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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Jack" John Joseph CULLEN

Born 26 July 1890 in Mitcham, Victoria, Australia [P137]
Son of James Joseph CULLEN and Mary Ann KEICHER [P137]
Between 1896 and 1900 shifted with his parents to Western Australia [P137]
Initially resided with his parents at a residence in Myles Road in the Perth suburb of Swan View [P137]
Police Constable in the Western Australian Police Force from 1913 to 1915 and in 1920 [87]
     Served as a Police Constable in Western Australia at Halls Creek, Turkey Creek, Pinjarra and Perth [87]
     In 1915 he was a Police Constable in Wyndham [30: item 3474412]
Successfully applied to enlist in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in Wyndham on 4 December 1915 [30: item 3474412]
     Officially enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 3 January 1916 at the Blackboy Hill military camp [30]
     On enlistment was described as 5 feet 10½ inches tall with grey eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion [30]
     Gave his mother Mrs Mary CULLEN as his next of kin, her address at the time being Boundary Road, Midland Junction WA [30]
     On 29 May 1916 at Blackboy Hill he was appointed to the 18th Reinforcements of the 10th Light Horse Regiment [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the R.M.S. Morea on 6 June 1915 [94]
     During the war served in Egypt; on 14 October 1916 was transferred to the 10th Light Horse Regiment [30]
     Private 2631 in the Australian Imperial Force's 10th Light Horse Regiment in Egypt during the First World War [30]
     Embarked from Suez, Egypt on the H.T. Dunluce Castle on 17 July 1919 and disembarked in Australia on 17 August 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 2 October 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Married Alma Elizabeth CARR in Perth in 1920 [66]
Farmer of New Brunswick Farm in Carnamah, Western Australia 1921-1928 [6] [44] [80: 28-Oct-1925]
     Initially farmed the 817 acre Victoria Location 7187 on the north side of the Carnamah-Bunjil Road on the Carnamah Estate [44] [62]
     On 10 December 1924 extended his farm by 708 acres with the purchase of Lot M1498 of Victoria Location 1936 [27]
     Purchased the 708 acres of virgin land from the Midland Railway Company for £389, for which he paid cash [27]
     His property was described as being a stony farm with some rich land [P300]
     In later rate books Victoria Location 7187, his initial block, was recorded as being slightly smaller at 747 acres [3]
     KU3 was his registered horse and cattle firebrand in 1924 [80: 28-Oct-1925]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club 1921-1928 - was Captain in 1922 [10: 27-May-1921, 9-Jun-1922] [9: 24-Jul-1925] [4: 21-Apr-1928]
     Said to have played his best game for the season at a football match against Three Springs on 23 August 1925 [9: 28-Aug-1925]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1922-23 and Vice Captain in 1926-27 [9: 2-Mar-1923] [39: 30-Oct-1926]
Signed the petition in February 1923 for the Irwin Licensing Court to grant a hotel license for Carnamah [10: 9-Mar-1923]
Won 1st prizes for Sheaf of Hay and Sheaf of Oats for Grain at the Annual Show & Sports Carnival in Carnamah in 1923 [86: 4-Oct-1923]
     He also competed in the sports coming 2nd in both the 120 Yards and 75 Yards Sheffield Handicap running races [86: 4-Oct-1923]
Obtained the telephone in 1925 - was telephone number Carnamah-11B [60]
Foundation Committee Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1925 [9: 10-Jul-1925]
     Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club 1925-1928 [9: 10-Jul-1925, 5-Aug-1927] [4: 10-Mar-1928]
In 1925 had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son [53]
Secretary of the Carnamah Agricultural Society and its Show & Sports Day in 1926 and 1927 [9: 15-Oct-1926, 7-Oct-1927] [186]
Along with his wife and children spent Christmas in December 1927 at Dongara Beach [4: 7-Jan-1928]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Race Club in 1927 and 1928 [9: 8-Apr-1927] [4: 31-Mar-1928]
In mid February 1928 he was away from Carnamah on a business visit to Perth [9: 17-Feb-1928]
Committee Member of the Carnamah sub-branch of the Returned Soldiers' League in 1928 [9: 23-Mar-1928]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred M. LANG's wedding and reception in Carnamah on 27 March 1928 [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1928 [4: 21-Apr-1928]
In mid May 1928 sold his farm walk-in walk-out to neighbouring farmer James K. FORRESTER for £3/10/- per acre [81: 20-May-1928]
At the time of selling his farm was "reported to be fairly well improved" [81: 20-May-1928]
Driver of the Shell Oil Company's patrol wagon in Moora in 1933 [5: 4-Aug-1933]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Bayswater [2]
Father of Percy, Roy and Jack [9: 21-Oct-1927]
Died 21 October 1965; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Roman Catholic, PC, 259) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Joseph Cullen' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 17 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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