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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Massa" Matthew NIVEN

Born 2 May 1913 in Tyndrum, Stirling, Scotland [P13]
Son of Robert NIVEN and Annie MUNRO [P13]
Arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Orvieto with his parents and twelve siblings on 4 August 1914 [P13]
After a short stay in Perth travelled with parents to their pre-purchased farm in Carnamah [P13]
Resided with parents and siblings and later with mother and siblings on Craigend Farm, Carnamah [P13]
Student at the Carnamah State School [97]
Farmed Craigend Farm in Carnamah with his brothers throughout the 1920s and 1930s, and also worked locally as a Shearer [P13]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Paid a 10/- Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board in February 1934 for helping to control vermin by killing a fox [300]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1935, 1936 and 1937 [5: 7-Jun-1935, 29-May-1936, 28-Aug-1936, 14-May-1937]
In July 1935 sold 27 wethers for 18/7 each, six wethers for 14/10 each and one lamb for 13/0 through Westralian Farmers [5: 26-Jul-1935]
Sold 26 lambs for 12/10 and 7 ewes and 5 wethers for 7/4 each through Dalgety & Co Ltd on Tuesday 8 October 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1935-36 and 1936-37 - played for "Carnamah Blues" in 1935-36 [5: 11-Oct-1935, 12-Feb-1937]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Dinner at the Carnamah Hotel on Sunday 6 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Played for the Carnamah Cricket Club in their victorious special match against the "Bulk Handlers" on 11 October 1936 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Sold one heifer for £3/7/6 through Goldsbrough Mort & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 14 October 1936 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Attended the farewell to Josephine M. FITZGERALD at the Carnamah Hotel on Saturday evening 27 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
After spending a holiday in Perth he returned to Carnamah on Monday 5 July 1937[5: 9-Jul-1937]
Motored from Carnamah to Perth with Roger F. CLARK, Roger F. W. CLARK and John E. ILES on Friday 13 August 1937 [5]
They motored to Perth to watch the Perth Carnival interstate football match the next day [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Initially served in the Australian Army's Light Horse Brigade [P13] during the Second World War [0: image 02964]
Enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force on 21 May 1941 [16]
Leading Aircraftman 38724 at the Royal Australian Air Force's Headquarters at Pearce during the Second World War [16]
Best man at the wedding of his brother Robert and Bertha M. MOORE on 26 June 1943 in Midland Junction [0: image 04227]
Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 10 September 1946 [16]
Returned to Craigend Farm after the war [P13]
Later shifted to South Australia where he worked shearing until retirement [P13]
Prior to his death he resided at Semaphore in South Australia [2]
Died 26 June 1987 in Adelaide, South Australia [P13]; ashes buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Presbyterian, DA, 358) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Matthew Niven' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 17 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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