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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Ted" Theodore Oswald WITTWER

Born 30 November 1911 in Eudunda, South Australia [16]
Son of Johann August WITTWER and Emma Lydia GREGURKE [55]
Spent his childhood in Geranium Plains and his young manhood in Oxford Landing in South Australia [P152]
Educated at the local school in Geranium Plains and at Riverton High School near Clare in South Australia [P152]
Following the completion of his schooling worked on his mother's property at Oxford Landing and also as a grape-picker [P152]
Shifted to Western Australia in 1935 to work for South Australian Bill MICKIE who had obtained farmland near Morawa [P152]
Farmhand in Three Springs in 1938 [19] for a farmer next door to "Percy" Percival L. MILLARD [P152]
Began share-farming in Three Springs with Percival L. MILLARD and continued share-farming in East Three Springs until 1942 [P152]
Also share-farmed on very fine land in Three Springs belonging to "Mac" Murray M. WILSON [P73]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club in 1938-39 [89]
Sergeant W71813 in Three Springs' local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Married Peggy Florence ROGERS in Perth in 1943 [66]
In 1943 settled on Lot 13 of the Inering Estate on the east side of the Carnamah-Perenjori Road in Carnamah [P152]
He was the successful applicant to take up the farm on Conditional Purchase from the Agricultural Bank [P73]
The farm had belonged to John E. ILES and prior to him taking up the farm it had been leased and farmed by John BOWMAN [P73]
Farmer of Glen Oxford Farm on the east side of the Carnamah-Perenjori Road in Carnamah 1943-1996 [P152] [P75]
He was manpowered during the Second World War [P73]
Obtained the telephone in 1945 - was telephone number Carnamah-17S from 1945 to 1959 [60]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1946-1971 [13]
Served on the North Midlands Anglican Church Vestry 1947-1952 [167]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1947-1954 and 1960-1966 [58]
Assistant Steward of the Sheep section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1949 [13]
When William W. J. PRICE decided to sell his farm his specifically went straight to Ted and gave him first option of buying it [P73]
Purchased William PRICE's Passchendaele Farm (Lot 8 of the Inering Estate) in 1949 [P152]
On 7 April 1953 had stolen a travelling rug and a blanket belonging to him, jointly valued at £3 [22]
A 23 year old man was found to be responsible for the theft, was sentenced to three months hard labour; the items were returned [22]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club from 1954-55 to 1957-58 [89]
In 1960 his telephone number changed from Carnamah-17S to Carnamah-90S and in 1969 it changed again to Carnamah-90 [60]
President of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1956-1958 and later a Life Member [13]
Committee Member of Carnamah's branch of the Farmers' Union of WA in 1957 [4: 5-Apr-1957]
Member of the Carnamah School Board in 1957 [4: 22-Mar-1957]
Passed away at the age of 84 years at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [24]
Father of Keeva and Peter [P152]
Died 10 June 1996 in Three Springs; buried Three Springs General Cemetery, Three Springs (Uniting, Plot 41) [24]
He was registered at birth as Oswald Theodore WITTWER [55]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Theodore Oswald Wittwer' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 15 August 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/theodore-oswald-wittwer [sources]




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