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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Darkie" Vidal Fitzgerald JACKSON

Born 4 April 1895 in Adelaide, South Australia [16] [55]
Son of Albert Walter JACKSON and Laura Florence WELCH [55]
In 1915 was working as a Clerk and living on Ocean Road in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia [30: item 7366224]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 28 June 1915 [30: item 7366224]
     Prior to enlisting he had served five years with the Naval Reserves [30]
     On enlistment was described as 5 feet 9¼ inches tall, weighing 134 lbs. with brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion [30]
     Gave his father Albert W. JACKSON as his next of kin, his address also being Ocean Road, Cottesloe Beach WA [30]
     Embarked Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A32 Themistocles on 13 October 1915 [30]
     Private 3122 in the 10th Reinforcements of the Australian Imperial Force's 16th Battalion during the First World War [30]
     Served in Egypt, France & Belgium; in February 1917 was transferred to the rank of Gunner in the 12th Field Artillery Brigade [30]
     On 1 September 1918 received thigh and pelvic injuries from being thrown out of a wagon at a rough crossing and run over [30]
     Sent to England for treatment where he progressed favourably, but appears not to have returned to active service [30]
     Embarked England on the Konigin Luise on 21 June 1919 and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 3 August 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the A.I.F. on 25 September 1919; received the 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals [30]
Farmer on the Inering Estate in Carnamah 1923-1938 [3] [6] [7: page 66]
     Obtained the 1,210 acre Lot 9 of the Inering Estate in Carnamah through the Soldier Settlement Scheme in 1923 [7: page 66]
     In 1925 he had some of the finest crops in the Carnamah district, some of which were expected to average 30 bushels [9: 9-Oct-1925]
     On 27 November 1933 a spark from his tractor started a fire which resulted in the loss of about 100 acres of his crop [5: 1-Dec-1933]
Signed the petition in February 1923 for the Irwin Licensing Court to grant a hotel license for Carnamah [10: 9-Mar-1923]
The Postmaster-General's Department had a telephone line built from Carnamah to the Inering Estate in mid 1924 [86: 24-May-1924]
     He was the second Inering farmer to have the telephone connected to his home - was telephone number Inering-2 [60]
     In 1931 or 1932, during the Great Depression, he had his telephone disconnected (and never had it reconnected) [60]
Married (1) Elsie Mary COOK in Perth in 1925 [66]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in the 1920s and 1930s [53]
Stripped over 3,000 bags of wheat from his crops on his farm in Carnamah in 1926 [81: 13-Feb-1927]
He stated in 1927 that "settlers on the Inering Estate have made good, and [were] the possessors of splendid properties" [81: 13-Feb-1927]
Lost 300 acres of crop stubble when bushfires caused severe damage across the Inering Estate in early 1927 [81: 20-Feb-1927]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League 1927-1937 [5: 16-Mar-1934, 30-Jul-1937] [81: 13-Feb-1927]
Attended the Annual R.S.L. General Meeting and Smoke Social in Carnamah on Thursday 8 March 1934 [5: 16-Mar-1934]
The local newspaper revealed on 1 June 1934 that a parcel had arrived for him at the Carnamah Railway Station [5: 1-Jun-1934]
Sold 86 suckers (40 at 18/6, 46 at 17/1), 26 lambs at 12/8 and 14 wethers at 10/4 per head in November 1935 [5: 1, 15 & 22-Nov-1935]
Sold seven bales of wool for 16½d. per pound through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at a Perth Wool Sale on 10 February 1936 [5: 14-Feb-1936]
Married (2) Frederica Elizabeth Oke JONES in Perth in 1936 [66]
Sold 86 sheep (46 suckers at 15/1, 22 suckers at 9/4 and 18 wethers at 13/4 per head) at the Midland Market in 1936 [5: 9 & 23-Oct-1936]
Sold 12 cattle weaners at 13/6 per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on 4 November 1936 [5: 6-Nov-1936]
Attended the Fifth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner in Dongara on Saturday evening 24 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Owing to early rain he had finished his seeding and fallowed 50 acres by the end of the third week of May 1937 [5: 21-May-1937]
Attended the R.S.L. Valedictory for Charles A. METTAM at the lounge of the Carnamah Hotel on 28 July 1937 [5: 30-Jul-1937]
Sold 35 weathers at 28/11 per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on 25 August 1936 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
Appears to have left Carnamah in 1938 [3]
Leased his farm on the Inering Estate to William A. T. SARGENT of Wongyarra Farm in Carnamah in 1938 and 1939 [3]
After leaving Carnamah resided at 1 Ocean Road in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe until enlisting in the Australian Army [3] [16]
Enlisted in the Australian Army in the Perth suburb of Claremont on 3 September 1941 [16]
Trooper WX16317 in the Australian Army's 10th Armoured Regiment in the Australian Army during the Second World War [16]
Discharged from the Australian Army on 5 December 1942 [16]
After his discharge resided at 31 Marmion Street in the Perth suburb of Cottesloe and later at 27 Beagle Street in Mosman Park [3]
Retained ownership of his farm until his death in 1957, and rates for the property were sent to his wife until at least 1961 [3]
Died 25 July 1957; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Crematorium Rose Gardens, F, 107) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Vidal Fitzgerald Jackson' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 February 2021 from [sources]

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