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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


John Hudson DAVIES

Born 1860 in Westbury, Shropshire, England [20] [21]
Son of John DAVIES and Mary Ann HUDSON [20]
His father was the farmer and grazier of 160 acres in 1861 and of 55 acres in 1871, however by 1881 was a Brush Maker [20]
In 1861 was living with his parents on Wood House Farm in Westbury, Shropshire, England [20]
He was a scholar and living with his parents in Saint George's Terrace, Saint Chad in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England in 1871 [20]
In 1881 he was a Brush Maker and was living with his parents at 62 Mardol, Saint Chad in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England [20]
Brush Manufacturer in Shropshire, England in the 1880s, 1890s and early 1900s[20], and later a Farmer [203]
Married Martha Louisa Jane PARRY in 1890 in Shropshire, England [21]
On the night of the 1891 census himself and his wife were visitors at her parents farmhouse in Ellesmere, Shropshire, England [20]
In 1901 was living with his wife and their three sons at Bicton Heath in Bicton, Shropshire, England [20]
Their son Denis Hudson DAVIES died in early 1904, aged three years [21]
Departed London, England with his wife and sons on the steamship Otway on 25 May 1911 for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
Proprietor of a small goods store at 145 James Street in Perth in 1912 and 1913 [6]
Licensee of the Central Hotel on Guildford Road in the Perth suburb of Maylands in 1914 and 1915 [6] [30: item 1897700]
     Their son Frank worked as a barman at the Central Hotel until enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on 8 September 1914 [30]
     Frank served as Corporal in the 16th Battalion and was killed in action on 7 November 1915 on the Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey [30]
Himself and his wife conducted the Railway Refreshment Rooms and Midland Hotel in Mogumber 1916-1922 [6]
     He was the licensee of the Midland Hotel while his wife was the licensee of the Refreshment Rooms [10: 12-Dec-1916, 17-Dec-1920] [50]
     Member of the Mogumber Race Club - was Secretary 1918-1921[10: 22-Feb-1918, 18-Mar-1921] [9: 14-Feb-1919, 8-Apr-1921]
     Conducted a refreshment booth at the Mogumber Race Club's Annual Race Meeting on Friday 21 March 1919 [9: 28-Mar-1919]
     He travelled from Mogumber to Moora for the purpose of business and catching up with friends on 9 September 1919 [9: 12-Sep-1919]
     In 1920 there was a rumour that the Midland Railway Company was to close their refreshment rooms when their lease expired [10]
     Although the rumour was unconfirmed a campaign began for the refreshment rooms to stay open under their management [10]
     It was reported that their refreshment rooms in Mogumber were a "boon and blessing" with no known complaints [10: 23-Jul-1920]
Licensee of the Dongara Hotel and Refreshment Rooms "The Hotel" in Dongara 1922-1924 [6] [19] [50]
     Gave a subscription of £10 towards the proposed construction of a road between Watheroo and Winchester in 1923 [9: 16-Mar-1923]
Resided at "Hotel Carnamah" at 22 Macpherson Street in Carnamah in 1924 and 1925[9: 20-Feb-1925]
     During their time in Carnamah his wife was the proprietress and one of the joint freehold owners of "Hotel Carnamah" [19] [61]
Father of "Frank" Francis John Hudson, George Hudson and Denis Hudson DAVIES[20] [21]
Died 7 February 1925 in Carnamah; buried at the Three Spring General Cemetery, Three Springs (Unsurveyed Corner) [9: 20-Feb-1925]

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 10 February 1915:
Another Hero Killed in Action
"We have received word from Mrs Davies, wife of the popular proprietor of Mogumber Railway Refreshment Rooms, that her son, Corporal F. Davies, of the 16tyh Battlaion, was killed in action on November 7th. Only last week Mrs Davies received a letter from her son, in which he said he was having a spell at Lemnos, and that Sergeant Mick Walton was back from the hospital, but was not looking too well. The deceased hero was only twenty years of age. The sympathy of all residents on the Midland line will be extended to the parents, in the loss of their brave son."

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 20 February 1925:
Obituary - Late Mr. J. H. Davies
"The death occurred on Saturday, 7th February, at the Hotel Carnamah, of Mr. J. H. Davies, at the age of 65 years, who has been residing here for the last twelve months, during which time he made many friends. Previous to coming to Carnamah, Mr Davies had the hotel at Dongara, and later the Midland Hotel, Mogumber, where he was a well known figure at the refreshment room for many years. During his stay at Mogumber he took a keen interest in local affairs and was for some time secretary of the Mogumber Race Club. In his young days in England Mr Davies was a prominent rifle shot and won many trophies. The deceased had been ailing in health for some time and suffered very ill health, the cause of death being a paralytic stroke. Deceased leaves a widow and one son to mourn their loss. Their elder son Frank was killed in the great war in 1915. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon, and the remains were conveyed, per car, to Three Springs for burial. Quite a number of people from all parts of the district paid their last tribute of respect at the graveside. The deepest sympathy is felt for Mrs Davies and her son George. The following gentleman acted as pall bearers: Messrs D. Macpherson and J. Bowman (Carnamah), Phil Lynch and T. Berrigan (Three Springs), E. A. Field (Mingenew), and C. Smith (Yandanooka)."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Hudson Davies' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 June 2022 from [reference list]

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