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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Frank" Septimus Frank MALEY

Born 1883 in Greenough, Western Australia [15]
Son of John Stephen MALEY and Elizabeth Kniest WALDECK [15]
He was an Engineer by profession, having served a five year apprenticeship with the Western Australian Government Railways [30]
     He was an Apprentice Fitter in Fremantle from 1899 to 1902 and in Bunbury from 1902 to 1904 [389]
     Fitter with the W.A.G.R. in Bunbury 1904-1909, Midland Junction 1909-1910, Northam in 1910 and then in Geraldton in 1911 [389]
Commission Agent in Three Springs in 1913 and 1914 [19] [50]
Attended the Concert & Dance held at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Saturday evening 6 June 1914 [10: 12-Jun-1914]
     Sang the songs "The Romany Lass" and "The Emblem" and when dancing commenced officiated as Master of Ceremonies [10]
Master of Ceremonies at the Ball & Supper held at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Friday 19 June 1914 [10: 23-Jun-1914]
     The followed the formation with delegates from various centres of a District Council of the Farmers & Settlers Association [10]
Master of Ceremonies of the Euchre Party & Dance in Three Springs to raise Roman Catholic funds in September 1914 [10: 29-Sep-1914]
     He was said to have been one of the best Master of Ceremonies (or M.C.) on the Midland line [10: 27-Oct-1914]
He was bitten by a red back spider in Three Springs on Sunday 11 October 1914, and within a short time his arm was swollen [10]
     He suffered acute pain and swelling for a few hours, which could only be relieved by constant poulticing [10: 16-Oct-1914]
     A week later he was about again however could still feel the effects of the bite through one side of his body [10]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in the Perth suburb of Claremont on 22 October 1914 [30: item 8213513]
     Upon enlistment he was recorded as being 6 feet 2½ inches tall with brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion [30]
     Stated that he had previously served two years with the Fremantle Infantry; and gave his mother as his next of kin [30]
     His brother Charles C. MALEY, of Three Springs, visited him in camp while on a trip to Perth in November 1914 [10: 6-Nov-1914]
     In early December 1914 he visited Three Springs on leave - the town being "made carnival" to see him safely away [10: 15-Dec-1914]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A47 Mashobra on 8 February 1915 [30]
     Private, Trooper and later Corporal 85 in the A.I.F.'s 10th Light Horse in Gallipoli and Egypt during the First World War [30]
     He was the first man to create a cricket pitch at Gallipoli, on a patch of ground thought to be out of sight of the Turks  [81: 3-Apr-1921]
     He made a bat out of a piece of Oregon pine; a ball from silk ribbon and twine; and used two Bully Beef tins for a wicket [81]
     One day a shell ricocheted from a big rock on the shoulder of a hill, blew apart donkeys and killed three half-Greek rouseabouts [81]
     That was the end of cricket at Gallipoli with he and his comrades instead going back to playing two-up and crown and anchor [81]
     His name appears on the Three Springs Honour Board, which was unveiled on Tuesday 3 June 1919 [9: 6-Jun-1919] [10: 13-Jun-1919]
     He was tendered a Welcome Home at the Peace Celebrations Dance held in Three Springs on Saturday 19 July 1919 [10: 25-Jul-1919]
     Discharged from the A.I.F. on 8 August 1919; received the 1914-15 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal [30]
Married Fanny Isabella HAMERSLEY in 1921 [66]
Farmer in Three Springs 1921-1935 [6] [44]
     His farm in Three Springs was 1,433 acres in size and consisted of Lots M820, M824 and M825 of Victoria Location 2020 [44]
     The three adjoining blocks were on the north side of Bateman Road with Broad Road intersecting M824 and M825 [62]
     Previously, the property had belonged to Charles H. MACLEAN and before him, Annie and Walter OATES [27] [44]
Committee Member and Vice President of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1920 [124]
     Assistant Secretary of the Picnic Race Meeting in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Wednesday 17 March 1920 [9: 5-Mar-1920]
     In 1920 donated £1 worth of ham for the luncheon at the Picnic Race Meeting, and also a general donation of £1/1/- [124]
Received 1st prize for Throwing at Wicket at the annual picnic and show, the Three Springs Day, on 23 September 1920 [10: 15-Oct-1920]
Vice President of the Picnic Race Meeting held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Tuesday 17 March 1925 [124]
In April 1927 the Mulliah / Yarra Yarra Lakes were flooded with roads and crossings to Three Springs were completely cut off [39]
     A ballot box was taken to his home to enable isolated residents to vote in a Carnamah District Road Board election [39: 12-Apr-1927]
Won a Christmas Stocking raffled to raise funds for the Three Springs Hospital Building Fund in December 1927 [4: 7-Jan-1928]
He was among those who welcomed the Prime Minister of Australia, Stanley BRUCE, on his visit to Mingenew in mid 1928 [4: 14-Jul-1928]
Attended the wedding of Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN at the Carnamah Hall on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Master of Ceremonies at the largely attended Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on Friday 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Attended the funeral of his brother Charles C. MALEY M.L.A. at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 16 October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Presented the Three Springs Anglican Church with fruit and veg at its Harvest Thanksgiving service on 23 March 1930 [4: 29-Mar-1930]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Progress Association in 1933 [5: 1-Sep-1933]
Member of the Three Springs branch of the Wheatgrowers Union in 1934 [5: 20-Apr-1934]
He was among the ex-servicemen at the R.S.L. Reunion Dinner in Three Springs on Saturday evening 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Resided in Three Springs until his death in 1940 [2]
Died 13 April 1940; buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Wesleyan, GA, 211) [2]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 19 April 1940:
Obituary - The Late Mr. S. F. Maley
"The funeral took place in the Methodist cemetery, Karrakatta, on Monday afternoon of the late Mr. Septimus Frank Maley, of Three Springs, and formerly a member of the 10th Light Horse, A.I.F. The Rev. A. J. Barclay conducted a short service in Messrs. Donald J. Chipper and Son's service chapel and also officiated at the graveside. At the conclusion of the service the Last Post was sounded by Bugler R. Smith of the 13th Field Company R.A. Engineers. The late Mr. Maley was born at Greenough and, with the exception of his war service, spent the whole of his life in this State. His is survived by a widow and a daughter. The chief mourners were Messrs. H. K. Maley (brother), Cecil, Colin and William Maley (nephews). The pallbearers were Messrs E. W. Arundel (president, 10th Light Horse Association), R. Redshaw, J. A. B. Philp, W. J. Box, F. W. Bateson (South African and Imperial Veteran's Association), and Samuel Turton. Among those present were Messrs. W. C. Augwin, W. Richardson (Mayor of Subiaco), T. Young (Three Springs sub-branch R.S.L.), C. Kroschel, R. Wilson, A. J. Withers, A. C. Higgs, H. Weaver, L. C. Cooper, A. Wallace, T. Rayner, M. E. Bateman, G. V. W. Bateman, G. P. Stevens, L. C. Byrne, W. H. Ing, C. Sheahan, W. Harrison, E. K. Byrne, F. Brown, E. B. Smallpage, G. Waldeck and A. Durack. A large number of beautiful floral tributes were placed on the graveside and widespread expressions of sympathy have been extended to the bereaved widow."

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

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