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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Dick" Richard Joseph HONNER

Born 9 September 1965 [P415]
Son of Richard HONNER and Sarah SWEENEY [P415]
As a young man he was an accomplished runner, boxer, cricketer and horseman [P415]
Along with his younger brother Robert he shifted to Western Australia and worked as a Shop Assistant in Esperance [P415]
Served in the Western Australian Police Force from 2 December 1899 to 25 July 1922; regimental number 530 [87]
Married Eleanor Iris MCMAHON on 12 September 1900 at Saint Patrick's Church in Fremantle, Western Australia [P415]
Stationed at Fremantle prior to being transferred to Three Springs in January 1913 [87]
Police Constable in Three Springs 1913-1918 [87]
     He was responsible for the Three Springs Police District, which extended as far south as Gunyidi [--]
     Assisted local residents in need of first aid and often gave advice to locals on matters relating to the law [10: 6-Sep-1918]
Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1914-15 and 1915-16 [9: 10-Dec-1915] [10: 12-Mar-1915]
Left Three Springs for a few weeks holiday during June 1915, and to recuperate after an illness [10: 4-Jun-1915]
Handicapper of the Horse Races conducted at the annual "Three Springs Day" on Monday 16 September 1915 [10: 24-Sep-1915]
Foundation Vice Captain of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1915 [10: 29-Oct-1915]
Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee 1916-1920 - was Vice President in 1917 [124]
     He was one of four committeemen who drew up the program for the local Saint Patrick's Day Sports Meeting in 1916 [124]
     Collected subscriptions and ran the children's races at the local Saint Patrick's Day Sports Meeting in on 16 March 1918 [124]
His horse Bunny won the Pony Race at the Sports Meeting held in Carnamah on Thursday 4 May 1916 [10: 16-May-1916]
During July 1916 he was away from Three Springs to enjoy a well-earned holiday [10: 28-Jul-1916]
     The relieving policeman had "to see to it that Charlie Maley and Ernie Ranson" didn't "exceed the speed limit with their motors" [10]
Bunny also won the Pony Race at the Three Springs Day at Casuarina Park in Three Springs on 27 September 1916 [10: 6-Oct-1916]
Leased and farmed Henry H. RICHARDSON's farm in Three Springs in 1917 [30: item 8029642]
In August 1917 cashed £6.18.2 (presumably wages) from the Geraldton Police at "The Supply Stores" in Yarra Street, Carnamah [92]
He gave a summary of the crops in Three Springs, which was published in The Moora Herald newspaper on 14 September 1917 [10]
Won the Gretna Green in the ring events at the Three Springs Day held in Three Springs on 26 September 1917 [10: 5-Oct-1917]
Rendered first aid to Walter BURTON when a horse knocked him unconscious in Three Springs on 27 November 1917 [10: 30-Nov-1917]
He was called to Winchester on Tuesday 1 January 1918 to recover the body of a man who had drowned in a dam [10: 4-Jan-1918]
     The next day, on 2 January 1918, gave evidence at the inquest held into the man's death at the Moora Court House in Moora [10]
In 1918 donated a horse to be raffled to increase the funds being raised in Three Springs for the Red Cross Society [10: 21-Jun-1918]
He was tendered a Farewell Social at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Friday evening 30 August 1918 [10: 6-Sep-1918]
     At the Farewell it was remarked that he was "a most capable officer" and that he was "always willing to help his fellow man" [10]
Left Three Springs in early September 1918 after being transferred to Beverley[10] [87]
Resided in Bertram Street in Beverley, during which time he acquired Conditional Purchase blocks of farmland in Dalwallinu [61]
In 1920 it was announced that he had retired from the police force and was going to commence farming in Three Springs [9: 26-Mar-1920]
The report may have been false as he remained with the police until 1922 but by 1926 was farming in Dalwallinu [6] [87]
As early as 1921, when he was a Police Constable in Beverley, he had a Conditional Purchase block of farmland in Dalwallinu [61]
Farmer of Cheltenham Park Farm in Dalwallinu 1926-1935 [6] [19]
During September 1927 he visited Three Springs and attended the local Bachelors & Spinsters Ball [4: 17-Sep-1927]
He and his wife travelled from Dalwallinu to attend the first Three Springs Agricultural Show on 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
     He was a guest at the Official Luncheon, and judged the Ring Events, Poultry and Dairy Produce sections of the show [4]
Justice of the Peace and Local Magistrate of the Dalwallinu Police Court in 1933 [5: 27-Jan-1933]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Wembley [2]
Father of Corentin Valery, Richard Aniceti, Hyacinth Ralph, Clement Wilfred, Forrest St Alban and Mary Sadie [P415]
Died 19 June 1960; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Roman Catholic, Lawn 3, 39) [2]
His wife Eleanor, late of Wembley, died on 13 May 1965, aged 98 years and was buried in the same plot at Karrakatta [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Richard Joseph Honner' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 7 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/richard-joseph-honner [sources]




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