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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Bob" Robin METTAM

Born 1926 in Perth, Western Australia [15]
Son of "Charlie" Charles Alfred METTAM and "Dorothy" Dorothea Maude Cudmore ANDREWS [P39]
Arrived in Carnamah with his parents during the last week of August 1932 [5: 2-Sep-1932]
Resided in Carnamah with his parents and brothers Peter and Donald from 1932 to 1937 [5: 2-Sep-1932, 23-Jul-1937] [6]
Student at the Carnamah State School [5: 5-Oct-1934] [7: page 87] [97]
Attended the Children's Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 23 November 1933, dressed as a "Gardener" [5: 24-Nov-1933]
At the conclusion of 1933 received one of the prizes for the most hardworking student in Grade I at the Carnamah School [5: 22-Dec-1933]
Came 2nd in the 8-9 years Boys Egg & Spoon Race at the Combined School Sports in Carnamah on 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the Carnamah Girls Club's Children's Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 2 November 1935 [5]
     Himself and Alan R. C. FORRESTER attended together dressed as "Barrow Pusher and Passenger" [5: 8-Nov-1935]
During January 1936 he spent a holiday staying with the family of Ivor and Margaret ROBERTS in Waddy Forest [5: 24-Jan-1936]
Competed in the Under 14 Years Bike Race at the Carnamah Football Club's Scratch Match in Carnamah on 28 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Athletic Club in 1936 - participated in their cycle races[5: 18-Sep-1936]
Won 2nd prize for Book Binding in the Educational section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show on 10 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Attended and received a coronation medal at the Coronation Celebrations at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 12 May 1937 [5]
     Came 3rd in the 9 to 11 Years Boys Ball & Spoon Race, and his team came 2nd in the Boys Relay Race [5: 14-May-1937]
     The festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth [5]
Following his father's transfer left Carnamah with his parents and shifted to Perth on Thursday 22 July 1937 [5: 23-Jul-1937]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe [2]
Died 7 October 1942; ashes scattered Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Crematorium Rose Gardens, 10B, 13) [2]


From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 9 October 1942:
"When a rowing boat capsized on the Swan River on Wednesday afternoon Donald Mettam (11) had a narrow escape from drowning and was eventually helped to shore by two young girls. Three other lads who were in the boat, including Robin Mettam (17) were presumably drowned and up until an early hour on Thursday morning their bodies had not been recovered. Donald and Robin Mettam were the sons of Mr. and Mrs. C. Mettam who resided in Carnamah a few years ago."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Robin Mettam' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/robin-mettam [reference list]




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