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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Barney" Randolph BARNHART

Born 18 August 1882 in Denton, Caroline, Maryland, United States of America [30: items 32729, 3051838] [207]
Son of John and Clara BARNHART [207]
In 1900 was living with his parents and siblings Frank, Louisa, David, Helen, Clara, John, Eleanor, Jason on farmland in Denton [207]
Departed from San Francisco on the steamship Ventura and arrived in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on 15 March 1913 [30]
In Australia he resided in Sydney, New South Wales for six months and then in Melbourne, Victoria for five months [30: item 32729]
     After leaving Melbourne he lived in Adelaide, South Australia for one month and then resided in Perth [30: item 32729]
Business Manager and Hotelkeeper of the Imperial Hotel on Wellington Street in Perth in 1915 and 1916 [30: item 32729] [94]
Married Frances Elizabeth BENNS in 1915 in Perth, Western Australia [66]
Applied for Naturalisation on 23 April 1915, and after giving a statutory declaration, received his Certificate of Naturalisation [30]
Resided at the Imperial Hotel in Perth until enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on 31 August 1916 [94]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the R.M.S. Ormonde on 13 March 1918 [94]
     Private 7254 in the Australian Imperial Force's 28th Battalion during the First World War [94]
He was later the Hotelkeeper of the Melbourne Hotel in Perth [4: 1-Oct-1927]
Owner, Licensee and Hotelkeeper of the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs 1927-1938 [4: 13-Aug-1927, 1-Nov-1952] [6] [19]
     By August 1927 he was the proprietor of the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs [4: 13-Aug-1927]
     In 1927 sold beer for 10/- per gallon, whisky 15/6 per bottle, and ports, sherry and claret for 4/- per bottle [4: 1-Oct-1927]
     Purchased the freehold to the Hotel in Three Springs from Cornelius SHEAHAN and had the hotel rebuilt [5: 2-Mar-1934]
     His Commercial Hotel was telephone number Three Springs-1[60]
     He was referred to an "enterprising Boniface" who was a keen businessman and one of the best local rifle shots [120: 5-Oct-1933]
     Owing to the lack of a local water supply they had to cart water for their Hotel six months of every year [5: 2-Apr-1937]
     They twice offered to contribute £100 to the Three Springs Road Board if they could find a good water supply [5: 2-Apr-1937]
In August 1927 he purchased a new Ford truck [4: 13-Aug-1927]
     His truck was registered with the Carnamah District Road Board and contained licence plate CA-244 [325]
Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1928 [124]
     Vice President of Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee's Picnic Race Meeting in Three Springs on 17 March 1928 [124]
     He donated £3/3/- specifically for the children's sports at the Race Meeting, and also made a general donation of £15 [124]
     In 1928 he also donated a silver cap and sash worth £3/3/- to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee [124]
Attended the conference in Three Springs on 2 March 1928 to discuss the formation of a Road Board in Three Springs [4: 10-Mar-1928]
     Member of a deputation formed to petition the Government for a Road Board for Three Springs, Arrino and Dudawa [39: 3-Jul-1928]
     On Thursday 28 June 1928 he received a telegram in Three Springs stating that their petition had been granted [39: 3-Jul-1928]
     Following the declaration of the Three Springs Road Board he was among those nominated to represent the TS Ward [4: 16-Feb-1929]
In May 1928 received a letter from Hyattsville, Marylands USA revealing the sad news that his mother had passed away [4: 19-May-1928]
Donated a six Guinea gold watch for the Three Springs Football Club to raffle in May 1928 [4: 2-Jun-1928]
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]
Converted to Catholicism, and was baptised by Father Michael LYNCH in Three Springs on 25 September 1928 [91]
Inaugural Committee Member of the Three Springs Agricultural Society 1928-1937 [4: 29-Sep-1928] [5: 13-Apr-1934, 1-May-1936, 25-Mar-1937]
     The Official Luncheon of the Society's First Annual Show on 20 September 1928, was held at his Commercial Hotel [4]
     He and his wife absorbed the cost of the first Official Luncheon, giving it as a gift to the Society [4: 29-Sep-1928]
     Representative at conferences of the Victoria District Council for Agricultural Societies 1933-1937 [5: 16-Jun-1933, 28-May-1937]
Presented the Maley Cup to the Arrino Football Club at the Football Dance held in Arrino on Tuesday 2 October 1928 [4: 6-Oct-1928]
In November 1928 had a 90 by 35 foot mechanical garage built in Three Springs from brick with a concrete floor [4: 24-Nov-1928]
     Around the same time he also had a 32 by 23 foot shop built in Three Springs, including living accommodation at its rear [4]
     In May 1929 the garage was leased to J. YOUNG, who had previously been working locally as a tractor repairman [4: 16-Feb-1929]
He and his wife purchased 194 acres of land adjoining the Three Springs townsite for £6/5/- an acre in February 1929 [4]
     The land was purchased from the late J. RICHARDSON and was situated behind the then new Three Springs Hospital [4]
     Allowed the Three Springs Race Club to constrict a racetrack on the land which was used for the Club's Race Meeting [4: 23-Feb-1929]
In February 1929 had stalls erected behind the Commercial Hotel to accommodate those visiting Three Springs with racehorses [4]
     The stalls would also include sleeping accommodation for the horses attendants (in time for the upcoming TS Races) [4: 23-Feb-1929]
Member of the Three Springs Race Club - was President in 1929 [4: 23-Feb-1929]
He was among those who attended the Centenary Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 26 July 1929 [86: 3-Aug-1929]
     The ball was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony [86]
Purchased a new 30 cwt. Ford truck from local dealers Messrs FORD & KIDSON in October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Attended the funeral of Charles C. MALEY M.L.A. at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 16 October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Attended the Three Springs Football Club's Welcome Home Social for two newly wedded couples on 1 November 1929 [4: 9-Nov-1929]
Conducted a refreshment booth at the Saint Patrick's Day Sports Meeting in Three Springs on Monday 17 March 1930 [4: 8-Mar-1930]
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]
Inaugural Committee Member of the Three Springs-Arrino Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1932 [5: 12-Aug-1932]
     Organiser of a Boxing Tournament in Three Springs in 1933 by the Three Springs-Arrino Sub-Branch of the R.S.L. [5: 18-Aug-1933]
     President of the Three Springs-Arrino Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
     Donated an inscription plate for the bed the Sub-Branch donated to the North Midlands District Hospital in 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
His hotel was flooded in August 1932 when a creek running through Three Springs overflowed after six inches of rain [5: 12-Aug-1932]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
Attended the evening dance at the Three Springs Hall after the R.S.L. Sports Day at Arrino on 5 November 1932 [5: 18-Nov-1932]
Attended the Farewell Evening tendered to local pioneer Mrs Blanche M. KOCH in Three Springs on 3 December 1932 [4: 10-Dec-1932]
Attended the send-off social and dance to Charles S. MACDONALD at the Three Springs Hall on Thursday 29 June 1933 [5: 30-Jun-1933]
Committee Member of the Midlands District Racing Association in 1933 [5: 21-Jul-1933]
Attended the Official Opening of the Carnamah Golf Course at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 23 July 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Progress Association in 1933 [5: 1-Sep-1933]
Part of a deputation about a good road to the Coast that went before the Three Springs Road Board in September 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Returned to Three Springs on 29 September 1933 after spending a week's holiday with J. M. MALEY in Greenough [5: 6-Oct-1933]
Donated 10/6 cash to the Three Springs Road Board District Bush Fire Brigade on its formation in October 1933 [5: 27-Oct-1933]
Departed Three Springs on Tuesday 17 October 1933 to spend another short holiday in Greenough with J. M. MALEY [5: 20-Oct-1933]
After his short holiday of fishing and shooting at Dongara he returned to Three Springs on Saturday 28 October 1933 [5: 3-Nov-1933]
He was one of the three trustees of the property belonging to the Three Springs Road Board District Bush Fire Brigade [5: 10-Nov-1933]
During the 1933-34 financial year donated £1/11/10 cash to the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [5: 11-Jan-1935]
Along with Cecil MALEY travelled to Greenough on 3 March 1934, where they stayed some weeks with J. M. MALEY [5: 9-Mar-1934]
Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1934 [5: 9-Mar-1934]
After travelling to the Murchison River he returned to Three Springs on Thursday 22 March 1934 [5: 30-Mar-1934]
In early July 1934 Purchased a new Chevrolet truck through local agent Arthur W. POTTS [5: 6-Jul-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
He and Cecil M. MALEY travelled to the mouth of the Greenough River for a fishing expedition in October 1934 [5: 12-Oct-1934]
An article in The Irwin Index newspaper in January 1935 made mention of his very nice garden at his Commercial Hotel in TS [4]
     The pride of place in his garden was its roses, which provided "a supply of choice blooms for decorative purposes" in the Hotel [4]
     Another feature was a large gooseberry tree covering three square yards which had borne millions of gooseberries [4: 19-Jan-1935]
Travelled with Alfred HUNTER, Henry G. TOWNSEND and Cecil M. MALEY to the Murchison on 3 February 1935 [5: 8-Feb-1935]
Journeyed to Perth on Tuesday 26 February 1935 and two days later embarked for a holiday in the Eastern States [5: 1-Mar-1935]
Returned to Three Springs by car on Sunday 12 May 1935, and was accompanied by Jack BARRY [5: 17-May-1935]
Member of the Three Springs Football Club - was Vice President in 1935, 1936 and 1937 [5: 10-May-1935, 8-May-1936, 16-Apr-1937]
     On one occasion the Club needed Guernseys but couldn't afford them, so he and his wife donated them [4: 12-Feb-1938]
Speaker at the Farewell tendered to Henry and Ethel TOWNSEND at the Arrino Hall on Friday 14 June 1935 [5: 21-Jun-1935]
Lent his truck to cart gravel for the backyard and driveway of the Three Springs Hospital on 17 and 21 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
In September 1935 he and Mrs Mary LYNCH (wife of the Federal Senator) interviewed the Commissioner of Lotteries [5]
    They interviewed the Commissioner about funding for the establishment of a Maternity Ward at the Hospital in TS [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Won 2nd prize for Thoroughbred Mare in the Horse section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Returned to Three Springs in late October 1935 after spending a week fishing on the Murchison River [5: 1-Nov-1935]
In early January 1935 spent a week fishing in Geraldton [5: 10-Jan-1936]
Attended the meeting of Three Springs ratepayers held on Saturday 11 January 1936 to discuss the local water crisis [5: 17-Jan-1936]
     He proposed that the Three Springs Road Board "should take immediate steps to alleviate the existing water shortage" [5]
On his return to Three Springs from Perth on Wednesday 29 January 1935 he had an accident in his Chevrolet runabout car [5]
     About one and a half miles south of Carnamah his car became uncontrollable after hitting a guide post in a culvert [5]
     The car almost completely capsized, after which his 15 year old nephew Randolph P. CASEY ran into Carnamah to get help [5]
     He received a cut on the head, for which he was treated at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [5]
     His car was extensively damaged and was towed to Three Springs by local mechanic Archie POTTS [5: 31-Jan-1936]
After a trip to Perth he and Cecil M. MALEY returned to Three Springs on Friday 28 February 1936 [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Among those who attended the Special Ratepayers Meeting of the Three Springs Road Board on Monday 10 March 1936 [5: 13-Mar-1936]
     After much discussion it was requested that the Board's members resign and half did causing the Road Board to become defunct [5]
Gave a speech at the farewell to Matron Catherine COFFEY at ParakaliaFarm in Three Springs on 13 March 1936 [5: 20-Mar-1936]
Travelled from Three Springs to Perth by car with Alexander R. G. BARR on Friday 20 March 1936 [5: 20-Mar-1936]
     Accompanied by Mrs Minnie M. WATSON returned to Three Springs from Perth on Thursday 26 March 1936 [5: 27-Mar-1936]
Vice President of the Three Springs Golf Club in 1936 and 1937 [5: 10-Apr-1936, 9-Apr-1937]
Returned to Three Springs on Tuesday 24 April 1936, after spending several days fishing at Geraldton [5: 24-Apr-1936]
Through a "Alcoholic Playmates Association" collected donations of 6/- from customers at his Commercial Hotel in 1936 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
     As a result raised £30 for the North Midlands District Hospital's Building Fund Appeal held over April and May 1936 [5: 29-May-1936]
Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1936, and President in 1937-38 [5: 19-Jun-1936, 2-Jul-1937]
Speech-giver at the social evening tendered to newly married Syd and Priscilla GOOCH in Three Springs on 2 July 1936 [5: 10-Jul-1936]
Donated a medal for the competition which followed the opening of the Three Springs Rifle Club's range on 23 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Donated £1/1/- for the Fairest & Best Player of the final of the North Midlands Football Association in 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
     The final ended up being between Carnamah and Arrino, and his donation went to Walter W. DURACK of Arrino [5]
Speaker at the Farewell Smoke Social to local Co-op manager Harold BARNETT in Three Springs on 14 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Attended the Fifth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner in Dongara on Saturday evening 24 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Along with a Mr CHAPMAN of Geraldton travelled from Three Springs to Perth on Thursday 9 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Patron of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1936-37 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Donated a "beautiful silver cup" for the premier team of the North Midlands Cricket Association for the 1936-37 season [5: 18-Dec-1936]
     The cup was donated by he and his wife, or "Barnhart & Barnhart," and was won by the Carnamah Cricket Club [5: 25-Mar-1937]
He was one of only six who attended the Annual Ratepayers Meeting of the Three Springs Road Board on 22 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
     In regards to the lack of a local water supply he re-offered £100 to the Road Board if they could find a good supply [5]
     He said if a supply couldn't be found then a pipe could be laid from near the Arrino townsite where water was in abundance [5]
Attended the reception in Three Springs to Charles G. LATHAM, Leader of the Opposition in WA, on 26 May 1937 [5: 28-May-1937]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Roman Catholic Church [4: 12-Feb-1938]
     Member of the committee that organised the very successful Annual Catholic Ball in Three Springs on 3 June 1937 [5: 11-Jun-1937]
Speaker for the Rifle Club and R.S.L. at the farewell for the CARMODY family in Three Springs on 12 July 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Attended the opening of the Nurse's Quarters in Three Springs and dinner at the Commercial Hotel on 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Served as President of the Three Springs Football Club, the Three Springs Rifle Club and the TS-Arrino branch of the R.S.L. [4]
In early 1938 sold the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs to John J. THORPE [4: 12-Feb-1938]
He and his wife were bid farewell by a large gathering at a function at the Hall in Three Springs on Thursday 3 February 1938 [4]
     A public meeting had been called to arrange the function, and it had been organised by two specially formed local committees [4]
     The evening consisted of a dance, songs, supper and speeches and carried on beyond the early hours of the next morning [4]
     The various speakers spoke of what first class and highly respected citizens they had been, and regret at the departure [4: 12-Feb-1938]
After leaving Three Springs they ran the Imperial Hotel in Perth [4: 1-Nov-1952]
Days after leaving Three Springs pioneer residents Mrs Minnie M. WATSON and Arthur S. MORTIMER also left the district [4]
     He was unable to attend the their Valedictory evening, however sent a telegram expressing his regretful absence [4: 19-Feb-1938]
Later resided in southern coastal Perth suburb of Safety Bay [2]
Died 25 October 1952; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Roman Catholic, AC, 186) [2]


From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 1 November 1952:
Mr "Barney" Barnhart - Death in Metropolis
"The death occurred in Perth on Saturday last of a former well known resident of Three Springs in the person of Mr Randolph "Barney" Barnhart who was for many years the owner-licensee of the Commercial Hotel. After leaving the North Midlands the late Mr Barnhart conducted the Imperial Hotel in Perth, but latterly he had resided at Safety Bay and for some time had not enjoyed normal health conditions. The deceased gentleman was a veteran of World War I, and whilst at Three Springs he was a keen supporter of the R.S.L. He was an ardent lover of animals and more particularly dogs, being the owner whilst living at Three Springs of one outstanding canine pet of which he was very proud, and he was also very fond of game shooting. The funeral took place in the Catholic Cemetery at Karrakatta on Tuesday morning last."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Randolph Barnhart' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 December 2018 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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