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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Ken" Kenneth Walter BODYCOAT

Born 10 January 1922 in Northam, Western Australia [16]
Son of Walter BODYCOAT and Katie BURT [P43]
Settled with his parents on the Inering Estate in Carnamah in 1925 [78: 14-Mar-1957]
Resided with his parents, brother Gordon and sister Barbara on Trevose Farm in Carnamah [78: 14-Mar-1957]
His name was part of an application for a State School to be established on the Inering Estate in Carnamah in 1926 [276]
Began his schooling at the Dominican Convent School in Three Springs in April 1928 [98]
Came 3rd in the 8 to 10 years Boys Running Race at the Inering Picnic on BATTY's Farm on Sunday 7 September 1930 [4: 20-Sep-1930]
Attended the Children's Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 18 August 1932, dressed as "Pierrot" [5: 26-Aug-1932]
Won 2nd prize for Selection of Fodder Plants in the Grain & Fodder section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
By 1934 and until at least 1936 he was a student at the Inering State School on the Inering Estate in Carnamah [5: 27-Apr-1934] [276]
Member of the Inering State School's team who competed in tennis against the Carnamah State School on 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Won a prize for Marquetry Work exhibited in the Educational section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club from 1934-35 until 1939-40 [5: 5-Apr-1935, 13-Dec-1935] [89]
Awarded a 1st prize for Handwriting in the Educational section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Appears to have helped his father run their farm in Carnamah after leaving school [--]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1939-1971 [13]
Member of the Inering Cricket Club in 1941 [0: image 04060]
Enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on 13 January 1942 [16]
     Leading Aircraftman 46228 in the Royal Australian Air Force's 1 Aircraft Performance Unit during the Second World War [16]
     Married Thelma Mary TRAYNOR in 1943 in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia [32]
     Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 8 December 1944 [16]
     Returned to Carnamah after the war and resumed farming [19]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club 1946-1961 [89]
     President 1947-1949, Committee Member 1955-1959 and Vice Captain in 1957-1958 of the Five Gums Tennis Club [89]
Along with his brother Gordon in 1947 purchased from Peter M. BONNERUP the 6,002 acre Minjin Farm in Carnamah [3]
     The 6,002 acres consisted of Lots M1484, M1485 and M1663 of Victoria Location 2022 [3]
Also in 1947 their father transferred 1,784 acres of farmland to he and his brother Gordon [3]
     The 1,784 acres consisted Lots M985, M986 and M990 of Victoria Location 2022 [3]
     Previously, the 1,784 acres had been Roselm Farm, owned by ex-photographer Ernest L. MITCHELL [3]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1950 and 1951 - played for Carnamah Country [0: images 04533 & 04628]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1953-1969 [58]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club 1954-1958 [0: image 04734] [4: 26-Sep-1958]
Following the retirement of their parents in the mid 1950s he and Gordon also farmed their 4,281 acres of farmland in Carnamah [3] [78]
     970 of the acres were Lots M1006 and M1007 of Victoria Location 2022, belonging to their mother [3]
     3,311 acres was their father's Lots M1008 and M1010 of Victoria Location 2022 and Lots 6 and 7 of the Inering Estate [3]
In October 1955 travelled to Perth with his wife and children to attended the Perth Royal Show [0: image 04782]
Telephone number Carnamah-50K from 1955 to 1968 [60]
Committee Member in 1957, President 1961-1963 and later Life Member of the Carnamah Golf Club [4: 5-Apr-1957] [7: page 210-1]
Member of the Carnamah Pasture Improvement Group [P46]
Attended the "Day of Pioneers" luncheon held at the Shire Council Chambers in Carnamah on 13 October 1982 [253]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Thornlie [2]
Father of John and Jenny [P43]
Died 30 December 1994; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (RC Section, Garden of Remembrance, 10, 112) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Kenneth Walter Bodycoat' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 July 2024 from [reference list]

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