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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Michael CLUNE

Born 9 August 1869 in Ballarat, Victoria, Australia [P281]
Son of John CLUNE and Mary Ann COMERFORD [15]
Married Rose LAKEMAN nee BATT on 21 April 1903 in Perth, Western Australia [4: 31-Mar-1928] [15]
Resided at Morsely Mills and Dardanup in Western Australia before shifting to Carnamah [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Arrived in Carnamah in 1924 with his sons Mick and George and daughters Sally and Rita [P281]
When he shifted to Carnamah his wife Rose remained on their farm in Dardanup at her own request [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Appears to have purchased Maurice E. COOK's 914 acre Doroborne Farm in Carnamah in 1924 [3] [19] [44] [61]
The farm's 914 acres were Victoria Locations 6921 and 7086 [3]; and he changed the name of the farm to Lake View [P281]
Farmer of Lake View Farm in Carnamah from 1924 [P281] until 1940 [0: image 03041]
By 1925 had the telephone connected to the farm - was telephone number Carnamah-9D [60]
Won both first and second prize for the Fat Lamb class of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's 1926 show [9: 15-Oct-1926]
In 1927 donated a trophy to the Carnamah Rifle Club which was known as the "Clune Trophy" [9: 19-Aug-1927]
The thoroughbred draught stallion Crusader II stood at his farm in the latter part of 1927 [4: 17-Sep-1927]
    Mares could be mated with the stallion for £3/10/- including paddocking or £3 without paddocking [4: 17-Sep-1927]
He was one of the four Judges who assessed the exhibits at the the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1927 [9]
     He himself exhibited in the Sheep section of the show, and won 1st and 2nd prizes for Fat Lambs [9: 21-Oct-1927]
On 30 March 1928 at the Divorce Court he successfully divorced his wife on the grounds of her misconduct [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Along with Raymond R. WYLIE judged the Vegetable and Farm Produce sections at the 1928 Carnamah Show [4: 13-Oct-1928]
Won 1st and 2nd prizes for a Merino Ram in the sheep section at the Carnamah Show held on 4 October 1928 [4: 13-Oct-1928]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Race Club 1928-1934  [4: 31-Mar-1928, 21-Dec-1929] [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Sold five bales of wool for 11½d. per pound through Dalgety & Co. at the Perth Wool Sale on Friday 18 October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanic Henry Parkin & Son in the 1920s and 1930s [53]
In 1929 opened a butchers shop in the Carnamah townsite in partnership with Arthur J. SAUNDERS [3] [4: 23-Nov-1929]
     The butchers shop was run from premises rented from Thomas J. BERRIGAN at 12 Boojerabba Street [3]
     They traded variously as "Saunders & Co," "Clune and Saunders" and "Saunders and Clune" [4: 16-Nov-1929, 5-Apr-1930, 4-Oct-1930]
     A considerable amount of the meat for the butchers shop came from his Lake View Farm in Carnamah [4: 23-Nov-1929]
     In 1930 they relocated their butchers to a portion of Mackie's Buildings at 19 Macpherson Street [3] [4: 5-Apr-1930, 4-Oct-1930]
     Advertised their business in The Irwin Index newspaper; in 1932 calling themselves "The Carnamah Butchers" [4: 7-May-1932]
     Sellers of a choice selection of mutton, beef, pork, high-class sausages and small goods [4: 7-May-1932]
     Their advertisements also carried the line "Place your trial order now - we aim to satisfy" [4: 7-May-1932]
     They had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son [53]
     Their partnership appears to have been dissolved during 1932[3]
After dissolving his partnership with Arthur J. SAUNDERS he formed a new butchering partnership with his son Michael [3]
     Their butchers shop was also located in a portion of Mackie's Buildings at 19 Macpherson Street, Carnamah [3]
     In 1933 their partnership was dissolved, after which his son Michael ran the butchering business on his own [3]
Exhibited in the Horse and Sheep sections of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 19 September 1929 [4]
     Won 1st prize for a Farm Gelding and for a Pair of Farm Horses, and 2nd prize for a Fat Merino Wether [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Attended the Ball in Carnamah in aid of the local Roman Catholic Church's building fund on Thursday 24 May 1930 [4: 31-May-1930]
At the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1930 he was awarded 1st prize for a British Bred Ram in the Sheep section [4: 27-Sep-1930]
Member and Vice President in 1930 and a Financial Member in 1932 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [13] [4: 2-Nov-1929]
In 1931 had the telephone on his farm disconnected, probably owing to the financial strain of the depression [60]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Represented the Carnamah Race Club at meetings of the Central Midlands Racing Association in 1932 [5: 12-Aug-1932]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Wheatgrowers Union 1933-1936 [5: 1-Dec-1933, 17-Jan-1936]
Paid an 18/6 Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board in 1933 for helping control vermin by killing a fox and an eagle [300]
Won 1st prize for Three Fat Long-wool Lambs and 2nd for Oaten Hay at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Roman Catholic Church's Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 26 May 1934 [5: 1-Jun-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
In February 1935 it was reported that he was absent from Carnamah owing to being on a business trip to Bunbury [5: 15-Feb-1935]
Departed Carnamah by train for another business trip to Bunbury on Friday 29 March 1935 [5: 5-Apr-1935]
For a number of years carried out on his own initiative the vermin poisoning on the reserve north of the Carnamah School [5: 15-Mar-1935]
     Following the introduction of a charge for the poison the Carnamah District Road Board paid him 15/- to continue poisoning [5]
Won 2nd prize for Milking Strain Heifer under two years in the Cattle section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Reported lost in The North Midland Times newspaper on Friday 8 November 1935 an unbroken 2½ year old brown filly [5: 8-Nov-1935]
     Offered a reward for the horse, which had gone missing from his lake paddock, and had been tracked heading towards the coast [5]
Sold nine bales of wool at 15¾d. per pound through Dalgety & Company at a Perth wool sale on  25 November 1935 [5: 29-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]
In January 1936 he spent a holiday in Bunbury prior to visiting the Eastern States of Australia [5: 17-Jan-1936]
     Following his extended visit to the Eastern States he arrived back in Carnamah on Friday 28 February 1936 [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Sold 230 sheep through Dalgety & Co Ltd with four consignments to the Midland Market in January and February 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
     Sold 227 wethers (35 at 16/6, 69 at 16/1, 73 at 15/5, 50 at 15/4), 1 lamb at 16/-, and 2 stags at 12/- per head [5: 7, 14 & 21-Feb-1936]
Himself, his daughter-in-law Marion CLUNE and William DAVISON donated a Bachelor's Supper to the Carnamah Football Club [5]
     Their donation was raffled by the Club at their Dance in Carnamah on 27 June 1936, and won by Louis JOHANSEN [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Florence PRICE of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on Tuesday 1 September 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Attended the last ever general meeting of the Carnamah Race Club in Carnamah on Tuesday 8 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
     Those present resolved to disband the already in recess Race Club and donate all of its money to the Carnamah Athletic Club [5]
Attended the public meeting about the creation of stockyards in Carnamah on Saturday evening 14 November 1936 [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Sold 5 pigs at 33/6, 285 wethers (139 at 18/9, 143 at 17/9, 3 at 15/1), 26 ewes at 15/1, 16 lambs at 14/9 in 1937 [5: 8, 22 & 29-Jan-1937]
Travelled from Carnamah to Perth on Friday 5 February 1937 [5: 12-Feb-1937]
Donated 10/- to the Carnamah District Agricultural Society for their Annual Show in 1938 [13]
Left Carnamah in 1940 and shifted to Bullsbrook, with his Lake View Farm in Carnamah managed by his son George [0: image 03041]
After leaving Carnamah returned for short holidays on a number of occasions and stayed with his son Mick [0: images 04057 & 04113]
On 9 January 1945 leased his Lake View Farm in Carnamah to his son Mick[3]; later sold the farm to Mick [P281]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Bayswater [2]
Father of Millie, Mary, Michael, George, Sally and Rita [15] [P281]
Died 8 November 1950; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Roman Catholic, ZA, 326) [2]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Thursday 16 November 1950:
"Obituary - The Late Mr. M. Clune. It came as a great shock to the residents of the Carnamah district to learn on Thursday of last week that Mr. Michael Clune Snr, an old and respected past resident of the Carnamah district, had passed away at his daughter's residence at Bayswater the previous day. The late Mr. Clune was aged 81 years. Born in Victoria he migrated to W.A. as a young man and settled at Dardanup, just outside of Bunbury. Here he carried on a mixed farming property and at the same time operated a chaff-cutting plant. He was a hard working man and many old people from this particular locality still recall him in those days. From Dardanup he moved to Carnamah with his family and acquired a property about 2 miles west of the town on the Yarie Lake, which is known as "Lake View." Here he carried on farming pursuits and going into partnership with Mr. Saunders they opened up a butchery business in Carnamah. With the marriage of his elder son "Mick," Mr. Clune retired from the butchery business and concentrated almost entirely on his farm. He also owned a property at Bullsbrook at this time, and he divided his time between the two properties, although he spent most of his time at Carnamah. Some eight years or so ago he made his Carnamah property over to his son Mick and moved to Bullsbrook. However he later disposed of this property also and over the last few years had lived in retirement dividing his time between the members of his family. Always a lover of horses the late "Mick" Clune relied on horses both as means of transport and as a means of farming his property, right up until the time he retired. It was this love of horses which resulted in him taking an interest in racing over the latter years of his life. It was many many years ago that a horse owned by Mr. Roberts of Moora, was injured in a fall on the old Goomalling track and the late Mr. Clune tendered this animal until it recovered. In appreciation of this act, Mr. Roberts made a gift of a young filly to Mr. Clune which he called Brilliant Ayr. After winning track races with this mare Mr. Clune retired her to��.." [remainder of obituary presently unavailable]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Michael Clune' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 May 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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