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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Peter MCKENNA

Born C.1857 [24]
Farmer in Dudawa, East Arrino 1907-1929 [6] [19]
He was said to have always been willing to give his time and aid to assist any public movement in Arrino [9: 24-Mar-1911]
Foundation Committee Member of the Three Springs Race Club in 1910 and 1911 [9: 23-Dec-1910]
Steward at the Three Springs Race Club's Inaugural Race Meeting held in Three Springs on Thursday 9 March 1911 [9: 10-Feb-1911]
Made the presentation at the farewell to William and Florence TIMMS at the Arrino railway station on 17 March 1911 [9: 24-Mar-1911]
Member of the Arrino & Dudawa Progress Association in 1911 [31: 9-Aug-1911]
Grew over 500 acres of crop on his farm in Dudawa in 1914 [10: 19-Jun-1914]
He got caught in a storm, which fused wires and shattered posts, while driving in his horse and sulky in November 1914 [10: 27-Nov-1914]
Attended the Saint Patrick's Day Sports Meeting held at the recreation ground in Three Springs on 17 March 1915 [10: 26-Mar-1915]
His horse Pincher came 2nd in the Hurry Scurry race at the Sports Meeting held in Arrino on Easter Monday in 1915 [10: 9-Apr-1915]
He spent a few days staying in the "little village" of Three Springs during April 1915 [10: 23-Apr-1915]
Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee 1916-1919 - was Chairman in 1917 and Vice President in 1920 [124]
He was one of four men who drew up the program for the Saint Patrick's Day Sports Meeting in Three Springs in 1916 and 1918 [124]
Donated £5 in 1916, £3/3/- in 1918, £5 in 1919 and £1/1/- in 1920 to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee [124]
Handicapper of the horse races at the Sports Meeting held in Carnamah on Thursday 4 May 1916 [10: 16-May-1916]
Handicapper of the races at the Saint Patrick's Day Sports Meetings in Three Springs in 1917, 1918, 1919 and 1920 [10: 22-Mar-1918] [124]
Donated a sheep for the luncheon of the Saint Patrick's Day Picnic Races in Three Springs on Wednesday 17 March 1920 [124]
Entrant in the "Lazy Man Competition" held in Three Springs in 1918 to raise funds for the Red Cross Society [10: 10-May-1918]
Purchased two bags of oats at the Basket Social & Dance in Three Springs in aid of Church funds on 10 February 1919 [9: 21-Feb-1919]
Steward of the Three Springs Race Club's Race Meeting held in Three Springs on Thursday 6 March 1919 [10: 31-Jan-1919]
Steward of the Carnamah Race Club's Picnic Race Meeting held in Carnamah on Thursday 27 March 1919 [9: 21-Feb-1919]
His and Ernest KLOPPER's horses tied for 1st place for the High Jump at the Three Springs Day on 25 September 1919 [10: 3-Oct-1919]
Donated a sheep for the Luncheon Booth at the Picnic Race Meeting in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day 17 March 1920 [124]
Handicapper at the Picnic Race Meetings in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day from 1920 to 1925 [9: 5-Mar-1920, 11-Mar-1921] [124]
Won 1st prize for High Jump in the ring events at the Three Springs Day held on Thursday 23 September 1920 [10: 15-Oct-1920]
His horse Pincher tied for first in the 11 stone Hunters at the Three Springs Day held on Thursday 28 September 1922 [9: 20-Oct-1922]
The exciting finishes at the Picnic Race Meeting in Three Springs in 1923 "proved the wisdom of his handicapping" [9: 13-Apr-1923]
Vice President of the Picnic Race Meeting held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Saturday 17 March 1928 [124]
He was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Vice President and Handicapper of the Three Springs Race Club in 1929 [4: 23-Feb-1929]
Passed away at the age of 72 years at the hospital in Three Springs [24]
Died 1 September 1929; buried at the Three Springs General Cemetery in Three Springs (Roman Catholic, Plot 6) [24]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Peter Mckenna' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/peter-mckenna [reference list]




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