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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


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John Shears READ

Born 14 January 1908 in Wembley, Middlesex, England [16]
Son of John READ and Grace Emily SHEARS [P66]
Resided with his parents and widowed grandmother Mrs Emma READ on Elm Tree Farm in Wembley, Middlesex, England [20]
Departed London, England with hus parents and siblings on the steamship Esperance Bay on 5 December 1922 [P66]
Following a month-long voyage they arrived on the Esperance Bay in Fremantle, Western Australia on 5 January 1923 [P66]
Along with his parents and siblings resided in Fremantle for three months before shifting to farmland at Coorow [P66]
Resided with parents on Tokyngton Farm in Coorow, Western Australia [P66]
Farmed Tokyngton Farm with his father and took over the running of the farm following his father's death [P66]
Member of the Coorow Cricket Club from 1928-29 to 1936-37 [4: 3-Nov-1928, 13-Dec-1930, 11-Jan-1936, 19-Mar-1937]
On Sunday 28 October 1928 he played in the first ever cricket match of the Coorow and Districts Cricket Association [4: 3-Nov-1928]
Came 2nd in the Apple & Bucket and Melon Races in the Horse Events at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
He was among those who attended the official opening of the East Marchagee Hall in Marchagee on 11 November 1933 [5: 17-Nov-1933]
Provider of music at the Anglican Church Bazaar and Dance at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 18 November 1933 [5: 24-Nov-1933]
On Saturday 7 April 1934 he played the Banjo at the Coorow Anglican Church's Dance held at the Coorow Hall [5: 13-Apr-1934]
Came 2nd in the Gents Hunter Over Hurdles in the Ring Events of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1934 [5: 7-Sep-1934]
Played the drums for the dancing which followed the Children's Fancy Dress Ball in Coorow on Saturday 6 July 1935 [5: 12-Jul-1935]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club in 1935 [5: 9-Aug-1935]
Musician at the Ball at the East Marchagee Hall held after the Marchagee-Gunyidi Picnic & Sports on 14 September 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Member of the Coorow Rifle Club 1935-1956 [5: 1-Nov-1935, 20-Aug-1937] [4: 14-Sep-1956]
     Represented the Coorow Rifle Club at the annual shoot for the Shearn Cup in Mingenew on Sunday 20 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
     In 1936 won one of the Club's Spoon Shoots, which he received at the Club's Annual Ball on 28 November 1936 [5: 4-Dec-1936]
     Won the Trophy for the Summer Aggregate in 1937, which he received Club's at the Presentation Ball on 10 July 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Member of the committee who organised the Coorow-Waddy Sports & Dance in Coorow on Saturday 9 November 1935 [5: 15-Nov-1935]
Came 2nd in the High Jump at the Coorow-Waddy Sports & Dance in Coorow on Saturday 9 November 1935 [5: 15-Nov-1935]
Won the High Jump and Putting the Shot at the Athletic Sports Meeting at Maley Park in Coorow on 1 January 1936 [5: 3-Jan-1936]
Attended Miss Olive W. KAU's 21st birthday at Meadow Dale Farm in Coorow on Saturday evening 18 January 1936 [5: 24-Jan-1936]
Played for the defeated "The Rest" in a cricket match against Carnamah in Coorow on Sunday 22 March 1936 [5: 27-Mar-1936]
Attended the evening in honour of Mr & Mrs BIRMINGHAM of Perth at the home of Harry EDWARDS on 27 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Competed at the Official Opening of the Three Springs Rifle Club's rifle range in Three Springs on Thursday 23 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Played for the victorious Single Men in a cricket match against Married Men in Coorow on Sunday 6 December 1936 [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Won the Shot Putt at the Sports Meeting at Maley Park in Coorow on Boxing Day 26 December 1936 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Part of an overland trip to the uninhabited coast at Jurien Bay, which departed on Monday 15 February 1937 [5: 26-Feb-1937]
     The 12 other members of the party were Angus A. N. MCGILP of Waddy Forest; and William A. T. SARGENT of Carnamah; [5]
     Frank R. BRYANT, Walter G. FENNELL, W. Frank FENNELL and C. Jock BRAYNT of Marchagee; Baxter D. BOTHE, [5]
     William J. GAUNT, Donald S. GRANT, David TODD, Fred BINGHAM and George HUTCHCRAFT of Coorow [5]
     They travelled in two trucks and two cars and from Moora they drove over 54 miles of road and 30 miles of sand [5]
     They erected a shed and tables and were able to get good reception on a wireless Fred BINGHAM had taken along [5]
     They took a boat with them and fished every day, and paid a visit to caves situated nine miles from their camp at Jurien Bay [5]
     The party also visited Sandy Cape and North Head and after an enjoyable stay returned home on Friday 19 February 1937 [5]
Member of the Waddy Forest Group of Toc H in 1937 [5: 2 & 16-Jul-1937]
     Played the part of Mrs Puddicombe in the play "The Wrong Flat" at the Toc H's Social at the Coorow Hall on 24 June 1937 [5]
     Wrote a letter of appreciation to the Carnamah District Road Board in thanks for the free use of the Coorow Hall for the Social [5]
Attended the Kitchen Tea for Albert E. MILES and Mary E. GREENWOOD at the Waddy Forest Hall on 31 July 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
     On behalf of the young people of the district he presented a collection of kitchen utensils to the soon to be married couple [5]
With his brother Tom and William H. JOHNS rode on horseback through virgin bush from Coorow to Green Head in the 1930s [P361]
     The three of them made the trek to establish a track from Coorow to the coast [P361]
     At that time wild horses traversed the country and drank at three freshwater springs just before the rocky limestone hill [P361]
Presided over the meeting in Coorow to discuss constructing a road from Coorow to the coast on 11 September 1937 [5: 17-Sep-1937]
     Foundation Member of the Coorow Coast Road Finance Committee in 1937 [5: 17-Sep-1937]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society 1937-1939 [150]
One of the Stewards in charge of the Horse Events section of the 1937 Coorow-Waddy Forest Agricultural Show [150]
Organised the 1939 Waddy Forest Community Concert which was held in the Waddy Forest Hall on 13 May 1939 [0: image 03794]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Defence Unit in 1941 [4: 29-Mar-1941]
Corporal in the local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Agricultural Society and Patriotic Funds Committee in 1945 [0: image 04319]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society 1946-1951 [150] [4: 7-Apr-1951]
Ringmaster of the Ring Events section of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society's Tenth Annual Show in 1947 [150]
Served on the North Midlands Anglican Church Vestry 1948-1952 [167]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Farmers' Union of WA in 1951[4: 7-Apr-1951]
Sounded the Last Post and Reveille at the 1952 Anzac Service in Coorow [0: image 04648]
Secretary of the Coorow Coast Road Association in 1957 [4: 15-Mar-1957]
Officiated as Master of Ceremonies (M.C.) at many and numerous functions held in Coorow [P66]
Also regularly played the drums and cornet at some of the dances and balls held in Coorow [P66]
Resided in Coorow on Tokyngton Farm from 1923 until his death, passing away at home on the farm [P66] [1] [90]
Died 3 November 1968; buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia (Row T, Plot 1) [1]
He owned property or assets in England, which was valued at £13,309 following his death [378]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Shears Read' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 7 August 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/john-shears-read [sources]




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