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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


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"Bob" Robert Smith KEAY

Worked in the wheat and ship districts of Victoria for a few years before returning to Scotland for a holiday [108: page 5]
Before leaving for Scotland he met and spoke with James F. THOMSON about them buying a farm together [108: page 5]
     On his return he met up with James F. THOMSON and as a result he travelled to Western Australia to look at farms [108: page 5]
     His investigations into farmland in Western Australia resulted in them purchasing a 2,037 acre property in Marchagee [108: page 5]
Farmer of Anster Farm in Marchagee 1928-1933 [19] [108: pages 5, 13]
     The farm's 2,037 acres consisted of Victoria Locations 3231, 3232, 3233, 3234, 3235, 3240, 3250, 6383 and 7036 [3]
     He owned and farmed the property in partnership with James F. THOMSON [3] [108: pages 5, 13]
     He settled on and began farming the property in 1928 [19] while THOMSON initially remained in Melbourne [108: page 5]
Married Daisy May BRYANT in Perth in 1929 [66]
     Resided with his wife in a two roomed gable roofed house on the farm that had verandahs on the front and back [108: page 5]
     Half of the back verandah was enclosed for their kitchen, and the house was the typical sort of basic home for the era [108]
     His mother-in-law lived with them to assist his wife with their three children under one year of age - a daughter and twins [108]
In 1931 the farm had stables and machinery sheds that were built of bush timber with straw covered rooves [108: page 6]
     The only more permanent farm building was the chaff room next to the stables which was made of corrugated iron [108]
     They had no shearing shed and took their sheep to be shorn at Frank R. BRYANT's Mamboobie Estate Farm in Marchagee [108]
In May 1931 James F. THOMSON along with James' wife Nellie and son Peter joined them on the farm in Marchagee [108: page 6]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Robert Smith Keay' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 February 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/robert-smith-keay [sources]




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