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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Rod" / "Jimmy" Roderick James MITCHELL

Born 26 May 1923 in England [P268]
Departed London, England on the Oronsay and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 19 January 1937 [63]
Prior to coming to Carnamah resided at Fairbridge farm school for orphans [P4]
Arrived in Carnamah as a teenager in the 1930s to work for James K. FORRESTER[P4]
Farmhand for J. K. FORRESTER on Dunester Farm in Carnamah in the 1930s and early 1940s [P4]
Resided in Carnamah until enlisting in the Australian Army [P4] on 24 July 1943 [16]
Gunner WX40139 in the Australian Army's 2/3 Australian Composite Ant Aircraft Regiment [16]
Attended the Welcome Home Ball for service men and women held in Carnamah on 15 December 1945 [P169]
Discharged from the Australian Army on 19 July 1946 [16] and briefly returned to Carnamah [P169]
Returned to Carnamah again in April 1952 and worked as a farmhand for Ian T. M. FORRESTER on Inverness Farm [P169]
Resided with his wife Hallie and later daughter Julie in Carnamah from April 1952 to February 1954 [P169]
Ran Inverness Farm in Carnamah from December 1953 to February 1954 while the FORRESTER family went to New Zealand [P169]
Was known as "Jimmy" before the war but as "Rod" when he returned after the war with his wife [P4]
Husband of Hallie [45]
Father of Julie, Kerry and Kim [45]
Died 11 June 2004 in the Perth suburb of Melville [45]
His grand-daughter Kirralee THOMAS survived an unsuccessful attempt to bomb a bus in London, England on 21 July 2005 [39]
A month later on 23 August 2005 his grand-daughter Kirralee, daughter of Julie, died in an aircraft crash in Peru [39: 27-Aug-2005]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Roderick James Mitchell' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 19 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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