Mr C. Lees lying on the ground in Hesford-street, apparently in a serious condition. He was removed to Mrs Griffiths' boarding house, and Dr Hough, of Morawa, was summoned. Breen was in a semi-conscious state and Dr Hough ordered his removed to Three Springs Hospital. When they returned to the house, however, the man was dead. A post-mortem examination was held the same night, and the doctor found that death was due to exposure, heart failure and congestion of the lungs. Deceased was a returned soldier."

From The Northern Producer and Morawa & Perenjori Advertiser newspaper, Saturday 20 October 1928:
"It with deep regret that we record the sudden passing of Mr J. Breen at Perenjori on Sunday, October 14. Deceased was taken ill on the previous evening. Dr Hough was called in on Sunday. Although everything possible was done for him Mr Breen passed quietly away on Sunday afternoon. The funeral took place on Tuesday, the Rev. Valentine officiating. The mother and sister of deceased attended, and a number of friends."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Breen' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 March 2024 from [reference list]

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