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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Keith Edgar BALL

Born 10 July 1908 in Katanning, Western Australia [16]
Son of William Cuthbert BALL and Charlotte August MITCHELL [15] [84]
Baptised by Presbyterian Minister Rev. James HAYNES in Katanning on 6 September 1908 [84]
Married Lynette Winchester TUCK on 13 July 1940 at Ross Memorial Church in West Perth [81: 14-Jul-1940]
Resided in Corrigin prior to enlisting in the Royal Australian Air Force on 8 June 1942 [16]
Leading Aircraftman 81036 in the Royal Australian Air Force's 11th Repair and Servicing Unit during the Second World War [16]
Arrived in Carnamah on Sunday 8 July 1945 to manage the local branch of Elder Smith & Company [5: 13-Jul-1945]
     Manager of Elder Smith & Company in Carnamah 1946-1949 [60] [96]
     He was also the stock agent for Elder Smith & Company across the North Midlands in 1947 [5: 19-Sep-1947]
     During his time in Carnamah was telephone number Carnamah-54 [60]
Member of Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club in 1945 [5: 20-Jul-1945]
Welcomed the visitors to the field day held on William A. T. Sargent's Wongyarra Farm in Carnamah on 18 August 1945 [5: 24-Aug-1945]
Judge of the Merino Breeds in the Sheep section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Victory Show in 1945 [13]
Sergeant William H. BERLINER and his wife Doreen visited them in Carnamah during September 1945 [5: 14-Sep-1945]
Attended the Welcome Home Ball (from the Second World War) at the Carnamah Hall on 15 December 1945 [7: page 48] [52]
Member of Carnamah Tennis Club in 1945-46 to 1948-49 [5: 14-Dec-1945, 1-Feb-1946, 26-Sep-1947, 16-Apr-1948, 31-Mar-1949]
     In 1947-48 he was Vice President of the club and donated the trophy for the Runner-Up Champion Under 16 Years [5]
He and his wife spent their Christmas vacation in the Perth suburb of Claremont during December 1945 [5: 11-Jan-1946]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League 1945-1949 [5: 15-Mar-1946, 25-Apr-1947, 3-Jun-1948, 10-Mar-1949]
     Committee Member 1946-1949, President in late 1946 and early 1947 and Treasurer in 1947 and 1948 [5: 15-Nov-1946, 9-Apr-1948]
     He was one of 67 men who attended the Dinner & Smoke Social for ex-serviceman in Carnamah on 27 April 1946 [5: 10-May-1946]
     Laid a wreath at the Remembrance Service held at the Carnamah Hall on Remembrance Day, 11 November 1946 [5: 15-Nov-1946]
     Proposed a toast to the newly formed Sub-Branch in Coorow after an R.S.L. meeting in Carnamah on 19 July 1947 [5: 25-Jul-1947]
     Proposed the toast to visitors at an R.S.L. function in Carnamah during the State President's visit on 29 May 1948 [12: 3-Jun-1948]
Financial Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society in 1946 [150]
Made a donation to the Three Springs Agricultural Society in 1946 [262]
Financial Member 1946-1948 and Committee Member in 1949 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [5: 5-May-1949] [13] [58]
Member of Carnamah Golf Club 1946-1949 - was a Committee Member in 1948 [5: 7-Jun-1946, 16-Apr-1948, 9-Jun-1949]
He and his wife spent a holiday in Geraldton in March and the Easter vacation in Katanning in 1946 [5: 22-Mar-1946, 26-Apr-1946]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of local farmer John Maurice HAIG at the Winchester Cemetery on 4 May 1946 [5: 10-May-1946]
Briefly visited the city in early August 1946 to see his wife and their very new son, Richard [5: 16-Aug-1946, 3-Jan-1947]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 W.A.C. on 15 November 1946 [96]
He and his wife briefly visited Perth in December 1946 before spending Christmas in Geraldton [5: 20-Dec-1946, 3-Jan-1947]
They later had a holiday at Rockingham during March 1947 [5: 14-Mar-1947]
He applied for a Country License under the Auctioneers Act 1921 on 31 January 1947 [86: 1-Feb-1947]
During January 1948 he convened a public meeting to discuss a Travelling Health Centre for Carnamah [5: 9-Jan-1948]
     The meeting led to a local committee being formed, of which he was elected its Chairman [5: 9-Jan-1948]
His mother visited him and his wife in Carnamah in May 1948 [5: 20-May-1948]
Casketbearer at the funeral of George BOOTH of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 July 1948 [5: 29-Jul-1948]
Sent a floral tribute for grave of Carnamah farmer W. Henry WATSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 13 September 1948 [5: 16-Sep-1948]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Coorow farmer George HUTCHCRAFT on 28 January 1949 at the Winchester Cemetery [5: 3-Feb-1949]
His brother and his brother's family from Wagin spent the Easter weekend in Carnamah in 1949 [5: 21-Apr-1949]
Attended the farewell to local Bank of New South Wales bank clerk W. Maxwell HARRIS and his wife Ina on 15 June 1949 [5: 23-Jun-1949]
Following his transfer to Geraldton he was farewelled in Carnamah on Tuesday 13 September 1949 [5: 22-Sep-1949]
     Along with his wife and son left Carnamah on 17 September 1949 and shifted to Geraldton [5: 22-Sep-1949]
    They returned to Carnamah in November 1949 to attend the local wedding of Olive LUCAS and Jack ARMSTRONG [5: 10-Nov-1949]
By December 1950 they'd left Geraldton were living in Melbourne, Victoria on the eastern side of Australia [4: 16-Dec-1950]
Died 1977 in Victoria, Australia [54]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Thursday 22 September 1949:
Farewell to Mr & Mrs Ball
"On Tuesday evening, September 13, a large number of friends gathered in the Carnamah Hall to farewell Mr and Mrs K. Ball. Mr Ball has been transferred to Geraldton and best wishes for every success are extended to Mr and Mrs Ball. After a very tasty supper which was provided by the ladies, Mr Don Spencer made a short speech and then introduced Mr B. D. Bothe who spoke on behalf of those in the Coorow territory covered by Mr Ball. Mr R. W. Clark spoke on behalf of the Golf and Tennis Clubs and Mr E. H. Gurr spoke for their friends in Carnamah. Mr A. T. Black extended best wishes to Mr and Mrs Ball on behalf of the Clinic and then presented them with a very handsome chiming clock. The evening continued until midnight with dancing, the music being provided by the Hot Shots Orchestra."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Keith Edgar Ball' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/keith-edgar-ball [reference list]




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