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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Ken" Kenneth Walker MCCOOKE

Born 3 November 1902 in Longwood, Victoria, Australia [16]
Son of Archibald McCOOKE and Barbara MCLEAN [54]
Educated at Scotch College in the Perth suburb of Claremont [P269]
In 1914 his father was a Justice of the Peace for the York District of Western Australia [6]
Married Vera Gladys HILL in Beverley on 24 September 1934 [P269]
His father accompanied him to inspect a farm for sale in Winchester belonging to John MCINTOSH in early May 1934 [5: 11-May-1934]
     He purchased the farm, which was 1,658 acres in size, and consisted of Lots M923 and M1074 of Victoria Location 1937 [3]
     After the purchase his father left to return to his farm at Brookton but was killed in a truck accident near Beverley [5: 11-May-1934]
Farmer of St Mary's Farm in Winchester [P269]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1934-35 [5: 15-Mar-1935]
Through Westralian Farmers sold 79 ewes in late July 1935, receiving various prices per sheep between 18/1 and 14/1 [5: 2-Aug-1935]
About a month later sold 22 hoggets for 12/1, 25 ewes for 14/1, 11 ewes for 10/7 and 13 lambs for 10/10 per head [5: 30-Aug-1935]
Won 1st prize for Border Collie Sheep Dog or Bitch in the Sheep Dog section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Advertised Border Collie Kelpie pups for sale for 10/- each in The North Midland Times during November 1935 [5: 8-Nov-1935]
Sold nine porkers at 19/10 per head in February 1936, and seven pigs at 23/9 per head in August 1936 [5: 7-Feb-1936, 14-Aug-1936]
Sold 265 sheep through Westralian Farmers Ltd at five Midland Markets between June and October 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936, 24-Jul-1936]
     The sheep were 93 lambs (2 at 20/4, 7 at 16/10, 20 at 16/7, 31 at 14/10, 16 at 12/1, 17 at 11/7), 13 hoggets at 17/4, [5]
     18 hoggets and lambs at 18/10, 100 ewes (12 at 23/1, 15 at 19/1, 35 at 14/4, 35 at 13/1, 1 at 10/4, 1 at 9/10, 1 stained at 14/7), [5]
     40 suckers (33 at 14/7, 7 at 13/10), and 1 wether at 25/4 per head [5: 4 & 18 & 25-Sep-1936, 2 & 9-Oct-1936]
Won 1st prize for Border Collie in the Sheep Dogs section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1936 and 1937 [5: 18-Sep-1936, 17-Sep-1937]
Sold seven bales of wool through Westralian Farmers Ltd in 1936 - 2 bales at 18½d. per pound, 3 at 18d., and 2 at 16d. [5: 27-Nov-1936]
Sold 66 sheep through Westralian Farmers Ltd with consignments to the Midland Market in June and July 1937 [5: 25-Jun-1937, 30-Jul-1937]
     They were 58 lambs (1 at 22/10, 1 at 20/-, 4 at 19/1, 15 at 17/5, 9 at 16/10, 22 at 16/4, 6 at 13/4) and 8 ewes at 12/7 per head [5]
Financial Member 1938-1971 and Committee Member 1946-1969 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [13] [58]
     President in 1951 and 1952, Vice Patron 1956-1969 and a Life Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [13] [58]
Corporal in the local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Member of the Carnamah Presbyterian Church's management board in 1947 [0: image 04468]
By 1949 he had obtained the telephone - was telephone number Carnamah-7K [60]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Farmers' Union of WA - was Vice President in 1957 [4: 5-Apr-1957]
President of the Carnamah Football Club 1964-1966 [7: page 196]
He had P.O. Box 24 at the Carnamah Post Office [P175]
Sold his St Mary's Farm in Winchester to Allen J. PERRY [P175]
After selling his farm initially resided a rented house on Macpherson Street in the Carnamah townsite [P269]
Later purchased from C. Jackson BACKMAN the house at 28 Caron Street in the Carnamah townsite [P269]
Resided at 28 Caron Street until leaving the district in 1978 to move to the Perth suburb of Duncraig [P175]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Duncraig until his death in 1984 [2]
Father of Malcolm Archibald and Helen [P269]
Died 22 April 1984; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA [2]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 11 May 1934:
Truck Accident - Farmer Killed - Returning from Inspection of Farm at Carnamah
"On Tuesday morning Mr. Archibald McCooke, whilst returning to his farm at Brookton after inspecting a property at Winchester, was killed when the truck in which he was riding overturned. The accident happened at Mt. Kokeby, seven miles from Beverley. The deceased came up to Carnamah last week with Mrs. McCooke, and his son, Mr. Ken McCooke, to inspect the property at Winchester owned by Mr. McIntosh, and which has been purchased by Mr. Ken McCooke. The father left on Monday to return to Brookton in his truck, one of his other sons, who was uninjured in the accident, driving. Mrs. McCooke and Mr. Ken McCooke left Winchester with Mr. W. Sheridan and Mr. C. A. Mettam in the former's car on Tuesday morning as soon as word of the accident was received, and were met at Midland Junction by other members of the family from Brookton."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Kenneth Walker McCooke' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 May 2022 from [reference list]

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