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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Jake" John NIVEN

Born 7 April 1908 in Tyndrum, Stirling, Scotland [P13]
Son of Robert NIVEN and Annie MUNRO [P13]
Arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Orvieto with parents and twelve siblings on 4 August 1914 [P13]
After a short stay in Perth travelled with parents to their pre-purchased farm in Carnamah [P13]
Resided on Craigend Farm in Carnamah 1914-1942 [P13]
Won 3rd prize for a Drawing at the Picnic Race Meeting & Agricultural Show in Carnamah on 22 September 1921 [9: 30-Sep-1921]
Farmer of Craigend Farm with his brothers from the 1920s to 1942 [P13]
Attended the Plain and Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Town Hall on Thursday 8 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-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]
Attended the Inering School Dance held at the Carnamah Hall to raise money for books on Saturday 21 July 1934 [5: 27-Jul-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 Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on  Saturday 20 October 1934 [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Enlisted to serve in the Australian Army on  28 January 1942 [16]
Driver WX19404 in the Australian Army's 124 Australian General Transport Company during the Second World War [16]
Discharged from the Australian Army on 1 March 1946 [16]
Farmhand in Carnamah 1947-1970 [19]
Married Mary Henrietta MCNEIL nee MCWHIRTER in 1970 [P13]
By 1970 he had purchased Stanley G. HOLLINGSWORTH's 1,192 acre farm on the Inering Road in Carnamah [3]
The 1,192 acres were Lots M995 and M996 of Victoria Location 2022, and had once belonged to his brothers Jim and Tom [3]
Around 1973 he sold the farm to Roy A. and Elma LUCAS [3] and retired to the southern coastal Perth suburb of Safety Bay [P13]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Safety Bay until his death in 1978 [2]
Died 11 January 1978 [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Niven' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/john-niven [sources]




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