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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Joe" Joseph Gabriel DRISCOLL

Born 9 October 1901 in Irwin, Western Australia [15] [16]
Son of Matthew DRISCOLL and Mary Ann O'BRIEN [15]
His sister Mary Ann married Arthur DOWNES in 1921 [15] and lived onRaheen Farm in Yandanooka [19]
Farmhand in Yandanooka in 1925, and later in Three Springs [50]
Member of the Three Springs Football Club in 1927 and 1928 [4: 25-Jun-1927, 10-May-1928]
Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1928, and donated £1/1/- to the Committee in 1928 [124]
He was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Attended the Show Ball following the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show on 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Attended the Three Springs Football Club's Welcome Home Social for two newly wedded couples on 1 November 1929 [4: 9-Nov-1929]
Farmhand, Labourer and Shearer in Carnamah 1932-1936 [0: image 03012] [6] [4: 12-Mar-1932] [19] [50]
Participated in the Carnamah Athletic Club's Boxing Tournaments in Carnamah in 1932 [4: 12-Mar-1932]
In December 1932 he was working in Carnamah as a Wheat Lumper [5: 23-Dec-1932]
Played in a cricket match between the "Lumpers" and the Carnamah Cricket Club on Sunday 11 December 1932 [5: 23-Dec-1932]
Paid 10/- in Vermin Bonuses by the Carnamah District Road Board on 16 June 1936 for having killing two foxes [300: page 42]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1934-35 [5: 15-Feb-1935]
Played for the victorious latter in the Married verses Single men's cricket match in Carnamah on Sunday 3 February 1935 [5: 8-Feb-1935]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1935-36 - played for "Carnamah Reds" [5: 6-Dec-1935]
Himself, William A. TURNER and Francis B. O'GRADY collectively shore 403 sheep on Friday 28 August 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
The shearing, which was done on Peter M. BONNERUP's Minjin Farm in Carnamah, was claimed to be a local shearing record [5]
By 1937 he was believed to have left Carnamah and shifted to 357 Hay Street in Perth [88]
In January 1937 the Geraldton Police Station issued an urgent message to locate him as his mother was dangerously ill [88]
Const. Maurice PLUNKETT of the Carnamah Police telephoned the Geraldton Police on 25 January notifying them of his address [88]
It is not known whether word of his mother's illness reached him, however she died on 12 February 1937 [26]
Resided in Mount Magnet prior to enlisting in the Australian Army on 15 January 1941 [16]
Initially served with the 2/3 Machine Gun Battalion until being captured as a Prisoner of War in Java in March 1942 [30]
Private WX10706 in the Australian Army's 7 RP 2/48 Battalion during the Second World War [16]
Discharged from the Australian Army on 22 May 1946 [16]
Farmhand in Carnamah in 1949 and 1950 [19]
Died April 1955; buried Wagin Cemetery, Wagin WA (Roman Catholic, Plot 191) [138]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Joseph Gabriel Driscoll' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/joseph-gabriel-driscoll [sources]




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