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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Bob" Robert WEBB

Born C.1861 [24]
Prospector on the Kalgoorlie Goldfields before shifting to Carnamah as an elderly man in about 1935 [P4]
Arrived in Carnamah with an old horse and buggy, and initially camped at Cooragabba, north east of the Carnamah townsite [P4]
He is said to have had a son, but his whereabouts weren't known [P4]
After his horse died he walked into the Carnamah townsite for supplies [P4]
Carnamah storekeeper "Fred" Norman W. REYNOLDS helped him in getting the old age pension [P4]
Is likely the "Mr Webb, an Old Age Pensioner" who the Carnamah Golf Club considered making their caretaker in 1935 [5: 26-Jul-1935]
One day "Dick" Richard J. POWER came across him while looking for sheep, and he was very sick and had no food [P4]
From then onwards Mrs Lilias M. POWER sent a bottle of milk to him every day with her son Alex, and sometimes food as well [P4]
In 1938 Richard J. POWER and Norman W. REYNOLDS shifted him into the late Robert PALFREYMAN's humpy [P4]
The humpy was situated on the 23 acre block Lot 3 of M1123 on the eastern end of the Carnamah townsite [3] [P4]
He used to hide notes of money between newspaper pages in a huge pile of old newspapers in his two roomed humpy [P4]
Resided in retirement in Carnamah until his death in 1958 [6] [19] [24]
He died at his humpy or hut in Carnamah, being found there by Richard J. POWER[P4]
Alternatively, it was stated that he died at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [24]
Died September 1958 aged 97 years; buried Three Springs General Cemetery, Three Springs (Presbyterian, Plot 33) [24]
Following his death a large amount of money was found among the pile of newspapers, which was sent to the public trustee [P4]
Richard J. POWER unsuccessfully requested that some of the money be used for a headstone on his grave [P4]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Robert Webb' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 July 2024 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/robert-webb [reference list]




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