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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Steve" Stephen John Henry MORGAN

Born 1877 in Geraldton, Western Australia [15]
Son of Henry MORGAN and Annie Jane LITTLE [15]
Farmed in Moonyoonooka prior to purchasing the 945 acre Lot 4 of the Kadathinni Agricultural Area in Three Springs [44]
The Kadathinni Agricultural Area was 10,000 acres in size and was initially intended to be a State Experimental Farm [120: 5-Oct-1933]
Farmer of Mingatarra Farm in Three Springs 1906- [P109]
     His farm's name was said to have been an Aboriginal word or term meaning "millions of ants" [P109]
     By 1912 he had extended his farm by 1,000 acres with the acquisition of Victoria Locations 4212 and 4213 [44]
     His original 945 acres was on the north side of Nebru Road, while his 1,000 aces was situated opposite on the south side [62]
Foundation Committee Member of the Kadathinni Cricket Club in Three Springs in 1909 [9: 20-Aug-1909]
In 1910 grew approximately 60 acres of crop on his farm in Three Springs [9: 17-Jun-1910]
Married Ann WHITEHURST on 2 November 1910 at the Anglican Church in Geraldton[9: 16-Dec-1910]
     His best man at their wedding was T. J. CARSON, while the bridesmaids were Ann's sisters [9]
Member of the committee formed in July 1910 to obtain an Agricultural Hall for Three Springs [9: 22-Jul-1910]
Sang a song at the Social hosted by Charlie and Winifred THOMAS at the schoolroom in Three Springs on 30 July 1910 [9: 12-Aug-1910]
Member of the Three Springs Local Board of Health in 1910 [9: 26-Aug-1910]
Inaugural Vice President of the Three Springs Race Club in 1910 and 1911 [9: 23-Dec-1910]
Member of the Kadathinni Farmers and Progress Association - was President in 1910 and 1911 [9: 1-Jul-1910] [31: 3-May-1911]
Ran in an election to fill a vacancy on the Upper Irwin Road Board in early 1911[9: 24-Feb-1911]
     The Kadathinni Farmers and Progress Association supported and promoted his candidature in the election [9]
Presided over Samuel J. F. MOORE's talk on Referenda in Three Springs on the evening of Easter Monday 17 April 1911 [9: 21-Apr-1911]
While working on his dam with a pick in November 1914 the pick hit a trench, slid and went through his boot and into his foot [10]
     As he was on his own he had to pull the pick out, and on doing so promptly fainted, despite being as "tough as nails" [10]
     A week later it was reported that his foot was doing well, although he had to keep off his feet for some time [10: 20-Nov-1914]
Attended and donated 5/- at the Westralia Red Cross Day Basket Social & Dance held in Three Springs on 30 July 1915 [10: 6-Aug-1915]
Clerk of Scales for the Horse Races conducted at the annual "Three Springs Day" on Monday 16 September 1915 [10: 24-Sep-1915]
Donated a bag of flour for the Red Cross Society's Basket Social & Dance held in Three Springs on 22 November 1916 [10: 5-Dec-1916]
Signed the petition and financial guarantee in 1917 for the Midland Railway Company to provide a resident doctor at Three Springs [34]
Entrant in the Ugly Man Competition held in 1917 to raise money to pay for the gas plant at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs [10]
     Out of the ten competitors he came eighth, his involvement helping to raise the amount of £42/13/4 [10: 6-Jul-1917]
He cleared Station Road in Three Springs for 1/9 per chain for the Upper Irwin Road Board in mid 1919 [9: 27-Jun-1919]
Member of the Hall Committee that managed the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs in 1919-20 [9: 29-Aug-1919]
Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1919, 1920 and 1922 - was also Vice President in 1920 [124]
Won 1st prize for Chaff at the annual picnic and show, the Three Springs Day, held on Thursday 23 September 1920 [10: 15-Oct-1920]
The Three Springs Kangaroo Hunting & Picnic Party inspected his crops on the way to their hunt of 1-2 September 1922 [9: 15-Sep-1922]
Won 1st prize for Green Peas exhibited at the Three Springs Day in Three Springs on Thursday 28 September 1922 [9: 20-Oct-1922]
Presented the Three Springs Anglican Church with fruit and veg at its Harvest Thanksgiving service on 23 March 1930 [4: 29-Mar-1930]
Exhibited in the Grain & Fodder section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show on Thursday 22 September 1932 [5: 30-Sep-1932]
     Received 2nd prizes for Australian Strong White Wheat, Brown Oats, Wheaten Chaff and for Brown Wheaten Chaff [5]
Inaugural West Lieutenant of the Three Springs Road Board District Bush Fire Brigade in 1933-34 and 1934-35 [5: 27-Oct-1933, 9-Nov-1934]
Won 2nd prizes for White Oats and Wheaten Chaff at the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 21 September 1933 [5: 29-Sep-1933]
He was among those from Three Springs who attended the R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Morawa on 28 October 1933 [5: 3-Nov-1933]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Agricultural Society 1934-1937 [5: 13-Apr-1934, 1-May-1936, 25-Mar-1937]
Exhibited in the Sheep and Vegetable sections of the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1934 [5: 21-Sep-1934]
     Won a 1st prize for Parsnips, and 2nd prizes for Broad Beans and for "Three fat lambs suitable for export bred by exhibitor" [5]
Served on the Board of the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs 1934-1943 [5: 13-Jul-1934] [109]
During January 1935 sold four bales of wool through the agency of Elder Smith & Co for 11d. per pound [5: 1-Feb-1935]
Won the Cockies Cup in the Horse Events of the Saint Patrick's Day Sports held in Three Springs on 18 March 1935 [5: 22-Mar-1935]
Attended the Annual Ratepayers' Meeting of the Three Springs Road Board at 3 p.m. on Saturday 13 April 1935 [5: 19-Apr-1935]
Helped run the North Midlands Wheatgrowers Union Annual Picnic and Ball held in Three Springs on 21 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Attended the Zone Meeting of the North Midlands Wheatgrowers Union in Perenjori on Sunday 3 November 1935 [5: 15-Nov-1935]
In November 1935 sold 15 shorn ewes at 4/-, 43 shorn ewes at 2/10, and 2 shorn wethers at 8/- per head [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of William B. SHERIDAN of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Among those who attended the Special Ratepayers Meeting of the Three Springs Road Board on Monday 10 March 1936 [5: 13-Mar-1936]
     After much discussion it was requested that the Board's members resign and half did causing the Road Board to become defunct [5]
Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1936 [5: 26-Jun-1936]
     Donated freehold land to the Three Springs Rifle Club, on which a rifle range was established in 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936, 24-Dec-1936]
     In recognition he was bestowed the honour of firing the first shot at the official opening of the range on Thursday 23 July 1936 [5]
     Afterwards the Three Springs Rifle Club presented him with a silver and suitably engraved shell from the cartridge he'd fired [5]
Donor to the Athletic Sports run by the North Midlands Zone Council of the Wheatgrowers Union in Three Springs in 1936 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
Member of the Three Springs branch of the Wheatgrowers Union in 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Attended the opening of the Nurse's Quarters in Three Springs and dinner at the Commercial Hotel on 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Won 1st prize for Lettuce in the Vegetable section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in Carnamah on 9 September 1937 [5: 17-Sep-1937]
Resided in Three Springs until his death in 1964 [24]
Father of Alexander, Rachel, Henry, Ann and John [P109]
Died 22 June 1964; buried Three Springs General Cemetery, Three Springs (Anglican, Row 3, Plot 107) [24]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Stephen John Henry Morgan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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