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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Stephen" John Stephen SMITH

Born C.1852 [2]
Married (1) Marian Margaret TRADER in 1889 in Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia [32]
They were in Perth, Western Australia by 1892, when their son Henry Cecil SMITH was born [15]
His first wife died in 1906 [15]
Married (2) Elizabeth Mary HUGHES in 1910 [66]
Merchant in Geraldton before becoming "one of the best and most enthusiastic farmers in the Midlands" [81: 23-Nov-1913]
Farmer of Cintra Farm in Dudawa, East Arrino 1913-1919 [6] [19] [50] [86: 10-Dec-1914]
Attended the Farmers & Settlers Association's conference on forming the Country Party in Perth in August 1913 [81: 17-Aug-1913]
On his return from a trip to England, in or before 1913, he brought back a tractor and motor car for his farm in Arrino [81: 23-Nov-1913]
The tractor took the place of several horses and was used for carting and for pulling a 10-disc plough [81: 23-Nov-1913]
"Being of a mechanical turn of mind" he effected any repairs needed on his tractor and car [81: 23-Nov-1913]
In 1914 he planned to grow 300 acres of crop on his farm in Arrino, with an expected yield of 20 bushels per acre [81: 23-Nov-1913]
Elected as a member on the Upper Irwin Road Board, which was based in Mingenew, in April 1914 [9: 17-Apr-1914]
Donated 10/- and collected another £2 from Arrino for the Geraldton Patriotic Fund in late 1914 [86: 10-Dec-1914]
Signed the petition and financial guarantee in 1917 for the Midland Railway Company to provide a resident doctor at Three Springs [34]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Osborne Park [2]
Died 24 May 1921; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, KA, 100) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Stephen Smith' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 4 July 2022 from [reference list]

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