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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"King" Thomas Kinsman BICKELL

Born 3 June 1894 in Lamerton, Devonshire, England [21] [541]
Son of farmer and huntsman Thomas Kinsman BICKELL and Hannah Maria Eggins DEW [541]
He was the youngest of four children with elder siblings Frank, Margaret and Mary [21]
In 1911 he was an Apprentice Butcher and was living with his parents and siblings at Lamerton, Devonshire, England [21]
During the first half of the 1910s he immigrated to Western Australia [21] [50]
Butcher at Malaga Park in the Perth locality of Highgate Hill North in 1916 [50]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 11 April 1916 [94]
Embarked Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T.Clan Macgillivray on 18 September 1916 [94]
     Private 6232 in the Australian Imperial Force's 11th Battalion during the First World War [94]
     Departed Plymouth, England on the steamship Benalla and arrived back in Fremantle, Western Australia on 17 October 1917 [70]
Butcher in Three Springs 1919-1935 [6] [19]
     Initially conducted the butcher's in partnership with Robert W. BYRNE as "Byrne & Bickell" [9]
     By July 1919 he was the sole proprietor, stocking the choicest meat and promptly delivering meat by rail or road [9: 27-Jun-1919]
     Advertised his business on a weekly basis in The Midlands Advertiser newspaper [9: 3-Oct-1919, 23-Mar-1923]
     "All Meat of First-Class Quality; Orders Delivered Anywhere; Cleanliness our Motto; Civility and Attention" [9: 15-Sep-1922]
Also a Farmer in Three Springs [44]
     By 1923 he had purchased Lot 18 of the Kadathinni Agricultural Area, which was 444 acres in size [44]
He sang "I 'aven't seen the Kaiser for a 'ell of a time" at the Soldiers Reunion in Three Springs on 13 November 1918 [10: 22-Nov-1918]
Local newspaper correspondent Frederick E. S. JAMES referred to him in his Three Springs Notes as "King Bickell" [10: 24-Jan-1919]
Married Ivy Ada MOTTRAM in 1919 [66]
Won the 120 yards Sheffield Handicap race at the Peace Celebrations held in Three Springs on Saturday 19 July 1919 [10: 25-Jul-1919]
Attended May BERRIGAN's 21st Birthday held at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Friday 12 September 1919 [9: 19-Sep-1919]
Came 2nd in the Victoria Cross Race (for returned soldiers) at the Three Springs Day held on 25 September 1919 [10: 3-Oct-1919]
Steward at the Three Springs Race Club's Annual Race Meeting held in Three Springs on Thursday 4 March 1920 [10: 30-Jan-1920]
Vice President of the Picnic Race Meeting held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Wednesday 17 March 1920 [124]
Steward at the Three Springs Picnic Races held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day in 1920 and 1921 [9: 5-Mar-1920, 11-Mar-1921] [124]
Came 2nd in Tilting the Bucket in the ring events at the Three Springs Day held on Thursday 23 September 1920 [10: 15-Oct-1920]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1921-1928 [124]
Purchased a Chevrolet car from Messrs Skipper Bailey Co Ltd in Perth during November 1924 [225: 6-Dec-1924]
     His Chevrolet car was registered with the Carnamah District Road Board until 1926-27 and contained licence plate CA-65 [325]
     In 1927-28 the Chevrolet was gone but he had an Oakland car or truck with licence plate CA-65 [325]
     He also had a Ford truck registered with the Carnamah District Road Board in 1926-27 and 1927-28, with licence plate CA-93 [325]
In March 1925 he was one of 32 farmers in Western Australia who purchased a Case tractor from Westralian Farmers [39: 21-Apr-1925]
Won 2nd prize for Sheaves of Wheat for Grain at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show in 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Exhibited in the Poultry and Swine sections of the Three Springs Agricultural Show on Thursday 21 September 1933 [5]
     Received 1st prizes for female Bronzewing Turkey and Berkshire Boar and received 2nd prize for Three Porkers [5: 29-Sep-1933]
Won 1st prizes for Yorkshire Boar and Yorkshire Sow and 2nd for Dorset Horn Ram at the TS Agricultural Show in 1934 [5: 21-Sep-1934]
He and his wife were tendered a Valedictory Evening at the Three Springs Hall on Monday 21 January 1935 [5: 25-Jan-1935]
Appears to have sold his 444 acre Lot 18 of the Kadathinni Agricultural Area in Three Springs to James K. HEBITON Jnr [61]
After 18 years left Three Springs in January 1935 to take over a farm in Yandanooka previously run by W. MCAULIFFE [5]
Farmer in Yandanooka 1935-1947 [4: 25-Jan-1947]
His farm in Yandanooka consisted of Lots 16, 17, 18 and 19 of the Yandanooka Estate [61]
Attended the North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner in Three Springs on Saturday evening 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the Fifth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner in Dongara on Saturday evening 24 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
He and his wife were bid farewell at the Yandanooka Hall in Yandanooka on Tuesday 21 January 1947 [4: 25-Jan-1947]
Left Yandanooka in January 1947 and shifted to Cranbrook where he followed farming pursuits [4: 25-Jan-1947]
Father of John, Clifford and Geoffrey [16]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Thomas Kinsman Bickell' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 14 April 2024 from [reference list]

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