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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Monty" Montague Frederick Charles ROBERTS

Born 21 August 1905 [P485] in Sussex, England [21]
Son of "Fred" Frederick William ROBERTS and Margaret RETALLACK [P485]
Departed from Plymouth, England on the steamship Oroya on 5 September 1908 [203]
     He travelled with his mother and two of her siblings, Grace RETALLACK and Phillip RETALLACK [203]
     After a voyage of just over a month the four of them arrived on the Oroya in Fremantle, Western Australia on 8 October 1908 [338]
Resided with his parents on the Eastern Goldfields, where his father prospected for gold to finance buying farmland [P485]
After four years in Western Australia he returned to England with his parents, sister Olive and brother Beresford [203]
     They departed from Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Osterley and arrived in London, England on 24 May 1912 [204]
His father departed London, England on the steamship Orontes for Fremantle, Western Australia on 28 February 1913 [203]
     He departed London, England with his mother, sister Olive and brother Beresford on the steamship Orama on 10 October 1913 [203]
     They arrived on the steamship Orama in Fremantle, Western Australia on 11 November 1913 [70]
Farmer with his father of Treverry Farm in Waddy Forest [P485]
     In 1921 his farther purchased virgin land at Waddy Forest, between Coorow and Latham [27]
     The farm ended up being 2,240 acres in size and was situated on the north side of the Coorow-Latham Road [3] [62]
     The property consisted of Victoria Location 880 and Lots M1287, M1288 and M1474 of Victoria Location 2023 [3]
     It was eight miles east of the Coorow townsite and one mile west of the Waddy Forest Post Office [5: 19-Mar-1937]
     He collapsed on a hot day in March 1927 when helping with dry pickling on their farm in Waddy Forest [39: 29-Mar-1927]
     The day after collapsing he was taken in a critical condition to the Moora Hospital suffering from carbonate of copper poisoning [39]
     Member of the Coorow Football Club in 1927 [10: 19-May-1927]
     Married (1) Muriel Eileen RUDDUCK in Three Springs on 2 October 1929 [39: 9-Oct-1929]
     His wife gave birth to one of their daughters in Coorow on 14 January 1932 [120: 4-Feb-1932]
     They left the farm in Waddy Forest in 1932 [3] due to the catastrophic drop in wheat prices during the Great Depression [P363]
Farmer & Grazier of The Meadows Farm at Georgina in the Greenough district 1932-1937 [19] [86: 9-Oct-1937] [50]
     Committee Member of the Victoria District Agricultural Society in Geraldton in 1936 [120: 15-Oct-1936]
     He nominated unopposed for the vacant North Ward seat on the Greenough Road Board in April 1937 [86: 3-Apr-1937]
     Won prizes for Shorthorn Bull, Red Poll Cow and Aberdeen Angus Cow at 1937 Victoria District Show in Geraldton [86: 30-Sep-1937]
Best man at the wedding of Douglas G. HOLBROOK and Mabel G. M. HALL in the Perth suburb of Mosman Park in 1939 [511]
     The bridesmaid at the wedding was Miss Betty HALL, who he married two years later [511: 9-Feb-1939] [66]
He filed for divorce from his first wife on 2 April 1941 on the grounds of desertion [225: 3-Apr-1941]
Married (2) "Betty" Elizabeth Lucy Bertha HALL in Perth in 1941 [66]
In 1943 he was working as a salesman was was living at 81 Palmerston Street in the Perth suburb of Mosman Park [50]
     His car was extensively damaged after he collided with a taxi on Saint George's Terrace in Perth in August 1943 [81: 8-Aug-1943]
Farmer at Magitup in the Borden district in 1954 [50]
Farmer in Torbay near Albany in 1958 [50]
In 1968 he was again working as a salesman and was living at 10 Hillside Crescent in the Perth suburb of Maylands [50]
He was a sales representative and living at 4 Sarah Street in the Perth suburb of Maylands in 1972 [50]
In 1977 he was living at 52 May Street in the Perth suburb of Bayswater [50]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Gosnells [2]
Father by his first wife of Jean, Margaret, Nancy and John [P511]
Father by his second wife of Peter, David, Barbara and Susan [P485]
Died 21 January 1979; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Lawn, E, 91) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Montague Frederick Charles Roberts' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 July 2022 from [reference list]

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