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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Jack" John Fitzgerald THOMAS

Born 1894 in Greenough, Western Australia [15]
Son of "Frank" Francis Henry Reeves THOMAS and Beulah Emily CRIPPIN [15]
His grandfather Joseph CRIPPIN had arrived in Western Australia as a convict under the alias of James OSBORNE in 1861 [20] [21] [107]
He was named after his father's brother, whose name was also John Fitzgerald THOMAS [15]
Resided with his parents on Coorow Station in Coorow 1903-1910 and then on Jun Jun Farm in Coorow from 1910 [19] [31] [44] [50]
During November 1910 he was admitted to the Victoria Hospital in Geraldton suffering from pneumonia [31: 7-Nov-1910]
Farmed Jun Jun Farm in Coorow with his father and younger brother Frank until his brother became the local bushranger [P15]
Farmer in Coorow [19]
He periodically rode his horse from Coorow to Winchester to see Miss Doris BELL, the daughter of a Ready-Made Farm settler [P17]
He's believed to be the "J. Thomas" who was a member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1921 [9: 19 & 26-Aug-1921]
8TT was his and his father's registered horse and cattle firebrand in 1924 [80: 28-Oct-1925]
Married Doris Una BELL in Perth in 1924 [66]
His wife sadly passed away on 28 June 1925 [2] after giving birth to twin daughters named Alleyne Una and June Hope [P17]
     June passed away at the age of 20 days on 7 July 1925 and was buried at the Three Springs General Cemetery [24]
     Alleyne grew up in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park under the care of his father and mother-in-law Edward and Una BELL [P17]
Member of the Coorow Football Club in 1927 [10: 19-May-1927]
Later left his farm in Coorow and took up virgin land west of the railway line north of Gunyidi [P17]
After selling the property in Gunyidi, which was rather poor land, he purchased a farm in Marchagee [P17]
Farmer of Seldomseen Farm in Marchagee [P17]
Travelled to Round Hill to play football in the early 1930s prior to the reformation of the Coorow Football Club [P361]
     Others to do so were William H. JOHNS and Harry F. C. KAU of Coorow and Peter W. THOMSON of Marchagee [P361]
Committee Member of the Sports organised for the opening of the East Marchagee Hall on Saturday 11 November 1933 [5: 17-Nov-1933]
Signatory to a letter sent in January 1934 expressing confidence in the Carnamah Road Board and their member [5: 19-Jan-1934]
Master of Ceremonies at the dance held at the Marchagee Hall on Saturday 20 April 1935 [5: 26-Apr-1935]
The proceeds of the dance, which was well attended and a great financial success, went to the Marchagee Hall's buildings fund [5]
In August 1936 applied for the Carnamah District Road Board to provide a road as an outlet from his farm in Marchagee [5: 28-Aug-1936]
     The following month the Road Board called for tenders for the clearing of about five miles of the road at 16 feet wide [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Master of Ceremonies of the Show Ball held after the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in Coorow on 2 September 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [2]
Died 14 March 1986; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, MA, 247) [2]

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Thursday 2 July 1925:
"The friends of Mr J. F. Thomas, of Coorow, will regret to learn of the death of his wife, which took place in Perth on Sunday. The deceased lady was he daughter of Mr and Mrs E. Bell, of Winchester."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Fitzgerald Thomas' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 14 April 2024 from [reference list]

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