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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Bob" Robert BOWRAN

Born 5 July 1905 in Bethulie, Orange River Colony, South Africa [P203]
Son of Richard BOWRAN and Sarah Jane HARE [P203]
Resided with his parents and sister Jessie in South Africa 1905-1908 [204]
They departed Cape Town, South Africa on the steamship Goth and arrived in Southampton, England on 16 April 1908 [204]
Resided with his parents and sister Jessie in England 1908-1912, and with his mother and sister 1912-1914 [203] [204]
Departed London, England with his mother and sister on the Demothenes for Fremantle, Western Australia on 8 January 1914 [203]
Resided with his parents and sister Jessie in the Perth suburb of Subiaco and attended the local Rosalie State School [P203]
After leaving school he worked as a farmhand on farms in Toodyay and Miling [P203]
He is said to have also worked at one time as a farmhand for Louis P. PARKER in Winchester, South Carnamah [P5]
On 30 July 1926 he and his father purchased Joseph CHAPMAN's 836 acre farm in Carnamah [27]
The 836 acres was Lot M1084 of Victoria Location 1938 and still had instalments owing to the Midland Railway Company [27]
Named the farm Yaruna; the farm was situated ten miles east of the Carnamah townsite on the Carnamah-Bunjil Road [P203]
He began working at clearing more of the farm and employed Italians and Slavs to clear the remainder [P203]
Farmer of Yaruna Farm in Carnamah 1926-1956 [27] [P203]
In 1927 he grew 500 acres of crop on their farm in Carnamah [9: 29-Jul-1927]
Married "Glad" Gladys May ROWLAND on 18 September 1928 at Hillview Farm in Carnamah [P203]
Their marriage was celebrated with a Kitchen Tea & Dance in Carnamah on Saturday 6 October 1928 [4: 6-Oct-1928] [39: 10-Oct-1928]
In addition to his own farm he also share-farmed Mrs Hilda M. COLE's neighbouring farm in 1927 and 1928 [4: 5-Oct-1929]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1927 and 1929 [53]
In 1927-28 he had a Chevrolet truck licenced with the Carnamah District Road Board with number plate CA-265 [325]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1928 and 1929 [4: 29-Sep-1928, 14-Dec-1929]
Came 3rd in the Married Men's Race at the Sports Day & Picnic held at Centenary Park, Carnamah on 9 October 1930 [4: 18-Oct-1930]
The North Midland Times revealed on 4 August 1933 that there was a parcel for him at the Carnamah railway goods shed [5: 4-Aug-1933]
Sent a wreath for the grave of Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Member of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club in 1934-35 [5: 2-Nov-1934]
Sold 267 sheep at Midland Market through Elder Smith & Co Ltd between September and December 1935 [5: 13 & 27-Sep-1935]
     The 267 sheep consisted of 116 suckers (59 sold at 18/4, 12 at 15/-, 14 at 14/10, 19 at 12/7, and 12 at 12/4 per head), [5]
     36 shorn lambs (18 at 13/10, 10 at 10/10, and 9 at 10/1), 100 shorn ewes (51 at 5/10, 21 at 6/1, and 28 at 5/4), [5: 4-Oct-1935]
     and 15 ewes at 14/4 per head [5: 15-Nov-1935, 13-Dec-1935]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1935-36 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
After completing harvest himself, his wife and their children left for a holiday in Perth in mid December 1935 [5: 20-Dec-1935]
Sold three bales of wool at 16½d. per pound through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Wool Sale in Perth on 13 January 1936 [5: 17-Jan-1936]
Sent in apologies for his absence at the Farewell Social for George & Ester MULLIGAN in Winchester on 25 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Sold 89 sheep through Elder Smith & Co Ltd with two consignments to the Midland Market in September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
     The 89 sheep consisted of 45 lambs (35 at 17/7, 10 at 14/1), 41 suckers at 12/10 and 3 ewes at 9/7 per head [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Member of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club in 1936-37 [5: 30-Oct-1936, 5-Mar-1937]
He was part of a deputation that went before the Carnamah District Road Board at their meeting on 28 October 1936 [5: 6-Nov-1936]
     It was about the extension of the road between Lots M1090 and M1091 to between M1084, M1085, and M1086 and M1087 [3] [5]
     At the meeting he stated that the road would serve no useful purpose, which the Road Board agreed with [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Sold 14 lambs at 12/- and 16 lambs at 10/10 per head through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market in early 1937 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Competed in the Carnamah Tennis Club's Easter Tennis Tournament at Centenary Park in Carnamah in March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Sold 40 lambs at 10/1 per head or a total of £20/3/4 through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market in June 1937 [5: 25-Jun-1937]
Vice President of the Billeroo Cricket Club 1939-1944 [0: images 03853 & 04569]
Had the telephone connected to his farm in 1939 - was telephone number Carnamah-12D [60]
Financial Member 1939-1958 and Committee Member 1949-1955 and of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [13]
Member of the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club in 1944 [0: image 04261]
Corporal in the local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1949 - played for Carnamah Country [0: image 02992]
Member and later Life Member of the Carnamah Football Club - was President 1951-1953 [7: page 196]
At some stage also purchased farms in Eneabba and Bindoon WA [P203]
Left Carnamah in late 1956 and shifted to Perth; management of Yaruna Farm being taken over by his son George [P203]
Continued to run his property in Bindoon after moving to Perth [P203]
In 1960 was living at 32 Banksia Terrace in South Perth WA; of South Perth until his death in 1989 [2] [3]
Father of Richard, Robert, Joy, George, Thomas, Pamela and Audrey [P203]
Died 19 August 1989 in Perth; ashes interred Dongara Cemetery, Dongara WA [P203]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Robert Bowran' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 23 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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