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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

John LANG

Born 23 February 1893 in Greenock, Renfrew, Scotland [P12]
Son of John LANG and Mary LOCHHEAD [P12]
Resided with his parents in Greenock, at the Buchanan Arms Hotel in Kilmacolm and once again in Greenock, Renfew, Scotland [P1]
Departed London, England with his parents on the steamship Otway and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 12 May 1914 [P43]
Shortly after their arrival in Western Australia he settled with her parents on farmland in Carnamah [P12]
His father had purchased the 475 acre Lot M945 Ready-Made Farm in Carnamah from the Midland Railway Company [27] [34]
Farmer with his father of Grianaig Farm near Prowaka Siding in Carnamah 1914-1916 [P12]
Won the Tent Pegging competition at the Saint Patrick's Day Sports Meeting held in Three Springs on 17 March 1915 [10: 26-Mar-1915]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force 4 July 1916 in Perth, Western Australia [30: item 7377079]
     On enlistment was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 149 lbs, with a fresh complexion, grey eyes and brown hair [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916 [30]
     Disembarked in Devonport, England on 10 January 1917 and after further training proceeded to France on 10 April 1917 [30]
     Private 2944 in the Australian Imperial Force's 51st Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Hospitalised for a shell wound to his left ear in October 1917; returned to England in August 1918 after being gassed in France [30]
     Returned to Australia on the Aeneas, disembarking in Fremantle, Western Australia on 27 January 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 15 March 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Farmer with his father of Grianaig Farm near Prowaka Siding in Carnamah 1919-1935 [P12]
     Grianaig grew to be 1,593 acres in size, consisting of adjoining Lots M945 and M1266 of Victoria Location 1934 [3] [27]
     Following the death of his father he and his mother resided in a rented house on Caron Street in Carnamah 1935-1942 [P12]
Member of the Carnamah Peace Celebrations Committee in 1919 [10: 11-Jul-1919]
Contributed to the entertainment at the Footballers Smoke Social held at the Carnamah Hall on Tuesday 23 January 1923 [9: 2-Feb-1923]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred LANG's wedding and reception in Carnamah on 27 March 1928 [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Attended the wedding dance for Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN in Carnamah on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
He was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Attended the Show Ball following the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show on 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Attended the Carnamah Cricket Club's Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall on 20 April 1929 [4: 27-Apr-1929]
On 18 May 1929 attended the Carnamah Football Club's Opening Season Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall [4: 25-May-1929]
He was among those who attended the Centenary Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 26 July 1929 [86: 3-Aug-1929]
     The ball was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony [86]
Attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Founding Member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 21 March 1930 [96]
Attended the Ball in Carnamah in aid of the local Roman Catholic Church's building fund on Thursday 24 May 1930 [4: 31-May-1930]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Robert Clark FORRESTER on 18 September 1933 at the Winchester Cemetery [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Attended the Dance conducted by the Carnamah Toc H at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 24 February 1934 [5: 2-Mar-1934]
On Saturday 12 May 1934 attended the Carnamah Football Club's Grand Opening Ball at the Carnamah Hall [5: 18-May-1934]
Attended the Dance in aid of the Institute for the Blind held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday evening 18 August 1934 [5: 24-Aug-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Attended his parents Golden Wedding Celebration at Grianaig Farm in Carnamah on Sunday 18 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Committee Member in 1935 and 1936 and Financial Member 1939-1941 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [13] [58]
Chief mourner at the funeral of his sister "May" Mary L. LANG at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Member of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association in 1936 [5: 12-Jun-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Played in the Carnamah Masonic Lodge's Inaugural Annual Golf Meeting in Carnamah on Saturday 1 August 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Sold 135 sheep at 20/3 per head through Goldsbrough Mort & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on 9 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social including three plays at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
While attending a windmill on the last weekend of October 1936 when the fan swung around and struck him on the head [5: 30-Oct-1936]
     Received a large gash in his head which required the services of Dr Cecil P. ROSENTHAL who inserted several stitches [5]
Attended the public meeting about the creation of stockyards in Carnamah on Saturday evening 14 November 1936 [5: 20-Nov-1936]
One of the Costume Judges at the Carnamah Girls Club's Masquerade Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 5 December 1936 [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Attended and proposed one of the toasts at the Carnamah Repertory Club's Concert in Carnamah on 9 December 1936 [5: 11-Dec-1936]
He gave his occupation as Dairy Farmer in 1937 [204]
Sent his apologies for the Annual General Meeting of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society on 16 January 1937 [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Travelled to Scotland in 1937 with his mother, Mrs Effie FORRESTER and Miss Belle EASTON, all of Carnamah [0: image 02886]
     Departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Largs Bay and arrived in Southampton, England on 20 June 1937 [204]
     During their visit himself and his mother stayed with his sister Jean at 12 Seyton Avenue, Giffnock in Glasgow, Scotland [204]
     Departed Southampton, England on the steamship Jervis Bayand arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 3 December 1937 [63]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Eileen Elizabeth WITHNELL at the Winchester Cemetery on 5 January 1938 [0]
Casket carrier at the funeral of Carnamah doctor Cecil Phillip ROSENTHAL on 8 April 1939 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
Foundation Committee Member of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society in 1939 [0: image 03834]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah pioneer Miss Elizabeth MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 24 July 1939 [0]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League - was Secretary from August 1939 to 1942 [52]
Member of the Voluntary Pre-selection Committee that dealt with local Royal Australian Air Force applicants in 1940 [0: image 03942 / 3]
Member of the Carnamah Volunteer Defence Corps in 1941 [4: 29-Mar-1941]
Steward of the Vegetable section of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 11 September 1941 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Home Guard during the Second World War - was Secretary in 1942 [0: image 04073]
Pallbearer at his mother's funeral on 22 February 1942 at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah [0]
Enlisted in the Australian Army in Carnamah on 26 March 1942 [16]
Left Carnamah on 1 April 1942 to enter camp with the Australian Military Forces[0: image 04083]
     Corporal W52520 in the Australian Army's W/C Geraldton Defence Corps Staff during the Second World War [16]
     In later 1942 was residing at the Geraldton Hotel in Geraldton, Western Australia [30: item 7377079]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 6 June 1944 [16], at which point he remained in Geraldton in an army related job [P12]
Later lived with his sister Mrs Jenny MCGILP, initially on Polaris Farm in Waddy Forest and then on Main Street in Coorow [P12]
Resided in Coorow from at least 1961 until his death in 1968 [2] [19]
Died 28 October 1968; ashes buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah (Row A, Plot 14) [P12]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Lang' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 December 2018 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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