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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Dick" Richard Dickson GELL

Born 1899 in Wagin, Western Australia [15]
Son of Charles Low GELL and Esther Caroline Mary KEEN [15]
Grew up in Wagin where his father was a farmer [6]
Bank Officer in Wagin in 1922 [50] and in Cunderdrin in 1924 [428: 4-Jul-1924]
Around the middle of 1924 he purchased a 2¾ horsepower B.S.A. motorcycle [428: 4-Jul-1924]
Married Irene Arikia EDWARDS on 2 September 1925 at Saint Andrew's Church in Katanning [371: 16-Sep-1925]
After spending their honeymoon in Perth he resumed his duties at The Western Australian Bank in Cunderdin [371: 16-Sep-1925]
Member of the Cunderdin Golf Club in 1926 [352: 18-Jun-1926]
During his time working for The Western Australian Bank, or W.A. Bank, it was absorbed into the Bank of New South Wales [157]
Bank Officer in Geraldton in 1928 and 1929 [39: 22-Jul-1929] [50]
He worked at the Bank of New South Wales in Mullewa before being transferred to Carnamah [19] [50]
Manager of the Bank of New South Wales at 15 Macpherson Street in Carnamah 1933-1947 [0: image 04452] [6] [19] [225: 4-Jan-1933]
     He was said to have been "the most genial and congenial man it would be possible to work with" in 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Athletic Club - was Vice President in 1933 [5: 21-Jul-1933]
On 9 February 1933 attended the meeting in Carnamah at which Federal Member A. E. GREEN, M.H.R. was entertained [5: 17-Feb-1933]
Attended the Valedictory Dinner tendered to Alexander B. GLOSTER at the Coorow Hotel on Monday 3 July 1933 [5: 7-Jul-1933]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club - was Captain in 1933 and 1935 [5: 5-May-1933, 8-Mar-1935]
     Following the resignation of H. W. SMITH he was Acting Secretary of the Carnamah Golf Club from August 1933 [5: 11-Aug-1933]
     Captain and Secretary of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1934, until resigning from both positions in June 1934 [4: 30-Jun-1934, 29-Jun-1934]
     Donated the Captain's Trophy to the Carnamah Golf Club in 1935, which was won by Charles ROBERTSON [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Attended the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show at Maley Park in Coorow on Thursday 7 September 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
Vice President in 1933-34 and Member in 1934-35 of the Carnamah Cricket Club[5: 1-Dec-1933, 22-Mar-1935]
Member of John BOWMAN's XI who competed against the Carnamah Cricket Club at the opening of the 1933-34 season [4: 9-Dec-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 9 December 1933 [5: 15-Dec-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Race Club - was Treasurer in 1934 [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Flannel Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 3 February 1934 [5: 9-Feb-1934]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 9 February 1934 - was Worshipful Master in 1944 [96] [153]
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 Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
On Saturday 12 May 1934 attended the Carnamah Football Club's Grand Opening Ball at the Carnamah Hall [5: 18-May-1934]
Commenced six weeks leave on 28 June 1934, during which time the bank was run by V. J. BOSWELL of Perth [5: 29-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 the Carnamah Tennis Club 1934-35, Vice President 1936-37 and Vice Patron 1937-38 [4: 22-Dec-1934] [5: 24-Jul-1936, 13-Aug-1937]
Injured his ankle playing tennis in Carnamah on Monday 15 October 1934, and had to have it set in plaster [5: 19-Oct-1934]
Travelled from Carnamah to Perth as a passenger in Kenneth C. DORSETT's car on Thursday 29 November 1934 [5: 30-Nov-1934]
Winner of the Bridge Evening held at Tom and Johanna BERRIGAN's home in Carnamah on 30 November 1934 [5: 7-Dec-1934]
Organiser of the Farewell Social tendered to local chemist Douglas WALDBY on 17 January 1935 at the Carnamah Hall [5: 8-Feb-1935]
Spoke on behalf of the Golf Club at the Farewell Social to Brian and Gerda STACY in Carnamah on 16 March 1935 [5: 22-Mar-1935]
Attended the afternoon tendered to William PATRICK, M.L.A. on his visit to Carnamah on Monday 24 June 1935 [5: 28-Jun-1935]
Member of the "Grenadier Band" which played at the Three Springs Football Club's Dance on Thursday 18 July 1935 [5: 26-Jul-1935]
     He played the cornet along with Miss Ethel MALEY (piano), Cliff SCHOLEFIELD (drums) and William JORDAN (violin) [5]
Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1935-1945 [5: 26-Apr-1935, 22-Nov-1935, 22-Jan-1937] [58]
    He was Treasurer in 1935, 1936 and 1937, and in 1936 was instrumental in securing a number of new members for the Society [5]
    Vice President 1938-1941 and a Committee Member 1940-1945 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [58]
Auditor for the North Midlands Football Association in 1935 [5: 3-May-1935]
Played the cornet at the Carnamah Sporting Clubs' Grand Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 13 July 1935 [5: 19-Jul-1935]
One of twelve who attended the Annual Meeting of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society on 15 November 1935 [5: 22-Nov-1935]
Attended the entertainment for the Commonwealth Grants Commission at the Coorow Hotel on 21 November 1935 [5: 29-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]
Following the creation of two teams within the Carnamah Cricket Club he played for "Carnamah Reds" in 1935-36 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Winner of the Throwing at Wicket at the Easter Sports at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Monday 13 April 1936 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Vice President of the Carnamah Football Club in 1936 and 1937 [5: 17-Apr-1936, 16-Apr-1937]
Attended the Coorow Golf Club's Opening Day for the 1936 season in Coorow on Sunday 17 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Member and Auditor of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association in 1936[5: 12-Jun-1936]
Auditor for the Carnamah Athletic Club in 1936 and 1937 [5: 19-Jun-1936, 19-Mar-1937]
Steward of the Carnamah Athletic Club's Inaugural Bike Races at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 12 July 1936 [5: 10-Jul-1936]
Played in the Carnamah Masonic Lodge's Inaugural Annual Golf Meeting in Carnamah on Saturday 1 August 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Attended the birthday party for hotel licensee Malcolm LESLIE at the Carnamah Hotel on Saturday 5 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Attended the last ever general meeting of the Carnamah Race Club in Carnamah on Tuesday 8 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
     Those present resolved to disband the already in recess Race Club and donate all of its money to the Carnamah Athletic Club [5]
Sent apologies for being unable to attend the Farewell Social for R. Arthur LINDSAY in Carnamah on 23 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Attended Roy M. PATTON's birthday at the dam on Longforest Farm in Waddy Forest on Sunday 8 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association - was President in 1937[5: 19-Feb-1937]
Presided over the meeting held on 28 April 1937 to organise Coronation Celebrations for the children of Carnamah [5: 30-Apr-1937]
     The festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth on 12 May [5]
Speaker at the Valedictory Social for his departing work colleague William H. MOORE in Carnamah on 31 July 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Boxing Tournament Committee in 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
     Ringside Usher at the Boxing Tournament held in Carnamah on Saturday evening 28 August 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937, 3-Sep-1937]
Timekeeper at the North Midlands Football Association 1937 semi-final between Three Springs and Coorow in Carnamah [5: 27-Aug-1937]
     The game didn't start until 4 p.m. when an umpire was found and 17 minutes in was abandoned when the oval flooded [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Attended the informal dinner to celebrate the birthday of Malcolm LESLIE at the Carnamah Hotel on 9 September 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]
Steward in Charge of the Amateur Photography section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's show on 8 September 1938 [13]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah doctor Cecil Phillip ROSENTHAL on 8 April 1939 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
Convened a meeting in June 1940 with the intention of forming a committee to raise funds for patriotic purposes [0: image 03073]
     The result was the formation of the Carnamah District War and Patriotic Fund [0: image 03073]
     He was unanimously elected first Chairman / President of the Carnamah District War and Patriotic Fund  [0: image 03073]
     President & Trustee in 1941 and Assistant Secretary in 1942 of the Carnamah District War and Patriotic Fund [0: images 04014-5, 04174]
Auditor for the Winchester Tennis Club in 1940 [0: image 03899]
Organiser of the Show Ball, which followed the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 12 September 1940 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Race and Sports Club - was President in 1942 [0: image 02956]
Auditor for Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society 1943-1946 [141]
Auditor of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League 1944-1946[52]
Auditor for the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association in 1946 [0: image 04388]
Pallbearer at the funeral of John Maurice HAIG on 14 May 1946 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
In 1947 was transferred from Carnamah to a branch of the Bank of New South Wales in Perth [0: image 04452]
He'd requested the transfer so he and his wife could be nearer their two sons whose careers were based in Perth [0: image 04452]
On 27 March 1947 he and his wife were the guests of honour at a farewell social and dance at the Carnamah Hall [0: image 04452]
They left Carnamah and shifted to Perth on Friday 28 March 1947 [0: image 04452]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Nedlands [2]
Father of Bryan Edward and Murray Dickson [5: 12-Jan-1934]
Died 27 November 1958; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, ZK, 107) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Richard Dickson Gell' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/richard-dickson-gell [reference list]




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