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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Dick" Richard Baxter BOTHE

Born 10 June 1924 in Moora, Western Australia [16]
Son of Baxter Diedrich BOTHE and Blanche Amelia BROAD [14]
Resided with his parents on Inglewood Farm in Coorow [19]
He was listed by his father as a prospective student in applications to reopen the closed Coorow State School in January 1930 [215]
Began his schooling at the reopened Coorow State School in Coorow on 10 March 1930 [215]
Won a 2nd prize for Writing in the Education section of the inaugural Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
At the Carnamah Agricultural Show on Thursday 14 September 1933 he won a 1st prize for Sealing Wax Work [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Attended the Children's Fancy Dress Ball in Coorow on Saturday 6 July 1935 dressed as "Speed" [5: 12-Jul-1935]
Won a 1st prize for Handwork in the Educational section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 5 September 1935 [5: 13-Sep-1935]
Attended the Children's Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 2 November 1935, also dressed as "Speed" [5: 8-Nov-1935]
Won a 1st prize for Handwork in the Educational section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 3 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Student at Christian Brothers College in Perth in 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Farmer in Coorow [19]
Volunteer in Coorow's Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Fined £2 at the Carnamah Police Court on 15 December 1943 for drinking at the Coorow Hotel at an hour outside its license [22]
Assistant Secretary of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Agricultural Society and Patriotic Funds Committee in 1945 [0: image 04319]
Celebrated his 21st birthday on Saturday 9 June 1945 with 60 of his friends at the Coorow Hall [5: 22-Jun-1945]
Member of Waddy Forest Tennis Club in 1945-46 [5: 16-Nov-1945]
Competed in the tennis tournaments held in Winchester in April 1945, January 1946 and April 1946 [5:6-Apr-1945, 18-Jan-1946, 12-Apr-1946]
Member of the Coorow Football Club - was one of its two Goal Umpires in 1946 [5: 3-May-1946]
Competed and exhibited at the 9th annual Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show held in Coorow on 5 September 1946 [5: 11-Oct-1946]
     In Horses in Action he won the Gentleman's Hunter ridden over hurdles and came 2nd in the Gentleman's Hack [5]
     In the Poultry section he received 3rd prize for Female White Leghorn [5]
Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society 1946-1951 [4: 7-Apr-1951] [150]
Member of the Coorow Tennis Club from 1946-47 until at least 1950-51 [4: 9-Dec-1950] [5:13-Dec-1946, 5-Mar-1948, 24-Mar-1949]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1946-1948 [13]
Married Pauline Monica RODAN on 8 January 1947 at Saint Francis Xavier's Cathedral in Geraldton [39: 8-Feb-1947]
He and his wife holidayed in Geraldton over Easter in 1947 [5: 4-Apr-1947]
Assistant Steward of the Sheep section at the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society's Tenth Annual Show in 1947 [150]
Came 3rd in Pair of Hunters in the Horses in Action section of the 11th Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1948 [5: 23-Sep-1948]
Member in 1947 and Social Committee Member in 1948 and 1949 of the Coorow Golf Club  [5: 25-Jul-1947, 23-Apr-1948, 14-Apr-1949]
Member of Coorow Rifle Club in 1949 and competed at the Official Opening of the Club's new range on 6 August 1949 [5: 18-Aug-1949]
Served on the Coorow Shire Council representing the Town/Rural Ward from 1963 to 1981 [284]
Member of the Coorow Rotary Club [254]
Member of the Winchester Cemetery Management and Advisory Committee 1985-1989 [254]
Resided for many years at Lot 31 Spain Street in the Coorow townsite [1] [19]
Father of Baxter, Richelle, Mauretta, Richard, Paula, Bernadette, Michael and Catherine [14]
Died 4 June 1997 at the Royal Perth Hospital, Perth; ashes buried Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Row M, Plot 2) [1]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday  22 June 1945:
Coming-of-Age Party -  Mr "Dick" Bothe Honoured
"On the evening of Saturday, 9th June, about sixty young people gathered at the Coorow hall at the invitation of Mr and Mrs Bothe, of 'Inglewood' Coorow, to celebrate the coming-of-age of their elder son, 'Dick'. At 8 p.m. the guests sat down to a sumptuous repast prepared almost entirely by Mrs Bothe herself. Several toasts were honoured as follows: 'The King', proposed by the chairman (Mr Norman Hyde); 'The Guest of the Evening', proposed by Mr John Read and responded to by Mr 'Dick' Bothe; 'Absent Friends', proposed by Mr C. Bothe; 'The Parents', proposed by Mr K. E. Jones and responded to by Mr Baxter Bothe. Mr Bothe, in a happy speech, presented his son with a wooden key which was later autographed by all present. The evening passed pleasantly with dancing and games, interspersed with items. A novelty was the Racehorse Game, which provided plenty of excitement. In the final were Mrs Charlie Bothe, Miss Gwen Broadhurst and Mr Graham Hyde. Mr Hyde was the winner, closely followed by Miss Broadhurst second, and Mrs Bothe in third place. Mr Bronte Waldeck brought his microphone for the occasion, and Mr Len Schier made a very able and amusing commentator. His description of the races, together with the usual small talk concerning the course and the latest fashions, gave the thing quite a realistic atmosphere. The party broke up in the wee small hours with the singing of 'Auld Lang Syne' and 'God Save the King'."


From The West Australian newspaper, Saturday 8 February 1947:
Marriages
"BOTHE – RODAN. – On January 8, 1947, at St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Geraldton, with Nuptial Mass, Pauline Monica, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs M Rodan, of Eleanor Street, Geraldton, to Richard Baxter, eldest son of Mr and Mrs Baxter D. Bothe, of Inglewood, Coorow."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Richard Baxter Bothe' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 16 December 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/richard-baxter-bothe  [ sources ]




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