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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Thomas GARTH

Born 29 July 1896 in Mohir, India [16] [30]
Son of Thomas James and Sarah Ann GARTH [30]
Departed Liverpool, England with his parents on the Belgic and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 12 November 1911 [70]
In 1914 was working as a Driver and living at 12 Clarence Street in Perth, Western Australia [18]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Blackboy Hill on 26 August 1914[30: item 4028304]
     On enlistment was described as 15 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 140 lbs. with blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion [30]
     It was also noted under distinctive marks that he was missing his little toe from both his left and right foot [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the Transport A7 Medic on 2 November 1914 [18]
     Driver 2149 with the 1st Australian Divisional Ammunition Column in Gallipoli and France during the First World War [30]
     In November and December 1916 his father and his brother Frank, also in the A.I.F., were both Killed in Action [30]
     His brother John had also been badly wounded and on 13 December 1916 he requested to return to Australia to assist his mother [30]
     Owing to the circumstances of himself and his mother his request was approved however in the interim he had been hospitalised [30]
     Following orders he was evacuated to England and subsequently returned to Australia in May 1917 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 16 July 1917 [30]
Married Kate Darling CAMPBELL in Perth on 1 March 1919 [7: page 8] [66]
Farmer and freehold owner of Glenyarri Farm in Carnamah 1921-1929 [6] [7: page 8] [4: 31-Aug-1929] [61]
     The farm was 1,297 acres in size and consisted of Victoria Locations 6924 and 6927 [4: 31-Aug-1929] [44]
     His farm was part of the Yarra Yarra Estate [194] and was situated on the east side of the Yarra Yarra Lakes [62]
     Yarra Yarra was one of four soldier settlement estates in Carnamah, and had previously belonged to Donald MACPHERSON [244]
Attended a meeting at the Carnamah Hall on Easter Sunday 27 March 1921 to discuss the need of a doctor and hospital [10: 8-Apr-1921]
     He stated he thought they had no chances of getting a doctor and should concentrate their efforts on getting a Qualified Nurse [10]
     John LANG agreed with him, however some believed they should try and get a doctor as it could lead to them getting a hospital [10]
Committee Member of the Carnamah-Winchester branch of the Primary Producers Association in 1921 [9: 6-May-1921]
Clerk of Scales of the Carnamah Race Club's Picnic Race Meeting held in Carnamah on 25 September 1924 [86]
    His horse named Miss, jockeyed by Charles B. DODD, came 2nd in the Third Hack Race [86: 27-Sep-1924]
Obtained the telephone in 1925 - was telephone number Carnamah-9H [60]
Foundation Member and Inaugural Captain of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1925 [9: 10-Jul-1925]
Member of the Carnamah Rifle Club in 1925 and 1926 [9: 10-Jul-1925] [4: 11-Sep-1926]
Organiser and Secretary of a Sports Day which was held in Carnamah on 1 January 1926 [9: 25-Dec-1925]
The proceeds of the Sports Day went to the Carnamah Rifle Club and the Carnamah Hall Committee [9: 25-Dec-1925]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1928 and 1929 [53]
In August 1929 sold his  farm to Ernest C. ANDREWS through local property salesman Rupert LAFFAN [4: 31-Aug-1929]
Resided in Perth; in 1937 returned to Carnamah for a holiday and stayed with George and Elsie FERGUSON [0: image 03682]
Employee of the Taxation Department in Perth in 1939 [0: image 03868]
Visited Carnamah for a weekend in October 1939 [0: image 03868]
Resident in the Perth suburb of Subiaco when he enlisted in Perth's Volunteer Defence Corps [16]
Later resided at Flat 9 at 99 Tweeddale Road in Applecross [30: item 4028304]
Resided in the Perth suburb of Applecross until his death in 1969 [2]
Father of Marion Florence, Doris Irene, Melvina Elsie, Thelma Frances, Patricia Kate and Charles Frank [P421]
Died 17 January 1969; ashes scattered over the Rose Garden at the Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Thomas Garth' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 7 July 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/thomas-garth [sources]




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