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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Ken" Kenneth Richard PETTIT

Born 23 May 1915 in Dongara, Western Australia [16]
Son of George William PETTIT and Mary Ann PASCOE [P2]
Won 1st prizes for Writing and 2nd for a Crayon Drawing at the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Bookkeeper and Accountant in the office of William G. JORDAN's General Store in Three Springs 1930-1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937] [P2]
Attended the evening dance at the Three Springs Hall after the R.S.L. Sports Day at Arrino on 5 November 1932 [5: 18-Nov-1932]
Attended the Official Opening of the Carnamah Golf Course at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 23 July 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Tennis Club in 1933-34, and Auditor in 1936-37 [5: 6-Oct-1933, 18-Sep-1936]
     At one time he also served as Secretary of the Three Springs Tennis Club [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Attended the 21st birthday of I. Gladys BASTIAN at her parents' home in Three Springs on Sunday 22 October 1933 [5: 27-Oct-1933]
Member of the Three Springs Golf Club - was Secretary in 1935 and 1936 [5: 3-May-1935, 10-Apr-1936]
     In 1934, 1935 and 1936 he was the Three Springs Golf Club's Men's Champion [5: 9-Nov-1934, 4-Oct-1935, 14-Aug-1936]
     He was also the member of the Three Springs Golf Club with the lowest handicap in 1936 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 20 October 1934 [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Attended the Back to Childhood & Nursery Rhyme Ball held in Three Springs on 6 November 1934 as "Buster Brown" [5: 9-Nov-1934]
Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1934-35, 1935-36 and 1936-37 [5: 25-Jan-1935, 21-Feb-1936, 13-Nov-1936]
Won the Carnamah Golf Club's Open Championship in 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Defeated Reg SIZER and won the Club Championship of the Three Springs Golf Club on Sunday 25 August 1935 [5: 30-Aug-1935]
Organised and attended the Three Springs Golf Club's Annual Ball at the Three Springs Hall on 2 October 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935, 4-Oct-1935]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 24 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Attended Miss Olive W. KAU's 21st birthday at Meadow Dale Farm in Coorow on Saturday evening 18 January 1936 [5: 24-Jan-1936]
Competitor in the Billiard Tournament held in Three Springs in May 1936 to raise funds for the Hospital in Three Springs [5: 8-May-1936]
A number of his friends assembled at his home on Saturday evening 23 May 1936 to celebrate his 21st birthday [5: 29-May-1936]
     The evening took the form of a Social & Dance and among those present were Alex BARR; Len SCHIER; Max BARR; [5]
     Fred MCKENZIE; Merv WILLIAMS; Eric and Vi JOYCE; Mary OLIVER; Lottie, Elsie and Dorrie ARNDT, Joan HUNT; [5]
     William CARMODY; Miss R. BUDD; J. CRAWFORD; his mother, sister Jean and brother Arthur [5: 29-May-1936]
Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Runner up of the Carnamah Golf Club's Open Championships over 36 holes in Carnamah on Sunday 29 August 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Attended the Valedictory Social for Miss Rachel M. A. WALLACE in Three Springs on Tuesday 15 December 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
Social Committee Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1936-37 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
He was driving a truck on Convent Road in Three Springs on Tuesday 5 January 1937 when a rear tyre of the truck blew out [5]
     The truck overturned and crashed through a fence, with himself being thrown out of the truck when it overturned [5: 8-Jan-1937]
     He was admitted to the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs for over 24 hours, but received no serious injuries [5]
Attended the Surprise Party for Miss Joyce E. BASTIAN at The Oaks Farm in Three Springs on 12 February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
He "displayed a keen and active interest in sporting bodies... as well as taking an active part in the social welfare of the town" [5]
Left Three Springs and shifted to Perth on Monday 15 February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Accountant for the Swansea Cycle Company in the Perth suburb of Fremantle in 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Visited the North Midlands over the weekend of 31 July and 1 August 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Mosman Park prior to enlisting in the Royal Australian Air Force on 1 August 1942 [16]
     Corporal 81513 in the Royal Australian Air Force's 14 Squadron during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 1 April 1946 [16]
Later purchased farmland in Winchester, South Carnamah which was run and farmed by his son Ross [P2]
Farmer of Nearabin Farm in Winchester 1951-1966 in partnership with his son Ross M. PETTIT [60]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Dalkeith [2]
Died 17 November 1974; ashes buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA  (Anglican, RA, 247) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Kenneth Richard Pettit' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 15 April 2024 from [reference list]

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