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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Jack" John Patrick MCCABE

Born 18 May 1906 in West Perth, Western Australia [15] [16]
Shop Assistant in Three Springs in 1929 and 1930 [19]
     Supplier of music at the Fancy Dress Ball held in Three Springs in aid of the local Anglican Church on 27 June 1929 [4: 6-Jul-1929]
     Member of the Three Springs Football Club in 1929 and 1930[4: 13-Jul-1929, 28-Jun-1930]
Commission Agent in Mingenew in 1930 and 1931 [4: 25-Apr-1931] [19]
     Representative in Mingenew for Associated Farmers in 1930 and for Westralian Farmers Limited in 1931 [4: 26-Apr-1930, 25-Apr-1931]
     In Mingenew he possessed an "inexhaustible fund of humour" and "made himself very popular in the district [4: 25-Apr-1931]
     During his time in Mingenew he had studied and learnt both is firm and its clients in Mingenew [4: 25-Apr-1931]
     In his job he was "always most courteous and obliging even when clients arrived at the railway yards with wheat after hours" [4]
Member of the Mingenew Polo Club - was Assistant Secretary [4: 25-Apr-1931]
Supplier of music at the Mingenew-Yandanooka Country Women's Association Dance in Mingenew on  31 October 1929 [4: 9-Nov-1929]
Attended the Three Springs Football Club's Welcome Home Social for two newly wedded couples on 1 November 1929 [4: 9-Nov-1929]
Member of the Mingenew Golf Club [4: 25-Apr-1931]
Came 2nd in the Sheffield Handicap race at the Saint Patrick's Day Sports Meeting in Three Springs on 17 March 1930 [4: 22-Mar-1930]
     At the Saint Patrick's Day Sports Meeting also rode John E. LEONARD's horse Bess to victory in the Walk Trot & Gallop [4]
Member of the Mingenew-Yandanooka Football Club - was Secretary in 1930 [4: 3-May-1930] [39: 3-Apr-1930]
Member of the Mingenew Tennis Club - was Secretary in 1930-31 [4: 22-Nov-1930]
Owing to bad times he was retrenched by Westralian Farmers Limited who closed down their Mingenew branch [4: 25-Apr-1931]
     The loss of his job and forced departure from Mingenew was attributed to "the bad times in which the country was passing" [4]
A large crowd attended to bid him goodbye at his Farewell Social at the Mingenew Hall on Monday evening 20 April 1931 [4: 25-Apr-1931]
     During the evening he was presented with a cheque as a parting gift from his many friends in Mingenew [4]
     George G. D. FERRIER and Colin M. CALDOW spoke of his excellent qualities and wished him the best for the future [4]
     Following the speeches he spoke in thanks for the kind words and cheque and expressed his regret at leaving Mingenew [4]
In June 1931 obtained a clearance to transfer from the Three Springs Football Club to the South Fremantle Football Club [4: 6-Jun-1931
Married Gwendoline Clara NENKE in Perth in 1935 [66]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Subiaco prior to enlisting in the Australian Army on 6 January 1942 [16]
     Sergeant WX18673 in  the Australian Army's 19 Australian Garrison Battalion during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 6 December 1945 [16]
Resided of late in Kalgoorlie [2]
Died 7 July 1964; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Roman Catholic, LC, 305)[2]


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 26 April 1930:
"Mr. J. McCabe, of Associated Farmers, Mingenew, has returned from his Easter holidays to receive congratulations of many friends on his engagement to Miss Gwendoline Nenke, a sister of Miss D. Nenke of Mingenew. Miss G. Nenke is the third daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Nenke, of 15 Austin-street, Subiaco, whilst Mr. McCabe's parents (Mr. and Mrs. B. McCabe) reside at Busselton."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Patrick McCabe' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 4 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/john-patrick-mccabe [reference list]




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