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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Bob" / "Bobbie" Robert William BYRNE

Born 18 June 1891 in Bindoon, Western Australia [114]
Son of Edmund Keen BYRNE and Isabella WOODS [114]
     He and his twin brother Edmund were born at their paternal grandparents' home at Mount Pleasant Farm in Bindoon [114]
     Edmund and himself were the first known children born to parents who resided in Wannamal [114]
Resided with his parents on West Point Farm in Wannamal 1891-1912 [114]
     Student at the Wannamal State School in 1904 and 1905 - was the second child to be enrolled at the school [114]
     He and his uncle Thomas H. BYRNE held a number of Crown Leases in Wannamal and farmed them in partnership [114]
     Member of the Wannamal Cricket Club in 1911 [114]
     He and his brother Edmund celebrated their 21st birthday with 100 guests in the stable on West Point Farm, Wannamal [114]
     By late 1912 he had left Wannamal and joined his twin brother Edmund in Three Springs [9: 29-Nov-1912] [50]
Butcher in Three Springs 1913-1918, and then worked in Three Springs as a Labourer [6] [19] [50]
     In 1917 he was a butcher in Three Springs in partnership with Ernest RANSON as "Byrne & Ranson" [6]
     The floods of August 1917, which isolated Three Springs for ten days, almost washed away his butcher's shop [10: 24-Aug-1917]
     Butcher & Commission Agent in Three Springs in partnership with Thomas K. BICKELL as "Byrne & Bickell" [9: 21-Dec-1917]
     By June 1919 he appears to have sold out his share in the business to Thomas K. BICKELL [9: 27-Jun-1919, 3-Oct-1919]
Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club 1912-1915 [9: 29-Nov-1912, 26-Jun-1914] [10: 4-Jun-1915]
The best player for Three Springs in a football match played against Coorow at Coorow in early July 1914 [10: 10-Jul-1914]
Gave a recitation at the concert held in Three Springs in aid of Red Cross funds on Friday evening 15 January 1915 [10: 22-Jan-1915]
Won some of the running races at the Saint Patrick's Day Sports Meeting held in Three Springs on 17 March 1915 [10: 26-Mar-1915]
Won the Long Jump at the Picnic Races in Carnamah in aid of the Belgian Fund and Carnamah Hall Fund on 24 June 1915 [39: 7-Jul-1915]
Won the 120 yard Trail Handicap race at the annual "Three Springs Day" held on Monday 16 September 1915 [10: 24-Sep-1915]
Attended the Surprise Party at Fred and Maude JAMES' home on Coodawa Farm in Three Springs in early May 1916 [10: 16-May-1916]
Kept everyone in fits of laughter as "Charlie Chaplain" at the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on 19 July 1916 [10: 28-Jul-1916]
Transported visitors to the huge lake near the Three Springs townsite in his motor car every Sunday in December 1917 [10: 14-Dec-1917]
     The lake had formed on what had once been the Three Springs Racecourse, and his father had a boat, the "Foam" on the lake [10]
Married Ann Elizabeth HARRISON in Fremantle on 28 March 1918 [P137]
Steward at the Three Springs Picnic Races held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Thursday 17 March 1921 [9: 11-Mar-1921]
Member of the Three Springs Football Club in 1922 [10: 12-May-1922]
Farmer of a farm between Carnamah and Three Springs from C.1922 to C.1930 [P116]
     His farm was said to have been seven miles from the Carnamah townsite and seven miles from the Three Springs townsite [P116]
     The house on the farm was near the railway line; neighbouring farmers bought their sheep to be shorn at his shearing shed [P116]
     His three elder children attended the Carnamah State School, and the family did their shopping in Carnamah [P116]
Attended the wedding of Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN at the Carnamah Hall on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
He was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Once the depression struck and the price of wheat and therefore their income dropped, he sold the farm around early 1931 [P116]
After selling the farm shifted to Three Springs town where he worked for the Three Springs Road Board [P116] [81: 11-Apr-1937]
Resided with his wife and children in the Old Presbytery - a stone building on the Morawa Road just out of Three Springs town [P58]
Successfully requested holidays in December 1935 from his employer, the Three Springs Road Board [5: 13-Dec-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1937 [5: 26-Feb-1937]
Attended the Official Opening of the Nurse's Quarters in Three Springs on Friday afternoon 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
     Dressed as Mickey Mouse he led the Road Board's truck decorated as a dragon in a novelty procession to the opening [5]
On leaving Three Springs shifted to South Street in the Perth suburb of Fremantle and worked as a Labourer [P116]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Hilton Park [2]
Father of Mavis, Henry, Phyllis, Shirley, Robert, Rhoda, June and Gwyneth [P137]
Died 30 July 1965; buried Fremantle Cemetery, Fremantle WA (Anglican, A7, 6)[2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Robert William Byrne' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/robert-william-byrne [sources]




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