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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Rupe" Rupert William Johnson ROWLAND

Born 26 July 1898 in Strawberry, Western Australia [16]
Son of Frederick Charles ROWLAND and Sophia MITCHELL [15]
Resided with his parents in Strawberry and was baptised Methodist Minister John R. THRUM of Dongara on 4 September 1898 [84]
Worked on Belele and Yowergabbie Stations in the Murchison [142]
Farmhand at Strawberry in the Mingenew district in 1921 and 1922 [50]
Fencing Contractor with his father Frederick and brother Donald in Carnamah and surrounding districts in the 1920s [P80]
During their time as Fencing Contractors they lived in Irwin and rode to Carnamah on horseback [P80]
His mother purchased himself and his brother Donald F. A. ROWLAND a farm in Carnamah [142]
     Their mother purchased the farm in Carnamah from Harold J. COPE and Leonard M. C. WOOD on 5 October 1923 [27]
     The farm was the 865 acre Lot M1078 of Victoria Location 1937 and had been taken up by COPE and WOOD in 1921 [27]
     Included in the sale were all improvements to the property, a 1000 gallon tank and a new spring cart [P140]
Farmer of Glen Rock Farm in Carnamah 1925-1944 [19] [60] [P80]
     Himself and his brother "Don" Donald F. A. ROWLAND farmed the property in partnership as "R. & D. Rowland" [60]
     They had the telephone connected to the farm in 1925, and were telephone number Carnamah-11N [60]
     On 17 March 1927 the contract for purchasing the farm was transferred from their mother's name to their own names [27]
     They had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son from 1927 to 1930 [53]
     At 2 p.m. on Friday 16 November 1928 they hosted a sheep sale at the sheep yards on their farm in Carnamah [4: 10-Nov-1928]
     1,600 sheep were sold at their sheep sale - they sold some of their own sheep and so did a number of other farmers [4: 10-Nov-1928]
     They purchased a new 3 h.p. McCromick-Deering engine from local agent Charles ROBERTSON in December 1928 [4: 8-Dec-1928]
     In 1931, during the financial strain of the Great Depression, they had their telephone disconnected [60]
     Extended the farm with the purchase of 735 acres, which was a portion of Lot M1217 of Victoria Locations 1935 and 1937 [3]
     They appear to have purchased the 735 acres from their cousins James H. ROWLAND and Clarence A. ROWLAND [3] [27]
Married Edna May STEELE in 1928 [66]
     Glen Rock Farm wasn't viable for two families, so his brother Don shifted off the farm and he continued to farm the property [P80]
     Despite his brother no longer being on the farm they appear to have continued trading in partnership as "R. &. D. Rowland" [5]
     In July 1935 they sold at Midland Market through Westralian Farmers 50 hoggets for between 14/7 and 14/10 per head [5: 19-Jul-1935]     
     "R. & D. Rowland" sold 21 suckers at 13/1, 16 suckers at 9/1, 1 sucker at 7/7, and 1 ewe at 5/- in October 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
     "R. & D. Rowland" sold one bale of wool at 17d. per pound and two bales at 16½d. per pound on 10 February 1936 [5: 14-Feb-1936]
     They sold 63 sheep through Westralian Farmers with consignments to the Midland Market in September and December 1936: [5]
          59 lambs (14 at 15/10, 7 at 13/1, 10 shorn at 10/1, 28 shorn at 9/4), 3 wethers at 15/7 and 1 ewe at 11/-[5: 25-Sep-1936, 4-Dec-1936]
     In January 1937 they sold 13 hoggets (1 at 18/1, 12 at 13/7) and 26 wethers (12 at 16/10, 7 at 14/-, 7 at 10/-) [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1927-1941 [9: 21-Oct-1927]
     He was a Committee Member in 1927, 1933 and 1934; and a Financial Member in 1932, 1940 and 1941 [5: 17-Nov-1933] [13]
     Steward in Charge of the Sheep section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 14 September 1933 [13]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred LANG's wedding dance on 27 March 1928 at the Carnamah Hall [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Saw in the new year of 1930 with the singing of Auld Lang Syne at the Church of England's Dance at the Carnamah Hall [86: 4-Jan-1930]
Himself and Francis ROOKE came 2nd in the Relay Race in the Ring Events at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Race Club 1930-1934 [4: 21-Dec-1929] [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Rode his horse Vanity in the Carnamah Races in March 1932, coming 2nd in the Maiden Local Hack Race [4: 12-Mar-1932]
In 1932 had a hired Chevrolet truck with license plate CA-18 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Won 2nd prize for a Thoroughbred Stallion exhibited in the Horse section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1933 [5: 22-Sep-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
On the evening of Thursday 15 March 1934 attended the Carnamah Race Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall [5: 16-Mar-1934]
The local newspaper revealed on 6 April 1934 that there were goods for him at the Carnamah railway station [5: 13-Apr-1934]
Attended the Repertory Social, of plays, community singing and dancing, held in Carnamah on 15 August 1934 [5: 17-Aug-1934]
Attended the Dance in aid of the Institute for the Blind held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday evening 18 August 1934 [5: 24-Aug-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1935 and 1936 [5: 7-Jun-1935] [4: 29-Aug-1936]
After spending a week long holiday in Perth himself and his brother Mick returned to Carnamah on 29 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Received a refund from the Carnamah District Road Board in 1936 after being overcharged on motor vehicle registrations [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's 1936 season Opening Day at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 26 April 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
Attended the Coorow Golf Club's Opening Day for the 1936 season in Coorow on Sunday 17 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social Evening & Play Presentation at the Carnamah Hall on 17 June 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1936-37 - played for "Carnamah B" [5: 22-Jan-1937]
Travelled from Carnamah to Perth by train on Tuesday 12 January 1937 [5: 15-Jan-1937]
On 7 September 1937 reported to the Carnamah Police Station that 130 of his mixed sheep had strayed or been stolen [88]
After not having the telephone for eight years he had it reconnected in 1939 - was telephone number Carnamah-7U [60]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1941 [0: image 03991]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1942 [53]
Leased Glen Rock Farm in Carnamah to his cousin's son E. Keith ROWLAND for a few years before selling it to him in 1949 [3]
Left Carnamah to manage stations, and was the Manager of Ednah / Edah Station in Mount Magnet [61] [142]
Later managed Peedamullah Station, was part owner of Paroo Station and with his son Graeme owned Cane River Station [142]
On retirement he shifted to Perth, and resided of late in South Perth [2] [142]
Father of Helen and Graeme [142]
Died 5 April 1981; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (EC, Garden of Remembrance, 5, 181) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Rupert William Johnson Rowland' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 2 July 2022 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/rupert-william-johnson-rowland [reference list]




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