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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Malcolm Lake PATTON

Born 1882 in Perth, Western Australia [15]
Son of James Murray PATTON and Mary Louisa MCHARD [15]
Educated at Bishop Hale's School in Perth [37]
Worked in the office at Felton, Grimware & Bickford in Perth and then managed his father's farms in the Northam district [37]
Married Irene Sibyl GREENWOOD in Northam in 1911 [66]
Farmer in Southern Brook near Northam [6]
Purchased 3,707 acres of virgin land in Waddy Forest from the Midland Railway Company on 25 February 1921 [27]
     The 3,707 acres consisted of Lots M1284, M1291 and M1292 of Victoria Location 2022 and cost £4256/1/9 [27]
     The price per acre was 28/- for M1291 (801 acre), 25/- for M1292 (907 acres) and 20/- for Lot M1284 (1,999 acres) [27]
     His wife extended the holding on 30 September 1921 with the purchase of Lot M1296 of Victoria Location 2023 [27]
     Lot M1296 was 1,050 acres of virgin land and cost £1050/12/- or 20/- per acre; all four blocks were payable by instalments [27]
Along with his wife and children shifted to settle on his land in Waddy Forest in 1922 [P141]
Farmer of Longforest Farm in Waddy Forest [P141]
Donated a small portion of his farm as the site for the Waddy Forest State School [P141]
He sold an acre of his Lot M1284 to Coorow storekeeper Fred BINGHAM for £1 on 11 May 1923 [27]
In 1925-26 he owned a Ford car or truck which was licensed with the Carnamah District Road Board with number-plate CA-35 [325]
     From 1926-27 he owned a Ford truck, also registered with the Carnamah District Road Board but with plate CA-108 [325]
     He purchased a replacement or additional Ford truck from Carnamah dealer Rupert LAFFAN in November 1929 [4: 16-Nov-1929]
They sold his wife's 1,050 acre Lot M1296 in Waddy Forest to Charles H. GRONOW of Waddy Forest in 1927 [3] [39: 8-Nov-1927]
In 1929 he had 2,500 acres of his farm under crop, commenced hay cutting on 14 October and started harvest in November [230]
He was one of 98 people from the Coorow district who signed a petition in 1929 for a local hotel license to be granted [39: 6-Feb-1929]
Purchased a Sunshine harvester at a clearing sale in Carnamah in February 1934 [5: 2-Mar-1934]
Around March 1934 purchased a new 10 disc Sundercut plough [5: 6-Apr-1934]
Attended the Annual Meeting of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Football Club on Saturday 14 April 1934 [5: 20-Apr-1934]
Advertised in The North Midland Times newspaper on 10 August 1934 that he had 70 to 80 head of cattle for sale [5: 10-Aug-1934]
Travelled from Waddy Forest to the Perth metropolis on Monday 4 November 1935 [5: 8-Nov-1935]
A thunderstorm on 9 January 1936 produced enough rain to entirely fill his three dams which had been completely dry [5: 17-Jan-1936]
Allowed the members of the Waddy Forest and Carnamah tennis clubs swam in his dam after tennis on 16 February 1936 [5: 21-Feb-1936]
     A week later a truckload of young people from Carnamah journeyed to Waddy Forest for and swimming in his dam [5: 28-Feb-1936]
At about 2 p.m. on Thursday 5 March 1936 a destructive storm passed over his farm in Waddy Forest [5: 6-Mar-1936]
     The storm delivered 38 points of ran and caused extensive damage about one and half miles wide across his farm [5]
     The roof of his stables were blown off and strewn in all directions, trees were uprooted, and his telephone line was damaged [5]
     A 2,000 gallon tank with 150 gallons of water inside it was blown of its stand and onto the ground [5]
He and his wife celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary at their home in Waddy on Wednesday night 1 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
He was called to Perth on Saturday 27 June 1936 on account of his wife who was receiving medical attention [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club in 1936 [5: 24-Jul-1936]
Travelled from Coorow by train on a short visit to Perth on Friday 31 July 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Employed the services of Coorow builder Augustus F. L. CROFT to build change rooms at a large dam on his farm [P328]
     The change rooms consisted of a room for each sex on the bank of the dam, and a landing down to the water [5: 13-Nov-1936]
     The landing and change rooms had been built by November 1936 when his son Roy's birthday was celebrated at the dam [5]
He and his son Roy returned to Waddy Forest on Wednesday 17 March 1937 after a few days in Perth [5: 19-Mar-1937]
His daughter Mrs Mary M. ATKINSON late of Laverton holidayed with him in Waddy Forest in August 1937 [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Resided in the Waddy Forest - Coorow district until his death in 1942 [2]
Father of Mary, Joyce, Roy and Norman [P141]
Died 1 November 1942; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, LB, 673) [2]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 6 November 1942:
Obituary - Vale Malcolm Patton
"The death occurred at the Westminster Hospital on Sunday last of Mr Malcolm Lake Patton, of Waddy Forest. The late Mr Patton had not enjoyed good health for some time past, but nevertheless the news of his demise came as a great shock to many of his old friends. The deceased gentleman had been farming in the Waddy Forest district for a number of years, and during that time he had become comparatively well-known throughout the whole of the North Midlands. A widow and family of two daughters, Mary (Mrs L. Carroll-Atkinson), Joyce (Mrs O. F. Edeson) and two sons Roy (10th Garrison) and Norman are left to mourn their loss. To them is extended the sympathy of a wide circle of friends. The funeral took place in the Church of England portion of the Karrakatta cemetery, the Very Rev. Dean Moore officiating."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Malcolm Lake Patton' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 16 April 2024 from [reference list]

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