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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Ken" Kenneth Porch LUCAS

Born 5 February 1909 in Seven Kings, Essex, England [16] [20]
Son of James LUCAS and Eva Muriel PORCH [20] [21] [16] [70]
His father worked managing a tailor's wholesale clothing business [20]
In 1911 he was living with his parents at 2 Beechwood Terrace in Seven Kings, Essex, England [20]
Left London, England with his parents on the steamship Osterley and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 27 February 1920 [70]
In 1931 he was working as a farmhand and living at 76 Seventh Avenue in the Perth suburb of Maylands [50]
Presbyterian Home Missionary in Broomehill and Presbyterian Minister in Kondinin before shifting to Carnamah [6]
Arrived in Carnamah on Friday 5 February 1937 to succeed Rev. David H. DYKE as minister of the Presbyterian Church [5: 12-Feb-1937]
Presbyterian Minister in Carnamah in 1937 and 1938 [5: 12-Feb-1937, 9-Dec-1938] [6]
     He was in charge of the North Midlands circuit of the Presbyterian Church [5: 9-Dec-1938]
    Regularly conducted church services in Carnamah, Winchester, Billeroo, Waddy Forest and Three Springs [5: 12 & 26-Feb-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association in 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Competed in the Carnamah Tennis Club's Easter Tennis Tournament at Centenary Park in Carnamah in March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Social Club - was Secretary in 1937 [5: 9-Apr-1937]
Gave "an interesting and inspiring address" at the Anzac Day Commemoration Service in Carnamah on 25 April 1937 [5: 23 & 30-Apr-1937]
Attended the meeting in Carnamah on 28 April 1937 to organise Coronation Celebrations for the children of Carnamah [5: 30-Apr-1937]
     The festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth on 12 May [5]
Travelled to Perth during the second week of May 1937 to attend the annual Presbyterian conference [5: 21-May-1937]
Upon his return to Carnamah on Friday 21 May 1937 he was accompanied by his mother Mrs LUCAS of Kalamunda [5: 28-May-1937]
He was among the 80 who attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening at the Carnamah Hall on 25 June 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
Attended the Valedictory Social to bid farewell to William H. & Eva M. MOORE at the Carnamah Hall on 31 July 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
     During the evening Himself and Charles ROBERTSON presented a dialogue entitled "In the Midst of Life We are in Death" [5]
Extended a welcome to the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in WA when he visited Carnamah on 4 August 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1937 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
     Played the butler in the one act comedic play "Meet the Family" at the Club's Concert on Friday 20 August 1937 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
Offered to run a Cobbers Club in Carnamah once a fortnight when the Club's country organiser visited in September 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]
Resigned as Secretary of the Carnamah Social Badminton Club in August 1938 pending his departure from the district [5: 19-Aug-1938]
In December 1938 it was reported that he was soon leaving Carnamah and shifting to Leonora on the northern goldfields [5: 9-Dec-1938]
Presbyterian Minister in Leonora in 1939 [6] [19]
Resided in Leonora until enlisting in the Australian Army on 11 November 1939 [16]
     Sergeant WX915 in the Australian Army's 2/11 Infantry Battalion during the Second World War [16]
     In June 1941 he was listed as "missing" in a casualty list released by the Department of Information [5: 20-Jun-1941]
     He spent time at a Stalag or Prisoner of War Camp in Germany [384: 30-Jan-1943]
     Through the British Red Cross he received a parcel of smokes, playing cards and other items from Leonora [384: 30-Jan-1943]
     The parcel, which was the first he'd received from Australia, had been organised by the Leonora-Gwalia Patriotic Fund [384]
     After years, it was reported in May 1945 that he had been liberated from a Prisoner of War Camp in Germany [225: 14-May-1945]
     He returned to Australia and was discharged from the Australian Army on 5 October 1945 [16]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Greenwood [2]
Died 14 February 2000; ashes interred at Fremantle Cemetery in the Perth suburb of Palmyra [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Kenneth Porch Lucas' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 July 2024 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/kenneth-porch-lucas [reference list]




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