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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Jack" John FRAME

Born 21 February 1896 in Colchester, Essex, England [20] [21] [30]
Son of excise officer John Samuel FRAME and "Mabel" Alice Mabel HARLAND [20] [21] [30]
In 1901 was living with his parents, brother William and sisters Clara and Doris at 92 Roman Road in Colchester, Essex, England [20]
Before the First World War he farmed with Martin SOLARICH in Three Springs, Western Australia [P311]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 8 May 1916 [30: item 4033119]
     Prior to his enlistment he had been living at 56 Blencowe Street in the Perth suburb of West Leederville [30]
     He was 5 feet 6½ inches tall, weighed 143 pounds and had a fresh complexion, brown hair, and blue eyes with a brown centre [30]
     Gave his father John FRAME as his next of kin, his address at the time being "Broughton House, Brantham, Suffolk, England" [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. Port Macquarie on 13 October 1916 [30]
     Disembarked from the Port Macquarie in Plymouth, England on 12 December 1916 and on 17 April 1917 proceeded to France [30]
     Private 2328 in the Australian Imperial Force's 44th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Wounded in Action on 9 June and 18 October in 1917 [30], and while receiving treatment met nurse Gertrude E. WHEELER [P311]
     Married (1) Gertrude Edna WHEELER on 28 April 1919 at Saint Marylebone in London, England [30]
     Along with his wife Gertrude departed Liverpool, England on the steamship Shropshire on 2 December 1919 [30] [70]
     They arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Shropshire on 13 January 1920 [70]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 15 March 1920; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Farmer of Fairview Farm on the Inering Estate in Carnamah 1923-1940 [6] [19] [39: 13-Sep-1935]
     Soldier Settler in 1923 on the 903 acre Lot 10 of the Inering Estate in Carnamah [7: page 66] [120: 9-Jan-1930]
The Postmaster-General's Department had a telephone line built from Carnamah to the Inering Estate in mid 1924 [86: 24-May-1924]
     He was the first on the Inering Estate to have the telephone connected in 1924 - was telephone number Inering-1 [60]
     He and E. Noel BELL, whose farm was nearer Carnamah, used to play chess via the telephone [P132]
He had previously learnt a bit of dentistry and used to practise on his neighbours in Carnamah when they had dental problems [P311]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club 1926-1930 [9: 29-Oct-1926, 5-Aug-1927] [4: 24-Aug-1929, 18-Oct-1930]
In 1926 he was having financial difficulties as he had bought shares in a mine near Payne's Find that turned out unsuccessful [P311]
He offered to donate five acres of his farm for the site of the proposed Inering State School on 26 June 1926 [276]
     In 1927 he donated the five acres, which became Lot 17 of the Inering Estate, and reduced his farm to 898 acres [3] [276]
     The five acre Lot 17 of the Inering Estate was gazetted Reserve 19700 until being cancelled in December 1949 [276]
He was part of deputation from Carnamah who went before the Hon. James HICKEY, M.L.C. in August 1926 [276]
     The purpose of the deputation was to push for teacher's quarters for the recently approved Inering State School [276]
His sister Clara travelled out from England to visit him at his farm on the Inering Estate in Carnamah [P311]
     Clara was the only one of his family who visited him, and earned her passage out by working as a hairdresser on the ship [P311]
Won 2nd prize for Medium Wool in the wool section of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1927 [9: 21-Oct-1927]
Committee Member of the Carnamah sub-branch of the Returned Soldiers' League in 1928 [9: 23-Mar-1928]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Race Club in 1928 [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Won 2nd prize for Fine Wool at the Carnamah Show and Sports Carnival held in Carnamah on Thursday 4 October 1928 [4: 13-Oct-1928]
Member of the Inering Progress Association - was its Chairman in 1929 [4: 31-Aug-1929]
Attended a meeting at the Carnamah Hall on 19 April 1929 to discuss the establishment of flour mills in Carnamah [86: 20-Apr-1929]
Came 3rd in the Married Men's Running Race at the Centenary Celebrations in Carnamah on 13 September 1929 [4: 21-Sep-1929]
Won 1st prize for Strong Wool and 2nd prize for a Merino Ewe at the Carnamah Show on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1929 and 1930 [53]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1930 and 1935 [4: 12-Jul-1930] [5: 19-Apr-1935]
Contributed a musical performance to the R.S.L. Social of returned "diggers" at the Carnamah Hall on 13 August 1930 [86: 16-Aug-1930]
Won the Married Men's Running Race at the Inering Picnic on Richard BATTY's Farm on Sunday 7 September 1930 [4: 20-Sep-1930]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1930 [120: 9-Jan-1930]
Member of the Inering Cricket Club in 1930-31 [4: 22-Nov-1930]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Had the telephone disconnected in 1931, probably due to the financial strain of the depression [60]
In September 1932 received an urgent message that his wife was dangerously ill and to proceed to Perth immediately [4: 17-Sep-1932]
His wide Gertrude passed away at the age of 41 years on 13 September 1932 and was buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery [2]
Following the death of his wife he sent his three children to Parkerville Children's Home in the Perth suburb of Parkerville [P311]
Won 2nd prizes for Farm Mare and 2 year old Draught Filly at the Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1933 [5: 29-Sep-1933]
In October 1933 sold one bale of wool through Westralian Farmers Ltd at 15¼d. per pound [5: 13-Oct-1933]
A spark from a tractor on a neighbouring farm started a fire on 27 November 1933 which burnt 40 acres of his crop [5: 1-Dec-1933]
Attended the R.S.L. Annual General Meeting and Smoke Social at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 6 April 1935 [5: 12 & 19-Apr-1935]
Sold five bales of wool at 16d. per pound through Dalgety & Co Ltd on Monday 13 January 1936 [5: 17-Jan-1936]
Travelled from Carnamah to Geraldton on the mail train on Friday 31 January 1936[5: 7-Feb-1936]
He was a passenger in a truck that overturned due to a defective steering gear near Watheroo on Wednesday 13 May 1936 [5]
     Himself, the driver A. SHARPE and another passenger suffered from shock and a severe shaking but were otherwise unharmed [5]
     The three of them completed their journey by catching the main train from Watheroo to Carnamah [5: 15-May-1936]
Attended the Annual General Meeting of the Carnamah R.S.L. at the Lounge of the Carnamah Hotel on 19 January 1937 [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Sold 62 wethers at 16/5, 5 ewes at 13/7 and 7 lambs at 11/7 through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market in 1937 [5: 12-Feb-1937]
Married (2) Evelyn SALTER nee O'CONNOR in 1941 [66]
His second wife had previously resided with her first husband George F. SALTER on nearby Karina Farm in Carnamah [19] [60]
In 1942 and 1943 leased his farm to Frank LUCAS before cancelling the conditional purchase on his farm on 3 September 1943 [3]
His former farm in Carnamah was subsequently re-sold to Percival L. MILLARD who a few years later sold it to Frank LUCAS [3]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of South Fremantle [2]
Father of Peg, John and Arthur [P311]
Died 14 December 1961; buried at the Fremantle Cemetery in the Perth suburb of Palmyra (Anglican, A7, 28) [2]

From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 9 January 1930:
Country Towns and Districts - Carnamah's Advancement
"Owning 903 acres of the Inering Estate, Mr. J. Frame is a solder settler who has done well. When he took over the block six and a half years ago, no clearing had been done, but the timber and scrub are all off now. This season he is hoping to average 18 bushels from 300 acres, 200 acres of which were on fallow in preparation for seeding. From 100 acres of premium wheat (Minister) he obtained six and a half bags. Mr. Frame is keenly interested in sheep, and he has 300 head of Murray strain. Included in his five pure bred rams is the one that took first prize as a two-tooth strong wool merino at Geraldton and Greenough shows. The ram was bred by Mr. I. Burges, of Irwin Park. Mr. Frame, who is on the committee of the Carnamah agricultural society, has taken first prize for fleece wool at the show for three consecutive years. During the war he served with the 44th Battalion. He takes much interest in the welfare of the district and is chairman of the Inering Progress Association. Before the war he was on the land at Three Springs."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Frame' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2022 from [reference list]

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