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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Robert Frederick BICKERDIKE

Born 31 December 1906 in Claremont, Western Australia [16]
Son of Walter Robert BICKERDIKE and Dora Adelaide GOODEY [2] [15] [16]
Married Dorothy Beatrice MILLS in Perth in 1930 [66]
Postal Clerk at the Carnamah Post Office in Carnamah 1930-1933 [4: 26-Apr-1930 & 10-Oct-1931] [5: 27-Jan-1933] [19]
In 1930 himself and his wife resided in a house in Caron Street, Carnamah belonging to Robert MACKIE [4: 31-May-1930]
On the morning of Monday 16 May 1930 the laundry, garage and a portion of the house were destroyed by fire [4: 31-May-1930]
     The fire was believed to have started from the copper in his laundry or their neighbour's laundry which adjoined theirs [4]
     By the time help was available both laundries and garages, which were built of oiled wood, were a mass of flames [4]
     Within five minutes a large number of helpers had assembled at the two houses, which were threatened of being destroyed [4]
     Those present quickly emptied all furniture and contents from both houses out onto the street out of danger [4]
     By this time the walls of their home were on fire however with the assistance of trucks carting water the houses were saved [4]
     J. K. ASH resided in the garage of his home and he lost all of his possessions and the entirety of his carpenters tools [4]
His daughter was baptised in Carnamah on 8 June 1930 by Mrs Olga GRAHAM's father Rev. BARCLAY of Leederville [4: 14-Jun-1930]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1930 and 1931 [4: 26-Apr-1930 & 10-Oct-1931]
Secretary of the Carnamah School Board in 1932 [4: 9-Jul-1932]
Rendered a duet with Vera STEPHENS at the farewell to Frank and Mary BADRICK in Carnamah on 1 November 1932 [5: 4-Nov-1932]
Played for the Benedicts in a 'Benedicts verses Bachelors' cricket match in Carnamah on Sunday 18 December 1932 [5: 23-Dec-1932]
He went before the Three Springs Court of Petty Sessions on 26 January 1933 and was fined £10 and 8/6 costs [5: 27-Jan-1933]
Following his charge at the Petty Sessions Court and its publication in the local newspaper he appears to have left Carnamah [--]
Resided in the Perth suburb of North Fremantle prior to enlisting in Australian Army on 20 July 1940 [16]
Private WX6874 in the Australian Army's 8 Corps of Signals during the Second World War [16]
Discharged from the Australian Army on 18 September 1945 [16]
Resided in the Perth suburb of North Fremantle until his death in 1969 [2]
Father of a "wee daughter" named Merle in 1930 [4: 14-Jun-1930] [84]
Died 3 November 1969; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, MA, 412)[2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Robert Frederick Bickerdike' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 20 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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