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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Reg" Reginald CROMMELIN

Born 1904 in Perth, Western Australia [15]
Son of Reginald CROMMELIN and Florence Annie LOTON [15]
On 3 February 1926 purchased for 8/6 per acre 3,575 acres of virgin land in Coorow from the Midland Railway Company [27]
The 3,575 acres was Lot M1617 of Victoria Location 2023 and cost £1519/7/6, payable by instalments over 15 years [27]
Resided at 14 Ord Street in West Perth prior to shifting to his farm in Coorow[34]
Farmer of Morningdale Farm in Coorow [19]
His farm was situated four miles north of Coorow on the east side of Touche Road and on the west side of the Midlands Road [5] [62]
The Midland Railway Company's Touche Siding, which was used to fill the trains with water, was situated on his property [5] [P8]
Later the farm was very slightly extended by 1 rood and 14 perches at a charge of 5/- following the closure of an adjoining road [27]
The farm's land was described as good second class country and after developing the property for about nine years: [5]
      2,400 of its 3,575 acres were cleared, 1,000 acres were subdivided into ten paddocks, 650 acres were on fallow, [5]
     it was fenced with a four wire ring fence, a lined six roomed jarrah weatherboard house with water laid on, workman's cottage, [5]
     machinery shed, ten stall stable, chaff shed, and two wells (one of which was equipped with a windmill) [5: 29-Mar-1935]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1929 [4: 25-May-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Opening Season Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall on 18 May 1929 [4: 25-May-1929]
Married Isobel Mary Austin JAMES in Perth on 19 June 1931 [4: 27-Jun-1931]
     Isobel's stepfather and mother Alexander and Grace GLOSTER ran the Coorow Hotel in Main Street, Coorow [--]
In 1932 owned a Chevrolet truck and Dodge car with license plates CA-170 and CA-398 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
He was bitten by a poisonous red back spider on Thursday 19 January 1933 and suffered considerable pain [5: 27-Jan-1933]
Received treatment for the spider bite from Dr M. A. MAYRHOFER at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [5]
In 1933 he grew plots of experimental barley for the Perth Malt House in addition to 170 acres of barley crop [5: 20-Oct-1933]
Received 3/1 a bushel for their barley crop in 1933; in 1934 grew 400 acres of barley on the lightest land of the farm [5: 19-Jan-1934]
On the instruction of his attorney a clearing sale was held on his farm in Coorow at 2 p.m. on Thursday 4 April 1935 [5]
     The farm was to initially be auctioned as a going concern, and if not sold the land and machinery were to be sold separately [5]
     If the land didn't sell his plant and machinery were to still be sold to the highest bidder "practically without reserve" [5]
     The clearing sale was conducted by Coorow's local Dalgety & Company agent W. George MULLIGAN [5: 29-Mar-1935]
His plant and machinery included a Holt tractor, Chevrolet truck, 10 foot Horwood header, brand new 6 foot Sunshine binder, [5]
     20 disc Horwood drill, 12 disc Gaston plough with tractor lift, 10 disc Gaston plough for horses, two other ploughs, scrub roller, [5]
     12 foot Sunshine cultivator, hay rake, poison cart, fumigator, new 10 inch chaffcutter with elevator, harrows, forge and blower,[5]
     drilling machine, 6 foot harvester, Vacuum oil stove, incubator, tools, harness, a table top wagon and household furniture [5]
     Sundries sold at included 150 bags of graded seed wheat, 60 bags of malting barley 1600 new cornsacks and 20 tons of hay [5]
During the 1939-40 financial year sold his farm in Coorow to Milton J. TILLY[3]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe [2]
Died 26 June 1984; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (RC Section, Garden of Remembrance, 4, 81) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Reginald Crommelin' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 July 2024 from [reference list]

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