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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Tom" Thomas Edward OVERSBY

Born 12 December 1884 in Garsdale, Yorkshire, England [20] [204]
Son of farmer John OVERSBY and Elizabeth LUND [20] [21]
He was one of twelve children with siblings Isabella, Izatt, Agnes, George, Rose, Michael, Anthony, John, Joseph and Margaret [20]
In 1891 was living with his parents and siblings at Hill in Garsdale, and in 1901 at 55 Alexandra Road in Great Crosby, Lancashire [20]
Departed from London, England on the steamship Otranto on 10 June 1910 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
     Travelled on the Otranto with his brother Jack and also on board was Miss Edna HUNTER, later Mrs POTTS of Three Springs [203]
Farmhand in Cunderdin, Western Australia in 1916 [50]
He and his brother Jack enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 26 January 1916 [30: item 8000273]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 6½ inches tall, weighed 125 pounds and had hazel eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion [30]
     After training at Maribyrnong, Victoria himself and his brother were appointed to the staff of the 23rd Howitzer Brigade [30]
     They embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A7 Medic on 20 May 1916 [18]
     Disembarked in Plymouth, England on 18 July 1916 and after further training proceeded to France on 31 December 1916 [30]
     Gunner 21930 in the Australian Imperial Force's 8th Field Artillery Brigade in France during the First World War [30]
     Wounded in Action in France on 24 April 1918 but remained at duty, and later suffered gassing but also remained at duty [30]
     Embarked from England on the H.T. Ormonde and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 24 July 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 7 September 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Farmhand in Winchester, South Carnamah in 1919 and 1920 [19]
Married Elspet FYFE in Perth in 1920 [66]
Farmer of Crosby Farm in Perenjori in partnership with his brother Jack as "Oversby Bros" 1921-1945 [6] [61] [80: 13-Nov-1928]
They appear to have named their farm Crosby after their childhood town of Great Crosby in Lancashire, England [20]
In 1923 they cropped 700 acres of their farm in Perenjori [10: 19-Jul-1923]
Member of the Perenjori Football Club - was President and in 1932 and Vice President in 1935 [39: 29-Mar-1935] [240: 2-Apr-1932]
After being unwell for a considerable time his wife died on 15 November 1936 and was buried at the Perenjori Cemetery [240: 23-Nov-1936]
In 1955 he spent seven months in England [204]
     Departed Fremantle, Western Australia with his brother Jack and sister-in-law Ann on the steamship Oronsay [204]
     They arrived on the Oronsay in London, England on 9 May 1955 and seven months later returned home to Australia [204]
Father of Tom, Jim and Ted [240: 23-Nov-1936]

From The Perenjori Pioneer newspaper, Saturday 23 November 1936:
"Death paid another unwelcome visit to the district when on Friday last, at Perenjori, it claimed Mrs Tom Oversby, mother of Tom, Jim and Ted. The deceased lady, who had been ailing for some considerable time, was a much-loved person and a member of a well respected family in the Perenjori district. Evidence of this was shown by the large attendance at the grave-side on Saturday afternoon when the burial service was read by Missioner Lewis. Chief among the mourners were: Mr Tom Oversby and three sons Tom, Jim and Ted, and Mr and Mrs Jack Oversby and daughters, Ruby and Jean."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Thomas Edward Oversby' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 19 September 2021 from [sources]

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