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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Mervyn John Conway KLOPPER

Born 11 December 1907 in Geraldton, Western Australia [16]
Son of Ernest Theodore Christian KLOPPER and Alice May CONWAY [17]
Educated at the Three Springs State School and then at the Dominican Convent School in Three Springs [98]
Farmhand, Labourer and Wheat Lumper in Three Springs [6] [19] [P2]
He was the best dressed at the Children's Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on 24 October 1917 as "The Sundowner" [10: 2-Nov-1917]
Member of the Three Springs Football Club 1927-1934 [4: 7-May-1927] [5: 2-Jun-1933, 31-Aug-1934]
His horse Banjo won the Trotting Race at the Show and Sports Carnival held in Carnamah on Thursday 4 October 1928 [4: 13-Oct-1928]
Won his bout in the Carnamah Athletic Club's Boxing Tournament at the Carnamah Hall on 8 July 1933 [5: 30-Jun-1933, 14-Jul-1933]
On 16 September 1933 he again competed and won his bout in one of the Carnamah Athletic Club's Boxing Tournaments [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Competed and won his boxing bout at the Wrestling Contest held in Three Springs on Saturday 30 September 1933 [5: 6-Oct-1933]
Won his match at the Perenjori Agricultural Society Boxing Tournament in Perenjori on Saturday 10 March 1934 [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Winner of a fight between himself and Harold MAHER at the Boxing Tournament in Morawa on Saturday 21 July 1934 [5: 3-Aug-1934]
Competed in the Three Springs verses Carnamah billiard contest held in Three Springs on Thursday 14 February 1935 [5: 15-Feb-1935]
Won the Throwing at Empty Sack at the Saint Patrick's Day Picnic & Sports in Three Springs on 18 March 1935 [5: 22-Mar-1935]
Winner of the Throwing Empty Sack at the Easter Sports at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Monday 13 April 1936 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Competitor in the Boxing Tournament conducted by the local R.S.L. in Three Springs on Saturday 18 April 1936 [5: 10-Apr-1936]
Competitor in the Billiard Tournament held in Three Springs in May 1936 to raise funds for the Hospital in Three Springs [5: 8-May-1936]
Helped cart 80 trucks loads of sand, gravel and stones for the nursing quarters in Three Springs on 14 and 24 April 1937 [5: 30-Apr-1937]
Fined £2 and 7/- costs at the Three Springs Police Court on 8 May 1937 for "using abusive and threatening language" [5: 14-May-1937]
Competed in the main bout of the Boxing Tournament before a full house in Carnamah on Saturday 28 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
     His opponent, former State Champion Caleb J. QUARTERMAINE, was declared the winner during the third two-minute round [5]
His usual mode of transport around Three Springs was on a bush bike [P2]
Resided in Three Springs until enlisting in the Australian Army on 11 November 1939 [16]
Private WX938 in the Australian Army's 2/11 Australian Infantry Battalion during the Second World War [16]
Killed in Action in Greece on 30 April 1941; buried Phaleron War Cemetery near Athens in Greece [17] [18]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Mervyn John Conway Klopper' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 June 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/mervyn-john-conway-klopper [reference list]




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