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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Jack" / "Reg" Reginald McWhinney DIAMOND

Born 11 February 1892 in Fremantle, Western Australia [16]
Son of Arthur Frederick DIAMOND and Caroline Maud HODGE [15]
Grew up in the Perth suburb of Fremantle and was educated at the Fremantle Boys School [P276]
Arrived in the Carnamah district in about 1913 [P276] and appears on electoral rolls as a Farmer in Carnamah in 1913 [50]
     Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1913 [9: 11-Jul-1913]
     Labourer in Winchester in 1914, and a Teamster and Contractor in Carnamah in 1915 [6] [19] [30]
     In October 1914 sunk a well for the Midland Railway Company on John RAFFAN's Lot M911 in Winchester [34]
In 1915 he was employed to help plant crops on the Midland Railway Company's unsold farms in the Carnamah district [P276]
     He contract seeded 696½ acres in crop in Carnamah for the Midland Railway Company for 10/6 per acre [34]
     The 696 acres were smaller areas on each of Lots M938, M939, M941, M944, M956 and M957 in Carnamah [34]
     Undertook the seeding with the use of two teams of horses pulling a spring tooth cultivator, drill and harrows [34]
     In late July 1935 the Midland Railway Company paid him £58/6/9 for the seeding of oats on Lot M944 in Carnamah [34]
In his early years at Carnamah he was usually known as Jack, especially by Donald MACPHERSON [P276]
Resided in Carnamah until enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 21 October 1915 [30: item 3504205]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 8¼ inches tall, weighed 147 pounds, had a fresh complexion and dark brown hair and eyes [30]
     Gave his father as his next of kin, his address at the time being "C/- A. S. Diamond, Town Hall, Adelaide, South Australia" [30]
     After military training at Blackboy Hill he was on 7 February 1916 appointed to the 14th Reinforcements of the 11th Battalion [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A28 Miltiades on 12 February 1916 [18]
     Disembarked from the Miltiades at Suez, Egypt on 10 March 1916 and served in Egypt until proceeding to France [30]
     Embarked Alexandria, Egypt on 29 March 1916 and disembarked in France on 4 April 1916 [30]
     Private 4496 in the Australian Imperial Force's 11th Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Wounded in Action in France on 25 July 1916, and embarked Rouen on the Hospital Ship Saint Patrick on 31 July 1916 [30]
     Disembarked the Saint Patrick in England and was admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital in Edgbaston, Birmingham [30]
     Received treatment in England for gunshot wounds to his right shoulder, chest and legs (his wounds were rated as "severe") [30]
     Embarked England on the Wiltshire and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 25 December 1916 [70]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 5 July 1917; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Resided in Fremantle for a short time and worked on the wharf as a Tally Clerk for the Wool Commission [P276]
Farmer of Wooruk Farm in Carnamah 1923-1959 [P276]
     Said to have shifted back to Carnamah in about 1920, and in 1923 purchased farmland in Carnamah [P276]
     Listed on the 1922 Commonwealth Electoral Roll as a Farmer in Carnamah [50]
     In 1923 purchased the late L. Roy TIMMINGS' 1,343 acre farm on the Yarra Yarra Estate in Carnamah [44]
     Named his farm Wooruk which was the Aboriginal word for Salmon Gums [P276]
Farmed in Carnamah in partnership with "Anster" Anstruther P. TUCKER as "Diamond & Tucker" 1923-1927 [44] [60]
     They farmed their collective 2,127 acres - his 1,343 acre Victoria Location 6926 and Anster's 784 acre Victoria Location 6925 [44]
     By 1925 "Diamond & Tucker" had obtained the telephone, and were telephone number Carnamah-9N [60]
     After Anster's marriage in 1926 and his own in 1927 they dissolved their partnership and farmed their respective farms [P276]
     Following the end of their partnership he retained telephone number Carnamah-9N until having the phone disconnected in 1931 [60]
Married "Tottie" Lillian Madge ROWLAND in October 1927 [P276]
     The bridesmaid at their wedding while Tottie's sister Rica while his best man was Rex A. F. SOLLING [P276]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1921 [9: 19-Aug-1921]
Sang a song at the farewell to departing railway stationmaster James J. STARLING in Carnamah on 18 June 1921 [9: 8-Jul-1921]
Steward of the Carnamah Race Club's Picnic Race Meeting held in Carnamah on 25 September 1924 [86: 27-Sep-1924]
    His horse named Swagger came 2nd in both the Returned Soldiers' Race and the Loser's Handicap races [86]
It was reported that on the morning of Tuesday 17 November 1925 he "met with a painful accident" [9: 20-Nov-1925]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in the 1920s and 1930s [53]
Attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Saw in the new year of 1930 with the singing of Auld Lang Syne at the Church of England's Dance at the Carnamah Hall [86: 4-Jan-1930]
Founding Member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 21 March 1930 - was Worshipful Master in 1939 [96] [153]
Attended the Ball in Carnamah in aid of the local Roman Catholic Church's building fund on Thursday 24 May 1930 [4: 31-May-1930]
Won 2nd prize for a Farm Gelding in the Horse section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 18 September 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Primary Producers Association in 1930 [4: 18-Oct-1930]
Committee Member 1931-1938 and Financial Member 1931-1958 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [4: 25-Apr-1931] [13]
    Ringmaster of the Ring Events at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Shows 1934-1937 [5: 14-Sep-1934, 26-Apr-1935] [58]
Had the telephone disconnected in 1931, probably owing to the strain of the financial depression [60]
In 1932 was the owner of a Chevrolet car registered with the Carnamah District Road Board with licence plate CA-99 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Won 2nd prize for a Dairy Heifer in the Cattle section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1932 [5: 23-Sep-1932]
With a plot of Merredin wheat came 6th in the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's 50 acre crop competition in 1932 [5: 20-Jan-1933]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
The local newspaper revealed on 4 August 1933 that there were goods for him at the railway goods shed in Carnamah [5: 4-Aug-1933]
Steward in Charge of the Cattle section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Shows from 1933 to 1938 [13]
On the evening of Thursday 15 March 1934 attended the Carnamah Race Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall [5: 16-Mar-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 the Carnamah Golf Club 1934-1936, and a Committee Member in 1936 [5: 11-May-1934, 10-Apr-1936]
In August 1935 donated posts for the Winchester Tennis Club to erect a new fence around their courts and club house [5: 9-Aug-1935]
Sold 191 lambs at 10/3, 21 hoggets at 7/11, 47 at ewes 6/2 and an unstated number of wethers at 7/- per head in 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
     Sold two steers at £2/12/6 per head and a calf for £1/12/6 through Westralian Farmers Ltd on 30 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
     Through Dalgety & Co Ltd on 6 October 1935 sold unstated numbers of steers for £8/2/7 and cows for £6/12/6 [5: 8-Nov-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 funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's 1936 season Opening Day at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 26 April 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
Attended the Coorow Golf Club's Opening Day for the 1936 season in Coorow on Sunday 17 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association in 1936 [5: 12-Jun-1936]
On his way home from golf in Three Springs on 12 July 1936 his car collided with another car on the Three Springs-Perenjori Road [5]
     Owing to dense bush they didn't see each other coming from opposite directions until it was too late and couldn't avoid colliding [5]
     His car received a ruined tyre, bent front axle and other minor damage while the other car had its rear mudguard bent [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Sold 288 sheep through Westralian Farmers Ltd with four consignments to the Midland Market in August and September 1936 [5]
     The 288 sheep consisted of 123 ewes (5 at 16/7, 22 shorn at 14/1, 4 shorn at 8/10, 60 shorn at 9/10, 32 shorn at 7/4), [5]
     113 hoggets (23 shorn at 16/7, 15 at 15/10, 52 shorn at 14/4, 23 shorn at 11/7), 19 shorn wethers at 11/7 per head, [5]
     and 33 lambs (15 at 16/7, 5 at 12/1, 13 shorn at 9/4) [5: 14-Aug-1936, 25-Sep-1936, 2 & 9-Oct-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social including three plays at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Sold a bale of wool at 12½d. per pound through Westralian Farmers Ltd at the Perth Wool Sale on 5 October 1936 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
During mid November 1936 he was confined to his bed suffering from bronchitis[5: 20-Nov-1936]
Sold 13 hoggets at 13/4, 13 ewes at 11/10 and 10 ewes at 11/1 through Westralian Farmers Ltd on 6 January 1937 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Sold 68 crossbred wethers and 50 Border Leicester cross wethers at a sheep sale held at the Carnamah saleyards on 29 July 1937 [88]
Won 2nd prize for Pair of Farm Horses bred by exhibitor at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1937 [5: 17-Sep-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club 1937-1939 [0: images 03026 & 03666]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League - was Treasurer in 1938 [52]
Member of the Bowling Club that played at Howard H. CHAPPEL's Marathon Farm in Winchester in 1941 [4: 29-Mar-1941]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah farmer John MCINTOSH at the Winchester Cemetery on 8 August 1941 [5]
Vice Patron of the Carnamah Football Club in 1951 [0: image 04607]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Margaret Swan BOWMAN on 8 December 1954 at the Winchester Cemetery [4]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Waddy Forest farmer Angus Archibald Nicol MCGILP on 28 July 1956 at the Winchester Cemetery [4]
Had the phone reconnected in 1958 - was telephone number Carnamah-28U [60]
By 1958 was farming Wooruk Farm in partnership with his son John - trading as "Diamond & Son" [60]
Himself and his wife resided on Wooruk Farm in Carnamah until retiring and shifting to South Perth in 1959 [P276]
On his retirement in 1959 his son John took over the management of the farm [P276]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Como [2]
Father of Rica and John [P276]
Died 12 May 1974; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (VC Section, Niche Wall, W13, 32) [2]


From Adelaide's The Advertiser newspaper, Saturday 23 September 1933
Obituary
"At his residence, Mills terrace, North Adelaide, on Friday, the death occurred of Mr Arthur Frederick Diamond, after a short illness. Mr Diamond, who was the eldest son of the late Mr Arthur J. Diamond, member for South Fremantle in the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, was born on December 12, 1868, in Adelaide. His father formerly lived in Adelaide, and was founder and first secretary of the Norwood Football Club. He left for Fremantle, Western Australia, in the late eighties. There father and son were associated in business for many years as merchants, shipping and Customs agents. On the death of his father Mr A. P. Diamond went to Melbourne, and about 1907 returned to Adelaide, where he had since lived. He was employed by Messrs. Colton, Palmer & Preston as a Customs agent for many years. Mr Diamond was married three times--first to Miss C. M. Hodge, of Port Adelaide, next to Miss J. Campbell, of Victoria, and last to Miss J. Christman, of Victoria, who survives him. He has left three sons by his first marriage - Mr A. S. Diamond (chief clerk, town clerk's office, Adelaide), Captain S. L. Diamond (of the Torres Straits pilot services), and Mr R. M. Diamond (of Carnamah. Western Australia) - a daughter by the second marriage, Miss jean Diamond (Victoria), and a son by the third marriage, Master Broughton Carey Diamond."


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




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