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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Neil Rudolph GROSVENOR

Born 9 December 1907 in Fremantle, Western Australia [P369]
Son of Frederick Augustus GROSVENOR and Minnie Florence DAVIES [P369]
Grew up at 234 Canning Highway in the Perth suburb of East Fremantle [P369]
     His father worked for the Post Master General (P.M.G.) and later as Controller of Stores at the General Post Office in Perth [P369]
     Educated at Christian Brothers College in Fremantle and at the University of Western Australia in the Perth suburb of Crawley [P369]
Entered the service of the Education Department on 6 June 1928 [41]
     Attended Teacher's College in the Perth suburb of Claremont for a year from mid 1928 to mid 1929 [41]
     He was remarked to be "gentlemanly in manner" and "put forth his best effort" during his time at Teacher's College [41]
Temporary Head Teacher of the Grass Patch State School in Grass Patch for one month in 1929 [41]
Probationary Head Teacher of the Brazier State School in Brazier 1929-1933 [41]
Married Catherine Christina LUGG on 6 May 1933 at the Congregational Church in the Perth suburb of West Leederville [P369]
Probationary Head Teacher of the Wamenusking State School at Wamenusking, south east of Quairading, 1933-1935 [41]
Head Teacher of the Buntine State School in Buntine 1935-1937 [41]
Head Teacher of the Dudawa State School in Dudawa, East Arrino in 1938, on an annual salary of £271 less £12 for rent [6] [19] [73]
     He was the sole teacher of the Dudawa State School except for the sewing mistress, Miss Jean SHEPPARD [73]
Head Teacher of the Yandanooka State School in Yandanooka 1939-1942, on an annual salary of £310 less £12 for rent [41]
     For five months at the end of 1941 he was Temporary Head Teacher of the Overland State School near Yandanooka [41]
     Left Yandanooka after being called up for full time Home Defence on 7 April 1942 [41]
Served with the Citizen Military Force (C.M.F.) until 3 August 1942 when he enlisted in the Australian Army [P369]
     Resumed teaching in Yandanooka on 18 October 1943 but on 10 January 1944 he was granted leave without pay for war service [41]
     During both of his absences his wife, who was also a teacher, took over as Head Teacher of the Yandanooka State School [41]
     Private WX31148 in the Australian Army's 16th Battalion [16] in Darwin during the Second World War [P369]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 21 March 1944 [16] and resumed teaching in Yandanooka on 23 March 1944 [41]
Head Teacher of the Yandanooka State School in Yandanooka 1944-1948 [41]
     Following the closure of the Overland State School near Yandanooka its students travelled to Yandanooka by bus [P369]
     The bus, which he sometimes drove before school, was a converted truck with bench seats down each side of the back [P369]
     Member of the Yandanooka Tennis Club, Yandanooka Cricket Club and Yandanooka branch of the Returned Soldiers League [P369]
Head Teacher of the State School on Group Settlement 39 Cornevale on the Peel Estate in 1949, on an annual salary of £585 [41]
Assistant Teacher at the Geraldton State School in Geraldton 1950-1953 [41]
     He was away from Geraldton for one month in 1950 at the Northampton State School in Northampton [41]
     Had six months off in long service leave from 30 January 1951 to 29 July 1951 and then resumed teaching [41]
Resided in the Perth suburb of East Fremantle from 1954 until his death in 1960[P369]
     Master of the Hilton Park State School in the Perth suburb of Beaconsfield 1954-1960 [41]
Father of daughters Lalage, Lethne and Lianwe [P369]
Died 8 June 1960; ashes scattered at the Fremantle Cemetery, Perth suburb of Palmyra (Anglican, A, 815) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Neil Rudolph Grosvenor' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/neil-rudolph-grosvenor [reference list]




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