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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


John Martin TULLY

Born 1871 in Yass, New South Wales, Australia [32]
Son of Martin TULLY and Catherine KELLY [32]
Departed Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on the Pilbarra and arrived in Albany, Western Australia on 29 June 1902 [70]
In 1915 was working as a Miner and living at the Goldfields Hotel in Kalgoorlie[50]
Passed as fit for active service in the Australian Imperial Force in Kalgoorlie on 24 December 1915 [30: item 8395267]
     Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Blackboy Hill on 5 January 1916 [30]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighed 151 pounds and had blue eyes, greying hair and a medium complexion [30]
     Gave his sister Elizabeth TULLY as his next of kin, her address at the time being 49 Cantonment Street, Fremantle WA [30]
     After training at Blackboy Hill was appointed to the 19th Reinforcements of the 28th Infantry Battalion on 29 February 1916 [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A38 Ulysses on 1 April 1916 [18]
     Private 4262 in the Australian Imperial Force's 28th Infantry Battalion in Belgium and France during the First World War [30]
     Hospitalised due to illness on 9 November 1916, invalided to England, and was returned to Australia with chronic bronchitis [30]
     Embarked from Devonport, England on the H.T. Miltiadesand disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 24 June 1917 [30]
     Discharged from the A.I.F. as medically unfit on 16 July 1917; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Following his return he initially resided with his sister at 49 Cantonment Street in the Perth suburb of Fremantle [30]
Applied for an A.I.F. pension in August 1917 however it was rejected as he was deemed capable of earning an income [30]
Member of the Kalgoorlie branch of the A.I.F. Returned Sailors, Soldiers and Nurses Association of WA in 1919 [30]
Farmer of La Colline Farm near Prowaka Siding in Carnamah from 1921 to 1939 [P50] [6]
     Arrived in Carnamah in 1921 after obtaining farmland at Prowaka through the Soldier Settlement Scheme [5: 12-Dec-1941] [6]
     Named his farm La Colline, which in French means "The Hill" [P50]
     The farm was also recorded as Tully's Farm and had the registered horse and cattle firebrand of UY6 [486]
     The farm was initially 789 acres in size and was Victoria Location 7174 on the Carnamah Estate [44]
     On 23 August 1927 slightly extended his farm with the purchase of 23 acres from the Midland Railway Company [27]
     The small 23 acre block was Lot M924 of Victoria Location 1934 and cost £46/7/6 [27]
     In January 1934 extended his farm by a further 555 acres with the purchase of adjoining land from C. Harold NAIRN [5: 2-Feb-1934]
     The 555 acres consisted of Victoria Location 1768 and a small portion of Lot M765 of Victoria Location 1934 [3]
     His sister Elizabeth Mary TULLY resided with him on the farm in Carnamah 1925-1939 [5: 12-Dec-1941] [19]
Purchased a model 501 Fiat car during October 1925 [31: 16-Oct-1925]
     His car was licensed with the Carnamah District Road Board and contained number plate CA-75 until at least 1932 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Regularly gave the nearby NIVEN children a ride home from the Carnamah State School during the 1920s [P25]
Member of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association in 1928 [4: 10-Nov-1928]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred M. LANG's wedding and reception in Carnamah on 27 March 1928 [4: 31-Mar-1928]
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 Plain and Fancy Dress Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 8 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Attended and won the Gent's Prize at the Bridge Party at the home of Mrs Eva NAIRN in Prowaka on 3 September 1930 [4: 6-Sep-1930]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association 1930-1932 [4: 22-Mar-1930, 16-Jul-1932]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1931-1933 [4: 8-Nov-1930] [13]
He never married and for a number of years his unmarried sister Elizabeth resided with him on his La Colline Farm [P6]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son [53]
Attended the Card Party held at the home of Mrs Ettie PARKER in Carnamah during the third week of July 1933 [5: 21-Jul-1933]
Paid a 10/- Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board in February 1934 for helping to control vermin by killing a fox [300]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Sold 321 sheep through Dalgety & Co Ltd with consignments to the Midland Market in 1935 [5: 9-Aug-1935; 6 & 13 & 27-Sep-1935; 15-Nov-1935]
The sheep consisted of 46 lambs sold at 16/1 per head and 275 suckers (1 at 18/1, 46 at 17/1, 47 at 16/7, 93 at 15/6, 88 at 14/3) [5]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Through Dalgety & Co Ltd sold seven bales of wool at 16½d. per pound at a Wool Sale in Perth on 16 December 1935 [5: 20-Dec-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
He regularly gave Vida and Margaret WELLS a ride to school on his way into town every Monday morning in 1936 [P22]
Sold seven bales of wool at 17¼d. per pound through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Wool Sale in Perth on 9 March 1936 [5: 13-Mar-1936]
Attended the Bridge Evening to bid farewell to Tom & Johanna BERRIGAN in Carnamah on Sunday 21 June 1936 [5: 26-Jun-1936]
Attended the public meeting about the creation of stockyards in Carnamah on Saturday evening 14 November 1936 [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1937-1939 [13]
Donated £1/1/- in 1937, £1/1/- in 1938 and £1/-/- in 1939 to the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [13]
In late 1939 leased his 1,367 acre farm in Carnamah to L. William GRIERSON of Koorda [P50]
Left Carnamah and shifted to Perth in 1940, and resided at the Shaftsbury Hotel in Perth in 1940 and 1941 [0: image 03043] [3]
Word reached Carnamah in early December 1941 that he was at the Perth Hospital and wasn't expected to recover [5: 5-Dec-1941]
Died 7 December 1941; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Roman Catholic, JC, 420) [2]
His Carnamah farm stood in the name of his estate for three years before being sold to L. W. GRIERSON on 20 November 1944 [3]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 12 December 1941:
Obituary - Late Mr. John Martin Tully
"The flying of the flag at half-mast in Carnamah on Sunday last heralded the news that Mr. John Martin Tully, an old and highly respected resident of the Carnamah district, had passed over the Great Divide. The news of the deceased gentleman's death did not come altogether as a shock, as he had been ailing for some time. The late Mr. Tully was a native of New South Wales and during his younger days he followed the calling of a miner. He saw active service during the Great War of 1914-18, and served with the 28th Battalion. He first came to this district about 1921 or 1922, when he selected land at Prowaka under the Soldier Settlers Scheme, and during the intervening years he earned the esteem and respect with of all with whom he came in contact. Advancing years and failing health compelled him to give up farm life about two years ago, and since then he has been residing at the Shaftsbury Hotel in Perth. The deceased gentleman was a bachelor, but leaves two elderly sisters to mourn their loss. One of the Miss Tullys is well-known in the Carnamah district as she kept house for her deceased brother for many years."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Martin Tully' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 June 2022 from [reference list]

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