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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Malcolm Munro MCSWAIN

Born 15 February 1877 [P34] in Dandenong, Victoria, Australia[30: item 1960256]
Son of Norman MCSWAIN and Margaret Mary MCDONALD [15]
Served as a Private in the 1st Mounted Infantry Battalion in South Africa during the Boer War [18]
Labourer of Bernard Street in the Perth suburb of Claremont in 1906 [50]
As a passenger his brother Donald went down with the steamship Koombana off the coast of Port Hedland in March 1912 [39: 26-Mar-1912]
      The Koombana operated from Fremantle up the Western Australian coast and sank leaving a stateroom door behind [39: 17-Mar-2012]
Miner in Marble Bar, Western Australia in 1916 [18]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 9 March 1916 at Blackboy Hill, Western Australia [30: item 1960256]
     He had been passed as fit for enlistment at Marble Bar on 24 February 1916 [30]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 7¾ inches tall, weighed 136 pounds and had blue eyes, brown hair and a fresh complexion [30]
     Gave his mother Mrs Margaret MCSWAIN as his next of kin, her address at the time being "Day Dawn, Western Australia" [94]
     After training he was appointed on 22 August 1916 to the 21st Reinforcements of the 10th Light Horse Regiment [30]
     Embarked Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the R.M.S. Mooltan on 28 August 1916 [30]
     Trooper 2926 in the Australian Imperial Force's 10th Light Horse Regiment in France during the First World War [30]
     After the war embarked Cairo, Egypt on the Oxfordshireon 18 July 1919 and disembarked in Fremantle on 4 August 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the A.I.F. on 18 September 1919; awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Farmer in Carnamah 1920-1948 [P34]
     In 1920 he obtained a farm on the Carnamah Estate through the Repatriation Department's Soldier Settlement Scheme [P34]
     The farm was 670 acres in size and consisted of Victoria Locations 7181 and 7946 [3]
     His farm was situated on the west side of the Carnamah-Perenjori Road and also on the west and east sides of Gangway Road [62]
Married Violet BRADY in 1921 [66]
A fire of cleared bush on the neighbouring farm of J. K. FORRESTER burnt one of his fences, which FORRESTER replaced [P300]
Won 1st prize for Sheaf of Barley for Grain exhibited at the Annual Show & Sports Carnival in Carnamah in 1923 [86: 4-Oct-1923]
Attended the meeting of ratepayers held at the Carnamah Hall on Tuesday 24 March 1925 [10: 9-Apr-1925]
By 1925 he had the telephone connected - was telephone number Carnamah-10H until having it disconnected in 1934 [60]
Requested in 1925 that the Carnamah District Road Board declare a new road between Prowaka Siding and The Gangway [9: 6-Mar-1925]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in the 1920s [53]
In 1934 his postal address was P.O. Box 11 at the Carnamah Post Office [81: 4-Mar-1934]
The North Midland Times reported on 24 August 1934 that a parcel for him had arrived at the Carnamah Railway Station [5: 24-Aug-1934]
Gave the Carnamah District Road Board a harvester wheel in August 1934 to help get their grader into working order [5: 31-Aug-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Sold 45 suckers at 9/10 per head through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 30 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Through Elder Smith & Co Ltd sold six bales of wool at 16¼d. per pound at a Wool Sale on Monday 16 December 1935 [5: 20-Dec-1935]
At two Midland Markets in 1936 sold 42 suckers at 22/7, 47 wethers at 17/1 and 23 wethers at 15/10 per head [5: 20-Mar-1936, 18-Sep-1936]
Sold five bales of wool at 13d. per pound through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Perth Wool Sale on 5 October 1936 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Attended the public meeting about the creation of stockyards in Carnamah on Saturday evening 14 November 1936 [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Sold 16 lambs at 18/7, 30 wethers at 16/7 and 9 hoggets at 14/- per head at the Midland Market on 18 November 1936 [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Casket carrier at the funeral of Carnamah doctor Cecil Phillip ROSENTHAL on 8 April 1939 at the Winchester Cemetery [5: 15-Apr-1939]
By 1941 he had also acquired 4,447 acres of land in Marchagee in partnership with John M. STACY [3]
     Their 4,447 acres consisted of Victoria Locations 915, 4027, 5828, 5829, 6384, 6955 and 6956 [3]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1946 [13]
Sold his 670 acre farm in Carnamah to neighbouring farmers James K. FORRESTER & Son in 1948 [3]
Farmer of Calecono Farm in Marchagee 1949-1952 [19]
Appears to have sold his share in the Marchagee farm to his son-law John M. STACY during the 1952-53 financial year [3]
Himself and his wife left Marchagee and retired to the Perth suburb of Guildford in 1952 or 1953 [P34]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Guildford until his death in 1967 [2]
Father of Barbara, Winsome, Jean, Nancy and Dorothy [P34]
Died 10 March 1967; ashes scattered over the rose garden at the Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Malcolm Munro McSwain' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 15 April 2024 from [reference list]

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