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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Dick" Richard Vivian EVANS

Born 29 May 1922 in Port Broughton, South Australia [55]
Son of "Viv" Ernest Vivian EVANS and Edith May WHITTAKER [P4]
Grew up on the family farm in Port Broughton in South Australia [P4]
Resided in Port Broughton until enlisting in the Australian Army on 17 April 1943 [16]
     Private SX39074 in the Australian Army's 12 Australian Small Ship Company during the Second World War [16]
     During the war was a skipper and carted supplies to Port Moresby, Milne Bay, Buna, Finchaven, Madang, Weewak, New Briton [P4]
     Was flown back to Perth to take the Fremantle built ship AV1358AS Greenough to Lae, where the war was in full progress [P4]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 14 June 1946 [16]
After his discharge returned briefly to the family farm in Port Broughton in South Australia [P4]
With two of his brothers at home on the farm he decided to try his luck elsewhere and shifted to Western Australia later in 1946 [P4]
Resided in Carnamah, Western Australia 1946-1990 [P4]
     Farmhand for James K. FORRESTER on Dunester Farm in Carnamah 1946-1948 [P4]
     Worked for Carnamah builder Charles J. DALLIMORE during the building of the new Carnamah State School in 1948 [P4]
     Grader Driver for the Carnamah District Road Board in 1949[P4]
     Truck Driver in Carnamah for the Vacuum Oil Company 1950-1955 [P4]
     Employed by Bays Transport to deliver newspapers between Carnamah, Geraldton, Perenjori and Morawa 1955-1959 [P4]
     During the years driving for Bays Transport he had hit 144 kangaroos and the 145th kangaroo came through the windscreen [P4]
     The 145th kangaroo broke the windscreen, came through and hit him in the face resulting in the loss of sight in one of his eyes [P4]
     Farmhand for his second cousin Ronald H. WATERS on East End Farm in Carnamah [P4]
     Linesman in Carnamah for the Postmaster-General's (PMG) Department for four years [P4]
     Managed Broadlands Drive-In Theatre in Carnamah; also worked for the Carnamah Bowling Club as greenkeeper [P4]
     School Bus Driver in Carnamah employed by Robert A. KESTEL [P4]
     Linesman and Faultsman in Carnamah for Telecom (previously the PMG Department and later Telstra) 1969-1982 [P4]
Member of the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club 1950-1952 [0: images 04554 & 04654]
Received electricity at his home from local firm Henry Parkin & Son; in 1952 electricity for the month of July cost £1.6.4 [53]
Member of the Carnamah Small Bore Rifle Club in 1954 [0: image 04732]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1954 [7: page 193]
Along with Harry ROBERTS carted the sand for the foundations of the Carnamah Golf Club's new club house in 1960 [7: page 209]
In 1963 blasted stones off fairways 2, 7, 8, 10, 12, 15 and 18 at the Carnamah Golf Club's course [7: page 209]
Financial Member in 1952 and -1971 and Committee Member 1965-1969 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [13] [58]
In 1967 had the telephone connected to his home - was telephone number Carnamah-52 [60]
Around 1980 had a cataract operation and a lens implanted resulting in the sight of his damaged eye being almost entirely restored [P4]
Retired on 9 April 1982 however did odd jobs for the Carnamah Bowling Club until 1985 [P4]
Resided with his wife Bridie at 2 Caron Street, Carnamah until just prior to his death in 1990 [P4]
Passed away at the Geraldton Regional Hospital in Geraldton from hypertension following a stroke, aged 68 years [1] [90]
Husband of Bridie [P4]
Father of Shirley, David, Richard, Rosemarie and Wendy [P4]
Died 28 October 1990 in Geraldton; ashes interred Winchester Cemetery, Carnamah (Niche Wall) [1]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Richard Vivian Evans' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 23 February 2024 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/richard-vivian-evans [reference list]




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