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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Bob" Robert Crowther AIREY

Born 29 October 1919 in Fremantle, Western Australia [16]
Son of Capt. John James Henry AIREY and Olive Beatrice SMITH [15] [39: 31-Oct-1919]
Along with his parents he departed from Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Moreton Bay on 6 May 1933 [225: 5-May-1933]
     Following a month-long voyage they arrived in London, England on 5 June 1933 [204]
     After four month in England they departed from Southampton, England on the voyage home on 11 October 1933 [203]
He worked for the National Bank and was transferred from Perth to Geraldton during February 1939 [86: 19-Jan-1939, 11-Feb-1939]
Enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in Perth on 31 March 1941 and was discharged on 28 November 1945 [16]
     Flight Lieutenant 406765 in the Royal Australian Air Force's 2 Aircraft Depot during the Second World War [16]
     During the war he married Betty Alice STOKES on 10 June 1942 in Adelaide, South Australia [86: 16-Jun-1942]
     Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 28 November 1945 [16]
Bank Clerk in Three Springs 1946-1951 [4: 23-Feb-1946, 11-Aug-1951] [19]
     During his time in Three Springs he succeeded "Pat" Patrick L. TILL as manager of the local branch of the National Bank [P294]
     He was "a man with plenty of energy" who gave "his time and ability to various sporting and other organisations" [4: 11-Aug-1951]
     Dressed as a "Mexican" he attended the C.W.A. Fancy Dress Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 9 March 1946 [5: 15-Mar-1946]
     Member of Three Springs Tennis Club 1946-1949 - was Captain in 1949-50 [5: 12-Apr-1946, 19-Dec-1947, 11-Nov-1948, 29-Sep-1949]
     Member of Three Springs Golf Club 1946-1949 [5: 19-Jul-1946, 20-Jun-1947, 1-Jul-1948, 12-May-1949]
     Member of the Three Springs Badminton Club 1946-1949 [5: 2-Aug-1946, 20-Jun-1947, 15-Aug-1947, 8-Sep-1949]
     He participated in the North Midlands Badminton Championships held in Three Springs on 23 October 1949 [5: 27-Oct-1949]
     At the Badminton Championships he won the Gents Singles and with John PAYNE was Runner-Up in the Gents Doubles [5]
     One of the speakers at the farewell for Kenneth H. BYRNE held in Three Springs during May 1948 [5: 3-Jun-1948]
     He and his wife and daughter Janice holidayed in Northampton in December 1948 [5: 9-Dec-1948, 6-Jan-1949]
     Bearer of the crown at the North Midlands Queen Carnival Ball held in Three Springs on 5 November 1949 [5: 10-Nov-1949]
     Secretary & Treasurer of the Three Springs Christmas Tree, which was held on 21 December 1950 [4: 9-Dec-1950]
     At the Christmas Tree each child in the Three Springs Road Board district received a toy, soft drink, ice cream and supper [4]
     Left Three Springs in August 1951 after the National Bank transferred him to Perth [4: 11-Aug-1951]
     Prior to leaving he and his wife received a public farewell at the Three Springs Hall on Thursday 9 August 1951 [4: 11-Aug-1951]
     The farewell consisted of music, dancing, speeches and a "delectable supper" served by the associates of the local Golf Club [4]
     It was remarked that they were "an extremely popular couple" who "worked most zealously for the welfare of the... district" [4]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Floreat [2]
Father of Janice and Reginald [84]
Died 15 October 2015; memorialised at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park, Perth suburb of Padbury (Banksia Court, Wall K, B31) [2]

From The West Australian newspaper, Friday 31 October 1919:
"AIREY. – On October 29, at Tunstall, Windsor Road, East Fremantle, to Captain and Mrs J.J. Airey – a son."

From The Geraldton Guardian and Express newspaper, Tuesday 16 June 1942:
"AIREY – STOKES. – On Wednesday, June 10th, 1942, at the Pirie Street Methodist Church, Adelaide (S.A.) by the Senior Chaplain, Rev. C. Perry, Sergeant Robert Crowther (R.A.A.F.), youngest son of Capt. And Mrs J. J. Airey, of East Fremantle (W.A.), to Betty Alice, second daughter of Mr and Mrs W. E. Stokes, of Northampton (W.A.)."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Robert Crowther Airey' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2022 from [reference list]

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