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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Jack" John Ernest ILES

Born 24 June 1907 in Perth, Western Australia [16]
Son of "Jack" John Edward ILES and Maud Victoria HAWKINS [P47]
Educated at Aranmore Primary School and at Saint Patrick's High School in Wellington Street, Perth [P47]
He left school to shift with his parents to Carnamah [P47]
Arrived in Carnamah with his parents in 1923 and settled with them on their farm on the Inering Estate [P47]
Farmer with his father on his farm in Carnamah from 1923 to July 1934 and again from 1935 to 1939 [P47]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club 1923-1934 - served as Vice Captain and missed only one match in 11 years [5: 6-Jul-1934]
He was the Carnamah Football Club's "Fairest and Best" player in 1923 [P47]
Won the Quarter Mile Handicap race at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1926 [9: 15-Oct-1926]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1928 [4: 21-Apr-1928]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club from 1928-29 to 1933-34 [4: 3-Nov-1928, 2-Nov-1929, 16-Dec-1933] [5: 21-Oct-1932]
On Sunday 28 October 1928 played in the first ever cricket match of the Coorow and Districts Cricket Association [4: 3-Nov-1928]
Member of a team of single man who were defeated by a married men's team at cricket in Carnamah in November 1928 [4: 24-Nov-1928]
Attended the Carnamah Cricket Club's Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall on 20 April 1929 [4: 27-Apr-1929]
He was among those who attended the Centenary Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 26 July 1929 [86: 3-Aug-1929]
     The ball was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony [86]
Attended the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 8 August 1929 as "Parcel Express Delivery" [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Smoke Social and Wind-Up at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 7 September 1929 [4: 14-Sep-1929]
On 19 September 1929 attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Anglican Church's Freak Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 3 October 1929 [4: 12-Oct-1929]
Received the Ryder Medal for being the Carnamah Football Club's Fairest and Best Player in 1929 and 1930 [4: 14-Sep-1929, 18-Oct-1930]
Won 1st prizes for a Selection of Fodder Plants and for Plain Scones Baked by Bachelor at the Carnamah Show in 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Grand Presentation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 9 October 1930 [4: 18-Oct-1930]
Best man at the wedding of "Tom" Thomas H. PARKIN and Marjorie E. PIESING in Carnamah on 7 August 1931 [4: 15-Aug-1931]
Married Lily PARKES in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park in 1932 [P47]
Member of the East Carnamah Cricket Club in 1932-33 [5: 28-Oct-1932]
Played for the Benedicts in a 'Benedicts verses Bachelors' cricket match in Carnamah on Sunday 18 December 1932 [5: 23-Dec-1932]
Played and helped Carnamah win the Football Grand Final on 20 August 1933; was one of the "most prominent" players [5: 25-Aug-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Smoke Social held in Carnamah on Thursday 26 April 1934 [5: 4-May-1934]
     At the Smoke Social it was said that he was "a great sport at all sports, and a present player" of the Carnamah Football Club [5]
Attended the Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 June 1934 to raise funds for Church organ repairs [5: 6-Jul-1934]
He was farewelled by the Carnamah Football Club at a function held in Carnamah on Saturday 7 July 1934 [5: 13-Jul-1934]
Along with his wife and daughter Lois left Carnamah by train on Tuesday 10 July 1934 and shifted to North Perth [4: 14-Jul-1934]
Resided in North Perth in 1934 and 1935 [P47], and in 1936 was mining at Riverina near Menzies [50]
     Sent a wreath for the grave of Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery in August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
     Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on  Saturday 20 October 1934 [5: 26-Oct-1934]
     Himself and his young daughter visited his parents in Carnamah in early December 1935 [5: 6-Dec-1935]
     Along with his wife visited Carnamah in February 1937 - at which time they were living in Perth [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Later in 1937 shifted back to his father's farm in Carnamah with his wife and daughter [P47]
Committee Member and Vice Captain of the Carnamah Football Club in 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937, 14-May-1937]
He was admitted to the Carnamah Private Hospital after breaking a rib at a football match in Arrino on 6 June 1937 [5: 11-Jun-1937]
Motored from Carnamah to Perth with Matthew NIVEN, Roger F. CLARK and Roger F. W. CLARK on Friday 13 August 1937 [5]
     They motored to Perth to watch the Perth Carnival interstate football match the next day [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1937-38 - played for Carnamah Reds [5: 24-Dec-1937]
Left the Carnamah district with his wife and daughters in January 1939 and again shifted to North Perth [P47]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Shenton Park prior to enlisting in the Australian Army on 16 February 1942 [16]
     Private WX19686 in the Australian Army's 4 Australian Base Postal Unit during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 4 January 1946 [16]
After the war worked in Perth as a bus driver and carrier before working for the mobile wheat grading firm Hannafords [P47]
During the 1950s annually spend periods in Carnamah working for the wheat seed grading firm Hannafords [P47] [P152]
When in Carnamah in the 1950s stayed with the WITTWER family in what had previously been his family's home [P152]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club in January 1953 [0: image 04707]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Carlisle [2]
Father of Lois and Wendy [P47]
Died 12 October 1987; ashes interred Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park, Perth WA (Cassia Court, Family Shrub, 1) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Ernest Iles' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 May 2019 from  [ sources ]

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