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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Tom" Thomas Francis BERRIGAN

Born 13 January 1915 in Moora, Western Australia [16]
Son of "Tom" Thomas Joseph BERRIGAN and Johanna Catherine KEYS [P134]
Resided in Three Springs with his parents until shifting with them to Carnamah in mid 1927 [P134]
Student at the Dominican Convent School in Three Springs from June 1921 until presumably mid 1927 [98] [--]
Resided with his parents at 14 Boojerabba Street in Carnamah in 1927 [P39]
Boarding Student at Saint Ildephonsus College in New Norcia 1928-1930, however spent his school holidays in Carnamah [187] [P134]
Resided in Kalgoorlie where he was studying Chemistry as an Apprentice in 1932 and 1933 [5: 27-Jan-1933] [P134]
In 1933 he was working with Alex TROUCHET at his chemist's shop at 132 Hannan Street in Kalgoorlie [6] [187]
His sister Eileen and her friend Miss M. JEFFERSON visited him in Kalgoorlie in January 1933 [5: 27-Jan-1933]
Spent his holidays in January 1934 and February 1935 in Carnamah staying with his parents [5: 5-Jan-1934, 1-Mar-1935]
     He had stayed at the Perth Hotel prior to visiting his parents in February 1935, during which time his suitcase was stolen [5]
     The man responsible for stealing the case and its contents, valued at £7, was sentenced to six months imprisonment [5: 8-Mar-1935]
Organised a reunion dinner for old boys of Saint Ildephonsus College in New Norcia who were in Kalgoorlie in 1934 [187]
Completed his studies and became a qualified chemist [P5]
Worked at Troucher & Bert Elliot's pharmacy in Kalgoorlie and then for Troucher and Fitch within Boan's Store in Perth [P134]
Then worked at the Cloverdale Pharmacy in Perth, in Dalwallinu, and for Cecil WRIGHT in Midland [P134]
For twelve months worked for the jeweller's CARIS Bros in Perth and Kalgoorlie[P134]
Spent a vacation staying with his parents in Carnamah during January and February 1936 [5: 10-Jan-1936, 14-Feb-1936]
     Attended Miss Olive W. KAU's 21st birthday at Meadow Dale Farm in Coorow on Saturday evening 18 January 1936 [5: 24-Jan-1936]
     Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
     Concluded his extended holiday with his parents in Carnamah and returned to Perth on Thursday 13 February 1936 [5: 14-Feb-1936]
The Australian Mutual Provident Society issued him with a special life insurance policy on 8 April 1936 [5: 6-Mar-1936]
     Received the special policy following a declaration his policy had been burnt and advertising in The North Midland Times [5]
Married Edna Lillian MAY on 25 March 1940 in Kalgoorlie [P134]
Enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in Perth on 9 November 1941 [16]
     Just prior to embarking overseas with the Air Force he received word of his father's death [P134]
     After training in Australia he was attached to the Royal Air Force in Britain and served in Germany, North Africa and Algiers [P134]
     Initially a Bomber Pilot [P134]; and later Flying Officer 415494 in the Royal Australian Air Force's ABU SUGIS [16]
     Discharged from the Royal Australian Air Force on 30 November 1945 [16]
After returning from the war resided in Margaret Street, Midland Junction WA[P134]
In 1948 he opened a pharmacy in Brockman Street, Pemberton WA which was later shifted to another shop in Brockman Street [P134]
During his time in Pemberton resided first in Brockman Street and later in Jamieson Street [P134]
From 1970 to 1978 ran a pharmacy in Wilson WA before retiring in 1978 [P134]
Resided at Marmion Street in Cottesloe and then at Jackson Avenue in Karrinyup[P134]
Father of Judy, Frances, Gwen, Thomas and Brian [P134]
Died 28 August 1983; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Lawn, E, 657) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Thomas Francis Berrigan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 28 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/thomas-francis-berrigan [sources]




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