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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Preston George STRAHAN

Born 1898 in Guildford, Western Australia [15]
Son of James STRAHAN and Mary Ann BISHOP; stepson of George COUSINS [15]
Following the death of his father and later stepfather resided with his mother in Walkaway and then on farmland in Arrino [P2]
Farmhand and Labourer in Arrino 1921-1933 [19] [50]
Won the "Donkey Go" in the ring events section of the Three Springs Day held in Three Springs on 26 September 1917 [10: 5-Oct-1917]
Won a cake in a raffle at the Hospital Ball in the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Thursday 5 April 1923 [9: 27-Apr-1923]
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]
Married "Vi" Violet Rose DODD in 1929 [66]
In October 1929 purchased a new 30 cwt. Ford truck from dealers Messrs FORD & KIDSON of Three Springs [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Employee of the Main Road Board in Carnamah in 1933 [5: 11-Aug-1933]
He was driving his Brockway Junior truck on the old main road in Carnamah on 4 August 1933 when it collided with another truck [5]
     The two stub axles of his truck were smashed, the radiator was knocked about and the chassis was bent [5: 11-Aug-1933]
     He and one of his passengers escaped without any injuries however a second passenger required medical attention [5]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction prior to shifting to Watheroo with his wife and children in May 1936 [166]
Sent a wreath for the funeral of Coorow stationmaster William C. Cox at the Karrakatta Cemetery on 4 November 1937 [5: 12-Nov-1937]
During a family holiday his son Arthur disappeared beneath the waves near Lancelin on 27 December 1948 [P447]
     Arthur's body was never found but it was thought he'd been taken by a shark [P447]
     A young human hand was found inside a shark caught off Leighton Beach nine days later [P447]
Later resided in Moora, where he passed away at the age of 89 years [116]
Father of Dawn, Arthur, Rona, Kathleen, Kenneth and Shirley [P447]
Died 9 November 1987; buried Moora Public Cemetery in Moora, Western Australia (Anglican, Plot 171) [116]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Preston George Strahan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 19 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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