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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Norman Francis HYDE

Born 1897 in Raywood, Victoria, Australia [54]
Son of Charles Edward HYDE and Eliza HILL [54]
His father selected prospective farmland in Dalwallinu, Western Australia in January 1910 [39: 31-Jan-1929]
Along with his parents left Victoria in 1910 and shifted to Dalwallinu, where his father was "practically the pioneer of the district" [39]
Later the farmer of Hyde Park Farm in Dalwallinu with his father [50]
Departed from Fremantle, Western Australia on 12 May 1924 for a six month holiday in England, Europe and America [225: 12-May-1924]
In about 1925 his father, in addition to his Dalwallinu holdings, purchased two established farms in the Coorow district [39: 31-Jan-1929]
One of the farms was Waddy Waddy, which was previously owned by James L. B. WEIR and Angus A. N. MCGILP [9: 3-Apr-1925]
Farmer of Waddy Waddy Farm in Waddy Forest / Coorow [19]
Married Ruby Elaine GRAHAM on 19 May 1926 at Saint Mary's Church on Ord Street in West Perth [12-: 17-Jun-1926]
He and his brother, referred to as "Hyde Bros," cropped 1,700 acres of wheat in Waddy Forest in 1926 [81: 24-Oct-1926]
Advertised for a wheat carter in October 1927: "Must cart 200 bags per day 15 miles; good road" [39: 15-Oct-1927]
He was the first person in Australia to take delivery of an imported four door Hillman salsoon car [81: 24-Mar-1929]
     The car had triplex safety glass throughout and Dewandre Servo brakes [81: 24-Mar-1929]
Reported as having a "magnificent wheat crop" on "his well-established" farm at Waddy Forest in 1931 [225: 12-Nov-1931]
    On one day of harvest his crop yielded 45 bushels to the acre and on the next 33 to the acre [225: 12-Nov-1931]
In August 1933 purchased three two year old Merino rams from the New Zealand and Australian Land Co's Tootra Stud [5: 1-Sep-1933]
Along with his wife and children returned to Waddy Forest after a holiday on Monday 12 March 1934 [5: 16-Mar-1934]
Purchased a new John Deere tractor in April 1934 [5: 20-Apr-1934]
Along with his wife and children travelled from Waddy Forest to Perth for on a short trip on Wednesday 5 August 1934 [5: 7-Sep-1934]
In January 1935 himself, his wife and their children spent a holiday at North Beach [5: 11-Jan-1935]
Sold twelve bales of wool at 14d. per pound through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Wool Sale in Perth on 7 October 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Purchased a new dual-ration Auburn car in October 1934 [81: 28-Oct-1934]
Through Elder Smith & Co Ltd sold 92 sheep suckers at the Midland Market on Wednesday 6 November 1935 [5: 8-Nov-1935]
     The 92 suckers consisted of 25 sold at 23/1 per head, 22 at 17/10, 36 at 17/1, 1 at 15/-, and 8 at 10/7 per head [5]
Sold 184 lambs through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market held on Wednesday 8 April 1936 [5: 10-Apr-1936]
     The 184 lambs consisted of 24 sold at 17/10 per head, 30 at 16/-, 58 at 14/10, 35 at 13/10, and 37 at 13/4 per head [5]
He was the first farmer in Waddy Forest to commence hay cutting for the season in mid September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Sold 38 lambs (37 at 20/7, 1 at 12/-) and 49 ewes (19 at 10/10, 30 at 6/1) at the Midland Market on 20 January 1937 [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy branch of the Primary Producers' Association in 1945 and 1946 [5: 30-Mar-1945, 2-Aug-1946]
     At meeting on 17 August 1946 he promised a donation of £10 to the Wheat Fighting Fund [5: 30-Aug-1946]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society 1945-1949 [5: 20-Apr-1945, 5-Apr-1946, 9-Apr-1948, 24-Mar-1939]
     Donated trophies for the exhibitor under 14 gaining the most points at the society's 1946 and 1947 shows [5: 11-Oct-1946, 12-Sep-1947]
     He was the Coorow-Waddy Delegate to the Agricultural Societies' Northern Group Conference on 17 March 1949 [5: 24-Mar-1949]
     Vice President in 1948 and President in 1949 [5: 9-Apr-1948, 31-Mar-1949]
     He was part of a deputation that met with the Carnamah District Road Board at the monthly meeting in May 1948 [39: 24-May-1948]
     The deputation from the society was to request more seating for Maley Park Coorow and a fence around the arena [39]
He chaired the "Coming-of-Age Party" held for Dick BOTHE in Coorow on 9 June 1945 [5: 22-Jun-1945]
     Two years later he chaired the 21st birthday party for Dick's brother Lloyd at the Coorow Hall on 10 May 1947 [5: 23-May-1947]
     At Lloy'd birthday he introduced various speakers and proposed the "Loyal Toast" [5: 23-May-1947]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of Mrs Mary GRONOW of Waddy Forest at Winchester Cemetery on 11 August 1945 [5: 24-Aug-1945]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of Waddy Forest farmer Price W. HUNT at the Winchester Cemetery in 1946 [5: 20-Sep-1946]
Member of Coorow Football Club - was Vice President in 1946 and President in 1947 and 1948 [5: 3-May-1946, 26-Sep-1947, 7-May-1948]
     In 1947 he donated the trophy for the Fairest & Best Player and presented all trophies at the club's Premiership Ball [5: 26-Sep-1947]
Inaugural Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Farmers' Union of Western Australia in December 1946 [5: 20-Dec-1946]
     He was appointed the delegate for Coorow-Waddy for the Special Wheat Section Conference on 25 August 1948 [5: 5-Aug-1948]
     In 1949 he donated £5 to Farmers' Union Appeal Fund [5: 1-Sep-1949]
Member of the Waddy Forest Tennis Club - was President 1947-1949 [5: 2-Apr-1948, 21-Apr-1949]
Elected on 10 April 1948 to a committee formed to gain more information on building a church in Coorow [5: 16-Apr-1948]
"N. F. Hyde & Son" exhibited stock and produce in the 11th Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 15 September 1948 [5: 23-Sep-1948]
    In the Farmers' Classes of Sheep they won both 1st and 2nd for Three Merino Ewes 1½ years and under (bred by exhibitor) [5]
     They were also awarded a 2nd prize for Australian Strong White Wheat (early) in the Grain & Fodder section [5]
He and his wife donated books to the library of the Coorow State School in 1948 and 1949 [5: 10-Jun-1948, 24-Mar-1949]
Member of Coorow Rifle Club in 1949 [5: 16-Jun-1949]
    He won spoons for best off the rifle with a handicap on 11 and 12 June 1949 [5: 16-Jun-1949]
He and Peter THOMSON convened a meeting in Coorow on 5 August 1949 to support Waddy Forest farmer Ken JONES [5]
     Ken was a candidate for the Liberal and Country League (L.C.L.) for the Western Australian Parliament [5: 28-Jul-1949]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1952 [13]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Floreat Park [2]
Father of Graham and Colin [P361]
Died 20 December 1964; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth (Crematorium Rose Gardens, 20C, 57) [2]

From The Daily News newspaper, Monday 12 May 1924:
Mostly About People
"Among the passengers who joined the London bound mail boat today were Mr John Locke, Mr Norman Hyde and Mr Cuthbert Hyde. These young Westralians have planned out a most fascinating holiday. They will spend some weeks in London, and they will tour England and the Continent and make the return journey to Australia via America. They expect to be away about six months.
A large number of their friends travelled to Fremantle to wish them bon voyage, and if good wishes count for aught then these young globe trotters should have a really fine time."

From The Sunday Times newspaper, Sunday 13 June 1926:
"HYDE – GRAHAM. – On May 19, at West Perth, Norman Francis Hyde to Ruby Elaine Graham."

From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 17 June 1926:
     "In St. Mary's Church, Colin Street, on May 19, Miss Ruby Elaine Graham, only daughter of Mr and Mrs E. J. Graham, of North Perth, was married to Mr Norman Francis Hyde, son of Mr and Mrs C. H. Hyde, of Hyde Park, Dalwallinu, the Rev. H. Hyde, brother of the bridegroom, officiated. The church was tastefully decorated for the occasion by the girl friends of the bride, who also provided a white satin cushion for her to kneel upon.
     The bride wore a gown of French crepe de chine heavily beaded in crystal and silver, caught at the side with a silver rose and a spray of orange blossom, the ensemble being completed with a quaint bonnet effect in tulle and orange blossom, which held a long silk tulle veil. She carried a bouquet of white azaleas, tuber roses and maidenhair fern. The bridesmaid, Miss Margery Sutton, cousin of the bride, was attired in mauve floral georgette trimmed with white fur, and a mauve tulle hat. Her posy was of pink rosebuds and mauve streamers. Mr Jack Locke, of Dalwallinu was best man.
     After the ceremony guests, numbering nearly one hundred, were received by the parents of the bride and bridegroom in the Karrakatta Club, where a reception was held. The bride's mother wore a russet brown gown of chenille georgette with a black hat and she carried a bouquet of yellow gladioli, roses and maidenhair fern. The bridegroom's mother was attired in a black georgette gown with hat to match, and her bouquet was of red roses. Later the happy couple left on a honeymoon to the Eastern States. The bride travelled in an electric blue marocain dress and a hat of old rose velvet."  

From The Sunday Times newspaper, Sunday 24 March 1929:
Motors and Motoring
"The first of the four door Hillman safety saloons to be imported into Australia has just been delivered to Mr N.F. Hyde, of Waddy Forest, It is provided with triplex safety glass throughout, and equipped with Dewandre Servo brakes."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Norman Francis Hyde' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 June 2018 from  [ sources ]

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