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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

John RYDER

Born 1864 in Bolgart, Western Australia [29]
Son of English born John RYDER and Aboriginal woman Sarah BUNDARAN [519: Page 126]
He arrived at the Benedictine Mission in New Norcia in 1883 and was baptised there on 2 August 1888 [239: Tree 14C] [519: Page 126]
Married (1) Theresa PONAN at Holy Trinity Church in New Norcia on 8 February 1891 [519: Page 126]
     Theresa's father was Charles PONAN was the son of an Englishman and an Aboriginal, while her mother was Aboriginal [239: Tree 26]
     Their first child, Diego, was born and baptised in New Norcia on 16 November 1891; and died on 9 January 1893 [519: Page 125]
     In 1893 he was living with his wife Theresa and seven year old Generous PONAN at the Benedictine Mission in New Norcia [321]
     Generous PONAN was his wife's much younger brother [239: Tree 26]
     Their second child, Bernabe, was born on 11 June 1894, baptised in New Norcia on 12 June 1893 and died on 13 June 1894 [519]
He and Theresa lived in a House 1 Row 4 and then House 2 Row 4 at the Benedictine Mission in New Norcia in 1898 and 1899 [519]
His first wife Theresa died in New Norcia at the age of 33 years in 1905 [15]
Married (2) Agnes WILLIAMS in New Norcia in 1905 [P187]
He assisted his father building wells and dwellings in New Norcia [P187]
Member of a New Norcia cricket team of Aboriginal men who visited Perth in March 1906 to play three matches [81: 18-Mar-1906]
     He and two other men in the team, Joachim DIDO and Lawrence PONTON, all later lived in Carnamah [P1]
Shifted to Carnamah around 1906 [P187]
His mother passed away aged about 80 in 1919 and was buried at the Moore River Native Settlement in Mogumber [471]
Aboriginal of Carnamah, residing in Carnamah until his death in 1929 [1]
Father of Charles, Jack, Alice, Edward and Grace [P187]
Died 26 December 1929; buried Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia (Row J, Plot 2) [1] [29]
His funeral was undertaken by Henry Parkin & Son of Carnamah and officiated by Rev. Father Michael LYNCH of Three Springs [1]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Ryder' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/john-ryder-1 [reference list]




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