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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Ray" Raymond Robert WYLIE

Born 2 May 1872 in Clare, South Australia [55]
Son of John Bartley WYLIE and Susannah Jessie HALLIDAY [55]
His last place of residence in South Australia was at Wilson 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Storekeeper on Brookman Street in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia in 1898 and a Farmer in Wagin, Western Australia 1906-1911 [6] [50]
Agricultural Bank Inspector in Kellerberrin [P142]
During his time in Kellerberrin he lived at a boarding house run by widowed Mrs Rose C. STEPHENS [P142]
Married Rose Clarice STEPHENS nee PIMM on 31 October 1912 in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction [P135]
Farmer at Emu Hill in the Kumminin district 1915-1921 [6] [50]
After leaving Emu Hill he conducted a store on Charles Street in North Perth and then farmed in Goomalling [P142]
After an offer to go into business with his younger brother Scott he sold his farm in Goomalling and shifted to Carnamah [P142]
Shifted with his wife and their nine children from Goomalling to Carnamah during the third week of March 1924 [479: 14-Mar-1924]
Conducted a general store and agency business with his brother Scott at 2 Macpherson Street in Carnamah 1924-1926 [P142]
Carrier and Commission Agent in Carnamah 1926-1936 [P270]
Employed the services of local builder Charles J. DALLIMORE to build him a house in September 1927 [4: 24-Sep-1927]
     Conducted his agency business from and resided at his house at 17 Boojerabba Street in Carnamah (Lot 30 of M1534) [3] [P270]
     His home and business in Carnamah were telephone number Carnamah-2 from 1926 to 1936 [60]
     Boojerabba Street was part of the initial Carnamah townsite, and was named after an Aboriginal locality northeast of Carnamah [P1]
     The name of his street was changed from Boojerabba to Robertson by the Carnamah District Road Board in 1932 [39: 26-Mar-1932]
In 1928 he was an Agent for H. J. Wigmore & Co, Caterpillar tractors, Shearer farm machinery, [4: 26-May-1928]
     London Liverpool & Globe Insurance, Denny Bros, Reo cars and trucks, Texas Oil Co and Louis Dreyfus & Co [4]
As an agent for Louis Dreyfus & Company he received wheat on their behalf from local farmers [4: 17-Nov-1925]
     For the 1925 harvest he received his first load of wheat from Carnamah farmer William A. T. SARGENT [4: 17-Nov-1925]
In late 1929 he was given permission from the Carnamah District Road Board to erect a petrol bowser [4: 14-Dec-1929]
      Installed a Texaco petrol pump outside his premises at 17 Boojerabba Street premises in 1930 [4: 8-Feb-1930] [P135]
In 1930 he was an agent for the above firms in addition to Miller's Weathered Iron for building purposes [4: 4-Oct-1930]
He owned a truck which he used to deliver mail and stores to farms in the Carnamah district [P9]
     In 1926-27 he had a Ford truck and in 1927-28 a Chevrolet truck, both of which contained numberplate CA-120 [325]
For a time he was also contracted to take away the septic pans in the Carnamah townsite [P9]
Began advertising his business in The North Midland Times newspaper on Friday 2 February 1934 [5: 2-Feb-1934, 2-Nov-1934, 26-Apr-1935]
A number of times in 1936 he carted 200 gallons of water for the Carnamah Police Station & Quarters at a charge of 6/- [88]
Member of the Carnamah Progress Association - was Secretary in 1925 [9: 9-Oct-1925]
In the Carnamah townsite on the evening of Tuesday 14 April 1925 himself and his son Rule were in his horse and cart [9: 24-Apr-1925]
     The horse bolted and he attempted to bring it to a halt however the reins broke and he was thrown from the cart [9]
     His son Rule clung to the cart as the horse galloped away however it shortly afterwards crashed into a verandah post [9]
     The harness was smashed and the cart overturned; his son received treatment for concussion at the Three Springs Hospital [9]
In 1927 his Lizz truck had an "untimely death" however was replaced with a Chev truck purchased from his brother Scott [4: 25-Jun-1927]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son 1927-1932 [53]
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]
Along with Michael CLUNE judged the Vegetable and Farm Produce sections at the Carnamah Show on 4 October 1928 [4: 13-Oct-1928]
Member of the team of married men who defeated a team of single men at cricket in Carnamah in November 1928 [4: 24-Nov-1928]
Spent his holiday after Christmas in 1928 visiting his wife who was at the time resident in a convalescent home near Perth [4: 7-Jan-1928]
Attended the Three Springs Race meeting and evening ball in Three Springs on 11 April 1929 [4: 20-Apr-1929]
On the evening of 19 May 1929 helped extinguish a fire that started in the office O'GRADY's garage opposite his house [4: 25-May-1929]
Assisted by way of donation or help with the Carnamah Boy Scouts camp held in Carnamah in early September 1932 [5: 9-Sep-1932]
Member of John BOWMAN's XI who competed against the Carnamah Cricket Club at the opening of the 1932-33 season [5: 21-Oct-1932]
Played for the Benedicts in a 'Benedicts verses Bachelors' cricket match in Carnamah on Sunday 18 December 1932 [5: 23-Dec-1932]
Member of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club in 1933-34 and 1934-35 [4: 16-Dec-1933] [56]
Travelled to Perth in mid 1934 to visit his 91 year old father who was in ill-health [5: 22-Jun-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Member of John BOWMAN's XI who played against the Carnamah Cricket Club at the opening of the 1934-35 season [5: 30-Nov-1934]
Used his truck to cart water from a well to a fire in Macpherson Street, Carnamah on Sunday 9 December 1934 [5: 14-Dec-1934]
Travelled to Perth on 17 March 1935 to attend the funeral of his father, who had died the previous day, aged 92 years [5: 22-Mar-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Attended the Wedding Social & Dance for Stuart and May FORD at Koolabba Farm in Carnamah on 25 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Beginning on Friday 3 April 1936 began advertising his agency for Texaco motor oil in The North Midland Times newspaper [5]
     The advertisements were in conjunction with Mrs Eva V. CASEY, who was the Coorow agent for Texaco motor oil [5: 3-Apr-1936]
     Their first advertisement, taking up a quarter of the back page read "Keep it under your bonnet for extra trouble free miles" [5]
During the year 1936 two of his children left school and secured jobs at shop/s in Carnamah [88]
Attended the Reunion of South Australians in the North Midlands at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 26 September 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Attended the Farewell Social for departing postmaster R. Arthur LINDSAY at the Carnamah Hotel on 23 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Himself and his daughters Gladys and Jessie departed Carnamah by train on their way to Wagin on Monday 7 December 1936 [5]
     Himself and Jessie spent a holiday in Wagin staying with his sister and brother-in-law Ivy E. and Gilbert W. WATSON [5: 11-Dec-1936]
     He fell seriously ill in Wagin, and his son Rule left Carnamah to see him on Friday 18 December 1936 [5: 18-Dec-1936]
Father of Gladys, Rule, Jessie, Iris, Hazel, Trevor and Joy WYLIE and his stepchildren Daphne and George STEPHENS [P142]
Died 18 December 1936 at the Katanning Hospital in Katanning; buried Katanning Cemetery, Katanning WA [5: 24-Dec-1936]
The effects of his estate were sold by auction at the Carnamah Police Station at 2 p.m. on 12 March 1938 [88]

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 26 May 1928:
An Active Carnamah Agent
Mr. R. R. Wylie of Carnamah is a gentleman who has been getting in a lot of work in a quiet sort of way. Among his activities may be mentioned the fact that last season he purchased on behalf of Messrs Louis Dreyfus & Co., for whom he is an agent, no less than 46000 bags of wheat - no mean achievement in these days of competition. Having been in business at Carnamah for about 2½ years, he has decided to make his various agencies more widely known. In addition to acting as a general commission agent, Mr. Wylie includes carrying on other agencies in his business. Some of his agencies are H. J. Wigmore & Co., whose lines include the well known Caterpillar tractors and Shearer machinery; London Liverpool and Globe Insurance, Texas Oil Co., and the reliable Reo cars and trucks, for which he represents Denny Bros."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Thursday 24 November 1936:
Obituary - The Late Mr. Raymond Robert Wylie
"The death occurred at 8.30 a.m. on Friday, December 18 when Mr. Raymond Robert Wylie, of Carnamah, passed away peacefully at the Katanning Hospital. The deceased who had not enjoyed the best of health for some months, recently visited Wagin for the purpose of spending a vacation with his sister Mrs. G. Watson at Woodanilling. His condition appeared to improve a few days after his arrival but on December 11 he suffered a relapse and entered the Katanning hospital on Sunday 12, where his health slowly failed. The late Mr. Wylie, who was 64 years of age was born at Clare, South Australia, and came to Westralia between 30 and 40 years ago. During his residence in this State the deceased has followed many vocations and resided in many districts including the south-west, the wheat belt and the goldfields. He followed farming pursuits in Wagin, Bruce Rock-Narembeen and Goomalling districts, and in the latter two districts he was also Agricultural Bank Inspector. He also conducted businesses in Kellerberrin, Kalgoorlie, Mt. Sir Samuel and Perth. Coming to Carnamah over 12 years ago, Mr. Wylie was for a while in business with his brother, Mr L. S. Wylie, and after they dissolved partnership he entered the carrying and agency business which he conducted up till the time of his demise. The deceased was of a quiet, retiring disposition and had numerous friends. In latter years he was not actively interested in civic affairs or sport although he had been a tennis player of repute and could play a good game of cricket. The late Mr. Wylie married Mrs Stephens, who predeceased her husband by five years. He leaves five daughters and two sons, Gladys, Jessie, Iris, Hazel, Joy, Rule and Trevor and Daphne (Mrs. Rooke, stepdaughter) and George (stepson) to mourn their sad loss. The deepest sympathy is felt for the bereaved children. The funeral was held at 3 p.m. on Saturday when the last sad rites were performed at the Katanning cemetery. The pall-bearers included old and valued friends of the deceased."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 8 January 1937:
Return Thanks
"The sons and daughters of the late Raymond Wylie desire to sincerely thank all kind friends for letters, cards and personal expressions of sympathy in their recent sad bereavement. Especially thanking Dr. Rosenthal and Sister Lawton for their kind attention. Will all please accept this as a personal expression of appreciation."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Raymond Robert Wylie' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 14 April 2024 from [reference list]

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