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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Tom" Thomas Henry PARKIN

Born 9 September 1904 in Truro, Cornwall, England [16]
Son of "Harry" Henry PARKIN and "Mary" Philippa Mary BILKEY [20] [21]
     In 1911 was living with his parents and sisters Olive, Elsie, Maud and Millie at Wheal Hope in Perranporth, Cornwall, England [20]
His father arrived in Western Australia in January 1912 and began working as a Railway Fettler in Carnamah [7: page 142] [19] [70]
     Along with his mother and sisters, he departed London, England on the steamship Ajana on 24 December 1912 [203]
     After a voyage of just over a month, they arrived on the Ajana in Fremantle, Western Australia on 1 February 1913 [70]
They arrived in Carnamah on 13 February 1913 to join his father, who they had not seen in over a year [7: page 142]
     Resided with his parents and siblings at The Gables, also known as Gable Cottage, at 4 Yarra Street in Carnamah [92]
Student at the Carnamah State School 1913-1917 [97]
Member of the Carnamah Sunday School in 1914 [7: page 238]
Won the 12-14 years Boys Running Race at the Peace Day Celebrations in Carnamah on Saturday 19 July 1919 [10: 25-Jul-1919]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1920 [10: 23-Jul-1920]
Traded in partnership with his father as Henry Parkin & Son [P18]
     Blacksmith, Wheelwright and Motor Mechanic with his father at premises in Yarra Street, Carnamah [P18]
     Obtained electrician's qualifications by correspondence and they expanded their business with a Power Station in 1924 [P18]
     Proprietor and Electrician of the Carnamah Electric Light and Power Station with his father Henry 1924-1953 [7: page 143] [P18]
     From 1927 to 1947 they were also the local Undertaker for the Carnamah district  [1] [P18]
On 3 October 1925 purchased the vacant blocks 1 & 3 Caron Street in Carnamah from the Midland Railway Company [27]
     The two blocks were Lots 40 and 39 of Victoria Location 1936 and cost £15 each, payable by instalments over two years [27]
In 1927 was one of the few owners in Carnamah of a wireless (radio) [4: 7-May-1927]
Best man at the wedding of his sister Maud and Lionel O. FERGUSON in Carnamah on 25 August 1925 [9: 11-Sep-1925]
Competed and won the Billiard Tournament conducted in Carnamah by Frank BADRICK towards the end of 1925 [9: 6-Nov-1925]
Groomsman at the wedding of his sister Millie and Robert W. GRANT in Carnamah on 12 August 1927 [4: 20-Aug-1927]
Attended Charles ROBERTSON and Winifred LANG's wedding dance on 27 March 1928 at the Carnamah Hall [4: 31-Mar-1928]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1928 [4: 21-Apr-1928, 22-Sep-1928]
Attended the wedding dance for Alexander J. F. BROWN and Clara V. BERRIGAN in Carnamah on 28 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Attended the Show Ball following the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show on 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Attended the surprise party given to Albert and Eva COWDEROY in Carnamah on 21 March 1929 [4: 30-Mar-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Cricket Club's Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall on 20 April 1929 [4: 27-Apr-1929]
On 11 May 1929 attended and played the piano at the surprise party tendered to Mrs Ida CROSSING in Carnamah [4: 25-May-1929]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Opening Season Ball held at the Carnamah Town Hall on 18 May 1929 [4: 25-May-1929]
He was among those who attended the Centenary Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 26 July 1929 [86: 3-Aug-1929]
     The ball was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony [86]
Attended the Plain and Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Town Hall on Thursday 8 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Pallbearer at the funeral of ten year old Norman Reginald WYLIE at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 August 1929 [4]
Attended the Grand Ball following the Carnamah Show and opening of Centenary Park on 19 September 1929 [4: 28-Sep-1929]
Saw in the new year of 1930 with the singing of Auld Lang Syne at the Church of England's Dance at the Carnamah Hall [86: 4-Jan-1930]
Member of the Carnamah Tennis Club in 1930 [7: page 215]
Married Marjorie Evelyne PIESING on 7 August 1931 at the Presbyterian Church in Carnamah [4: 15-Aug-1931]
     His best man was "Jack" John E. ILES and his groomsman Brian P. STACY, both of Carnamah [4: 15-Aug-1931]
     The trial bearer and her assistant were respectively his niece Valda FERGUSON and nephew Monty GRANT [4: 15-Aug-1931]
     Following their wedding they sat down to the wedding breakfast at his parents' home with thirty guests [4: 15-Aug-1931]
     On the night of their wedding they celebrated their marriage with a dance in the Carnamah Hall [4: 15-Aug-1931]
     During the dance Andrew SMART, storekeeper of Carnamah, eulogised the sterling qualities of both himself and Marjorie [4]
Made a speech of eulogy at the farewell to Frank and Mary BADRICK at the Carnamah Hall on 1 November 1932 [5: 4-Nov-1932]
Member of the Carnamah Badminton Club 1932-1936 [5: 26-May-1933, 2-Jun-1933, 3-May-1935, 15-May-1936]
     He was Secretary in 1932, Captain in 1933, President & Captain in 1935, and a Committee Member in 1936 [5]
Member of the Carnamah Lodge of the Manchester Unity Oddfellows Friendly Society 1932-1936 [5: 14-Oct-1932, 23-Oct-1936] [4: 10-Nov-1934]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1933 [5: 5-May-1933]
Honorary Electrician of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1933 [5: 2-Jun-1933]
Attended the social and address on Home Mission work by Rev. A. J. BARCLAY in Carnamah on 10 July 1933 [5: 14-Jul-1933]
Member of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club 1933-1937 - was Secretary in 1933-34 and 1936-37 [5: 10-Mar-1933, 22-Sep-1933] [56]
     Represented the Club on the Carnamah-Winchester-Coorow Tennis Association in 1933 and 1936-37 [4: 4-Feb-1933] [5: 29-Jan-1937]
Competitor in John A. KENNY's Billiard Tournament conducted within Mackie's Buildings in Carnamah in 1933 [5: 26-May-1933]
On 17 July 1933 attended the American Gift Evening held in Carnamah in aid of the Carnamah Presbyterian Church [5: 21-Jul-1933]
Attended the Official Opening of the Carnamah Golf Course at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 23 July 1933 [5: 28-Jul-1933]
Made an Honorary Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in appreciation for his services on 30 November 1933 [5: 1-Dec-1933]
Suffered severe burns to his head and shoulders following an accident at his and his father's power station on Christmas Day 1934 [5]
     He had been on the roof of the power house cleaning the exhaust of an engine with a piece of kerosene soaked cloth [5: 4-Jan-1934]
     The heat caused the cloth to ignite and it was blown out of the engine's exhaust and onto his head and shoulders [4: 29-Dec-1934]
     He put out the flames, which had ignited his hair and clothing, and was taken to the Carnamah Private Hospital for treatment [5]
     As a result of severe burns to his head he had to spend some time at the Carnamah Private Hospital [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Said to have had something wrong with his leg and he always walked with a terrible limp [P9]
He was admitted to the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs on 18 February 1935 for treatment to his knee [5: 22-Feb-1935]
Winner of euchre at the Parkinson Tennis Club's Presentation and Card Evening in Carnamah on Wednesday 3 July 1935 [5: 5-Jul-1935]
Attended a meeting about Wireless Interference in Carnamah on Wednesday 23 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
     The main purpose of the meeting was about offsetting the cost of engine suppressors installed to combat local radio interference [5]
Attended the Ratepayers Meeting of the Carnamah District Road Board in Carnamah on Wednesday 23 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Played in the Carnamah Masonic Lodge's Inaugural Annual Golf Meeting in Carnamah on Saturday 1 August 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 13 December 1935[96]
Competed in the Parkinson Tennis Club's New Year Tennis Tournament in Carnamah on Wednesday 1 January 1936 [5: 3-Jan-1936]
Attended the Wedding Social & Dance for Stuart and May FORD at Koolabba Farm in Carnamah on 25 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Played for the combined Carnamah-Parkinson tennis team against Winchester-Waddy-Coorow on Sunday 5 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
Social Committee Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1936 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Attended the Public Farewell Dance tendered to the BREWER family at the Carnamah Hall on Friday night 5 June 1936 [5]
     On behalf of Carnamah's Parkinson Tennis Club he made a presentation to Miss "Billee" Adeline M. BREWER [5: 12-Jun-1936]
Provided electric lighting free of charge for the Community Concert inside the wheat bin in Carnamah on 25 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
He once again received serious burns at his and his father's power station in Carnamah on Saturday 7 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
     He was removing an accumulation of carbon from the valves of an engine when the carbon ignited into a sheet of flame [5]
     Received severe burns to both his arms and a slight scorching to his face and neck and was conveyed to Three Springs [5]
     After medical attention at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs he returned to his home in Carnamah [5]
Competitor in the Parkinson Tennis Club's Tennis Tournament held in Carnamah on New Year's Day 1 January 1937 [5: 8-Jan-1937]
He motored from Carnamah to Perth on Monday 22 March 1937 [5: 25-Mar-1937]
Sang a song to the crowd of over 300 at the Community Concert at the Carnamah Hall on Wednesday 11 August 1937 [5: 13-Aug-1937]
     Also sang a quartette with local farmer Francis ROOKE and Misses E. Vera STEPHENS and Dorcas L. COLE of Carnamah [5]
In 1940 was the local inspector for wireless/radio interference [0: image 03921]
Member of the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club in 1941 [0: image 04006]
For several years ending in March 1943 was an employee of P.M.G. (Post Master General) [0: image 04221]
During some of his time with P.M.G. was stationed away from Carnamah up north[0: image 04221]
Returned to Carnamah and to running the power station in March 1943 [0: image 04221]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1944-1947 [58]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1946 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Repertory Club in 1947 [0: image 04483]
In February 1953 he and his father sold their power station in Carnamah to SALEEBA's of Moora [0: image 04712]
Left Carnamah in 1953 [P18]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Doubleview [2]
Father of Ronald, Shirley, Brian and Elizabeth [P18]
Died 5 June 1987; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Wesleyan, GA, 78) [2]


"Tom" Thomas Henry PARKIN was one of the suppliers of music at the following local functions:
Played the piano at the Grand Ball in aid of the Church of England at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 17 September 1927 [4: 24-Sep-1927]
Provider of music at the Carnamah Football Club's dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 19 May 1928 [4: 26-May-1928]
Played the drums at the Oddfellows dance held in the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 2 July 1932 [5: 8-Jul-1932]
Played the drums at the Grand Ball of the North Midlands Popular Girl Competition held in Carnamah on 28 July 1932 [5: 5-Aug-1932]
     Accompanied by Mrs Maggie WELLS on the piano Miss Edna MURRAY on the flute and Colin STONE on the cornet [5: 5-Aug-1932]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Roman Catholic Church's Annual Ball held in the Town Hall on 6 August 1932 [5: 19-Aug-1932]
One of the suppliers of music at the farewell to Geoffrey K. RYDER at the Carnamah Hall on 10 September 1932 [5: 16-Sep-1932]
One of the providers of music at the farewell to Frank and Mary BADRICK at the Carnamah Hall on 1 November 1932 [5: 4-Nov-1932]
Provider of music at the social tendered to recently married Brian and Gerda STACY at the Carnamah Hall on 1 July 1933 [5: 7-Jul-1933]
Supplier of music at the Carnamah Basketball Club's Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 29 July 1933 [5: 4-Aug-1933]
He was one of the suppliers of music at the Anglican Church Bazaar held in Carnamah on Saturday 12 August 1933 [5: 18-Aug-1933]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Football Club's Monster Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 2 September 1933 [5: 8-Sep-1933]
Supplier of music at the Town Band Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 October 1933 [5: 3-Nov-1933]
Supplier of music at the Carnamah Tennis Club's Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 9 December 1933 [5: 15-Dec-1933]
One of four suppliers of music at the Church of England's New Year's Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Supplier of music at the Miscellaneous Tea held in Carnamah for Miss Daphne STEPHENS on Thursday 4 January 1934 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Played the drums at the Dance conducted by the Carnamah Toc H at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 24 February 1934 [5: 2-Mar-1934]
Supplier of music for dancing at the Farewell to Miss Gladys DIXON at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 22 March 1934 [5: 30-Mar-1934]
Part of the five piece orchestra that performed at the Parkinson Tennis Club's Dance in Carnamah on 14 April 1934 [5: 13-Apr-1934]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Golf Club's Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Part of the orchestra that performed at the Carnamah Football Club's Grand Opening Ball in Carnamah on 12 May 1934 [5: 18-May-1934]
Dispenser of music at the Roman Catholic Church's Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 26 May 1934 [5: 1-Jun-1934]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Football Club's Annual Presentation Ball on Saturday 27 October 1934 [4: 3-Nov-1934]
Himself, Maggie WELLS and Edna MURRAY supplied the music at the C.W.A. Dance in Carnamah on 16 June 1934 [5: 22-Jun-1934]
Supplier of music at the Dance held in Carnamah on Saturday 30 June 1934 to raise funds for Church organ repairs [5: 6-Jul-1934]
Supplier of music at the Inering School Dance at the Carnamah Hall on the evening of Saturday 21 July 1934 [5: 27-Jul-1934]
Supplier of music at the Dance held at the Carnamah Hall in aid of the Institute for the Blind on Saturday 18 August 1934 [5: 24-Aug-1934]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 20 October 1934 [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Roman Catholic Church's Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 8 December 1934 [5: 14-Dec-1934]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Presbyterian Church's social on Tuesday 18 December 1934 [4: 22-Dec-1934]
Supplier of music at the Burns Night Celebrations held at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 25 January 1935 [5: 1-Feb-1935]
Played the drums at the Farewell Social held at the Carnamah Hall for Brian and Gerda STACY on 16 March 1935 [5: 22-Mar-1935]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Tennis Club's Flannel Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 March 1935 [5: 5-Apr-1935]
Played the piano and drums at the Coorow Cricket Club's Dance at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 13 April 1935 [5: 19-Apr-1935]
Travelled to Marchagee and played the drums at the dance held in the Marchagee Hall on Saturday 20 April 1935 [5: 26-Apr-1935]
     Accompanied by fellow Carnamah musicians Maggie WELLS (piano), Amy DYKE (violin) and Colin STONE (cornet) [5]
Played the drums at the Benefit Dance in aid of Alec JONES at the Coorow Hall on Saturday evening 4 May 1935 [5: 10-May-1935]
Played the drums at the Carnamah C.W.A. Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 11 May 1935 [5: 17-May-1935]
Supplier of music at the Dance that followed the Carnamah Presbyterian Church's Fair on Saturday 18 May 1935 [5: 24-May-1935]
Played the drums at the Farewell to Herbert E. HELLEWELL at the Carnamah Hall on Tuesday 28 May 1935 [4: 1-Jun-1935]
Played the drums at the Coorow Football Club's Annual Ball held at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 1 June 1935 [5: 7-Jun-1935]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Sporting Clubs' Grand Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 13 July 1935 [5: 19-Jul-1935]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Golf Club's Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 3 August 1935 [5: 9-Aug-1935]
Supplier of music at the Miscellaneous Evening to John and Veronica MCGOWAN in Carnamah on 10 August 1935 [5: 16-Aug-1935]
Played the drums at the Anglican Church Ball held at the Coorow Hall on Saturday evening 17 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Played the drums at the Show Ball after the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on 12 September 1935 [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Musician at the Ball at the East Marchagee Hall held after the Marchagee-Gunyidi Picnic & Sports on 14 September 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Played the drums at the Coorow Football Club's Wind-Up Ball at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 21 September 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Played the drums at the Winchester Parents & Citizens Association's Social & Dance in Winchester on 26 September 1935 [5: 4-Oct-1935]
Gratuitously played the drums at the W.A. Blind Appeal Concert & Dance at the Carnamah Hall on 28 September 1935 [5: 4-Oct-1935]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Golf Club's Annual Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday 24 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Played the drums at the Coorow Rifle Club's Grand Ball held at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 26 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Played the drums at the Children's Fancy Dress Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 2 November 1935 [5: 8-Nov-1935]
Played the drums at the Dance at the Coorow Hall held after the Coorow-Waddy Sports on Saturday 9 November 1935 [5: 15-Nov-1935]
Played the drums at the Anglican Church's Dance held in Coorow on Saturday 30 November 1935 [5: 6-Dec-1935]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Girls Club's Masquerade Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 7 December 1935 [5: 13-Dec-1935]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Anglican Church's New Year's Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 31 December 1935 [5: 3-Jan-1936]
Played the drums at the hugely successful Mad Hatter's Leap Year Ball held in Carnamah on Saturday 29 February 1936 [5: 6-Mar-1936]
Played the drums at the Valedictory Social & Dance for Harold N. HARVEY at the Carnamah Hall on 10 March 1936 [5: 13-Mar-1936]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance held in Carnamah on Saturday 2 May 1936 [5: 8-May-1936]
Played the drums at the Valedictory Dance for Percy TEEDE at the Carnamah Hall on Tuesday evening 12 May 1936 [5: 15-May-1936]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Football Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 May 1936 [5: 5-Jun-1936]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Football Club's Dance held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 27 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Played the drums at the Coorow Tennis Club's Dance at the Coorow Hall in Coorow on Saturday evening 4 July 1936 [5: 10-Jul-1936]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Anglican Church's Mid-Winter Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 11 July 1936 [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Played the drums at the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball conducted by the Carnamah C.W.A. on Saturday evening 25 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Football Club's Dance at the Carnamah Hall in Carnamah on Saturday 8 August 1936 [5: 14-Aug-1936]
Played the drums at the Coorow Tennis Club's Back to Childhood Ball at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 22 August 1936 [5: 28-Aug-1936]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Football Club's Presentation Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 26 September 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Catholic Church's Back to Childhood Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 17 October 1936 [5: 23-Oct-1936]
Played the drums at the Coorow Golf Club's Annual ball at the Coorow Hall on Saturday evening 24 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Supplier of music at the Marchagee Hall Anniversary Dance at the Marchagee Hall on Saturday 7 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Girls Club's Children's Fancy Dress Ball at the Carnamah Hall on 14 November 1936 [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Golf Club's Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday evening 21 November 1936 [5: 27-Nov-1936]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Girls Club's Masquerade Ball in Carnamah on Saturday evening 5 December 1936 [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Played the drums at the Coorow Tennis Club's H.M.S. Coorow Dance at the Coorow Hall on Saturday 23 January 1937 [5: 29-Jan-1937]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Tennis Club's Flannel Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 January 1937 [5: 5-Feb-1937]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Tennis Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday evening 17 April 1937 [5: 23-Apr-1937]
Played the drums at the Coronation Ball at the Carnamah Hall following Coronation Celebrations on 12 May 1937 [5: 14-May-1937]
     The festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth [5]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Football Club's Opening Ball with mannequin parade on Saturday 19 June 1937 [5: 25-Jun-1937]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Girls Club's Masquerade Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday night 24 July 1937 [5: 30-Jul-1937]
Played the drums at the Carnamah Golf Club's Annual Ball at the Carnamah Hall on Thursday night 5 June 1937 [5: 13-Aug-1937]
Supplier of music at Albert E. & Mary E. MILES' Wedding Dance at the Coorow Hall on Wednesday 18 August 1937 [5: 20-Aug-1937]
Played the drums at the Show Ball held after the Coorow-Waddy Agricultural Show in Coorow on 2 September 1937 [5: 10-Sep-1937]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Thomas Henry Parkin' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 23 May 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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