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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Milton Jabez TILLY

Born 19 April 1900 in Moonta, South Australia [16] [55]
Son of Jabez TILLY and Elizabeth McCAULEY [55]
Married "Jean" Jeanett Paton FERGUSON on 28 July 1927 in Weetulta, South Australia [55]
Along with his wife shifted from South Australia to Coorow, Western Australia in April 1936 [P8] [5: 1-May-1936]
Sharefarmer of Monomeath Farm in Coorow 1936-1939 [P8]
     Resided on and share-farmed the 1,477 acre Lot 1142 belonging to the Estate of the Late Charles A. NOLAN [P8]
     During his time on the NOLAN farm he branded his bales of wool with a "MJT Monomeath" stencil, including his initials [P8]
     His wool stencil is now part of the collection held by the Coorow Heritage Group [P8]
     Also share-farmed farmland in Coorow belonging to Angus A. N. MCGILP [P8]
During the 1939-40 financial year purchased 3,575 acres of farmland in Coorow from Reginald CROMMELIN Jnr [3]
     The 3,575 acres was Lot M1617 of Victoria Location 2023 bounding both Touche Road and The Midlands Road [3] [62]
     The Midland Railway Company's Touche Siding, which provided steam trains with water, was situated next to his property [P8]
     It was described as good second class country and contained a six roomed jarrah weatherboard house [5: 29-Mar-1935]
Farmer of Touchna Farm in Coorow 1940-1995 [P8]
     Resided on his Touchna Farm 1940-1946 and then at Lots 47-48 Commercial Street in the Coorow townsite 1946-1995 [P8]
     Leased 1,501 acres of farmland in Winchester, South Carnamah from E. E. Robert WOODHOUSE 1944-1954 [3]
     His wife extended the farm with the purchase in October 1946 of the 1,082 acre Lot M1070 from John C. LEEVERS [3]
     During the 1949-50 financial year purchased 1,180 acres of farmland in Coorow from Harry and Myrtle EDWARDS [3]
     The 1,180 acres consisted of a portion of Lot M1377, which bounded the eastern side of his Touchna Farm in Coorow [3] [62]
     On 29 April 1954 purchased the 1,501 acres in Winchester that he'd been leasing from E. E. Robert WOODHOUSE [3]
     The 1,501 acres consisted of Lots M1631 and M1635 and touched onto the northern tip of his Touchna Farm in Coorow [3] [62]
     His original holding and three subsequent purchases of land took his farm to a total of 7,338 acres [3]
Sold 16 suckers at 16/7 per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 23 September 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
He sang two songs at the Social Evening at the Waddy Forest Hall in Waddy Forest on Tuesday 15 December 1936 [5: 18-Dec-1936]
Sang a song at the Waddy Forest Toc H Group's Social Evening at the Coorow Hall on Thursday 24 June 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club [72]
     Drove the 17 miles to participate in the activities of the Carnamah Repertory Club, especially the singing [7: page 229]
     Following its formation he was a member of the Coorow Repertory Club [P8]
He had an excellent tenor voice and often sang at functions held in Coorow [P8]
Private W72060 in Coorow's local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Had a cow which was kept in a paddock west of the railway in the Coorow townsite belonging to the DOWNES family [P8]
    One of the DOWNES boys would deliver milk to them before school every morning and in return they kept the evening milk [P8]
On 10 May 1946 had numerous clothing, kerosene, a fan, towel and a box containing items worth £20 stolen from his home [22]
     The man responsible was taken into custody on 15 May 1946 and that same day went before the Carnamah Police Court [22]
     The man pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three months imprisonment [22]
At one time there was talk of establishing a cemetery in Coorow on a portion of his farm [P8]
     The cemetery never eventuated, however, the paddock it would have come from was thereafter known as Cemetery Paddock [P8]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society in 1948 [150]
Best man at the wedding of Coorow mechanic Arnold G. C. HIRST and Mary L. MCGILP in Perth on 12 July 1952 [0: image 04640]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Farmers' Union of Western Australia [P8]
Founding Committee Member of the Coorow Pasture Improvement Group in 1954 [4: 18-Dec-1954]
His double first cousin once removed Beven John GREGORY farmed in Carnamah during the 1950s [19] [55]
Member of the North Midlands Methodist Church / North Midlands Uniting Church[P8]
Member of the North Midlands Agricultural Society [P8]
Sold his portion of Lot M1377 in Coorow and Lots M1631 and M1635 in Winchester to Derek G. & Peter R. FOWLER in 1994 [P8]
     His wife sold her Lot M1070 in Coorow to Michael R. & Baxter J. BOTHE in 1994 [P8]
     Sold the original part of his Touchna Farm, Lot M1617, to William H. & Betty C. JOHNS [P8]
Father of Jill [P8]
Died 5 November 1995 in Coorow; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth (VC Section, Niche Wall, W5, 41) [P8]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 1 May 1936:
A New Settler
"Mr. M. J. Tilly, late of South Australia, has recently taken over Mr. Nolan's property at Coorow. Mr. Tilly has extensive and valuable experience of barley growing and intends to confine his operations to the growing of barley and sheep raising."


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




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