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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Nat" / "Mac" Nathaniel MCKENZIE / BREWER

Born 28 February 1887 in Gymbowen, Victoria, Australia [16]
Married Hilda Muriel BREWER in 1915 in Perth WA [66]
He took over the General Publican's License for the Gingin Hotel in Gingin from his father-in-law in September 1917 [10: 14-Sep-1917]
Resided in Gingin until mid 1921 when he began leasing the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs [10: 15-Jul-1921]
Proprietor of the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs 1921-1924 and then a Farmer in Three Springs [6] [10] [60]
During his time at the Commercial Hotel his telephone number was Three Springs-1 [60]
Farmer of Bonnie Vale Farm in Three Springs [19]
Attended the wedding of Robert A. CALDOW and May I. BYRNE at the Three Springs Hall on 5 October 1921 [9: 21-Oct-1921]
Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1921-22 [10: 3-Feb-1922]
In February 1922 a trotting match with a considerable stake was held between his horse and Ernest KLOPPER's horse [10: 17-Feb-1922]
Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee 1922-1925 [124]
Member of the Three Springs Football Club 1922-1925 - was Chairman in 1922 and 1923 [10: 30-Jun-1922] [9: 4-May-1923, 7-Aug-1925]
One of the leaders of the Three Springs Kangaroo Hunting & Picnic Party of Friday and Saturday 1-2 September 1922 [9: 15-Sep-1922]
Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1922-23 [9: 12-Jan-1923]
Member of the Three Springs Race Club - was Chairman in 1923 [9: 9-Feb-1923]
Conducted the Licensed Booth at the Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations in Three Springs on Thursday 15 March 1923 [9: 13-Apr-1923]
Financially assisted the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee with donations of £5 in 1924 and £2/2/- in 1925 [124]
Patron in 1925 and Vice President in 1925 and 1928 of the Picnic Race Meetings held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day [124]
Served on the Carnamah District Road Board representing the Three Springs Ward in 1926 and 1927 [7: page 111]
Foundation Committee Member of the Three Springs Agricultural Society in 1928[4: 29-Sep-1928]
Attended the wedding of Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN at the Carnamah Hall on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
His father-in-law commented on "a splendid crop" on his farm while visiting Three Springs in September 1928 [4: 3-Nov-1928]
Nominee for the Womarden Ward Member on the new Three Springs District Road Board in February 1929 [4: 16-Feb-1929]
Won 2nd prize for a Farm Mare in the Horse section of the Second Annual Three Springs Show on 30 September 1929 [4: 5-Oct-1929]
With a plot of Merredin wheat came 2nd the Three Springs Agricultural Society's 50 acre crop competition in 1930 [4: 29-Nov-1930]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah Hotel licensee Charles Joseph Leslie BREWER on 9 July 1932 at the Winchester Cemetery [4]
A fire started by a spark on a neighbouring property destroyed 400 acres of his crop 25 November 1932 [5: 2-Dec-1932]
Attended the Farewell Evening tendered to local pioneer Mrs Blanche M. KOCH in Three Springs on 3 December 1932 [4: 10-Dec-1932]
Attended and won the prize for bridge at the Bridge and Euchre Party held in Three Springs on Saturday 22 July 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
Inaugural Member and East Lieutenant of the Three Springs Road Board District Bush Fire Brigade in 1933 [5: 27-Oct-1933]
In November 1933 purchased a new Sunshine A. L. 10 foot harvester from local dealer Oswald S. SOWERBY [5: 10-Nov-1933]
Member of the Three Springs branch of the Wheatgrowers Union - was President in 1934 [5: 3-Aug-1934]
One of the speakers at the Farewell to John J. KELLEHER at the Three Springs Hall on Wednesday 1 August 1934 [5: 3-Aug-1934]
Foundation Committee Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1934, and Member in 1936 and 1937 [5: 9-Nov-1934, 3-Jul-1936, 12-Mar-1937]
Captain of the Three Springs Road Board District Bush Fire Brigade in 1934-35[5: 9-Nov-1934]
President of the North Midlands Zone Council of the Wheatgrowers Union in 1935, 1936 and 1937 [5: 4-Jan-1935, 3-Jan-1936, 8-Jan-1937]
In July 1935 he requested his property, Lot M1304, be transferred from the Perenjori to the Three Springs road board [5: 12-Jul-1935]
Helped run the North Midlands Wheatgrowers Union Annual Picnic and Ball held in Three Springs on 21 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Won 1st prize for a Border Leicester Ram in the Sheep section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Presided over the Zone Meeting of the North Midlands Wheatgrowers Union in Perenjori on Sunday 3 November 1935 [5: 15-Nov-1935]
Attended the meeting of Three Springs ratepayers held on Saturday 11 January 1936 to discuss the local water crisis [5: 17-Jan-1936]
     He put forward a motion, which was carried with support, that two surveyed bores be established to relieve the water shortage [5]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Among those who attended the Special Ratepayers Meeting of the Three Springs Road Board on Monday 10 March 1936 [5: 13-Mar-1936]
     He put forward the motion, which was met with support, that all six Members of the Road Board should immediately resign [5]
     Three members resigned which left an inadequate number, and the Three Springs Road Board on that day became "defunct" [5]
     The cause of the fiasco was three of the Board's members failing to endorse their Chairman's actions in relation to water boring [5]
One of five ratepayers who attended the ratepayers meeting of the Three Springs Road Board on Saturday 20 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Speech-giver at the social evening tendered to newly married Syd and Priscilla GOOCH in Three Springs on 2 July 1936 [5: 10-Jul-1936]
Attended and competed at the Official Opening of the Three Springs Rifle Club's rifle range on Thursday 23 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
He was among the 200 farmers who attended the meeting in Carnamah on 31 July 1936 about local Bulk Wheat Handling [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Agricultural Society in 1936 and 1937 [5: 1-May-1936, 25-Mar-1937]
     Financial Member in 1938 and a  Committee Member in 1947 and 1948 of the Three Springs Agricultural Society [262]
     Assistant Steward of the Ring Events at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Twelfth Annual Show on 14 September 1939 [262]
Presented the Shield to victorious Mingenew at the Athletic Sports held in Three Springs on Friday 23 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
     The Sports were conducted by the North Midlands Zone Council of the Wheatgrowers Union, of which he was President [5]
Attended the Valedictory Social for Miss Rachel M. A. WALLACE in Three Springs on Tuesday 15 December 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
He and one of his sons spent a two week holiday on the Murchison River in January 1937 [5: 22-Jan-1937, 5-Jan-1937]
    Also holidaying there from Three Springs were Alfred & Rosey HUNTER and Clem H. P. & Esther M. GRANT and families [5]
Attended the meeting in Three Springs about extending telephonic facilities to East Three Springs on 9 March 1937 [5: 12-Mar-1937]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Three Springs farmer Isaac WALLACE at the Three Springs Cemetery on 29 May 1939 [4: 3-Jun-1939]
Competed at the Annual Prize Meeting of the North-West District Rifle Clubs Union in Geraldton in August 1939 [4: 19-Aug-1939]
Attended the Farewell Social & Dance held for Vincent & May TIPPETT in Three Springs on Monday 28 July 1941 [4: 2-Aug-1941]
Private in the local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Speaker at the Smoke Social tendered to departing resident Keith S. GLYDE in Three Springs on 16 February 1943 [4: 20-Feb-1943]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Nedlands [2]
Father of Frederick, Betty, Gwen, Audrey, William, Dorothy and Maxine [P2]
Died 7 October 1972; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, AA, 46)[2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Nathaniel Mckenzie / Brewer' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 20 September 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/nathaniel-mckenzie [sources]




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