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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Philip LYNCH

Born 1854 in Ireland [201]
Son of Michael LYNCH and Bridget CAHILL [201]
Married Sarah MCENROE [201]
Along with his wife and seven children departed London, England on the steamship Omrah on 19 February 1909 [203]
They arrived on the steamship Omrah in Fremantle, Western Australia on 25 March 1909 [201] [203]
Resided with his family in North Perth while he and his brother Senator Patrick J. LYNCH looked for farmland to buy [201]
They purchased virgin land in Three Springs, on which they had built a four roomed house with a galvanised iron roof [201]
While living in North Perth his daughter Bridget came down with pneumonia and died at the age of two years on 6 May 1909 [2] [201]
In late 1909 himself, his wife and their six children left North Perth and took up residence on the farm in Three Springs [201]
Farmer of Shamrock Farm in Three Springs 1909-1932 [6] [19] [24]
After arrival they cleared the land around their house, built yards and sheds, and fenced in about an acre to grow vegetables [201]
For transport they had one horse and a tip dray, which on special occasions became a spring cart [201]
In 1910 grew around 250 acres of crop on his and his brother's farm in Three Springs [9: 17-Jun-1910]
Lynch Bros exhibited a sheaf of Alpha wheat at the Moora Agricultural Society's Annual Show in Moora in 1910 [9: 28-Oct-1910]
In 1911 his sons and nephews assisted in the running of the farm [388: 28-oct-1911]
A journalist who visited Three Springs in 1911 described him as "a staunch Laborite and an interesting conversationalist" [388: 28-oct-1911]
He was one of 15 guarantors covering the £300 debt for the new Agricultural Hall in Three Springs in 1912 [9: 12-Jul-1912]
His wife gave birth to twins Mary and Bernard at their farmhouse on 19 July 1913, however Bernard was still born [24] [201]
Their son Bernard was among the first buried at the Three Springs General Cemetery, and was interred in an unsurveyed corner [24]
The "greatest sadness of all" occurred on 11 June 1914 when his wife Sarah passed away at the age of 41 years [2] [201]
His horse Lennie won the Hurry Scurry race at the Annual Sports Meeting held at Arrino on Easter Monday 1 April 1915 [10: 9-Apr-1915]
     His horse Lennie won the Hack Race at the Picnic Races held in Carnamah in aid of the Belgian Fund on 24 June 1915 [39: 7-Jul-1915]
     Lennie won the Three Springs handicap race at the annual "Three Springs Day" on Monday 16 September 1915 [10: 24-Sep-1915]
     His horse Lennie won the Hack Race at the local Hall Committee's Sports Day in Three Springs on 18 February 1916 [10: 25-Feb-1916]
     Lennie came 3rd in the Carnamah Handicap and Flying Handicap at the Sports Meeting in Carnamah on 4 May 1916 [10: 16-May-1916]
     His horse Lennie came 2nd in the Hurry Scurry at the Saint Patrick's Day Sports in Three Springs on 16 March 1918 [10: 22-Mar-1918]
In early December 1915 he and his brother almost lost their wheat crop when fire from burning off reached the crop [10: 7-Dec-1915]
     With trees burning on the edge of the crop they got six harvesters out and successfully stripped the threatened wheat crop [10]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee 1916-1928 - was Chairman in 1921 [124]
     Donated to the Committee: £5 in 1916 and £2/2/- in 1918 and 1919, £1/1/- in 1924, £1/2/- in 1925, and £1/1/- in 1928 [124]
     Conducted the Weight Guessing Competition at the Saint Patrick's Day Sports Meeting in Three Springs on 17 March 1919 [124]
     Donated two pigs for the local Saint Patrick's Day Picnic Race Meeting in 1920 - one for the bazaar and one for the luncheon [124]
     "Lynch Bros" donated £4 to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1920 [124]
     Conducted the Sheep Weight Guessing Competition at the Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations in Three Springs in 1923 [9: 13-Apr-1923]
     He and Thomas J. BERRIGAN oversaw the preparations of the racecourse for the Committee's Race Meeting in 1925 [124]
     Vice President of the Picnic Race Meeting held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Tuesday 17 March 1925 [124]
Lynch Bros entered into the pig trade in August 1916 with the purchase of Large Black and Berkshire studs [10: 18-Aug-1916]
He and his brother grew 600 acres of wheat on their Three Springs property in 1917 [10: 19-Jun-1917]
Signed the petition and financial guarantee in 1917 for the Midland Railway Company to provide a resident doctor at Three Springs [34]
Won 1st prize for a Fleece of Wool at the Three Springs Day held in Three Springs on Wednesday 26 September 1917 [10: 5-Oct-1917]
Donated 10/- cash to increase the funds being raised by the Three Springs branch of the Red Cross Society in 1918 [10: 21-Jun-1918]
Spoke at the Farewell Social for Const. Richard J. HONNER at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on 30 August 1918 [10: 6-Sep-1918]
Spoke at the Welcome Home Social tendered to Private Fred JAMES in Three Springs on Monday 7 October 1918 [10: 18-Oct-1918]
It was remarked in 1918 that in speaking at local social gathering that he "as usual likes to come in last" [10: 18-Oct-1918]
He and his brother are said to have amicably dissolved their farming partnership in 1918 [201]
Upon the dissolution he farmed the 305 acres contained within Lots M749 and M750, which he'd been living on since 1909 [201]
Speaker at the Welcome Home Social & Dance in Three Springs for Private Vernon C. BASTIAN on 11 June 1919 [9: 13-Jun-1919]
Spoke on behalf of the Arrino district at May BERRIGAN's 21st Birthday in Three Springs on 12 September 1919 [10: 19-Sep-1919]
Won the Stepping 100 Yards and received 1st prize for Swede Turnips at the Three Springs Day on 25 September 1919 [9: 3-Oct-1919]
He and Frederick J. BYRNE were Joint Secretaries of the Three Springs Day in 1921 [9: 2-Sep-1921]
Won 1st prize for Fleece of Strong Merino Wool at the Three Springs Day held on Thursday 28 September 1922 [9: 20-Oct-1922]
During March 1923 he was thrown from his horse while mustering stock, and was fortunately uninjured besides slight shock [9]
     It was reported that he, "the good old gentleman," should take it as a warning not to be such a reckless rider in future [9: 23-Mar-1923]
Member of the Three Springs Roman Catholic Church Committee in 1925 [124]
Pallbearer at the funeral of John Hudson DAVIES of Carnamah at the Three Springs Cemetery on 20 February 1925 [9: 20-Feb-1925]
16 bales of his wool was the first truckload of wool to leave Three Springs for the 1928 season on 17 August 1928 [4: 25-Aug-1928]
Attended the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show and Show Ball on Thursday 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Race Club in 1929 [4: 23-Feb-1929]
His horse Major Windbag won the Handicap Trot at the Saint Patrick's Day Sports Meeting in TS on 18 March 1929 [4: 30-Mar-1929]
Welcomed the Bishop of Geraldton at the local Dominican Convent on his visit to Three Springs on 7 November 1930 [4: 15-Nov-1930]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Accompanied by his children Thomas and Mary he returned to Ireland for the Eucharistic Congress in 1932 [201]
After their visit to Ireland he returned to Three Springs, however in 1936 went back to Ireland for good [201]
Spent the last years of his life visiting and staying with relatives and friends in various parts of Ireland [201]
He was described as "a gentleman of great personal charm, kindly, gentle and unassuming" [201]
Father of Michael, Patrick, John, Thomas, Philip, James, Bridget, Peter and twins Mary and Bernard [201]
Died 5 October 1941 in Ireland; buried at Moynalty Cemetery in Moynalty, County Meath, Ireland [201]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Philip Lynch' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 May 2024 from [reference list]

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