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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Walter OATES

Born 2 September 1865 in Kangaroo Flat, South Australia [55]
Son of John OATES and Ann CLEGG [55]
He was one of at least seven children with siblings John William, Elizabeth Ann, Henry, Albert, Alfred and John Thomas [55]
Married Annie WALSH on 13 October 1896 at his father's home in Kangaroo Flat, South Australia [55]
They resided in Gawler, South Australia until purchasing 1,300 acres of farmland in Pingelly, Western Australia [372: 3-Jun-1905]
Departed South Australia on the steamship Bombala and arrived in Albany, Western Australia on Wednesday 31 May 1905 [372]
Farmer in Pingelly, Western Australia 1905-1910 [50] [120: 17-Sep-1910] [372: 3-Jun-1905]
He and his wife purchased 1,433 acres of prospective land in Three Springs on 18 October 1910 [120: 17-Sep-1910] [27]
The 1,433 acres was Lots M820, M824 and M825 of Victoria Location 2020 and respectively cost 18/6, 19/- and 23/6 per acre [27]
In total the land cost £1,405/11/- and was purchased from the Midland Railway Company with instalments over 15 years [27]
By January 1911 they had left Pingelly and settled on their land in Three Springs [9: 13-Jan-1911]
Another farmer from Pingelly, Frederick W. SLUGGETT, also purchased land and shifted to Three Springs [120: 17-Sep-1910] [41: 4-Nov-1910]
Farmer in Three Springs in 1911 [19]
Member of the Kadathinni Farmers and Progress Association in 1911 [9: 13-Jan-1911]
They appear not have stayed in Three Springs very long as they assigned their land to Stacey & Williams Ltd on 17 March 1911 [27]
Stacey & Williams Ltd were land agents and they assigned their former farm in Three Springs to Charles H. MACLEAN [27] [81: 4-Jun-1911]
Father of Mary Ann Blanche, Norman Walter, Miriam Elizabeth and Edith Rose [55]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Walter Oates' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2024 from [reference list]

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