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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Tom" Thomas Forrest PATERSON

Born 9 January 1898 in Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland [28]
Son of John PATERSON and Martha Scoular FORREST [28]
He was born at 10:00 a.m. at Howlands in Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland [28]
Grew up in Carluke, Lanarkshire, Scotland [P38] and in 1901 his father was working as a Carter for a coal company [20]
Served in the 7th Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders during the First World War [5: 3-Nov-1933] [86: 29-Oct-1932]
Surface Worker of Howlands in Carluke, Lanark, Scotland prior to leaving for Australia at the age of 24 years [203]
Departed London on the steamship Ormonde on 29 April 1922 and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 1 June 1922 [70] [203]
Farmhand for George SHARP on Yarrow Farm in Carnamah [P38]
Worked with the building crew who built the Carnamah Hotel in Macpherson Street, Carnamah in 1923 [P38]
Married "Bessie" Elizabeth Mary SHARP in Perth in 1925 [66]
Initially resided with his wife Bessie in a house between his father his father-in-law's Yarrow Farm and the Carnamah townsite [P38]
Resided at and owned the quarter acre 3 Robertson Street, Carnamah (Lot 23 of M1354) from at early as 1930 until 1952 [3] [61]
Labourer in Carnamah in 1927 [19] and Foreman of the Carnamah District Road Board 1929-1941 [6]
Attempted to crank the Carnamah District Road Board's Reo truck, which was bogged, on 7 July 1929, however it backfired [4]
     On backfiring the truck caught on fire and he narrowly escaped the flames, which he attempted to extinguish [4: 13 &20-Jul-1929]
Two years later, on 26 May 1931, the Carnamah District Road Board's tractor backfired and fractured his wrist [4: 30-May-1931]
He also fulfilled the duties of Vermin Inspector for the Carnamah District Road Board 1932-1942 [4: 19-Dec-1931] [5: 24-Dec-1936] [34]
Member of the Carnamah Lodge of the Manchester Unity Oddfellows Friendly Society (M.U.O.F.S.) in 1932 [5: 14-Oct-1932]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
Assisted the Carnamah Golf Club with the creation of their new golf course at Centenary Park in Carnamah in 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
He was among those from Carnamah who attended the R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Morawa on 28 October 1933 [5: 3-Nov-1933]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Member in 1934 and Committee Member in 1935 and 1936 of the Carnamah Golf Club[4: 7-Jul-1934] [5: 8-Mar-1935, 27-Mar-1936]
Attended the R.S.L. Annual General Meeting and Smoke Social at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 6 April 1935 [5: 12 & 19-Apr-1935]
Following an illness he resumed work in mid June 1935, and received half-pay for the duration of his time off work [5: 21-Jun-1935]
     He wrote to the Carnamah District Road Board thanking them for their consideration during his absence from work [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Attended the Fourth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Three Springs on Saturday 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1935 [5: 22-Nov-1935]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Came 2nd in the Old Buffers Race at the R.S.L. Easter Sports Meeting in Carnamah on Monday 13 April 1936 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Attended the R.S.L. Social to farewell "Chitter" George F. BROWN at the Carnamah Hostel on Friday evening 24 April 1936 [5]
     During the evening he related an amusing story about a man being lost in the goldfields [5: 1-May-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's 1936 season Opening Day at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 26 April 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association in 1936 [5: 12-Jun-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Athletic Club in 1936, and a Committee Member in 1937[5: 16-Oct-1936, 19-Mar-1937]
Came 3rd in the Old Stagers Bike Race held at the Carnamah Football Club's Scratch Match in Carnamah on 28 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Handicapper of the Carnamah Athletic Club's Inaugural Bike Races at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 12 July 1936 [5: 10-Jul-1936]
Himself, Edgar H. BENTLEY and Richard A. PIKE drew up rules for the Carnamah Athletic Club's Bike Racing in 1936 [5: 10-Jul-1936]
Advertised in August 1936 that he had a Essex Six runabout car in good working order for sale for £30 cash [5: 14-Aug-1936]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Florence PRICE of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on Tuesday 1 September 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Won the Hurry Scurry Bike Race conducted by the Carnamah Athletic Club on Sunday 6 September 1936 [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1936 and 1937 [5: 23-Oct-1936, 22-Jan-1937]
Attended the Farewell Social for departing postmaster R. Arthur LINDSAY at the Carnamah Hotel on 23 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Attended the Fifth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner in Dongara on Saturday evening 24 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Wrote to the Carnamah District Road Board in October 1936 in thanks for the interest in his work and for raising his wage [5: 6-Nov-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1936-37 [5: 23-Oct-1936]
Helped build the enclosure for the Carnamah Tennis Club's four new courts at Centenary Park in Carnamah in 1936-37 [5: 5-Feb-1937]
In January 1937 the Carnamah District Road Board approved plans for improvements to his home in Carnamah [5: 15-Jan-1937]
He and Cyril J. T. MARTYN of Carnamah spent a two week holiday at the coastal Perth suburb of Cottesloe in February [5]
     They returned to Carnamah by car with Ivan JOHNSON on Sunday afternoon 14 February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association in 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Coronation Celebrations Committee in 1937 [5: 30-Apr-1937]
     The festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth on 12 May [5]
Member of the Carnamah Cycle Club - Inaugural Handicapper in 1937, and briefly Inaugural Secretary [5: 21-May-1937, 16-Jul-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Boxing Tournament Committee in 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
     Referee's Assistant at the Boxing Tournament held in Carnamah on Saturday evening 28 August 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937, 3-Sep-1937]
Steward of the Bike Races at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on Thursday 9 September 1937 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
Casket carrier at the funeral of Carnamah doctor Cecil Phillip ROSENTHAL on 8 April 1939 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society [141]
Member of the 25th Machine Gun Regiment at Canning Weir WA during some of 1940[0: image 03961]
Member of the Carnamah Volunteer Defence Corps in 1941 [4: 29-Mar-1941]
Timekeeper for the Carnamah Football Club in 1941 [0: image 04007]
Member of the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club 1941-1945 [0: images 03995, 04085 & 04334
Private in the Australian Army's local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Member of the Carnamah Bush Fire Brigade in 1944 [0: image 04590]
Steward of the Ring Events section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Victory Show on 13 September 1945 [13]
Committee Member in 1946 and Financial Member 1946-1948 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [13] [58]
Sold his house at 3 Robertson Street, Carnamah to the Midland Railway Company on 21 March 1952 [3]
Left Carnamah and settled in Rockingham where he worked for the Rockingham Shire Council [P38]
Resided in Rockingham until his death in 1978 [2]
Father of John, Maureen and Donald [P38]
Died 17 September 1978; ashes interred Fremantle Cemetery, Perth suburb of Palmyra [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Thomas Forrest Paterson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 23 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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