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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Stan" Stanley Lorraine FOLLAND

Born 11 July 1883 in Enfield, South Australia [55]
Son of Charles French FOLLAND and Annie Maria WILLIAMS [55]
He was one of eight children, however two of his brothers didn't live to adulthood [P343]
Grew up in Enfield and after leaving school was a Fitter & Turner with the South Australian Railways [P343]
Married "Susie" Susanna Kate MORCOMBE on 25 May 1909 in Enfield, South Australia [55]
Lived with his wife and later son in Enfield until 1913 when they settled on a farm at Goode near Ceduna [P343]
Farmer in Goode, South Australia 1913-1925 [P343]
     He visited his brother-in-laws William G. MORCOMBE and Philip T. MORCOMBE in Waddy Forest in August 1924 [P343]
     They had left Ceduna after very trying times that had included a drought, mouse plague and poor seasons [P343]
On 27 October 1924 he had purchased from the Midland Railway Company 1,136 acres of virgin land in Waddy Forest [27]
     The 1,136 acres of virgin land was Lot M1505 of Victoria Location 2023 and cost £994/8/9 or 17/6 per acre [27]
     The purchase was payable by instalments over 15 years and he completed the purchase after extending the payments to 1944 [27]
     On purchase the property was completed covered in salmon, gimlet, York gums, jam trees and other scrub [P343]
Returned to South Australia, harvested his crop and sold everything except the farm which they abandoned [P343]
     They left from Adelaide by train on 1 March 1925 and arrived in Perth on 9 April, then proceeded to Coorow on 19 April [P343]
     Initially they stayed with his wife's brother and sister-in-law Will and Alice MORCOMBE on Wynmara Farm in Waddy Forest [P343]
     After some of their house was built they settled on their new farm on Monday 6 April 1925 [P343]
Farmer of Enfield Park Farm in Waddy Forest 1925-1941 [P343]
     Despite clearing needing to be done, in the first year on the farm they grew 120 acres of crop [P343]
     In 1928 he grew 630 acres of Nabawa and Gluyas varieties of wheat [120: 20-Dec-1928]
     Hail struck his wheat crops in 1928, and the damage done was estimated to have been seven bushels per acre [120: 20-Dec-1928]
Member of the Waddy Forest Cricket Club in 1928-29 [4: 10-Nov-1928]
Competed in the nationwide Bateman Centenary Wheat Growers' Competition in 1929 [4: 17-May-1930]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club 1929-1932 [4: 24-Aug-1929, 22-Aug-1931] [5: 22-Jul-1932]
     Represented the Carnamah Rifle Club at the National Rifle Association Prize meeting in 1932 [5: 2-Sep-1932]
He was among those who attended the Centenary Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 26 July 1929 [86: 3-Aug-1929]
     The ball was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony [86]
Attended and spoke at the Welcome Home held in Coorow for Dr. W. P. SHANAHAN on 13 September 1930 [4: 27-Sep-1930]
He and his son attended what was described as a "monster meeting" in Carnamah about Bulk Wheat Handling on 14 July 1932 [P343]
In 1932 was the owner of a Hillman car and a Chevrolet truck with license plates CA-185 and CA-204 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
At one stage had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanic Henry Parkin & Son [53]
Foundation Committee Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society 1932-1936 [4: 9-Apr-1932] [5: 13-Mar-1936] [150]
Attended, exhibited and competed at the first Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show held in Maley Park, Coorow on 8 September 1932 [5]
     Won 1st prize for a Male White Leghorn in the Poultry section and came 2nd in the Flag Race of the Horse Events [5: 16-Sep-1932]
Won 2nd prize for female Black Orpington in the Poultry section of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1933 [5: 15-Sep-1933]
In 1933 purchased two bags of seed wheat of the sought after Comeback wheat and reaped 62 bags from ten acres [5: 23-Feb-1934]
In November 1933 he and Ivor B. ROBERTS proposed a Rifle Club be formed at Coorow [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Founding Member and Inaugural Captain of the Coorow Rifle Club in 1934 [5: 5-Jan-1934] [39: 21-Dec-1933] [P15]
     Along with Charles BOTHE, Baxter BOTHE and Ivor ROBERTS built the Coorow Rifle Range in July 1934 [5: 20-Jul-1934]
     Member of the Coorow team that travelled to compete in Namban at the end of November 1934 [86: 1-Dec-1934]
     Competed at Geraldton in the North-West Union Shoots from 1935 to 1939 [86: 9-Apr-1935, 17-Aug-1939]
     He was part of the Coorow team that competed in the Lester Shield Competition at Geraldton in 1936 [86: 6-Aug-1936]
     He was once more Captain of the Coorow Rifle Club in 1935-36, 1936-37 and 1937-38 [5: 1-Nov-1935, 31-Jul-1936, 16-Jul-1937, 30-Jul-1937]
     Donated trophies to the Coorow Rifle Club in 1935 which were won by John S. READ and F. Keith MORCOMBE [5: 1-Nov-1935]
     He presented the trophies at the Coorow Rifle Club's Annual Ball at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 28 November 1936 [5: 4-Dec-1936]
He and brother-in-law William G. MORCOMBE used to shoot rabbits in Waddy Forest - up to 100 in a day [P32]
Building of a new cement brick extension [P343] to the house on his farm in Waddy Forest commenced in February 1934 [5: 9-Feb-1934]
      He also had a cement brick cottage built for his son Gilbert and daughter-in-law Fay, who married in March 1934 [P343]
Along with Phil, Stella and Keith MORCOMBE travelled to Perth by car on 16 March 1934 to attend his son's wedding [5: 23-Mar-1934]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Progress Association in 1934 [5: 8-Jun-1934]
Had a wireless set (radio) installed at his home on Enfield Park in Waddy Forest towards the end of July 1934 [5: 27-Jul-1934]
Himself, his son Gilbert, daughter-in-law Fay and the NICHOLLS boys travelled to Perth by car on Sunday 29 July 1934 [5: 3-Aug-1934]
Over the first weekend in August 1934 his niece Sister FOLLAND of the Dalwallinu Hospital stayed with them in Waddy [5: 10-Aug-1934]
Exhibited in four sections of the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show at Maley Park, Coorow on Thursday 30 August 1934 [5: 7-Sep-1934]
     Received 1st prize for Yearling Draught Colt or Filly and 2nd for a Draught Stallion in the Horse section [5]
     Won 1st prize for male and 2nd for female Black Orpingtons in the Poultry section; and 2nd prizes for Lemons and White Eggs [5]
     The horses he exhibited in shows were walked by his son from his farm to Coorow, a distance of 15 miles each way [P343]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Attended the Official Opening of the Coorow Rifle Club's Rifle Range on Saturday 8 September 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
A sample of his outstanding wheat was part of the Coastal District Display at the Perth Royal Show in 1934 [5: 19-Oct-1934]
He and his brother-in-law Phil MORCOMBE received horses imported from South Australia on 21 November 1934 [5: 23-Nov-1934]
Member of the Waddy Forest Tennis Club in 1934-35 [5: 19-Oct-1934]
Owner of the registered four year old draught stallion named Penryn Leader in 1934-35 [5: 25-Jan-1935]
During early July 1935 he was an inmate of the Moora Hospital, during which time his condition "improved favourably" [5: 12-Jul-1935]
     After being an inmate of the Moora Hospital for some time he returned to his home in Waddy Forest on 20 July 1935 [5: 26-Jul-1935]
Won 1st prize for Australian Strong White Wheat at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on 5 September 1935 [5: 13 & 20-Sep-1935]
     A week later repeated his success by winning 1st for Australian Strong White Wheat at the Carnamah Agricultural Show [5]
During the second half of September 1935 he was an inmate of the Carnamah Private Hospital and was "improving" [5: 27-Sep-1935]
     Left the Carnamah Private Hospital on 12 October 1935 and returned to Waddy Forest well on the road to recovery [5: 18-Oct-1935]
Won 3rd prize for "any other variety of Premier Strong wheat" for Zone 2 at the Royal Show in Perth in 1935 [5: 18-Oct-1935]
Travelled from Waddy Forest to Perth on Monday 21 October 1935 to embark on a health tour and visit relatives [5: 1-Nov-1935]
     Departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the Duntroon en route for a holiday in South Australia on 24 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
     Arrived back to his home in Waddy Forest on Monday night 17 February 1936 "looking very well and fit" [5: 21-Feb-1936]
Competed at the Official Opening of the Three Springs Rifle Club's rifle range in Three Springs on Thursday 23 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Financial Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society in 1936 [150]
He won the majority of the awards in the Horse section at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show on Thursday 3 September 1936 [5]
     He was awarded both 1st and 2nd prizes for Draught Mare and for Team of Two Farm Horses in Harness; [5]
     1st for Team of Two Farm Horses in Harness bred by exhibitor; 2nd for Brood Mare visibly in or with foal and Draught Stallion [5]
     As the most successful exhibitor of the Horse section he won the Hugh Fischer Trophy [5: 4 & 11-Sep-1936]
Received prize money through competing at the meeting of the National Rifle Association of WA in Swanbourne in 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Convened the Social Evening held at the Waddy Forest Hall on Tuesday evening 15 December 1936 [5: 18-Dec-1936]
     At the Social Evening a collection was taken to help provide Christmas cheer for the Victoria Park Methodist Children's Home [5]
Most successful exhibitor and winner of the President's Trophy at the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]
     Won 1st and 2nd for Team of Two Farm Horses in Harness and for Team of Two Farm Horses in Harness bred by exhibitor [5]
     Also won 1st and 2nd for 2-year Gelding and Brood Mare; and 2nd prizes for Draught Mare and Draught Gelding [5]
     In the Vegetable section won 1st prizes for Lettuce and Onions and 2nd for Collection of Vegetables [5]
     In Grain & Fodder received 1st and 2nd for Wheaten Chaff, 1st for Green Oats for Hay and 2nd for Comeback Wheat [5]
Resided in Waddy Forest until his death in 1941 [6] [19] from heart complications due to rheumatic fever earlier in life [P343]
Father of Gilbert and Nance [14]
Died 23 August 1941 at the Moora District Hospital, Moora; buried Moora Public Cemetery, Moora WA (Methodist, Plot 47) [116]

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 30 August 1941:
Obituary - Death of Waddy Forest Resident - Late Mr. S. L. Folland
"The death occurred at Moora on Saturday night last of a well-known resident of Waddy Forest in the person of Mr. S. L. Folland, who has for some years past been an extremely popular figure in the district. The deceased gentleman was keenly interested in public affairs generally, but he was particularly active in rifle shooting, having fulfilled the duties of captain of the Coorow Club since its inception. He was an excellent marksman and was always ready and willing to give other members the benefit of his wide experience. The late Mr. Folland is survived by a widow, one son (Gilbert) and one daughter (Nancy). The funeral took place at Moora on Monday last and was largely attended by friends and relatives, the chief mourners at the graveside being Mrs. S. L. Folland (wife), Miss N. Folland (daughter) and Mr and Mrs G. R. Folland. Members of the Coorow Rifle Club formed a guard of honour at the cemetery and representatives of the Coorow unit of the Home Guard acted as pall-bearers. Amongst those noticed at the graveside were Mr and Mrs P. W. Hunt, Mr and Mrs C. C. Bothe, Mr and Mrs B. D. Bothe, Mr and Mrs B. Lampard, Miss A. Peters, Messrs P. T. Morcombe, W. G. Morcombe, T. Morcombe, A. C. Broun, V. W. Broun, C. M. Broun, G. J. Underwood, E. W. Fowler, T. Read, G. E. Peters, A. Rudduck, A. C. Bierman, J. H. Doney, I. B. Roberts, W. Davies, S. R. Tomkins, J. Hogbin, D. J. McCann, C. H. Gronow, M. L. Gronow, H. T. Melvin, F. Bingham, W. S. Mitchell, G. Lambert, W. J. Gaunt, J. Read, D. E. Fowler, R. Wallace, M. G. Greenwood, E. Chapman and R. Clark."

Extract from the diary of Stanley Lorraine Folland:
Wheat Grown in Western Australia
     "Whilst it would have been interesting for sake of comparisons, to have entered here a short record of wheat grown on the West Coast [of South Australia] throughout the 13 years there, the returns were so disgustingly heartbreaking that to forget and let those miserable, disappointing years fade from our memory will be best. But, just so that it will be seen that our desire to get away from there was fully justified, suffice to say that out of those 13 years not more than three years was our farm average better than six bushels per acre.
     After spending 13 years at Hundred of Goode, North of Ceduna, West Coast of South Australia, trying fruitlessly to grow good crops of wheat we finally decided to leave, while it was still possible. Paid a visit to W.A. in August 1924 and select a block at Waddy Forest - 15 miles NE of Coorow on the Midland Railway - beautifully timbered with Salmon Gums and Gimlet, Jam and scrub. Crops seen on this trip and in this district were wonderful and were the last deciding factor. I was convinced that it was absolutely useless trying any longer whilst there was country such as I had inspected, available. Of course it meant "Starting from Scratch" again but that was not enough to stop me, so, back to the Coast I went - took off my last "W. Coast crop" and sold up everything excepting the farm, which we left as no good, and went to Adelaide - arriving on 1st March 1925. Left by Trans train for Perth on March 6th and arrived in Perth on 9th. We left for Coorow on 19th. After about three weeks of running about looking for horses etc, we all came out to the Black to "Start Again" on Monday 6 April 1925.
     From March 19th 'til April 6th we all stayed at Will's and we cannot forget how food they were to us and will always be grateful for their kindness and great help during that period of worry.
     A few days before our arrival the clearers put a fire through the 120 acres of cut down timber but results were very disappointing owing to the timber not being dry enough. However, the clearers did eventually finish up and we finished our first seeding at "Enfield Park" in WA on 6th July 1925.
     Note:- Just a sample of harvest report from an old note book referring to crop on West Coast:- Reaped 435 acres for 428 bags!!!"

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Stanley Lorraine Folland' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 22 July 2024 from [reference list]

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