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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Samuel Joseph Fortescue MOORE

Born 1846 in Oakover, Western Australia [15]
Son of Samuel MOORE and Dora Mary Jane DALGETY [15]
Married Eliza Mary JOHNSTONE in Fremantle in 1870 [15]
Storekeeper, Forwarding Agent and Justice of the Peace in Dongara [6]
     Opened a branch store of his business in Mingenew - which was the second building erected in the Mingenew townsite [4: 2-Jan-1954]
     In 1909 he had gallon licenses for his general stores in Dongara and Mingenew [9: 11-Dec-1908]
He was one of 53 who requested William T. LOTON run as the Member for Greenough in the Legislative Council in 1889 [383: 26-Jan-1889]
In 1901 he left Dongara and moved to the Perth suburb of Claremont [39: 10-May-1921]
Mortgagee of LONG Bros' Coorow Station, which he foreclosed on in 1901; and sold to Francis H. R. THOMAS in 1902 [4: 12-May-1951]
Liberal Member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia for the seat of Irwin from 24 June 1904 until 1914 [39: 10-May-1921] [237]
Speaker at the Official Luncheon of the Moora Agricultural Society's Annual Show in Moora on Friday 9 October 1908 [9: 16-Oct-1908]
Patron of the Moora Race Club in 1909 [9: 18-Dec-1908]
Inaugural Patron of the Three Springs Race Club in 1910 [31: 19-Dec-1910]
Edward J. A. CLAIRS of the Coorow Farmers' Progress Association enlisted his help to get a school building for Coorow in 1911 [215]
     He liaised with the Education Department resulting in arrangements being made for the building of a school in Coorow [215]
     Tenders were called and a contract signed in June 1912, however it never eventuated as the attendance at the school had fallen [215]
Couper S. TODD wrote to him in July 1912 thanking him for his interest and concern on behalf of the fathers in Coorow [215]
     The letter was concerning the cancellation of the contract to build a school building in Coorow [215]
     It was pointed out that the compensation likely to be demanded by the contractors could instead go towards building the school [215]
Member of the Kadathinni branch of the Farmers and Settlers' Association of Western Australia in 1912 [9: 21-Jun-1912]
His son Reginald served with the A.I.F. during the First World War and was Killed in Action at Gallipoli in 1915 [30: item 3006556]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Three Springs farmer George R. WATSON at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth in 1916 [10: 19-Sep-1916]
Passed away at the age of 75 years at his home Cliff House on Bindaring Parade in the Perth suburb of Claremont [39: 10-May-1921]
Father of five sons - John Fortescue, George James, Irwin Samuel, Reginald Johnstone and Douglas Glyn [15] [30: item 3006556]
Father of five daughters - Georgina Mary, Daisy Florence, Bessie Harriett, Ivie and Marjorie [15]
Died 9 May 1921; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, AA, 319A) [2]

From The West Australian newspaper, Tuesday 10 May 1921:
Death of Mr S. F. Moore
"The death occurred early yesterday morning at his residence, Cliff House, Bindaring-parade, Claremont. of Mr Samuel Fortescue Moore, an old and highly esteemed colonist, who over a long period was closely identified with the public and commercial life of the State. Mr Moore was the son of the late Mr Samuel Moore, who came to Western Australia in 1832 and settled at Oakover, on the Middle Swan. He was born in 1846, and was educated at Bishop's College, Perth, where he was a schoolfellow of the late  Lord Forrest, the late Mr Sept. Burt, and other well known Western Australians. On leaving school he entered the public service, retiring in 1863, when he went to Queensland and assisted in the first survey for assessment purposes of the famous Darling Downs of that State. In 1867 he returned to Western Australia, and entered upon commercial and pastoral pursuits on the Irwin River, at Dongara. In 1901 he retired from active business life, and took up his residence at Claremont. In 1881 Mr Moore was offered a seat in the Legislative Council, which he refused. Twenty  years later he entered the Legislative Assembly as member for Irwin, and retained the seat until the general election of 1914, when he was defeated by Mr James Gardiner. For many years he was a director of the Western Australian Bank, and retired from the position only a few months ago on account of failing health. He was also at one time president ., the Pastoralists Association, and at the time of his death was senior Justice of the Peace for Western Australia. He took an active interest in the Church of England, and for many years was a member of inc Anglican Synod, representing the Dongara parish. He leaves a widow, two sons and six married daughters. One of his sons was, killed on Gallipoi. The funeral will take place this morning."

From The West Australian newspaper, Wednesday 11 May 1921:
Funeral of the Late Mr S. F. Moore
"The funeral of the late Mr Samuel Fortescue Moore, whose death occurred at his late residence, Cliff House, Bindaring-parade, Claremont, on Monday morning, took place in the Anglican portion of the Karrakatta Cemetery yesterday. Archbishop Riley conducted the service at the graveside, and his Grace was attended by his domestic chaplain (the Rev. C. L. Riley), and assisted by the Rev. Cannon W. J. McClemans. The chief mourners were - Messrs Irwin S. and Douglas Glynn Moore (sons), William D., G. Frederick, and A. W. Moore (nephews), Reginald S. Forbes, Keane Bolton, Arthur H. L. Savage, Norman Temperie, and Robert E. Rutherford (sons-in-law), and Reginald D. O. Forbes (grandson). The pall-bearers were Dr. Gillespie, Messrs J. J. Higham, Ernest Lee Steere, Robert Fairburn, George Rose, H. D. Holmes, Neil McNeil, and Frank Wittenoom, and the following were among those present: The Premier (Mr J. Mitchell), the Minister for Education (Mr H. P. Colebatch), the Minister for Agriculture (Mr H. K. Maley), the Minister for Railways (Mr J. Scaddan), Messrs W. Padbury, A. Gorne, J. McFarlane, S. K. Chipper and W. J. Ashton (representing the Royal Agricultural Society), Lloyd Herbert (general manager West Australian Bank), H. W. Rinchbieth, F. W. Barrymore, J. MacCallum Smith, M.L.A., J. W. Leveaux, E. W. Terry, L. H. Davies, C. Wittenoom, Lee Alnutt, H. Ashton, G. Hickling, F. Clifton, F. B. Trude, G. Sholl, F. Leake, J. L. B. Weir, A. N. Lord, Sept. Pearse, A. E. and O. Burt, R. C. Clifton, J. P. Learmonth, R. S. Eliot, G. John, J. Adams, J. Roe, A. Turton, J. C. Forman, F. Nicholas, J. W. Bateman, F. G. Higham, J. A. Bulloch, Hazel, Hicks, J. V., A. W. and J. M. Ferguson, F. A. Wedge, J. Calder, T. A. Hughes, De Castilla, J. Criddle, Donovan, P. Holmes, Bridge and P. M. Carter. The funeral arrangements were in the hands of Messrs Arthur E. Davies and Co., of Fremantle and Claremont."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Samuel Joseph Fortescue Moore' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 15 April 2024 from [reference list]

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