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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Malcolm John Campbell MACPHERSON

Born 22 April 1906 in Middle Swan, Western Australia [119]
Son of Percy Campbell MACPHERSON and Ellen Eugenia HADDRILL [119]
Resided in Carnamah with his parents 1908-1910 and again in 1914 [6] [19] [44]
He was a great grandson of Duncan MACPHERSON and Mary WILSON who settled in Carnamah in 1868 [15]
Married (1) Daisy Pearl STARLING in 1927 [66]
His first wife died at the age of 21 on 5 August 1929 and was buried at Saint Mary's churchyard in Middle Swan [39: 7-Aug-1929] [246]
Like his father, he worked for the Midland Railway Company [19]
Railway Guard in Mingenew in 1930 and Assistant Railway Stationmaster in Mingenew 1931-1939 [19] [50] [5: ref 03931]
     During his time in Mingenew he regularly visited his father's uncle and aunt Donald and Bessie MACPHERSON in Carnamah [P139]
     Often came down to Carnamah on a Friday to stay the weekend, and played bridge with his grand-aunt Bessie [119]
     Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Alice Lucy EDWARDS of Mingenew at the Mingenew Cemetery on 16 August 1930 [86: 23-Aug-1930]
     Member of the Yandanooka Golf Club in 1931 [39: 6-Jul-1931]
     Chief Mourner at the 1931 funeral of his grand-uncle Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah [12: 20-Aug-1931]
     Member of the Mingenew Football Club - was President in 1936 [39: 16-Jul-1936]
Married (2) "Molly" Edith Mary COLEMAN in 1937 [66]
Chief mourner at the funeral of Miss "Bessie" Elizabeth MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah in 1939 [5: 28-Jul-1939]
     He inherited the entire estate of his grand-aunt Bessie [38]
     Included in her estate was a half-share of the family's homestead Carnamah House on the 100 acre Victoria Location 1172 [P471]
     The other half-share had been inherited by his father in 1931 and following his father's death belonged to his mother [P471]
     He and his mother were the last members of the family to own the large old homestead, which they leased and later sold [3]
Left Mingenew in November 1940 when he took over the Watheroo Refreshment Rooms from W. J. VAN OORAN [5: ref 03931]
     Private W7512 in the 13 Moora Battalion of the Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
     Managed the Railway Refreshment Rooms at Watheroo until about 1944 [119]
On leaving Watheroo shifted to Second Avenue in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley and later to the Perth suburb of Scarborough [119]
In 1954 he was working as a Tram Conductor and living at 54 Second Avenue in the Perth suburb of Mount Lawley [50]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Scarborough [2]
Father of Betty, Ian, Inez and Ross [119]
Died 5 November 1971; ashes scattered over the rose garden at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia [2]
Following the completion of works his son Ian officially opened the restored Macpherson Homestead in Carnamah in 2004 [P1]
His son Ian and Ian's wife Elsie were in attendance at the Carnamah townsite's centenary celebrations in 2013 [P1]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Malcolm John Campbell Macpherson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 May 2024 from [reference list]

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