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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Tom" Thomas POOLE

Born 26 November 1893 in Elberton, Gloucestershire, England [16] [P237]
Son of George Nicholas POOLE and Mary ENGLAND [20] [21]
In 1901 was living in Elberton Village with his parents, sisters Edith and Margaret, and brothers Frank and William [20]
A short time after the conclusion of the First World War he travelled to Western Australia under the Soldier Settlement Scheme [P237]
After arriving in Albany, Western Australia by ship he initially worked as a farmhand in the Eastern Wheatbelt [P237]
Married Laura Daisy STAFFORD on 23 September 1922 in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park [P237]
Laura had arrived in Western Australia from England on the S.S. Diogenes the previous day [P237]
Resided with his wife in the Perth suburb of Victoria Park 1922-1925 [P237]
In Victoria Park his wife gave birth a son, Leslie Stafford POOLE, however he died on 3 January 1924, aged a few months [P237] [2]
Their son Leslie was buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth (Anglican, JA, 126) [2]
In 1925 purchased 1590 acres of land in Winchester in partnership with his father, brother Frank and brother-in-law Frank LONG [27]
The 1590 acres was Lot M1580 of Victoria Location 2023 and came at a cost of £994, payable by instalments over 15 years [27]
Farmer of Elberton Farm in Winchester 1925-1934 [P237]
Farmed the 1590 acres in partnership with his father, brother and brother in law 1925-1933 as "Poole, Sons & Long" [27] [3]
After harvest each year he and his daughter spent a holiday in Perth with his sister Sally BOULTER (nee POOLE) [P237]
Said to have had a useful knack for being able to treat horses ailments without the treatment or advice of a vet [P237]
Cuts men's hair in the Billeroo-Winchester district, due to the fact that there wasn't a local hairdresser [P237]
With his wife travelled to Carnamah town once a month to buy their groceries in bulk, including sugar and flour by the sack [P237]
Often brought home animals he found in the bush, including a porcupine, black rabbit and quail chicks (which he returned) [P237]
In 1932 his pregnant wife and daughter Daisy sailed to England for the birth of their third child, returning in June 1933 [P237]
Following Frank and Edith LONG's departure farmed the property with his father and brother as "Poole & Sons" [27] [3]
Paid £7/15/- in Vermin Bonuses by the Carnamah District Road Board over the 1933-34 financial year for killing 16 foxes [300]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Member of the Billeroo Cricket Club in 1934-35 [5: 15-Mar-1935, 5-Apr-1935]
Eventually gave up farming owing to the slump caused by the depression [P237]
Himself, his wife and their children were tendered a Farewell Social at the Billeroo School Hall on Wednesday 10 April 1935 [5]
Their social consisted of musical items, games, supper and speeches - which made mention of their sterling qualities as citizens [5]
After a residence of almost ten years left the Winchester district on Monday 15 April 1935 and shifted to Perth [5: 12-Apr-1935]
Dissolved partnership with his father and brother Frank on 11 May 1935, with his father and brother carrying on [5: 7-Jun-1935]
Resided in South Perth and worked in the building industry until returning to England with his wife and children in 1938 [P237]
Departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Jervis Bay and arrived in Southampton, England about a month later [P237]
The fare for himself, his wife and their two children to return to England came at a cost of £120/10/- [P237]
Resided in the counties of Gloucestershire and Somerset in England while working in building and farming related jobs  [P237]
Father of Leslie, Daisy and Geoffrey [P237]
Died in 1955 in England; buried Elberton Churchyard, Elberton, Gloucestershire, England [P237]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Thomas Poole' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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