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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Vern" Vernon Clyde BASTIAN

Born 1890 in Chewton, Victoria, Australia [54]
Son of Sampson BASTIAN and Sarah Jane COOK [54]
Farmer in Three Springs, Western Australia 1910-1917 [9] [19]
      Appears to have farmed in Three Springs in partnership with his brother Archibald as "Bastian Bros" [10: 27-Oct-1914] [19]
      In 1910, in addition to farming, they felled local timber and transported it to the goldfields where it was sold for mines [9: 17-Jun-1910]
      Member of the Three Springs Football Club in 1910-1914 [9: 22-Jul-1910, 7-Aug-1914]
      Member of the Three Springs Cricket Club in 1912 [9: 29-Nov-1912]
      They sold a truck of fat lambs for a satisfactory price in October 1914, despite being waterless and within a drought [10: 27-Oct-1914]
      Attended and won all eight card games at the Euchre Party & Dance held in Three Springs in late September 1914 [10: 29-Sep-1914]
      He and his brother seeded 500 acres of wheat in Three Springs in 1917 [10: 19-Jun-1917]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Geraldton on 5 July 1917 [30: item 3055952]
     On enlistment was described as 5 feet 9¾ inches tall, weighing 146 lbs., with grey eyes, brown hair and a fresh complexion [30]
     Gave his mother Mrs Sarah J. BASTIAN as his next of kin, her address at the time being 16 Saint Alban's Avenue in Perth [30]
     After training at Blackboy Hill embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia on the S.S. Canberra on 24 November 1917 [30]
     Disembarked in Southampton, England on 30 January 1918 and after further training proceeded to France on 6 May 1918 [30]
     Private 7946 in the Australian Imperial Force's 16th Battalion in France during the First World War [30: item 3055952]
     Wounded in Action in France on 23 June 1918, and invalided to England on 5 July suffering from a shell wound to his left foot [30]
     Departed London, England on the City of Exter and arrived back in Western Australia on 20 February 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 28 May 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
     His name appears on the Three Springs Honour Board, which was unveiled on Tuesday 3 June 1919 [9: 6-Jun-1919] [10: 13-Jun-1919]
He was welcomed back to Three Springs at a Welcome Home Social & Dance in his honour on Wednesday 11 June 1919 [9: 13-Jun-1919]
     Speakers at his Welcome Home included Arthur D. GLYDE, Robert A. CALDOW, Edmund K. BYRNE and Philip LYNCH [9]
His brother Ronald had also served in the Australian Imperial Force and had died of wounds in Belgium in 1917 [30: item 3055948]
     The Australian Imperial Force sent photographs of Ronald's grave in Belgium to both him and their mother [30: item 3055948]
Farmer in Three Springs in 1919 and 1920 [19]
Farmer of Sunnyside Farm in Lake Brown 1921-1939 [6] [50] [537: 28-Jul-1921, 4-Nov-1926]
     Foundation Committee Member of the Muckenbooding Progress Association in 1922 [537: 27-Jul-1922]
     Committee Member of the Lake Brown Soldiers & Progress Association in 1925 [537: 20-Aug-1925]
     Part of a deputation to the Premier of WA on 14 August 1925 requesting the extension of railway and water services [81: 23-Aug-1925]
     His horse Mickey came 2nd in the Farmer's Sweepstake Trot at the Diggers Sports Meeting in Lake Brown in 1925 [81: 27-Sep-1925]
     Trustee of the Lake Brown Hall Fund in 1926 [537: 21-Oct-1926, 10-Jun-1926]
     Committee Member in 1926 and Steward in 1927 of the Lake Brown Sports Committee [537: 18-Feb-1926, 1-Sep-1927]
     Member of the Lake Brown Cricket Club - was Secretary in 1926 and Vice Captain in 1928 [492: 3-Nov-1928] [537: 4-Nov-1926]
     He and his wife hosted a social evening at their home on 23 October 1926 to raise funds for the Lake Brown Cricket Club [537: 4-Nov-1926]
Married May Victoria TURNER in Perth in 1926 [66]
     His wife had previously resided with her father, brothers and sister on Mt Wittenoon Station in Yalgoo [P96]
     May's brother Charles W. J. TURNER was the farmer of Karragee Farm in Carnamah from 1916 to 1956 [P96]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Meltham [2]
Died 2 September 1969; buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, Lawn 2, 171) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Vernon Clyde Bastian' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 23 February 2024 from [reference list]

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