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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Malcolm LESLIE

Born 1893 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia [30]
Son of Thomas LESLIE and Elizabeth BOYD [54]
Became a qualified mechanic after serving a three year apprenticeship with T. S. M. Robertson [30: item 8193678]
Mechanic and Driver in Katunga, South Australia prior to his enlistment in the Australian Imperial Force [18] [30]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 19 November 1914 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [30: item 8193678]
     On enlistment he was 5 feet 8¼ inches tall, weighed 12 stone, and had hazel eyes, black hair and a ruddy complexion [30]
     Embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914 [30]
     Embarked from Avonmouth, England on the S.S. Saba on 12 July 1915 and disembarked at Rouen, France on 15 July 1915 [30]
     Driver 1858 in the Australian Imperial Force's Australian Divisional Ammunition Park in France during the First World War [30]
     Throughout the war served in France, except for a period of hospitalisation in Scotland for trench foot and leave to England [30]
     In March 1918 was transferred to the Australian Army's 1st Australian Mechanical Transport Company [30]
     Returned to Australia on the Port Lyttleton, disembarking on 25 December 1918 [30]
     Discharged from the A.I.F. on 23 February 1919; received the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
In 1922 he was working as a Motor Driver and living at 31 Mackenzie Street in Melbourne [50]
Resided at 650 Elizabeth Street in Melbourne in 1924 and 1925 while continuing to work as a Motor Driver [50]
By 1928 he's shifted to Western Australia and was working as a Barman at Gordon's Hotel in Bunbury [50]
Married Mrs Lilian Margaret HOSKING in Perth in 1929 [66]
Resided at 33 Alma Road in North Perth in 1930 [6]
In 1931 he was working as a Barman and was living at 345 Barker Road in the Perth suburb of Subiaco [50]
Resided at 104 Hay Street in the Perth suburb of Subiaco 1934-1936 [6]
Worked at the Leederville Hotel at 232 Carr Street in the Perth suburb of Leederville for three years ending in June 1936 [5: 5-Jun-1936]
Arranged to take over the license of the Carnamah Hotel from Mrs Florence E. BREWER on Thursday 28 May 1936 [5: 5-Jun-1936]
He and his wife arrived in Carnamah on Sunday 31 May 1936 to take over the Carnamah Hotel [5: 5-Jun-1936]
Licensee of the Carnamah Hotel at 22 Macpherson Street in Carnamah 1936-1940[5: 5-Jun-1936] [6]
     Advertised the Carnamah Hotel with the line "Famous throughout the Midlands for its comfort, good table and attention" [5]
     Stocked the best ales, wines and spirits; had large rooms, hot and cold baths and a special rate for permanent boarders [5]
     Throughout his time as licensee, the hotel was telephone number Carnamah-3 [5] [60]
     By October 1936 he and his wife had converted the 18 by 30 foot billiard saloon at the Carnamah Hotel into a lounge [5]
     The lounge was equipped and available for private and public functions, meetings, afternoon teas, socials and parties [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Member and Vice President of the Carnamah Athletic Club in 1936 and 1937 [5: 19-Jun-1936, 19-Mar-1937]
     In November 1936 he was appointed as a Judge for the weekly bike races conducted by the Carnamah Athletic Club [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Played in the Carnamah Masonic Lodge's Inaugural Annual Golf Meeting in Carnamah on Saturday 1 August 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Won the box of chocolates his wife had donated at the Carnamah Football Club's Dance in Carnamah on 27 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Donated £1/7/6 to the Carnamah Football Club's Venning & Injured Players Fund in 1936 [5: 14-Aug-1936]
Donated £5/5/- to the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1936 [5: 21-Aug-1936]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Florence PRICE of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on Tuesday 1 September 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Celebrated his birthday with friends over dinner, singing and competitions at the Carnamah Hotel on Saturday 5 September 1936 [5]
     At the conclusion of dinner Arnold C. A. BIERMANN presented him with a fountain pen on behalf of those present [5: 11-Sep-1936]
     His friends included Morris P. BAKER, Charles A. METTAM, R. Arthur LINDSAY, W. Stuart FORD, Richard D. GELL, [5]
     Arnold A. C. BIERMANN, Kenneth G. M. BECKETT, Clarence F. T. RYAN, James J. POWELL and Albert J. MORTIMER [5]
He and his wife hosted a Premiership Dinner for the Carnamah Football Club at their Hotel on 6 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Conducted the Refreshment Booth at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 10 September 1936 [5: 21-Aug-1936]
     In payment for having the right to conduct his booth he paid the Agricultural Society 12½% of the gross takings from the booth [5]
     The Society's Receipts & Expenditure reveal that the Society paid him £4/15/- for refreshments [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Paid a short visit to Perth during the second half of September 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Made a contribution for the Reunion of South Australians in the North Midlands held in Carnamah on 26 September 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
The Carnamah Football Club thanked him for his help and assistance at their Presentation Ball on 26 September 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social including three plays at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Vice President of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1936-37 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Vice President of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club in 1936-37 [5: 18-Sep-1936] [56]
Vice President of the Five Gums Tennis Club in 1936-37 and 1937-38 [5: 18-Sep-1936, 13-Aug-1937] [89]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League [52]
     Committee Member in 1936 and Vice President in 1937 of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the R.S.L. [5: 23-Oct-1936, 22-Jan-1937]
Attended the Farewell Social for departing postmaster R. Arthur LINDSAY at the Carnamah Hotel on 23 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Attended the Fifth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner in Dongara on Saturday evening 24 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Provided seats free of charge for the Community Concert held at the wheat bin in Carnamah on Sunday 25 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Hosted the dinner of the Perth Presbytery and the Carnamah Presbyterian Church on Monday 16 November 1936 [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Advertised as "wanted at once" for a sensible woman for the position of housemaid-laundress in mid December 1936 [5: 18-Dec-1936]
In January 1937 complaints were lodged over the "offensiveness of the sanitary arrangements at the Carnamah Hotel" [5: 15-Jan-1937]
Won the Stepping 100 Yards at the R.S.L. Easter Athletic Sports Meeting in Carnamah on Monday 29 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Vice President of the Carnamah Football Club in 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Made a donation for the Children's Coronation Celebrations at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Wednesday 12 May 1937 [5: 30-Apr-1937]
     The festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth [5]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1937 [5: 14-May-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Cycle Club - was Inaugural Vice President and Judge in 1937 [5: 21-May-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Boxing Tournament Committee in 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
In 1937 donated a trophy to the Carnamah Cycle Club, which was known as the "Leslie Trophy" [4: 7-Aug-1937]
Motored to Perth on 15 August 1937 and returned to Carnamah three days later accompanied by Clarence F. T. RYAN [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Responded to the toast to "The Audience" at the supper of the Carnamah Repertory Club's Concert on 20 August 1937 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
Celebrated his birthday with a "pleasantly informal dinner" at the Carnamah Hotel on Thursday evening 9 September 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]
     It also celebrated the birthday of Kenneth G. M. BECKETT and bid farewell to Herbert H. TULIP who was visiting Carnamah [5]
     Attendees were Richard D. GELL, George F. O. BRISTOL, Morris P. BAKER, Arnold C. A. BIERMANN and Richard A. PIKE [5]
Obtained a special license and conducted a booth at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1937 [88]
Also obtained a special license to sell alcohol from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a stud stock sale held in Carnamah on 17 September 1937 [88]
Donated £5/5/- to the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1937 and again in 1938 and 1939 [13]
Vice Patron of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1937-38 [5: 13-Aug-1937]
In October 1940 Reginald H. SMITH took over the license for the Hotel in Carnamah [0: image 03929]
He and his wife were living at 18 Wellington Street in East Perth in 1943 [50]
They later resided for a number of years at 123 Stuart Street in the Perth suburb of Inglewood [50]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Malcolm Leslie' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 July 2024 from [reference list]

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