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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Vernon FERGUSON

Born 24 May 1894 in Adelaide, South Australia [16]
Son of Daniel FERGUSON and Emma Eliza WALL [55] [94]
Farmer and Bushman in Arrino, Western Australia [6] [94]
Played for Arrino in one of their first cricket matches against a team from Three Springs on 5 January 1907 [31: 9-Jan-1907]
Resided in Arrino until enlistging in the Australian Imperial Force on 28 August 1915 [94]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A31 Ajana on 17 December 1915 [94]
     Private 3813 in the 12th Reinforcements of the Australian Imperial Force's 12th Battalion during the First World War [94]
     Returned to Western Australia on 28 February 1919; received the Military Medal [94]
Farmer in Arrino 1919-1964 [6] [19]
Assisted on his father's farm in Arrino, and later took over the farm and ran it until his death [P2]
The farm consisted of his Victoria Location 5117 (160 acres) and his father's Victoria Location 3185 (204 acres) [44]
He was also the owner of Lot 72 in the Arrino townsite [44]
Member of the Arrino Cricket Club in 1922-23 [9: 12-Jan-1923]
Inaugural Committee Member of the Three Springs-Arrino Sub-Branch of the R.S.L. 1932-1937 [5: 12-Aug-1932, 19-Feb-1937]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Arrino farmer Hugh A. F. MCNEILL at the Three Springs Cemetery on 23 November 1932 [5: 9-Dec-1932]
Exhibited in the Vegetable and Grain & Fodder sections of the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 21 September 1933 [5: 29-Sep-1933]
     Won 1st prizes for White Turnips and 2nd for Lettuce in the Vegetable section, and 1st for Wheaten Hay in Grain & Fodder [5]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
He was the only one from Arrino who attended the R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Morawa on 28 October 1933 [5: 3-Nov-1933]
Won 2nd prizes for Wheaten Chaff and Wheaten Hay at the Three Springs Agricultural Show on 13 September 1934 [5: 21-Sep-1934]
Consolation winner in euchre at the Euchre & Bridge Evening held at the Arrino Hall on Tuesday 28 May 1935 [5: 31-May-1935]
After hunting expedition up north he and four others returned to Arrino in September 1935 with 800 kangaroo skins [5: 27-Sep-1935]
     The hunting party consisted of Albert SHEPPARD, William SHEPPARD, Fred WOLTER, Tom MCNEILL and himself [5]
Won 1st prize for Swede Turnips and for photo/s of District Farm Life at the Three Springs Agricultural Show in 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
In September 1935 purchased a new Sunshine 6 foot binder from Three Springs agent Oswald S. SOWERBY [5: 4-Oct-1935]
He was among the ex-servicemen at the R.S.L. Reunion Dinner in Three Springs on Saturday evening 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
In October 1935 signed a petition in support of the Three Springs Road Board constructing new tennis courts in Arrino [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1936 [5: 26-Jun-1936]
     Attended and competed at the Official Opening of the Three Springs Rifle Club's rifle range on Thursday 23 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Attended the demonstration of the 1936 Massey Harris 25-40 tractor on J. K. HEBITON's farm in TS on 22 August 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Himself, Albert H. COUSINS and Henry J. W. SWEETMAN requested a road in Arrino be closed in October 1936 [5: 23-Oct-1936]
Member of the North Midlands Anglican Church Vestry in 1937 [5: 4-Jun-1937]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Arrino resident Robert Walter CONNOLLY at the Three Springs Cemetery on 25 July 1938 [4: 30-Jul-1938]
Enlisted in the Australian Army on 2 September 1940 [16]
     Private W242726 in the Australian Army's 29 Garrison Battalion during the Second World War [16]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 26 May 1942 and returned to Arrino [16]
Lance Corporal in Arrino's local Volunteer Defence Corps during the latter portion of the Second World War [16]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Arrino farmer William Herbert BURGESS at the Three Springs Cemetery on 28 October 1952 [4: 1-Nov-1952]
Later resided in Dongara [24]
Died 18 December 1964 in Geraldton; buried Three Springs General Cemetery, Three Springs (Anglican, Row 4, Plot 113) [24]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Vernon Ferguson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/vernon-ferguson [sources]




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