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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Leo Ronald PARKER

Born 12 July 1916 in Subiaco, Western Australia [P5]
Son of "Lou" Louis Patrick PARKER and "Ettie" Mary Helena FLYNN [P6]
Resided with his parents on Glenwilli Farm in Winchester 1916-1921 [P5]
On leaving Winchester he resided with his parents very briefly in Perth and then in Carnamah [P5]
Resided with his parents at 5 Macpherson Street in Carnamah 1921-1925 [P5]
Student at the Carnamah State School from 1922 to early 1925 [P5]
Student at the Dominican Convent School in Three Springs from April to December 1925 [98]
Himself and his brother Vaughan boarded at the Convent in Three Springs for most of the year 1925 [P5]
Attended Christian Brothers College in Geraldton in 1926 [P5]
Completed his schooling at Christian Brothers College in Perth 1927-1932 - was Dux in 1932 [P5] [5: 27-Jan-1933]
Spent his school holidays each year between 1925 and 1932 with his parents in Carnamah [P5] [5: 25-Aug-1933]
In January 1932, after completing his school education, spent a holiday in Carnamah with his parents [5: 27-Jan-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Attended the Surprise Party tendered to Mrs Eva and Miss Joyce COWDEROY in Carnamah on Friday 5 January 1934 [5: 12-Jan-1934]
He officiated at the funeral of four month old William J. KERRIGAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 7 January 1934 [1]
Attended University and then worked as a High School Teacher and later Psychologist [P5]
Spent his university holidays in May 1934 staying with his parents in Carnamah[5: 18-May-1934]
Attended the Repertory Social of plays, community singing and dancing, held in Carnamah on 15 August 1934 [5: 17-Aug-1934]
In 1935, at the age of 19 years, he obtained his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree at the University of Western Australia [5: 13-Dec-1935]
He was the youngest student in Western Australia to have attained such a degree[5: 13-Dec-1935]
Attended the Wedding Social & Dance for Stuart and May FORD at Koolabba Farm in Carnamah on 25 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
After spending a holiday with his parents in Carnamah he returned to Perth to further his studies in late January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
In 1936, at the age of 20 years, he gained his Diploma of Education (Dip.Ed.) at the University of Western Australia [5: 24-Dec-1936]
The North Midland Times newspaper in Carnamah described him as a "brilliant student" [5: 24-Dec-1936]
Arrived in Carnamah on Wednesday 20 January 1937 to spend a few days with his parents before returning to Perth [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Flight Lieutenant 293814 in the Royal Australian Air Force during the Second World War [16]
Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 17 April 1947 [16]
In 1949 shifted to Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [P5]
His qualifications entitled him to list the following after his name: B.Sc. Dip.Ed. MAPsS M.A.C.E. F. Inst.D. [P6]
Died 18 December 2005 in Mornington, Victoria, Australia [45]


From The West Australian newspaper, Saturday 15 July 1916:
"Births - PARKER - On July 12, at Florence Villa, 324 Perth-street, Subiaco to Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Parker, of Glenwilli, Winchester, M.R. - a son."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Leo Ronald Parker' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 4 August 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/leo-ronald-parker [sources]




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