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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Norman SAGGERS

Born 1875 in Jamieson, Victoria, Australia [15]
Son of Robert SAGGERS and Johanna CARLYON [15]
Along with one of his elder brothers he left Victoria and shifted to Western Australia in 1894 [4: 26-Apr-1963]
Married (1) Edith Jane POWELL in Cue in 1900 [15]
Blacksmith in Yalgoo in partnership with his brother Samson as "Saggers Bros" 1900-1902 [6]
Butcher in Yalgoo 1903-1908, Farmer in Broomehill 1908-1911 and Farmer in Peringillup in 1912 and 1913 [6]
Resided in Tambellup 1915-1924 - as a Butcher in 1915 and 1916, Farmer in 1917 and 1918 and Butcher 1919-1924 [6]
Butcher in Katanning in 1925 [50]
Butcher in Mingenew 1925-1939 [19] [50]
     Operated from opposite the railway station until 1927 when he moved to a new building built by Charles H. HOPE [4: 24-Sep-1927]
     He and his son Arnold, who was a butcher in Three Springs, advertised in The Irwin Index newspaper in 1929 [4: 1-Jun-1929]
     In 1929 and 1930 he conducted his butcher's shop in Mingenew in partnership with his son Bill [4: 8-Feb-1930, 19-Jul-1930]
     After his son Bill left Mingenew in 1930 he ran the butcher's business in partnership with his son-in-law Horace E. THOMAS [4]
     A butcher in his employ lost two of his fingers while chopping bones at his butcher's shop on Tuesday 31 March 1931 [4: 4-Apr-1931]
He owned a Ford van, which in 1926-27 contained license plate MI-64 and in 1927-28 plate MI-28 [325]
Purchased a new Chevrolet car in August 1927 - the first of the "new most beautiful Chevs" to arrive in Mingenew [4: 6-Aug-1927]
In January 1928 purchased another block in the Three Springs townsite from Edmund K. BYRNE [4: 14-Jan-1928]
Judged the Ring Events, Horse and Cattle sections at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show in 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
In 1929 judged the Horse section and Rings Events of the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Second Annual Show [4: 5-Oct-1929]
Attended the funeral of Mingenew pioneer Mrs Ellen OLIVER at the Mingenew Cemetery on 18 December 1929 [86: 21-Dec-1929]
Judged the Ring Events and Horse section of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
Rendered valuable assistance with the Carnamah Athletic Club's Inaugural Boxing Tournament in Carnamah in early 1932 [4: 6-Feb-1932]
     For his services to the Carnamah Athletic Club he was bestowed the gift of Honorary Membership [4: 6-Feb-1932]
In 1932 owned a Whippet Delivery car, which was registered with the Mingenew Road Board with license plate MI-197 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Judge of the Pig section at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Annual Shows in 1935 and 1936 [5: 27-Sep-1935, 25-Sep-1936]
Referee of a Boxing Tournament conducted by the Three Springs-Arrino R.S.L. in Three Springs on 18 April 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
Resided in Three Springs in retirement 1945-1947 [6] [19]
Financial Member of the Three Springs Agricultural Society in 1946 and 1947 [262]
He husband successfully petitioned for divorce from his wife Edith on 17 March 1947 on the grounds of desertion [39: 18-Mar-1947]
Married (2) Mrs Kathleen May PEARCE in Perth in 1947 [66]
Shifted back to Mingenew where he resided in retirement [176]
Passed away at the age of 88 years at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [176]
Father of Nita, Bill, Arn, Myrtle, Evelyn, Joe, Edie, Vera and Stan [P376]
Died 20 April 1963; buried at the Mingenew Cemetery in Mingenew (Seventh Day Adventist, Plot 51B) [4: 26-Apr-1963] [176]
His wife Kathleen continued to live in Mingenew until her death at the age of 73 years on 18 December 1971 [176]


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Friday 26 April 1963:
Old Resident of District is Deceased
    "The late Mr. Norman Saggers, who died at the North Midlands District Hospital at Three Springs last Saturday, was one of the oldest and most respected residents of the Mingenew region. He was 88 years of age and had suffered ill-health for a long period.
    He was born at Jamieson in Victoria, where his father was a school teacher. That town is one of the most beautiful mountain resorts in that State, with trout streams and rivers set in dense forest of giant gums and tree ferns. One of a family of 14, Mr. Saggers and an elder brother came to Western Australia in 1894, when he was 19. He lived in this State from then on. During that period of 69 years, he resided in Cue, Yalgoo, Katanning and Tambellup before coming to the North Midlands. He spent a number of years in Three Springs and then moved to Mingenew, where he lived for 41 years, being one of the oldest residents of that district.
     One of his main interests was working sheep dogs. Mr. Saggers was an honorary life member of the W.A. Working Sheep Dogs Association and had worked dogs in the first field trials conducted by that organisation. He won the Sandover Cup at one of those early trials. He also was a successful breeder and skilful trainer. His dogs were eagerly sought throughout that State, some being purchased by station owners far to the north and from others as far south as Red Lake and Esperance. Mr. Saggers was a member of the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia for many years as well as the Mingenew Agricultural Society. He was patron of the Mingenew Bowling Club.
     He is mourned by his widow, eight children and six step-children, 33 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. His children and stepchildren are:- Nita (Mrs. H. E. Thomas), Bill (Mr. N. W. Saggers, of Applecross), Arn (Mr. A. E. Saggers, Victoria Park), Myrtle (Mrs. R. Nettle, Kojonup), Vera (Mrs. H. Randall, Perth), Joe (Mr. J. Saggers, Victoria Park), Edie (Mrs. W. Gilbertson, Maylands), Gerald (Mr. G. H. Pearce, Brookton), Doreen (Mrs. R. Desmond, Tuart Hill), Linda (Mrs. H. J. Ralston, Claremont), Beryl (Mrs. D. Calaghan, Wembley), Shirley (Mrs. L. Looke, Mingenew) and Don (Mr. D. H. Pearce, Mt. Pleasant).
     The funeral was at the Mingenew Cemetery last Monday afternoon and was attended by a large representation from throughout the district who gathered to pay their last tributes. The service at the graveside was conducted by the president of the Seventh-Day Adventist Perth Conference, Pastor F. Maberley. During the ceremony, Mr. H. J. Ralston and his elder daughter, Miss Janette Ralston, sang "Beyond the Sunset." The pallbearers were old friends and associates:- Messrs. B. Thomas, R. R. Colegate, P. F. Lynch, J. Connolly, F. Wick and E. C. Newton. The casket was carried by Messrs. M. J. Payne, L. Croft, L. Baugh and A. Wick. The many floral tributes covered the grave."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Norman Saggers' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 20 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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