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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Tom" / "Phonsie" Thomas Alphonsus LYNCH

Born 22 April 1901 in Kells, County Meath, Ireland [16]
Son of Philip LYNCH and Sarah MCENROE [201]
Departed London, England with his parents on the Omrah and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 25 March 1909 [201] [203]
After residing with his parents in North Perth for a few months shifted with them to Three Springs in later 1909 [201]
Resided with his parents on Shamrock Farm in Three Springs 1909-1914 [19] [24]
Student at the Three Springs State School - was Dux of Standard V in 1913 [9: 19-Dec-1913]
Following the death of his mother he lived with his aunt's sister Mrs Mary O'BRIEN in North Perth 1914-1920 [201]
Enrolled as a Boarding Student at Saint Idephonsus College in New Norcia on 30 July 1917 [187]
In 1920 he was attending Technical School in Perth [187]
Farmhand and Contractor in Three Springs 1921-1924 [6] [19]
     Manager of his uncle Senator Patrick J. LYNCH's Mount Leonora Farm in Three Springs 1921-1924 [201]
     Member of the Arrino Football Club in 1920 [10: 9-Jul-1920]
     Member of the Three Springs Football Club 1922-1924 [10: 28-Jul-1922, 19-Jul-1923, 12-Jun-1924]
     Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1922-23 [9: 12-Jan-1923]
     Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1923 [124]
     He and Charles F. THOMAS ran the tote at the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Celebrations on 15 March 1923 [9: 13-Apr-1923]
     Left Three Springs in 1924 and shifted to virgin land in Hyden that had been purchased by his uncle Senator Patrick J. LYNCH [201]
Farmer of Limeric Farm in Hyden [201]
     On arrival Hyden was "wild country" and he had to clear a road through bush to the property as well as the property itself [201]
     He helped build the town hall in Hyden and with his son later built the Hyden Hotel [201]
     As one of the Hyden district's earliest settlers and pioneers of he was referred to as "the father of the district" [201]
     Along with his father and sister Mary travelled to Ireland to attend the Eucharistic Congress in 1932 [201]
     Departed London, England with his sister on the steamship Orsova and arrived back in Western Australia on 15 November 1932 [63]
     Married Margaret Veronica LYNCH in Perth in 1940 [66]
     His cousin "Jack" John J. HYNES later married his wife's sister "Molly" Mary C. LYNCH [201]
     Private W74481 in Karlgarin's local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
     His children Philip and Ann initially attended the Hyden State School in Hyden [98]
     On 7 February 1950 his two children were enrolled at the Dominican Convent School in Three Springs, presumably as boarders [98]
     He and his wife also had a house at 2 Unwin Crescent in the Perth suburb of Salter Point [201]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Manning [2]
Father of Philip and Ann [201]
Died 7 March 1990; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Lawn, H, 713) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Thomas Alphonsus Lynch' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 June 2022 from [reference list]

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