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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Tom" Thomas James BARKER

Born 8 May 1918 in Wallaroo, South Australia [55]
Son of "Jim" James BARKER and Annie May ROBERTSON [55]
He was raised by his aunt Mrs Eliza Annie AUNGER (nee BARKER) [P156]
Resided with his uncle Maurice, aunt Eliza and cousin George AUNGER in Wallaroo, South Australia [0: image 02995]
Shifted with his uncle, aunt and cousin from South Australia to Carnamah, Western Australia C.1928 [P156]
Resided on Mrs Florence G. FRANCIS' farm on the Caron Road in Carnamah with his uncle, aunt and cousin [P91]
Resided on his uncle Maurice S. AUNGER's Oakover Farm in Carnamah 1932 onwards [P46]
Attended the "Gimlets" Annual Picnic on Sunday 18 September 1932 at Richard BATTY's farm in Carnamah [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Won the Bowling at the Stump competition during the sports portion of the Gimlets Annual Picnic in 1932 [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Attended the Surprise 21st Birthday for his cousin George AUNGER in Carnamah on Sunday 2 October 1932 [5: 7-Oct-1932]
Member of the Billeroo Cricket Club in 1934-35 and 1935-36 [5: 4-Jan-1935, 15-Nov-1935, 3-Jan-1936]
     Unless he was filling in he was also a member of the Carnamah Cricket Club for all or some of 1935-36 [4: 15-Feb-1936]
     Represented the Carnamah District Cricket Association in a match against North Midlands on 1 December 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
     Played for the Carnamah District Cricket Association at Country Week Cricket in Perth during February 1936 [5: 14-Feb-1936]
Attended the Surprise 21st Birthday for Miss Eileen R. PERRY in Carnamah on Saturday evening 18 July 1936 [5: 24-Jul-1936]
Attended the Reunion of South Australians in the North Midlands at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 26 September 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Travelled from Carnamah to South Australia by truck with a group of other erstwhile South Australians in December 1936 [5]
     They departed Carnamah on 16 December 1936 and after travelling overland hoped to be in South Australia by Christmas Day [5]
     Everyone on the truck was from Carnamah or Winchester and the others included "Maurice S. B. & Eliza A. AUNGER, [5]
     C. George AUNGER, Mervyn A. PERRY, T. Gordon PERRY, Eileen R. PERRY, Shirley D. BENTLEY, Ida W. BENTLEY [5]
     "Tony" Edgar H. & Beatrice M. BENTLEY, Mrs I. Gertrude ALLEN, Russell J. BENTLEY and Maxwell J. BARKER [5: 18-Dec-1936]
     He and the rest of the group arrived back in Carnamah on the truck on Monday 15 February 1937 [5: 19-Feb-1937]
Competed in the Carnamah Tennis Club's Easter Tennis Tournament at Centenary Park in Carnamah in March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club 1936-1940 - was Vice Captain and a Committee Member in 1938-39 [0: image 03025] [89]
Member of the Billeroo Cricket Club in 1937-38 [5: 24-Dec-1937]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1941 [0: image 04047]
Enlisted in the Australian Army on 27 May 1943 [16]
     Private WX39515 in the Australian Army's 10th Garrison Battalion in 1942 [0: image 04087]
     Later Corporal WX29515 in the Australian Army's 30th Australian Infantry Battalion [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 21 March 1946 [16]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1946-1952 [13]
Married "Dot" Dorothy Lillian COOPER [0: image 04469] [19]
In 1947 was residing in Carnamah with his wife Dot and his uncle and aunt Maurice and Eliza AUNGER [0: image 04469]
Farmer in Carnamah 1947-1950 [19]
Farmer in Marchagee in the 1950s [19]
Said to have farmed land in Marchagee belonging to his uncle Maurice S. AUNGER[P156]
Member of the Marchagee Tennis Club in 1952 [0: image 04687]
Member of the Coorow Cricket Club in 1956-57 [4: 14-Dec-1956, 22-Feb-1957]
Later resided in Rocky Gully and later still in Busselton [45]
Father of Carol, Susan, Judith and Michelle [45]
Died 29 November 2003; buried Busselton Cemetery, Busselton WA [45]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Thomas James Barker' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 20 September 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/thomas-james-barker [sources]




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