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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Ken" Kenneth John SIVYER

Born 17 September 1912 in Northam, Western Australia
Son of "Joe" William Henry Ernest SIVYER and "Vera" Veronica GLENROY [P162]
Farmer on the Inering Estate in Carnamah in partnership with William DUSCHKA [5: 10-Jul-1936] [19]
Attended the Inering School Dance held at the Carnamah Hall to raise money for books on Saturday 21 July 1934 [5: 27-Jul-1934]
Travelled from Perth to Carnamah on a short trip on Monday 1 July 1935 [5: 5-Jul-1935]
Farmhand on the Inering Estate in Carnamah 1936-1939 [P162]
Married Edna Florence MURRAY in February 1936 at the Church of Ascension in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction [5: 28-Feb-1936]
     His best man was A. WAKEHAM and his groomsman F. DODD, and one of the bridesmaids was his sister Elsie I. SIVYER [5]
     Their reception was held at the Trades Hall in Midland Junction, after which they spent their honeymoon in the South West [5]
He and William DUSCHKA dissolved their partnership on 7 July 1936 with himself leaving and William continuing [5: 10-Jul-1936]
Farmer of Highfields Farm in Carnamah 1940-1952 [3]
     Highfields Farm belonged to his mother-in-law Mrs Elizabeth E. MURRAY and was the 790 acre Lot 16 of the Inering Estate [3]
     During the 1940s freehold ownership of the farm was transferred from the name of his mother-in-law and into his name [3] [61]
     Also leased and farmed a 765 acre farm from Mrs Maud V. ILES (Lot M1023 of Victoria Location 1935) from 1946 to 1948 [3]
     On 4 January 1947 extended Highfields with the purchase of 1,147 acres of farmland from William A. T. SARGENT [3]
     The 1,147 acres consisted of Lot M1024 and a Portion of Lot M1025 of Victoria Location 1935 [3]
     On 27 May 1948 purchased the 765 acres he'd been leasing from Maud V. ILES - making his farm a total of 2,702 acres [3]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club 1939-1946 [0: images 03018, 04039 & 04389]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1939 and 1941-1948 [13]
Sergeant in the local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Tried to join the Royal Australia Air Force but was knocked back by the Man Power Officer on account of being a farmer [0: image 04017]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 15 December 1944[96]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1945-1952 [58]
Assistant Steward of the Sheep section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Victory Show on 13 September 1945 [13]
Chief Steward of the Sheep section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Shows in 1947 and 1949 [13]
Telephone number Carnamah-10K from 1949 to 1951 [60]
Around 1950 had a new house built on his Highfields Farm on the Inering Estate in Carnamah [226]
After they moved into the new house his brother Bill and sister-in-law Joy lived in the old house on the farm [226]
Member of the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club in 1951 [0: image 04626]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1951 [0: image 04627]
His postal address was P.O. Box 78 at the Carnamah Post Office [226]
In 1952 [3] sold the farm to Thomas C. BROWNING and shifted to Mandurah where he worked building houses [P162]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Maylands [2]
Died 13 December 1975; buried Midland Cemetery, Perth suburb of Midland (Anglican, J, 15) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Kenneth John Sivyer' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 July 2022 from [reference list]

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