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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Guy" Michael Guy GREENWOOD

Born 7 May 1881 in Hornsey, Middlesex, England [14] [20]
Son of Harry GREENWOOD and "Minnie" Merrinah MERRALL [20] [21]
He appears to have grown up in Hornsey, Middlesex, England where his father worked as a Solicitor and Barrister [20]
In 1891 was living with his parents and siblings Amy, Ernest, Arthur, George, Minnie and Irene at 70 Southwood Lane in Hornsey [20]
Educated at Leys School and Cambridge University in Cambridge, England and then at Heidelberge University in Germany [P280]
For a period he worked in Bradford, Yorkshire, England for uncle William SMALE to learn about the woollen industry [P280]
In early 1901 he and his brother George were boarding in Bradford, Yorkshire and both working as a Wool Trade Clerks [20]
Departed London, England with his brother George on Orizba and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 29 November 1901 [70]
Farmer of Brooklands Farm in Southern Brook near Northam 1903-1922 in partnership with George as "Greenwood Bros" [P141] [6]
They purchased a German made Rumbly traction tractor - the first to be used for cropping purposes in Western Australia [P280]
The First World War spelled the final days for the Rumbly when no spare parts were available and repairs could not be done [P280]
Married "Maude" Edith Maude Wilcocks RYOTT in 1912 [66]
Following his marriage built a house up a hillside on Brooklands, while George and his wife lived in another house on the farm [P280]
In 1914 he and George were farmers at Southern Brook in Northam and were trading under the name of "Greenwood Bros" [6]
Their Brooklands Farm in Southern Brook comprised of Locations 2236, 2814, 2952, 21507 and 21519 [P280]
On 27 August 1921 he purchased from the Midland Railway Company 991 acres of virgin land in Waddy Forest [27]
The 991 acres was Lot M1302 of Victoria Location 2023 and cost £991, which he paid by instalments over 19 years [27]
He purchased the 991 acres with money lent from Mabel and Nellie GREENWOOD, daughters of William H. GREENWOOD [P280]
On the same day his brother George purchased the adjacent 1,000 acres (Lot M1303 of Victoria Location 2023) [27]
In 1922 he and his brother George left Northam and shifted to their future farms in Waddy Forest, north east of Coorow [5: 20-Nov-1942]
Farmer of Manell Farm in Waddy Forest 1922-1942 [5: 20-Nov-1942]
     He named his farm in Waddy Forest Manell after Mabel and Nellie GREENWOOD who had assisted him purchase it [P280]
     Mabel GREENWOOD and Nellie Ida GREENWOOD were his spinster second cousins and both resided in England [P141]
     His first crop on the farm was 200 acres in 1922 and by early 1928 he had finished clearing his initial 1,000 acres [9: 27-Jan-1928]
     Advertised in October 1922 that he wanted 100 acres of green gimlet and salmon forest cleared for £1/5/- per acre [9: 13-Oct-1922]
     On 29 December 1926 extended the farm by another 930 acres with the purchase of Lot M1700 of Victoria Location 2023 [27]
     Lot M1700 was purchased from the Midland Railway Company and came at a cost of £558, payable by instalments [27]
     The Midland Railway Company rescinded the purchase on M1700 on 17 February 1936 and re-sold it to A. Hamlet JONES [27]
     In 1927 grew 700 acres of crop, yielding 3,400 bags of wheat and 50 tons of hay, in addition to fallowing 150 acres [9: 27-Jan-1928]
     His farm boasted wells, windmills, tanks, homestead, stables, sheds and boundary and subdividing fences by 1928 [9: 27-Jan-1928]
     Later extended his farm by another 40 acres with the purchase of Victoria Location 879 [3]
Member of the Waddy Forest Cricket Club in 1928-29 [4: 2-Feb-1929]
In October 1929 purchased a Chev six truck from Carnamah agent L. Scott WYLIE [4: 19-Oct-1929] [P141]
His sister Amy M. GREENWOOD arrived in Waddy Forest to spend a holiday with him on Thursday 18 January 1934 [5: 26-Jan-1934]
      Amy had departed London, England on the steamship Mongolia and arrived on 2 January 1934 in Fremantle, Western Australia [63]
In July 1934 purchased a Lyric wireless set (radio) [5: 3-Aug-1934]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club in 1935 [5: 9-Aug-1935]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society in 1935 and 1936 [5: 3-May-1935, 13-Mar-1936]
Member of the Waddy Forest Group of the Adult Education Scheme - hosted some of their meetings in 1935 [5: 12-Jul-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the 25th Wedding Anniversary of his sister Irene and Malcolm L. PATTON in Waddy Forest on 1 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
After a sultry day on Wednesday 17 February 1937 a very heavy hail storm fell at his farmhouse at about midnight [5]
     The hail storm went on for ten to fifteen minutes and was so heavy that it could be heard five miles away [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Attended his niece Mary E. GREENWOOD and Albert E. MILES' wedding breakfast in Coorow on 18 August 1937 [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Attended the funeral of Waddy Forest farmer Stanley L. FOLLAND at the Moora Cemetery on Monday 25 August 1941 [4: 30-Aug-1941]
Resided and farmed in Waddy Forest until his sudden death from an asthma attack in 1942 [P141]
Father of Millicent [14]
Died 15 November 1942 in Waddy Forest; buried at Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah (Row C, Plot 9) [1] [5: 20-Nov-1942]
His funeral, which was undertaken by Henry Parkin & Son of Carnamah, cost £34/8/6 including Minister and cemetery fees [53]
His estate, including assets of £395 in England, was administered by the West Australian Trustee Executor and Agency Company [378]
In April 1948 his 1,031 acre Manell Farm in Waddy Forest was sold to his nephew Harry Christian GREENWOOD [3]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 20 November 1942:
Obituary - Late Mr. Guy Greenwood
"The death occurred suddenly at his home in Waddy Forest on Sunday November 15, of Michael Guy Greenwood, a highly respected resident of the Waddy Forest and Coorow districts. The late Mr. Greenwood had not enjoyed the best of health, but his death came as a great shock to his relatives and friends. The late Mr. Greenwood, who had a quiet but kindly disposition was one of the earliest settlers in the Waddy Forest district. He came to the district with his brother in 1922 and took up farming at his late residence "Manell Farm," Waddy Forest. Previous to that they both came from England in 1902 and took up farming in the Northam district, which they carried on before coming to Waddy Forest. The deceased gentleman leaves a widow, one daughter, two brothers and three sisters, who are the chief mourners. The funeral took place in the Anglican portion of the Winchester cemetery on Monday, November 16, and was one of the largest funerals ever attended. The service at the graveside was conducted by the Rev. R. G. Pym."

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

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