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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Tom" Thomas Alexander LUCAS

Born 29 September 1906 in Ayr, Scotland [16]
Resided in Carnamah, Western Australia from 1932 until 1939 [4] [5]
In October 1935 he was an employee of the Carnamah District Road Board [5: 18-Oct-1935]
He later worked in Carnamah as a Well Sinker and Labourer [4: 11-Jan-1936][6] [22]
In 1933 he was living at Hostel Carnamah, often referred to as Brown's Boarding House, at 15 & 17 Caron Street [81: 8-Jan-1933]
Competitor in the Carnamah Athletic Club's first ever boxing tournament in Carnamah in 1932 [4: 6-Feb-1932]
Played for the Bachelors in a 'Benedicts verses Bachelors' cricket match in Carnamah on Sunday 18 December 1932 [5: 23-Dec-1932]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1932-33 and from 1934-35 to 1937-38 [4: 4-Mar-1933,  22-Dec-1934]
Competitor in John A. KENNY's 2nd Billiard Tournament conducted within Mackie's Buildings in Carnamah in 1933 [5: 14-Jul-1933]
Paid £2/5/- in Vermin Bonuses by the Carnamah District Road Board in June 1934 for killing three foxes and three dog pups [300: page 42]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club - Trainer with Sydney H. BLAY in 1934 and Sole Trainer in 1936 [5: 20-Apr-1934, 17-Apr-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club from 1934-35 to 1937-38 [5: 21-Dec-1934, 23-Oct-1936, 24-Dec-1937]
      Upon the creation of two teams he played for Carnamah Reds in 1935-36 but Carnamah Blues in 1937-38 [5: 11-Oct-1935, 24-Dec-1937]
Played for the victorious latter in the Married verses Single men's cricket match in Carnamah on Sunday 3 February 1935 [5: 8-Feb-1935]
Attended the Annual General Meeting of the Carnamah Cricket Club on Monday evening 23 September 1935 [5: 4-Oct-1935]
He was making satisfactory progress at the Carnamah Private Hospital in mid October 1935 with an injured elbow [5: 18-Oct-1935]
On 7 January 1936 at the Carnamah Police Court he was fined £1 and 3/- costs on the charge of disorderly conduct [5: 10-Jan-1936] [88]
Travelled to and from cricket in Coorow with his team-mates on the back of Charlie OLSON's truck on 9 February 1936 [5: 14-Feb-1936]
     On their way back to Carnamah the truck hit a bank on the side of the road and they were all thrown off the back of the truck [5]
     Only one of his team-mates was slightly injured, and after repairing the truck they carried on with their journey home [5]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Dinner at the Carnamah Hotel on Sunday 6 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Came 2nd by a fraction of a wheel in the Carnamah Athletic Club's Hurry Scurry Bike Race of Sunday 6 December 1936 [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Member of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club in 1936-37 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Won the Throwing Sack at the R.S.L. Easter Athletic Sports Meeting in Carnamah on Monday 29 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
At 10.6 stone competed in the Boxing Tournament before a full house in Carnamah on Saturday evening 28 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
     At the start of the fourth of five two-minute rounds against Edward LATHAM (9.9 stone) his competitor threw in the towel [5]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1938 [4: 9-Jul-1938]
Member of the Carnamah Social Club in 1938 [0: image 03781]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1939 [489]
Member of the Carnamah Athletic Club in 1939 [0: image 03790]
Resided in Carnamah until enlisting for service in the Australian Army in November 1939 [6] [0: image 02939]
     Private WX416 in the Australian Army's 2/11 Australian Infantry Battalion during the Second World War [16]
     In December 1941 while serving in Syria received a Christmas present from the Carnamah Girls Club [0: image 04071]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 17 October 1945 [16]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Innaloo [2]
Died 3 November 1972; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Crematorium Rose Gardens, 28, 148) [2]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 13 February 1942:
"Letters from Abroad. The following letters have been received by the Carnamah Girls' Club in appreciation of the Christmas parcels which they forwarded to members of the forces serving overseas:- WX416 Cpl. T. A. Lucas, H. Q. Coy., 2/11th Bn., Abroad
I am writing to you hoping you will thank the Carnamah Girls' Club for me for the Christmas present which they sent to me. The boys and myself enjoyed it very much. I will try and give an idea what Syria is like. The weather is bitterly cold, and we have had two falls of snow so far, and a lot more to come by the look of the weather to-night. Damascus is a very nice place, quite a change from the Arab places in Palestine, Egypt and Libya. Of course most of the Arabs here are Christians and it seems to make all the difference. Beirut is half French and half Arab, as most places here are. The country is very much like Greece - mountains and plains. One will climb for an hour or more to get to the top of the mountains and then you can see the road winding and twisting for miles down to the plains. Please wish all the girls in the club a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year for me and once again thanking you all."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Thomas Alexander Lucas' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 16 January 2021 from [sources]

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