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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Jock" John BURNS

Born C.1894 [2] in Scotland [P6]
Son of John and Grace BURNS [15]
Saddler, Harness Maker and Boot Repairer in Carnamah 1925-1936 [4: 7-Aug-1926] [5: 3-Apr-1936] [6] [19]
Undertook work in the lines of saddle making, harness making, collar lining and boot repairing [4: 7-Aug-1926]
Resided and worked from stone premises on the western portion of 13 Macpherson Street in the Carnamah townsite [P4] [51]
His premises consisted of a three roomed house with his shop at the front, and later had electric lighting fitted throughout [5: 3-Apr-1936]
Married Annie Morrison BLACK in Perth in 1925, and after their honeymoon arrived back in Carnamah in mid June [9: 19-Jun-1925] [66]
Advertised his business in The Irwin Index newspaper: "Prompt Service, Keenest Prices, and Workmanship Guaranteed" [4: 17-Aug-1926]
By 1926 he had the telephone connected - was telephone number Carnamah-18 until having the telephone disconnected in 1931 [60]
Attended the Grand Plain & Fancy Dress Ball held in the Carnamah Hall on 6 August 1925 dressed as "Harry Lauder" [9: 21-Aug-1925]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club 1925-1934 [9: 30-Oct-1925, 23-Mar-1928, 28-Sep-1928] [5: 3-Nov-1933, 12-Oct-1934]
     He officially opened the Carnamah Tennis Club's tennis courts on Sunday 25 October 1925 [9: 30-Oct-1925]
     He was Captain in 1925-26 and a Committee Member in 1927-28[9: 30-Oct-1925] [39: 25-Oct-1927]
     In 1928-29 and 1929-30 he was both Vice Captain and Chairman[4: 15-Sep-1928, 26-Oct-1929, 22-Mar-1930]
Likely that he was the Mr BURNS who was caretaker of the Carnamah Hall up until May 1927 [4: 28-May-1927]
Foundation Treasurer of the Carnamah Soccer Club in 1927 [4: 2-Jul-1927]
Member of the Carnamah Lodge of Manchester Unity Oddfellows Friendly Society 1927-1930 [4: 15-Sep-1928, 23-Aug-1930] [9: 29-Jul-1927]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred LANG's wedding dance on 27 March 1928 at the Carnamah Hall [4: 31-Mar-1928]
He was among the locals who rushed to fight the fire at 14 Macpherson Street in Carnamah in the early hours of 1 August 1928 [31]
     The fire destroyed Ernest C. ANDREWS' three-room house but they succeeded in saving Ernest's butcher's shop [31: 10-Aug-1928]
Attended the wedding dance for Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN in Carnamah on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
In 1929 was elected the District Grand Master of the M.U.O.F.S. for the Midland District [4: 9-Feb-1929]
On the evening of 19 May 1929 helped extinguish a fire that started in the office at the garage of Stan O'GRADY [4: 25-May-1929]
Founding Member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 21 March 1930 [96]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1932 [13]
Made a donation to the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them purchase premises [5: 29-Jul-1932]
Won 1st prize for a Turnips in the Vegetable section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1932 [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Executive Committee Member 1932 and Vice President 1933 of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association [5: 17-Mar-1933] [4: 9-Jul-1932]
Attended the Official Opening of the Carnamah Golf Course at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 23 July 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
Advertised his business in the Schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1933: [13]
     "J. Burns, Saddle and Harness Maker, Carnamah - All Classes of Harness and Saddlery Supplied [13]
                  Motor Trimmings of All Classes. Collar Lining a Specialty. Boot Repairing." [13]
Won 1st prize for Sweet Peas at the Carnamah Agricultural Show at Centenary Park, Carnamah on 14 September 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Member in 1933 and Committee Member 1934-1936 of the Carnamah Golf Club [4: 30-Jun-1934] [5: 4-Aug-1933, 8-Mar-1935, 27-Mar-1936]
Supported the successful application for naturalisation in 1934 of Italian born Antonino GIOFFRI of Carnamah [30: item 1103217]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Exhibited in the Vegetables and Flower sections of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 6 September 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
     Received 1st prizes for Sweet Peas, Snapdragons, Geranium in Pot and Onions and 2nd prizes for Beetroot and Pods of Peas [5]
Attended the Annual Ratepayers Meeting of the Carnamah District Road Board on Wednesday 24 October 1934 [5: 26-Oct-1934]
First on the scene at a fire that broke out in Douglas WALDBY's pharmacy in Carnamah on Sunday 18 November 1934 [5: 23-Nov-1934]
Won the Gents Golf Approach & Put at the R.S.L. Sports Meeting in Carnamah on Easter Monday 22 April 1935 [5: 26-Apr-1935]
Runner-up in the Carnamah Golf Club's Club Championship in 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Attended the Ratepayers Meeting of the Carnamah District Road Board in Carnamah on Wednesday 23 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Annual Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 24 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
During the second week of March 1936 he paid a visit to Perth [5: 13-Mar-1936]
Advertised in The North Midland Times in March 1936 that he had a baby's push cart in good order for sale [5: 13-Mar-1936]
Presumably in financial distress he assigned his estate to the accountancy firm R. Goyne Miller in 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
     R. Goyne Miller held an auction at his premises at 13 Macpherson Street, Carnamah at 2 p.m. on Tuesday 7 April 1936 [5]
     Three Spring auctioneer Alexander R. G. BARR advertised his premises, stock, plant and fittings to be sold at the auction [5]
     His plant and fittings included bench and shelves, two pairs of lasts, sewing machine, three stools, and a set of iron lasts [5]
     Stock included motor and harness fittings, leather goods, men's boots, men's and ladies' sandshoes, and a boot stretcher [5]
Along with his wife and sons left Carnamah and shifted to Perth on Tuesday evening 7 April 1936 [5: 3 & 10-Apr-1936]
The Carnamah Golf Club were regretful they hadn't been able to recognise his efforts before his "hasty departure" [5: 10-Apr-1936]
     The Committee of the Carnamah Golf Club unanimously decided to buy him a gift at their meeting on 8 April 1936 [5]
     They purchased an "exceptionally nice solid silver cigarette case" which was forwarded to him in Perth [5: 1-May-1936]
A Mortgagee's Sale was held at Warick House in Perth to sell his house with shop front in Carnamah on 23 November 1936 [5]
     The sale was unsuccessful and he remained the owner of his premises in Carnamah for another four years [3] [5: 13-Nov-1936]
     His premises were rated as a shop and residence until 1937-38 and from 1938-39 it was rated as just a residence [3]
     Hugo Fischer Ltd purchased his premises at 13 Macpherson, Carnamah (part of Lot 69 of Victoria Location 1936) in 1939-40 [3]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Scarborough [2]
Father of Ian, Hamish and Fraser [--]
Died 4 April 1966; ashes scattered over the Rose Garden at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia [2]

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

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