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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Jack" John Guy HUNTER

He passed the intermediate examination for company law through the Federal Institute of Accountants in mid 1926 [39: 28-Jun-1926]
Worked as Secretary for Nash Cars (W.A.) Limited in Perth until shifting to Carnamah in May 1930 [4: 31-May-1930]
Accountant, Auditor and Taxation Specialist from Laffan's Buildings at 16 Macpherson Street, Carnamah in 1930 [4: 4-Oct-1930] [P399]
     As well as working in Carnamah he also visited Three Springs, Mingenew, Coorow and Perenjori to see clients [4: 1-Nov-1930]
     He was telephone number Carnamah-42 in 1930 and 1931 [4: 4-Oct-1930] [60]
     In July 1930, by which time he was in Carnamah, he applied for be registered as a trustee under the Bankruptcy Act [39: 24-Jul-1930]
     During the Great Depression he was trustee for the estates of local farmers and businessmen who'd gone bankrupt [86: 20-Feb-1932]
Member of the Carnamah Traders Association - was Secretary in 1930 [4: 18-Oct-1930]
Organised the Traders Association's very successful Sports Day and Picnic, which was held on 9 October 1930 [4: 18-Oct-1930]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 12 December 1930 [96]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1930 [53]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club - was Secretary and Treasurer in 1930-31 [4: 4-Oct-1930, 20-Dec-1930]
Auditor for the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1931 [4: 8-Nov-1930]
He is said to have absconded to Sydney during the Great Depression with money stolen from clients and the local solicitor [P399]
     He had probably left Carnamah by mid 1931 as his office furniture and bedroom suite was sold by a bailiff in June 1931 [4: 6-Jun-1931]
     In 1932 the Court of Bankruptcy called for persons who had claims arising from his acts or omissions as trustee of their estates [86]
     Among those affected were farmers and business people from Carnamah, Winchester and Coorow [86: 20-Feb-1932]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Guy Hunter' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 23 February 2024 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/john-guy-hunter [reference list]




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