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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Jack" John MCGOWAN

Born in Ireland [P6]
Son of Mr and Mrs J. MCGOWAN [5: 15-Mar-1935]
Shop Assistant in Carnamah [6]
Initially worked in the General Store of Andrew SMART at 7 Macpherson Street, Carnamah and lived in a shed behind the shop [P6]
Later worked at the North Midlands Farmers Co-operative Company's store in Carnamah [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Saw in the new year of 1930 with the singing of Auld Lang Syne at the Church of England's Dance at the Carnamah Hall [86: 4-Jan-1930]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1930, 1935 and 1936 [4: 8-Nov-1930] [5: 24-May-1935, 15-May-1936]
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]
In early July 1932 his brother Mr MCGOWAN of Collie spent a holiday with him in Carnamah [5: 8-Jul-1932]
Competitor in John A. KENNY's Billiard Tournament conducted within Mackie's Buildings in Carnamah in 1933 [5: 26-May-1933]
Attended the Dance conducted by the Carnamah Girls Club at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 10 June 1933 [5: 16-Jun-1933]
Underwent an operation at the Carnamah Private Hospital for a septic hand in June 1933 [5: 7-Jul-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Badminton Club - was Secretary in 1933 and Treasurer in 1934 [5: 2-Jun-1933, 20-Apr-1934]
Cut his foot badly while swimming in a lake on Jasper W. GREEN's Bushy ParkFarm on Sunday 3 December 1933 [5]
He received treatment to his foot the next day at the Carnamah Private Hospital, where several stitches were inserted [5: 8-Dec-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 9 December 1933 [5: 15-Dec-1933]
Member of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club 1933-1937 - was Secretary 1934-1936 and Vice Captain in 1936-37 [5: 10-Mar-1933] [56]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Flannel Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 3 February 1934 [5: 9-Feb-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Lodge of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows Friendly Society in 1934 [4: 10-Nov-1934]
Attended the Dance conducted by the Carnamah Toc H at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 24 February 1934 [5: 2-Mar-1934]
On the evening of Thursday 15 March 1934 attended the Carnamah Race Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Attended the Parkinson Tennis Club's Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 14 April 1934 [5: 20-Apr-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Attended Emily H. TURNER's 21st Birthday at Karragee Farm in Carnamah on Tuesday 8 May 1934 [5: 11-May-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 held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 June 1934 to raise funds for Church organ repairs [5: 6-Jul-1934]
His mother, Mrs MCGOWAN of West Perth, spent a fortnights holiday staying with him in Carnamah in June 1934 [5: 8-Jun-1934]
Attended the Inering School Dance held to raise money for books at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 July 1934 [5: 27-Jul-1934]
Attended the Badminton Club Party at John and Doris MCLEAN's home in Carnamah on Monday 23 July 1934 [5: 27-Jul-1934]
Returned to Carnamah on Wednesday 12 September 1934 after a fortnights holiday in Kalgoorlie [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on  Saturday 20 October 1934 [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Himself and Nan DAVISON attended the Nursery Rhyme Ball in Three Springs on 6 November 1934 as "Jack and Jill" [5: 9-Nov-1934]
Attended the Three Springs C.W.A. Ball at the Three Springs Hall on the evening of Thursday 22 November 1934 [5: 23-Nov-1934]
Attended the Grand Ball following the Saint Patrick's Day Picnic & Sports Meeting in Three Springs on 18 March 1935 [5: 22-Mar-1935]
     Himself and Ethel MALEY won the Waltzing Competition, while he also won the Lucky Spot with Margaret BARBOUR [5]
In later April 1935 he was absent from Carnamah on annual holidays [5: 26-Apr-1935]
Spoke on behalf of the Parkinson Tennis Club at the Farewell to Herbert HELLEWELL in Carnamah on 28 May 1935 [5: 31-May-1935]
Himself and Elsie PARKIN won the trophy for the Parkinson Tennis Club's Mixed Doubles for the 1934-35 season [5: 5-Jul-1935]
     Received the trophy at the Club's Presentation and Card Evening at the Church Hall in Carnamah on Wednesday 3 July 1935 [5]
     During the evening the captain thanked him for all his hard work as secretary and wished all the best for his upcoming marriage [5]
     The remarks were carried with acclamation from those present, accompanied by the singing of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow" [5]
Travelled from Carnamah to Perth on Monday 15 July 1935 in preparation for his wedding [5: 19-Jul-1935]
Married "Ron" Veronica Ellen STOKES on Saturday 20 July 1935 at Saint Joseph's Church in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [5]
     His best man was Veronica's brother George STOKES and his groomsman Geoff HUMPHRIES [5: 9-Aug-1935]
     Following their wedding and honeymoon they arrived in Carnamah on Tuesday 30 July 1935 [5: 2-Aug-1935]
     The Parkinson Tennis Club gave them a public Miscellaneous Evening at the Carnamah Hall on 10 August 1935 [5: 2,  9 & 16-Aug-1935]
     People from Winchester, Carnamah and Three Springs attended the Evening, to congratulate them and present them with gifts [5]
Attended the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association's Card Evening held in Carnamah on Thursday 17 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Social Club in 1936, and Vice Captain in 1937 [5: 26-Jun-1936, 16-Apr-1937]
     Defeated T. Reginald SIZER to become the Club's Men's Singles Badminton Champion in 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]
Attended the Bridge Evening to bid farewell to Tom & Johanna BERRIGAN in Carnamah on Sunday 21 June 1936 [5: 26-Jun-1936]
Played for the defeated Carnamah Social Club in badminton against the Carnamah Badminton Club on 5 August 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Rented two rooms from Ettie PARKER at 5 Macpherson Street whilst awaiting the arrival of their firstborn child (a son) [P5]
Appointed Manager of the North Midlands Co-operative Company's store in Carnamah in early September 1936 [5: 4-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]
Played for "The Rest" of non cricketers who defeated the Carnamah Cricket Club's B team on Sunday 14 February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
During February 1937 Gordon BROWN of the Murchison stayed with himself and his wife in Carnamah for a few days [5: 26-Feb-1937]
Himself, his wife and their son motored to Perth on Friday 16 July 1937 and returned to Carnamah on 20 July 1937 [5: 23-Jul-1937]
His sister Mrs H. WALLACE of Hay Street, Perth holidayed with himself and his wife in Carnamah in August 1937 [5: 6 & 13-Aug-1937]
Managed Carnamah's North Midlands Co-op store from September 1936 until December 1937 [0: image 03012 & 02886]
Left Carnamah in December 1937 after being appointed manager of the Co-op store in Benjaberring WA [0: image 02886]
Father of Peter [91]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 15 March 1935:
"Engagement - The engagement has been announced of Veronica (Ron), second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Stokes, of Subiaco, to John (of Carnamah), youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. McGowan, of Perth."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John McGowan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 30 March 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/john-mcgowan [sources]




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