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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


John Maurice HAIG

Born 10 August 1859 in Llanfihangel-Geneu'R-Glynn, Cardigan, Wales [0: image 02979] [33]
Son of John HAIG and Jane Mary Anne DAVIES [20] [33]
His father, who was a Distiller of Wine & Sprits, was born in Scotland while his mother was born in Aberystwith, Cardigan, Wales [20]
15 siblings: Thomas, Herbert, Robert, Helen, Marian, Alice, Francis, Clara, Bertha, Malcolm, Violet, Hugh, Maud, Edward, Gladys [20]
He was living with his parents, then nine siblings and uncle Frederick M. HAIG in Hammersmith, Middlesex, England in 1871 [20]
In 1881 he was a student at King's College in London and was residing with his parents and siblings in Bray, Berkshire, England [20]
Arrived in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia in the 1880s [0: image 02979]
His father died in 1884 at the age of 54 years and in 1891 his mother married Edward F. N. K. WASEY, a retiree of the Royal Navy [21]
Spent time in the Australian state of Queensland before managing a mine in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia for 12 years [0: image 02979]
Married Ada Rose TURNER in 1898 in Boulder, Western Australia [15]
In March 1901 he was staying with his mother, stepfather and some of his siblings at Foxleys House in Bray, Berkshire, England [20]
Departed from Marseilles, France on the steamship Arcadia and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 22 May 1901 [70]
In 1905 he was the manager of the Golden Link Gold Mine in Boulder near Kalgoorlie[6]
Left Kalgoorlie, Western Australia in 1908 and shifted with his wife and children to a farming station in South Australia [0: image 02979]
In 1908 or 1909 he appears to have travelled to England with his son Clyde [70]
Along with his son Clyde he departed London, England on the Mongolia and arrived back in Australia on 16 March 1909 [70]
In 1926 returned to Western Australia and purchased the farm of George Frederick Bailey DIXON in Winchester [P26]
He named the farm Kirkar Vale after the nearby Kirkar Pool which appeared on maps [P26]
The farm was 1,789 acres in size and consisted of Victoria Locations 4582, 4583, 7528 and 7529 [3]
Farmer of Kirkar Vale Farm in Winchester [P26]
Along with two other nearby farmers he successfully requested the clearing of a new road in Winchetser in May 1928 [4: 26-May-1928]
The new road was from the south west corner of Victoria Location 4100 eastward to the south east corner of Location 3012 [4]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Winchester farmer Hans HÄUSSLER on 7 July 1931 at the Winchester Cemetery [4: 11-Jul-1931]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of local agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Himself and other farmers in Winchester had been forced to yard up their sheep each night to prevent losses from a dingo [5: 27-Nov-1936]
After two weeks the Government Trapper finally caught the guilty crossbred dingo-kangaroo dog on his farm on 23 November 1936 [5]
During the 1940s retired with his wife Ada to a house in Macpherson Street, Carnamah [P4]
Passed away at the age of 86 years at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [1]
Father of Clyde, Keith, Gar, Edna, Hugh, Ned and Vi [P22]
Died 2 May 1946 in Three Springs; buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row D, Plot 7) [1]
Rev. G. Stanley COXON officiated at his funeral, which was undertaken by Henry Parkin & Son of Carnamah [1]
His farmland in Winchester was transferred into the name of his wife Ada Rose HAIG on 4 November 1947 [3]

From The North Midlands Times newspaper, Friday 10 May 1946:
Obituary - J. M. Haig
A very largely attended funeral was conducted at Winchester Cemetery on Saturday morning, May 4, when the remains of the late John Maurice Haig of Carnamah and Winchester were laid to rest. Deceased who passed peacefully away at the North Midlands Hospital, Three Springs on Thursday last is survived by a widow and four sons and three daughters. The Rev. S. Coxon officiated at the graveside, the chief mourners present being Edward (son), H. Pope, Jnr. and A. C. Bierman (sons in law) and Brian Haig (grandson). The pall bearers were: Messrs J. K. Forrester, E. K. Wells, G. A. Raffan, J. L. Adams, ... Bowman, R. D. Gell and W. ......on. The high esteem in which deceased had been held by all with whom he had come in contact, was well voiced by the Rev. Coxon during the course of a very impressive service. The Rev. Coxon considered that the late Mr. Haig had lived the life of a man with very high principles. He had been an inspiration to everyone, and his death was a sad loss to the district. The late Mr. Haig arrived in Sydney in 1880 from England where he was born on August 10, 1859. From there he went to Queensland after which he came to Kalgoorlie. Here he stayed for 12 years as manager of the Golden Link and Eclipse Mines. In 1898 he married Ada Rose Turner of Moralana Station, South Australia. In 1908 he left Kalgoorlie for South Australia where he had purchased a station. He returned to Western Australia in 1926 and took up a farm at Winchester. Of latter years, although still having an interest in the farm, he has been living at Carnamah. Vale one of nature's gentleman."
[Note: it is unlikely he arrived in Sydney in 1880 as he was still in England at the time of the 1881 British Census]

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

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