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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Mick" Morris Percy BAKER

Born 1898 in Norwich, Norfolk, England [20] [21]
Son of Douglas Harry BAKER and Edith Hannah BOND [20] [21]
In 1901 was living with his parents, sister Beryl and brother Heber at 8 Saint Georges Street in Norwich, Norfolk, England [20]
Departed Liverpool, England on the steamship Zealandic on 3 December 1920 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
Married "Vi" Ada Violet FATHERS in 1928 [66]
Accountant for Millars' Timber and Trading Company Ltd in Geraldton [86: 18-Aug-1928]
     He was tendered a farewell evening at the Geraldton offices of Millars on Monday 20 August 1928 [86: 21-Aug-1928]
     At his farewell he was presented with an initialled wallet of notes as a token of appreciation [86: 21-Aug-1928]
     Representatives of colleagues, contractors, yard staff and office staff spoke at his farewell [86: 21-Aug-1928]
     Following his promotion and transfer, he left Geraldton and shifted to Carnamah during August 1928 [86: 21-Aug-1928]
     When he shifted to Carnamah he had been working for Millars’ for 16 years [86: 21-Aug-1928]
Manager of Carnamah's branch of Millars' Timber and Trading Company Ltd in Carnamah 1928-1940 [7: page 155] [0: image 03060]
     The timber yard and the manager's house to the east of the yard were situated on the north side of Macpherson Street [P4]
     The yard and house covered four blocks 31, 33, 35 and 37 Macpherson Street (Lots 8, 9, 10 and 11 of M1354) [3]
The Carnamah branch of Millars' Timber & Trading Co. Ltd was advertised in the schedule of the 1933 Carnamah Show [13]
     "...Select for Your New Residence... Millars' Timber - use Karri, Jarrah, Floorings, Linings, Mouldings and Joinery" [13]
     "Plaster Boards, Fibrolite, Builders' Hardware; Telephone No. 31 Carnamah; Manager - M. P. Baker" [13]
In 1938 sold hardwood, softwood, fence posts, droppers, pickets, hardware, paints, varnish, enamels, iron, cement and plaster [13]
Attended the house warming of Geoffrey K. RYDER and farewell party of Kim HOLMES in Carnamah in August 1928 [4: 1-Sep-1929]
Helped organise and attended the Carnamah Anglican Church's Freak Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 3 October 1929 [4: 12-Oct-1929]
Initiated as a member of the Carnamah Lodge of the M.U.O.F.S. on Monday 1 September 1930 [4: 6-Sep-1930]
     Member of the Carnamah Lodge of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows Friendly Society 1930-1933 [4: 6-Sep-1930] [5: 27-Oct-1933]
Attended the welcome to Rev. Albert W. and Mrs Murial A. CURTIS at the Church Hall in Carnamah on 8 September 1930 [4: 6-Sep-1930]
Show Ball Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1930[4: 4-Oct-1930]
Foundation Member and Inaugural Treasurer of the Carnamah Golf Club 1930-1934[4: 10-May-1930 & 30-Jun-1934] [5: 5-May-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club - was Secretary 1930-1934 and Captain in 1935 and 1936 [4: 22-Mar-1930] [5: 24-Aug-1934, 12-Jul-1935]
     Member, Captain, Coach and Handicapping Committee Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1936 [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Anglican Church in 1931 [4: 30-May-1931]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 12 February 1932[96]
Made a donation to the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them purchase premises [5: 2-Sep-1932]
Secretary of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association 1932-1938 [4: 9-Jul-1932] [5: 17-Mar-1933, 11-May-1934, 19-Feb-1937] [120: 13-Oct-1938]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Athletic Club in 1932, 1936 and 1937 [4: 6-Feb-1932] [5: 19-Jun-1936, 19-Mar-1937]
     In November 1936 he was appointed an Umpire for the weekly bike races conducted by the Carnamah Athletic Club [5: 20-Nov-1936]
     Secretary of the Carnamah Athletic Club in 1938 [120: 13-Oct-1938]
He was among those who attended the official opening of the East Marchagee Hall in Marchagee on 11 November 1933 [5: 17-Nov-1933]
Along with Reg BOLLAND killed and laid to rest in the churchyard a snake from Macpherson Street on 6 December 1933 [5: 8-Dec-1933]
Later in December 1933 he and his wife and children visited Geraldton [86: 30-Dec-1933]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Race Club in 1934 [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Attended the Dance conducted by the Carnamah Toc H at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 24 February 1934 [5: 2-Mar-1934]
On the evening of Thursday 15 March 1934 attended the Carnamah Race Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Attended the Parkinson Tennis Club's Dance held on Saturday 14 April 1934 at the Carnamah Hall [5: 20-Apr-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
On Saturday 12 May 1934 attended the Carnamah Football Club's Grand Opening Ball at the Carnamah Hall [5: 18-May-1934]
Attended the Inering School Dance held at the Carnamah Hall to raise money for books on Saturday 21 July 1934 [5: 27-Jul-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on  Saturday 20 October 1934 [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Member of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club in 1934-35 [56]
Attended Charlie OLSON's Surprise 70th Birthday at Lou JOHANSEN's farm on Thursday 17 January 1935 [5: 25-Jan-1935]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Badminton Club in 1935, and a Member in 1936[5: 3-May-1935, 7-Aug-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Rifle Club's Opening Shoot for the 1935 season over the 200 yard range on 18 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Assisted the committee of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society with their Annual Show on 12 September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Represented the Carnamah Rifle Club at the annual shoot for the Shearn Cup in Mingenew on Sunday 20 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1935-36 and 1936-37 [5: 1-Nov-1935, 16-Oct-1936]
Competed in the Parkinson Tennis Club's New Year Tennis Tournament in Carnamah on Wednesday 1 January 1936 [5: 3-Jan-1936]
Attended the Wedding Social & Dance for Stuart and May FORD at Koolabba Farm in Carnamah on 25 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Played for the combined Carnamah-Parkinson tennis team against Winchester-Waddy-Coorow on Sunday 5 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association in 1936 [5: 12-Jun-1936]
Competed at the Official Opening of the Three Springs Rifle Club's rifle range in Three Springs on Thursday 23 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Played in the Carnamah Masonic Lodge's Inaugural Annual Golf Meeting in Carnamah on Saturday 1 August 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Played for the victorious Carnamah Badminton Club in their match against the Carnamah Social Club on 5 August 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Attended the birthday party for hotel licensee Malcolm LESLIE at the Carnamah Hotel on Saturday 5 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1936-37 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Played for the Carnamah Cricket Club in their victorious special match against the "Bulk Handlers" on 11 October 1936 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Attended the Farewell Social for departing postmaster R. Arthur LINDSAY at the Carnamah Hotel on 23 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Visitor at the Fifth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Dongara on Saturday evening 24 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Admitted to the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs after suffering an attack of appendicitis on 8 April 1937 [5: 9-Apr-1937]
Delegate for the Carnamah Football Club at meetings of the North Midlands Football Association in 1937 [5: 9-Apr-1937]
Helped purchase and distribute bags of sweets, nuts, fruit and biscuits for the children at Coronation Celebrations in 1937 [5: 30-Apr-1937]
     The festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth on 12 May [5]
Member of the Carnamah Cycle Club - was Inaugural Treasurer and Steward in 1937[5: 21 & 28-May-1937]
Gatekeeper from 7:30 a.m. onwards at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 9 September 1937 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
Handicapper of the Bike Racing at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 16 September 1937 [5: 2-Jul-1937]
Helped stop two bolting horses who were dragging local farmer Francis ROOKE down Macpherson Street on 13 July 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Boxing Tournament Committee in 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
     Ticket Seller and Doorkeeper for the Boxing Tournament in Carnamah on Saturday evening 28 August 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937, 3-Sep-1937]
Timekeeper at the North Midlands Football Association 1937 semi-final between Three Springs and Coorow in Carnamah [5: 27-Aug-1937]
     The game didn't start until 4 p.m. when an umpire was found and 17 minutes in was abandoned when the oval flooded [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Attended the informal dinner to celebrate the birthday of Malcolm LESLIE at the Carnamah Hotel on 9 September 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]
Secretary of the North Midlands Football Association in 1938 [120: 13-Oct-1938]
Although he never served in a war he was adopted as a member of Carnamah's branch of the R.S.L. on 6 September 1938 [52]
Member of the Carnamah School Board in 1939 [39: 15-Mar-1939]
Left Carnamah in 1940 after a residence of approximately twelve years [0: image 03060]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Belmont [2]
Father of Edith, Patricia and Viola [39: 15-Feb-1949, 24-Dec-1952]
Died 30 June 1978; ashes scattered to the wind at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia [2]


From The Geraldton Guardian newspaper, Saturday 18 August 1928:
"Mr M. Baker, accountant for Millers’ Timber and Trading Coy., has received notice of his promotion to manager of the Carnamah branch of the firm, and leaves by car on Tuesday night to take up his new duties. His friends wish him every success in his new position."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Morris Percy Baker' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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