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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Thomas BATTERSBY

Born 18 June 1901 in Boulder, Western Australia [P335]
Son of George John Thomas BATTERSBY and Annie Mary HUTCHINS [P335]
Resided with his parents in Boulder, Mount Magnet and Cue where his father worked as a Miner [P335]
In 1908 settled with his parents in Coorow, where his father began farming and established Wattle Vale Farm [P335]
     His name was listed as a prospective student in applications for an assisted State School to be established in Coorow in 1911 [215]
     Student at the Coorow State School in 1912, which was conducted from a bush shed on his father's farm in Coorow [215]
     His name was used as a prospective student in applications in May 1913 to have the closed Coorow State School reopened [215]
Farmer in Coorow 1922-1933 [19] [50]
     Married Daisy Gertrude FERGUSON in Perth in 1924 [66]
     In May 1925 he advertised that he was wanting three good farm workers (horses) [81: 24-May-1925]
For a period he farmed in Marchagee, on a property located nine miles east of the Marchagee railway siding [81: 29-Jun-1930]
     His Marchagee farm was 2,912 acres in size and consisted of Victoria Locations 5828, 5829, 7401 and 8433 [39: 5-Jul-1929]
     800 acres of the farm was first class land, 700 acres second class land and the remainder was sandplain country [39: 5-Jul-1929]
     The farm also contained a well and a jarrah weatherboard and iron house of five rooms with a back side verandah [81: 29-Jun-1930]
     Member of the East Marchagee Cricket Club in 1928-29 [9: 9-Nov-1928] [86: 11-Jan-1929]
     After going bankrupt tenders were invited in July 1929 for the purchase of his farmland in Marchagee [39: 27-Jun-1929, 5-Jul-1929]
In 1932 he had a hired Chevrolet truck registered with the Carnamah District Road Board with license plate CA-8 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
He'd left the Coorow district by 1936 when he was living at 6 Maude Street in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park [50]
In 1937 he was working as a labourer and living with his wife and mother at 82 Gerrard Street in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park [50]
During mid 1942 he was working as a driver at the Remount Depot in the Perth suburb of Guildford [39: 10-Jul-1942]
     At the time his wife and children were living in Bencubbin, when their youngest son passed away aged three years [39: 10-Jul-1942]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Guildford prior to enlisting in the Australian Army on 14 October 1942 [16]
     Private WX34020 in the Australian Army's Catering Corps during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 15 October 1945 [16]
In 1949 he was working as a trapper and was living at 28 Helena Street in the Perth suburb of East Guildford [50]
Contractor in Muchea 1954 [50]
In August 1954 he applied to takeover the license for the Railway Refreshment Rooms in Muchea [39: 4-Sep-1954]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Lockridge [2]
Father of Lionel, Vernon, Colin, Betty, Norman and Douglas [39: 10-Jul-1942]
Died 7 May 1978; ashes interred Midland Cemetery, Perth suburb of Midland (Old Ashes Site, Old Style Memorial, 66) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Thomas Battersby' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 August 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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