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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


John Ernest Humphrey OAKES

Born 10 July 1909 in Loughborough, Leicestershire, England [16]
Son of engineer Frederick Bismark OAKES and Annie SELLARS [20] [21]
His mother passed away at the age of 39 years either during or shortly after his birth in 1909 [21]
In 1911 he was living with his father, grandmother and siblings at 6 Station Road in Leiston, Suffolk, England [20]
Prior to immigrating to Australia he worked as an Engineer and lived at 1 Pole Hill in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England [203]
At the age of 19 years he departed from London, England on the steamship Ormonde on 28 September 1928 [203]
After a voyage of just over a month he arrived on the Ormonde in Fremantle, Western Australia on 30 October 1928 [338]
He appears to have shifted to Carnamah a short time after his arrival in Western Australia [4: 3-Aug-1929]
     He was among those who attended the Centenary Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 26 July 1929 [4: 3-Aug-1929]
     The ball was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony [4]
     Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1930 [86: 22-Mar-1930]
     Won a prize for a hidden number at the Bridge Evening in aid of the Catholic Church in Carnamah in October 1931 [4: 24-Oct-1931]
Farmer in Carnamah in 1933 [3] [5: 25-Aug-1933]
     In 1933 leased and farmed a 773 acre property in Carnamah, Lot M1079 of Victoria Location 1937, from Lightfoot & Son [3]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1933 [5: 16-Jun-1933]
Played Pat Clancy in "The Widow Malone" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Inaugural Concert on 21 August 1933 [5: 25-Aug-1933] [72]
Travelled to Perth by train on 12 October 1933 to sell the remainder of his horses after purchasing a Case tractor [5: 13-Oct-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1933 [5: 27-Oct-1933, 3-Nov-1933]
In early November 1933 purchased 64 wethers at 7/9 per head from "Tony" Edgar H. BENTLEY of Carnamah [5: 10-Nov-1933]
A smouldering stump started a fire on the farm he leased on the afternoon of Tuesday 7 November 1933 [5: 10-Nov-1933]
     The fire burnt a small area of cleared land however was extinguished by 20 helpers and a fire-break through a nearby crop [5]
     The stump had been smouldering since the area of cleared land had been cleared a considerable time earlier [5]
Appointed to the Dance Committee of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in November 1933 [5: 17-Nov-1933]
Played the lead in the play "Wayside Wars" at the Carnamah Repertory Club's 2nd Concert on 30 November 1933 [5: 1-Dec-1933]
Helped search for and locate a native girl who went missing from a camp near DIAMOND's farm on 1 December 1933 [5: 8-Dec-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 9 December 1933 [5: 15-Dec-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Returned to Carnamah on the weekend of the 10th-11th February 1934 after a holiday in Perth [5: 16-Feb-1934]
Having previously served with the Police Force in England he offered himself to go to Kalgoorlie during his holidays [5]
He was selected as a Special Constable and was stationed at Boulder for five days following anti-foreign demonstrations [5]
On his return to Carnamah in February 1934 it was reported with regret that he was giving up farming in Carnamah [5: 16-Feb-1934]
Transferred a Ford car or truck with license plate 16445 to his future brother-in-law Leonard C. LIGHTFOOT in 1935 [39: 1-Dec-1935]
In 1936 he was working as a Labourer and living at 1 Thirlmere Road in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley [50]
Married Enid Emily LIGHTFOOT on Saturday 21 November 1936 in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe [39: 25-Nov-1936]
     Their engagement had been announced four months earlier in July 1936 [39: 27-Jul-1936]
     The property he'd previously leased and farmed in Carnamah belonged to Enid's father and brother [27]
     Their marriage was reported as the second Quaker wedding to occur in Western Australia [39: 25-Nov-1936]
     Following their marriage he continued to live at 1 Thirlmere Road in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley [225: 24-Nov-1936]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley until enlisting in the Royal Australian Air Force on 5 May 1942 [16]
     Leading Aircraftman 80438 in the Royal Australian Air Force's 2 Operational Training Unit Mildura during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 19 July 1945 [16] and returned home to Mount Lawley [50]
Resided at 1 Thirlmere Road in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley until at least 1972 [50]
Father of Lewis and Janet [328]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Ernest Humphrey Oakes' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 16 April 2024 from [reference list]

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