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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


John Sylvester O'HALLORAN

Born 1893 in Dunmanway, County Cork, Ireland [30]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 31 August 1914 in Geraldton, Western Australia [30: item 8004307]
Gave his occupation as labourer and his next of kin as his mother Mrs A. O'HALLORAN of Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland [30]
Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighed 125 pounds, and had brown eyes, dark hair and a fair complexion [30]
After brief training at Blackboy Hill he was on 6 October 1914 appointed to the G Company of the 12th Infantry Battalion [30]
Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A7 Medic on 2 November 1914 [18]
Private 852 in the 12th Infantry Battalion of the A.I.F. in Alexandria, Egypt and Gallipoli, Turkey during the First World War [30]
Wounded in Action on 7 August 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey and was admitted to a field ambulance for a bomb wound to his arm [30]
Invalided to England for medical treatment and subsequently returned to Australia suffering from rheumatism and neuritis [30]
Embarked from Portland, England on the hospital ship Ascanius on 17 March 1916 on his return to Australia [30]
Discharged from the A.I.F. on 5 April 1916; received the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Manager of White Hill Station in Mingenew in 1917 and 1918 [61]
White Hill was the property of his uncle "Pat" Charles Walter O'HALLORAN, who died aged 55 on 30 March 1919 [61] [176]
Pastoralist of White Hill Station and later the Farmer of Corabella Farm in Mingenew 1919-1948 [19] [30: item 8004307] [61]
Employed the services of Elder Smith & Co Ltd to hold a sheep sale to sell 240 ewes in November 1922 [120: 16-Nov-1922]
Commission Agent in Mingenew in partnership with Frank M. TURTON as "F. M. Turton & Co" until 1925 [80: 18-Sep-1925]
     They dissolved their business partnership on 29 August 1925 with the business and its debts being taken over by Frank [80]
Served n the Mingenew Road Board in 1925-26 and again from 1927 to 1933 [101]
He had the telephone connected to his farmhouse by 1926 - was telephone number Mingenew-20 [60]
He represented the Mingenew Road Board at the funeral of Charles C. MALEY, M.L.A. in Perth on 16 October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Held a clearing sale on his Corabella Farm in Mingenew at 2 p.m. on Friday 1 November 1929 [4: 26-Oct-1929]
The Geraldton Polo Club played a practice match against Mingenew on his property Corabella on 22 March 1930 [39: 3-Apr-1930]
Member of the Mingenew Football Club - was Vice President in 1930 [39: 3-Apr-1930]
Member of the Mingenew Polo Club in 1931 [4: 28-Mar-1931]
In 1932 owned a Chrysler Runabout car and Chevrolet wagon with license plates MI-1 and MI-155 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Sold year old crossbred ewes to Angus A. N. MCGILP of Polaris Farm in Waddy Forest in September 1933 [5: 29-Sep-1933]
Judged of parts of the Horse and Sheep sections at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 19 September 1935 [5]
     He and Ivor B. ROBERTS of Coorow judged the Thoroughbred Horses and the British Breeds of Sheep [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Attended the Fourth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Three Springs on Saturday 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Purchased 260 1½ year Koonoona blood Merino ewes at 14/6 per head at the Mingenew Market on 20 November 1935 [5: 22-Nov-1935]
Member of the Mingenew Polo Club in 1936 [39: 15-Feb-1936]
Member of the Mingenew Hospital Association in 1936 [80: 11-Oct-1935]
Judged the British Breeds portion of the Sheep section at the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 17 September 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Attended the Fifth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner in Dongara on Saturday evening 24 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
F. VINCENT, F. BOAN and T. DRAPER of Perth stayed with him at Corabella during a weekend of August 1939 [4: 19-Aug-1939]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe [2]
Died 10 January 1957; buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Roman Catholic, Lawn 2, M11) [2]

From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 26 December 1929:
Country Towns and Districts - Three Springs and Mingenew - Cereal and Pastoral Wealth - People and Properties
"In the heart of the widely-known Mingenew fattening country, 12 miles from the township, Mr J. S. O'Halloran has 7,000 acres of flat, rich chocolate land. Corabella, as the property is named, was previously owned by the late Mr C. W. O'Halloran, an uncle of Mr O'Halloran, in whose hands Corabella has been since 1919. It is a well-improved property, capable of carrying a sheep to the acre, or the equivalent, and its paddocks are thickly dotted with the invaluable sago bush a species of salt bush. In the past Mr O'Halloran has concentrated on sheep, but, like many others, the decline in wool prices has caused him to turn towards cattle, although he will continue to fatten sheep. He has a Koonoona stud of 100 ewes, now in its third year. The ram was imported from South Australia and also some of the ewes. Last season 110 bales of wool were obtained from 5,000 sheep. Mr O'Halloran is an active member of the road board, and is also an enthusiastic polo player."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'John Sylvester O'Halloran' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 24 June 2021 from [sources]

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