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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Jack" John Edward LEONARD

Born 1871 in Dongara, Western Australia [15]
Son of Bernard LEONARD and Mary BRANDIS [15]
Married Selina May BRANDIS in Dongara in 1904 [15]
Resided in Three Springs 1909-1958, and worked locally as a Labourer, Railway Fettler and later Railway Ganger [6] [19] [44]
Purchased Lot 41 of Victoria Location 2022 on the east side of the Three Springs townsite on 3 July 1909 [27]
He purchased Lot 41 from the Midland Railway Company for £7/10/-, which was payable by instalments over two years [27]
Foundation Vice Captain of the Kadathinni Cricket Club in Three Springs in 1909 [9: 20-Aug-1909]
Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1912 and 1914 [9: 29-Nov-1912, 26-Jun-1914]
Played for the losing married men in a Married verses Single cricket match held in Three Springs on 4 February 1912 [9: 1-Mar-1912]
By 1914 he had erected a residence on his Lot 41 on the east side of the Three Springs townsite [44]
Member of the Hall Committee that managed the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs in 1914-15 [10: 10-Aug-1915]
Played dozens of games of crib at a Surprise Party held at David TODD's home in Three Springs in early February 1915 [10: 5-Feb-1915]
Doorman at the Westralia Red Cross Day Social & Dance held at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on 30 July 1915 [10: 6-Aug-1915]
His horse Daisy won the Trotting Event at the Hall Committee's Sports Day in Three Springs on 18 February 1916 [10: 25-Feb-1916]
Said to have carried his head a few inches higher as a consequence of his wife gave birth to a daughter in late 1916 [10: 5-Dec-1916]
Signed the petition and financial guarantee in 1917 for the Midland Railway Company to provide a resident doctor at Three Springs [34]
Clerk of Course of the horse races at the Sports Meeting held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Saturday 17 March 1917 [124]
Gatekeeper at the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee's Sports Meeting in Three Springs on Saturday 16 March 1918 [124]
Came 2nd in the Per-War Handicap race at the Arrino Railway Picnic Day held in Arrino on Saturday 29 November 1919 [9: 5-Dec-1919]
Doorkeeper of the Ball at the Agricultural Hall held after the Picnic Race Meeting in Three Springs on 17 March 1926 [124]
Member of the Three Springs Race Club - was their Timekeeper in 1929 [4: 23-Feb-1929]
Attended the Three Springs Race Club's Race Meeting & Evening Ball held in Three Springs on Thursday 11 April 1929 [4: 20-Apr-1929]
His horse Bess won the Walk Trot & Gallop at the Sports Meeting held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day in 1930 [4: 22-Mar-1930]
Appointed Caretaker of the Three Springs Hall at a meeting of the Three Springs Road Board on 10 August 1935 [5: 16-Aug-1935]
Assisted with the running of the Annual Concert in aid of the Dominican Nuns held in Three Springs on 15 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Pound Keeper for the Three Springs Road Board in 1936 [5: 12-Jun-1936]
One of five ratepayers who attended the ratepayers meeting of the Three Springs Road Board on Saturday 20 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
He, his son-in-law Percy J. LYON and J. HOWARD cleared Rowe's Road in Arrino for 3/- per chain in 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Attended the Valedictory Social for Miss Rachel M. A. WALLACE in Three Springs on Tuesday 15 December 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
He was paid by the Three Springs Road Board to fortnightly water the trees in the Three Springs townsite in 1937 [5: 25-Mar-1937]
In 1958 he was a retired Railway Ganger and was living on Williamson Street in Three Springs [24]
He passed away on the Albany Highway in the Perth suburb of Kenwick [24]
Father of Muriel, Alda, Alfred, Eileen, Dorothy, Evelyn, Ernest, Gordon, Cyril and Ronald [P2]
Died 31 July 1958; buried at the Three Springs General Cemetery in Three Springs, Western Australia (Methodist, Plot 23) [24]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Edward Leonard' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 January 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/john-edward-leonard [sources]




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