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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Lyn" Lyndon William RODGERS

Born 23 July 1897 in Coolgardie, Western Australia [16]
Son of William Mabor RODGERS and Sadie Marie OLSEN [15]
Married Ethel Elizabeth Jane PIESSE in 1923 [66]
Manager in Sawyers Valley in 1925, after which he was the Manager of the Co-op Store in Perenjori [6] [9: 2-Apr-1926]
Left Perenjori in early 1926 to take over the General Store at 7 Macpherson Street, Carnamah from Louis P. PARKER [9: 2-Apr-1926]
He had purchased the business but not the premises, which he then leased from Louis P. PARKER 1926-1928 [P5]
Storekeeper and Commission Agent at 7 Macpherson Street in Carnamah from 1926 until 1928 [6] [9: 2-Apr-1926]
In 1926 sold groceries, hardware, fancy goods, tobacco, petrol, oil, motor accessories and drapery [4: 14-Aug-1926]
He was the district dealer/agent for General Motors Prop Ltd for the districts between and including Watheroo and Arrino in 1926 [162]
Sold Pontiac, Oakland, G.M.C. and Vauxhall cars and trucks in Carnamah and surrounding districts [162]
From 1926 to 1928 was also an agent in Carnamah for Big E Harvester, Federal Machinery, State Implement Works, Douglas [162]
     Indian & Triumph motor cycles, Nicholsons (pianos etc), Dobbie & Co (demo churns, separators, wireless sets and petrol [162]
     lamps), Bunge Aust Ltd (wheat buyers), Metters Ltd (picklers, stoves etc), Dunlop tyres, Aermotor windmills, Queensland [162]
     Insurance Co, Commonwealth Life Assurance, W. E. Sainsbury & Co (cornsacks, superphosphate etc) and Rumley tractors [162]
His general store and business was telephone number Carnamah-1 from 1926 to 1928[4: 14-Aug-1926] [60]
The Postmaster General's Department leased part of his store for Carnamah's Post Office and telephone exchange [8: page 28]
     The post office vacated his premises on 23 June 1927 when it was moved to its own building at 23 Macpherson Street [330]
He had "L. W. RODGERS, GENERAL MERCHANT" in large letters on the roof of the store [4: 14-Aug-1926]
In 1927 an agent for Gulbransen player and ordinary pianos and sold five during May 1937 [4: 14-May-1927]
During June 1927 je set about extending the store's premises to accommodate increased lines of hardware [4: 11-Jun-1927]
He delivered groceries and supplies to farmers east of Carnamah [P399]
Along with his wife spent Christmas at Dongara Beach in 1927 [4: 7-Jan-1928]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1927 and 1928 [53]
Sold his storekeeping business in Carnamah to Andrew SMART in April 1928 [4: 21-Apr-1928]
Left Carnamah on 1 May 1928 after purchasing a larger store in the South West of Western Australia [4: 21-Apr-1928]
Storekeeper in Cunderdin and then purchased a run-down store in Wongan Hills [P238]
His former employee in Carnamah, Alfred W. THORNTON, shifted to work with him in both Cunderdrin and Wongan Hills [P238]
12 months after the financial crash of October 1929 he could no longer afford wages and had to stop employing THORNTON [P238]
Storekeeper in Waroona 1933-1936 and in Narembeen from 1936 until at least 1949 [6]
Later worked in Perth for Westralian Farmers Co-operative Limited [39: 6-May-1950]
Resided of late at 85 Menora Road in the Perth suburb of Dalkeith [2] [39: 6-May-1950]
Father of Bill and Graham [39: 6-May-1950]
Died 4 May 1950; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, WE, 637) [2]


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 21 April 1928:
Business Change.
"Mr L. Rodgers is leaving Carnamah with his family on May 1st, having disposed of his business to Mr A. Smart, of Perth, who takes the business over on April 21. Mr Rodgers will be greatly missed in Carnamah where from a small beginning, he has worked up a remarkably fine business concern. He has always been a supporter of local affairs, and a ready contributor of donations and trophies to sporting and other bodies. We understand that Mr. Rodgers has purchased a larger store in the South West, and he is to be sincerely congratulated on the progress he has made, but Carnamah can hardly be congratulated on losing one of her leading citizens, although it may be hoped that in Mr Smart, Mr Rodgers will have a worthy success."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Lyndon William Rodgers' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 28 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/lyndon-william-rodgers [sources]




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