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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Samuel Charles EMERY

Born 17 October 1850 in Aston, Warwickshire, England [20] [21] [33: Film 919713]
Son of metal dealer Alfred Holland EMERY and Eliza FREEMAN [20] [21]
He was one of six children with elder siblings Albert, Alice and Alfred and younger brothers Arnold and Alexander [20]
When the 1851 census was taken he was living with his parents and siblings on Lichfield Road in Aston, Warwickshire, England [20]
They were living at 76 Bath Street in Birmingham in 1861 and at Ivy House on Water Works Street in Aston in 1871 [20]
In 1871 he and his brother Alfred were working as Metal Rollers, and by 1881 he was a Metal Manufacturer [20]
Married Kate GREAYER on 18 September 1878 at Saint James' Church in Hull, Yorkshire, England [33: Film 1657088]
In 1881 they were living at Chestnut Lodge on Slade Road in Aston, Warwickshire, England [20]
They later resided for over 20 years at Hermon House on Lichfield Road in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, England [20]
In late 1909 or early 1910 he purchased two farms in Marchagee, Western Australia [39: 23-Nov-1909, 14-Jul-1910] [120: 4-Dec-1909]
     He presumably purchased the farms for his son Charles Holland EMERY who had shifted to Western Australia [39: 30-Jul-1909][203]
     The farms were the late Henry C. ARMSTRONG's 4,727 acre Marchagee Estate and the 2,352 acre Mamboobie Estate [39]
     They'd been sold at auction on 25 November 1909 with a report on the auction stating they'd been sold to John P. DOSCAS [39] [120]
     He may have purchased the farms off or through DOSCAS, or purchased them after the sale to DOSCAS fell through [39]
     Marchagee Estate comprised Victoria Locations 3121, 3122, 3123, 3124, 3125, 3127, 3128, 3129, 3734, 3735, 3186 and 3187 [44]
     Mamboobie Estate consisted of Victoria Locations 3190, 3219, 3220, 3221, 3222, 3223, 3224, 3225, 3226 and 2227 [44]
     In August 1910 he had the Mamboobie Estate auctioned so they could concentrate their energies on the Marchagee Estate Farm[39]
     The Mamboobie Estate appears to have been sold to Duncan W. PATERSON and Griffith G. JOHN of Paterson & Co Ltd [44]
     His son was the farmer of their Marchagee Estate Farm in Marchagee from 1910 until returning to England in 1912 [19] [44] [204]
     The farm was listed in rate books as belonging to him, then to his son and wife, and then as belonging to himself and his wife [44]
He employed the services of James GARDINER to auction the Marchagee Estate on a walk-in walk-out basis [39: 17-Jun-1912] [81: 23-Jun-1912]
     The auction took place at 3 p.m. on 28 June 1912 within GARDINER's rooms at Harper's Buildings on Howard Street in Perth [81]
     At the time 800 acres of the "magnificent and well-improved farm" had been cleared and it contained 600 acres of crop [81]
     The farm was "in full working order" and had a "complete and carefully selected working plant sufficient for all requirements" [81]
The farm presumably didn't sell and he instead made arrangements for its plant, livestock and sundries to be auctioned [39: 4, 8 & 11-Jul-1912]
     The farm's contents were owned by his son but he could sell them as he held a bill of sale from his son dated 21 February 1910 [39]
     The auction took place with no reserves on 11 July 1912 with the entirety of the items being offered first in one lot [39]
     Livestock up for sale was the farm's riding horses, plough horses, pigs, poultry and turkeys [39]
     The farming plant for sale included ploughs, harrows, drill, dray, harness, cart, buckboard and sundries [39]
Absentee Farmer & Grazier of the 4,727 acre Marchagee Estate Farm in Marchagee, Western Australia 1912-1921 [44]
     The farm consisted of Victoria Locations 3121, 3122, 3123, 3124, 3125, 3127, 3128, 3129, 3734, 3735, 3186 and 3187 [44]
     His Marchagee Estate Farm was managed by Douglas W. SYMINGTON in 1917 [50]
     400 acres of wheat crop was grown on his farm in Marchagee in 1917 [10: 19-Jun-1917]
     The farm was likely managed by his brother Arnold A. EMERY in 1918 and 1919, as he was a Farm Manager in Marchagee [50]
     His nephew, Percy R. EMERY, was listed as a Farmer in Marchagee in 1919, so may also have been working his farm [50]
     Rates for his farmland in Marchagee were sent to 23 William Street in Perth, Western Australia care of J. H. NOBLE [44]
He appears to have become the owner of the pedigreed horses his son had imported from England in 1911 [39: 12-Jul-1911, 2-Aug-1911]
     Exhibited horses in the Royal Agricultural Society's Annual Horse Parade in Perth in August 1912 [39: 7 & 8-Aug-1912] [120: 10-Aug-1912]
          His Shinfield Elegance won 1st for Hackney Mare and Long Lawford Boy 3rd for Clydesdale or Heavy Draught Stallion  [39] [120]
          At the sales of the Annual Horse Parade in 1912 he put up for sale his Shire stallions Shipton Spark and Long Lawford Boy [39]
     His horse Long Lawford Boy won 2nd prize for Draught Shire at the Royal Agricultural Show in Perth in October 1912 [39: 9-Oct-1912]
     Long Lawford Boy was three years of age at the time, and was also awarded Reserve Champion for the Shire classes [120: 11-Oct-1912]
Along with his wife departed London, England on the steamship Orvieto on 6 March 1920 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
     They travelled first class and arrived to D Shed at Fremantle on Thursday afternoon 9 April 1920 [39: 9-Apr-1920] [203]
     He spent five months in Western Australia, during which time he presumably visited his farm in Marchagee [203] [204]
     In April 1920 he advertised a vacancy for a farm and yardman for his farm in Marchagee at £2 per week [39: 24-Apr-1920]
     Departed from Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamshipOrontes and arrived in London, England on 28 September 1920 [204]
     His wife departed from Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) on the steamship Narkunda and arrived in London on 16 October 1920 [204]
By October 1920 his Marchagee Estate in Marchagee was being farmed by Thomas A. REDDELL [39: 22-Oct-1920] [50]
     The farm remained listed in his name for rates in 1921, but from 1922 it was in the name of "Reddell, Emery & Golding" [44]
     Rates for the farm were sent to Thomas A. REDDELL [44] who by 1924 had become a part-owner of the farm [61]
     It is unclear when he sold out his share in the farm in Marchagee but it was likely sometime before 1930 [81: 21-Sep-1930]
Resided of late at 56 High Street in Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, England[306: 11-Dec-1931]
Father of Alice Greayer, Ruby Freeman, Charles Holland and Muriel Kathleen [20] [21]
Died 21 June 1931 in England [21] [306: 11-Dec-1931]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Samuel Charles Emery' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 June 2024 from [reference list]

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