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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Lindsay Robert SMITH

Born 8 June 1927 in Maitland, South Australia [55]
Son of Harold Stanley SMITH and Ida WILLERSDORF [55]
Grew up on his father's farm in Yorke Valley, South Australia where he was one of nine children [P220]
Educated at Yorke Valley Primary School and Maitland Higher Primary School in South Australia [P220]
Walked to the school at Yorke Valley and then drove a horse and jinker six miles to the school at Maitland [P155]
From the age of twelve years regularly missed school to assist his father on the farm [P155]
Left school in 1942 and helped his father on the farm [P220]
Following his father's death began working with his brothers Alan, Bevan and Milton [P155]
They began doing manual jobs and general farm work for other farmers including contract harvesting [P155]
In March 1951 helped Bill HEINRICH shift his machinery and effects from South Australia to Carnamah [P155]
     Drove parts of the 1845 miles over 10 days and on arrival helped the HEINRICH's unload in Carnamah [P155]
     A few days later they visited Con BUSSENSCHUTT's Golden West Farm where he first met his future wife [P155]
Returned to South Australia and continued to work with his brothers [P155]
For several years they share-farmed their late father's farm, a cousin's farm and a neighbouring farm [P155]
At the same time did contract seeding, fallowing, dam sinking, fencing, shearing, crutching, crop spraying, carting and harvesting [P155]
Also purchased a Model 77 New Holland Hay Baler and made bales on around 44 farms per year [P155]
In 1954 two of their three share-cropping contracts ran out and land in South Australia was too expensive to buy [P155]
Decided to shift to Western Australia as more land was available and at a cheaper price [P220]
Travelled to Carnamah, Western Australia with Stan HEINRICH to visit Bill HEINRICH and see how he had got on in the west [P155]
Purchased Frederick P. WATERS' Celojium Farm on the Caron Road in Carnamah on 12 May 1955 [P155]
Farmer of Sunnyside Farm (formerly Celojium) in Carnamah 1955-1993[P155]
Farmed in Carnamah with his brother Alan 1955-1959 while Bevan and Milton ran the home farm and did contract work in SA  [P155]
Ran the farm under the trading name of "L. R. Smith & Bros" [60]
His home on Sunnyside was telephone number Carnamah-23R and later number Carnamah-23 [60]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Pasture Improvement Group in 1957 [4: 5-Apr-1957]
Committee Member in 1957 and Financial Member 1957-1971 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [58]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club 1958-1963 - was a Committee Member in 1960-61 [89]
Married Melva June BUSSENSCHUTT in Three Springs on 23 August 1958 [P220]
To avoid any future problems that could occur he bought out all three of his brothers in 1960 [P155]
In the early 1960s established several paddocks of clover and during years when it was too wet to crop had plenty of sheep feed [P155]
During the wet years of the 60s also harvested the clover to supplement his income and increased sheep numbers to 3500 [P155]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 19 June 1964 - served as Worshipful Master four times [96]
      Served as Worshipful Master of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on four separate occasions [P220]
      Also an affiliate member of the Coorow Masonic Lodge and the Royal Arch Masonary Lodge in Dongara [P220]
Around 1980 began a piggery on the farm which was eventually built up to around 85 sows [P155]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Landcare Group for six years [P220]
Member of the Carnamah Bowling Club [P220]
Purchased Les LUCAS' salt block in February 1971 and Peter SINCLAIR's The Gums Farm in March 1992 [P220]
In 1992 also purchased Roy LUCAS' Roystan Farm in Carnamah [P220]
In March or April of 1993 retired with his wife to 80 Railway Parade in Three Springs town [P220]
In May 2003 purchased Derek JACKSON's Five Gums Farm in Carnamah [P220]
Father of Peter and David [P220]
Died 1 August 2005 at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in the Perth suburb of Nedlands [45]
Buried at the Three Springs General Cemetery, Three Springs after a service at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Carnamah [45]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Lindsay Robert Smith' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 July 2022 from [reference list]

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