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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Max" Maxwell James Clarence BAKER

Born 7 February 1919 in Rainbow, Victoria, Australia [16]
Son of Clarence Oswald BAKER and Margaret LAMPARD [54]
Resided with his parents on their 400 acre farm at Werrap in the Rainbow district of Victoria, Australia 1919-1929 [P129]
Student at the Werrap State School- which he and his brother Phil walked about two miles to through their father's farm [P129]
Along with his parents, brother Phil and sister Dorothy left Victoria in 1929 and shifted to land in Winchester, Western Australia [P129]
Resided with his parents on his father's farm in Winchester 1929-1933 [P129]
Student at the Winchester State School from 17 March 1930 to 12 December 1933[25]
Member of the Winchester Boy Scouts in 1932 - was 2nd of the Mopokes Patrol [5: 8-Jul-1932]
Attended the first ever District Rally of Scouts and Cubs held at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Saturday 2 July 1932 [5: 8-Jul-1932]
Resided with his parents on Cornelius SHEAHAN's farm on the Yarra Yarra Estate in Carnamah 1933-1938 [--]
Student at the Carnamah State School [P129] [P282]
After leaving school he worked with his father on the farm in Carnamah before going to Perth to get a job [P129]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club 1935-1937, and a Committee Member in 1936 [5: 31-May-1935, 17-Apr-1936]
     Made his first appearance in a game for 1937 on 11 July and was reported to have well justified his inclusion in the team [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Attended the Masquerade Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 7 December 1935 in a group dressed as a "Coster Bill" [5: 13-Dec-1935]
Attended the Wedding Social & Dance for Stuart and May FORD at Koolabba Farm in Carnamah on 25 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the Carnamah R.S.L. Easter Sports Meeting at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Monday 13 April 1936 [5]
     Won the Men's Bike Race, and came 2nd in the 100 yards Sheffield Handicap running race [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Scratch Match & Bike Races in aid of their Injured Players Fund on 28 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
     In two minutes and 35 seconds he won the Bike Race of three laps around the football oval at Centenary Park in Carnamah [5]
Attended the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball conducted by the Carnamah C.W.A. at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 25 July 1936 [5]
     He attended in fancy dress as "Father Neptune" and was awarded the prize for the Best Dressed Gentleman [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Dinner at the Carnamah Hotel on Sunday 6 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
     He was presented with the Cup donated by the Carnamah Girls Club for the Most Improved Player for the 1936 season [5]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Presentation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 26 September 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Competed as a Senior Rider in the Carnamah Athletic Club's Bike Races in Carnamah on Sunday of each week in 1936 [5: 4-Dec-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Badminton Club in 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Travelled to Perth by train on Friday night 8 January 1937 and then caught the East-West Express to Portland, Victoria [5: 15-Jan-1937]
     After six months in Portland, Victoria he returned to Western Australia and arrived back in Carnamah in July 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Senior Member of the Carnamah Cycle Club in 1937 [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Won the Two Mile Handicap Bike Race at the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 9 September 1937 [5: 7-Sep-1937]
In January 1939 left Carnamah with his parents, brother and sister and shifted to Portland in Victoria, Australia [P129]
Resided in Portland, Victoria, Australia until enlisting in the Australian Army on 22 June 1940 [16]
Prior to being posted overseas with the Army he married Carnamah girl Hazel Ray WYLIE [P129]
Private VX40068 in the Australian Army's 2/32 Battalion during the Second World War [16]
In May 1941 spent some of his leave from the Army visiting friends in Carnamah[0: image 03996]
Served in the Middle East and New Guinea [P129]; and was discharged from the Australian Army on 8 October 1945 [16]
Returned to Portland where he operated a dry cleaning business in partnership with another returned soldier [P129]
Died 1984 in Portland, Victoria, Australia [54]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Maxwell James Clarence Baker' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 March 2021 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/maxwell-james-clarence-baker [sources]




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