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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Robert Downie LESLIE

Born 1 January 1887 in Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland [28]
Son of Robert Downie LESLIE and Frances Ewart TURNBALL [28]
He was born at and resided with his parents at 6 Bonaccord Square in Aberdeen, where his father was an "Advocate in Aberdeen" [20] [28]
Departed London, England on the steamship Otranto and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 21 February 1911 [70]
Married Violet WILTSHIRE in 1912 [66]
In December 1913 decided to purchase an 856 acre Ready-Made Farm in Coorow from the Midland Railway Company [34]
The 856 acres consisted of Lots M964 and M966 of Victoria Location 2023 [27] [34]
On 15 January 1914 he signed the contract to purchase the two lots, which were priced at £3,564 payable by instalments [27]
The farm was part of the Midland Railway Company's Improved Farm Scheme and came partly cleared, fenced and with a house [34]
Farmer of Hillhead Farm in Coorow, Western Australia 1914-1919 [19] [27] [34]
Took out assistance under the Industries Assistance Board to help in establishing his farm [34]
His wife gave birth to a son on 3 August 1914 [39: 6-Aug-1914]
After harvesting his 1915 crop he sold between 200 and 250 bags of wheat, and retained 100 bags for seed wheat [34]
Carted 233 bags of wheat for the Midland Railway Company from Lot M963 to the Coorow Railway Siding, and was paid £6/18/- [34]
In 1916 obtained a loan of £36 from the Industries Assistance Board to purchase a horse [34]
Planted 200 acres of crop on is farm in 1916 [34]
In August 1916 signed a petition which was sent to the Midland Railway Company requesting the price of their farms be reduced [34]
His wife doesn't appear to have resided on the farm in Coorow and in 1916 she was living at 137 Parry Street in Perth [50]
Member of the Winchester-Carnamah branch of the Farmers & Settlers' Association in 1917 [34]
Advertised in May 1917 that he wanted to buy a reasonably priced second hand horse-works for a chaffcutter [9: 18-May-1917]
His wife had the registered horse and cattle firebrand of LO2 for use on their farm in Coorow [80: 28-Oct-1925]
The sale on his farm was rescinded by the Midland Railway Company on 1 July 1919 [34]
The Midland Railway Company re-sold the 856 acre farm to James L. LAWSON & Thomas P. HANNAFORD on 16 June 1920 [34]
Later worked as an Agent and lived with his wife at 78 Parry Street in East Perth [50]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Robert Downie Leslie' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 June 2019 from  [ sources ]

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