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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


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Walter Richard YORK

Born 23 June 1877 in Gingin, Western Australia [P289]
Son of John YORK and Harriet Maria MCHARD [15]
On arrival in Watheroo, with his brothers George and Murray, he ran the Watheroo Railway Refreshment Rooms and Bar [P289]
Farmed in Watheroo in partnership with his brothers trading as "York Bros" [P289]
     In 1908 "York Bros" had a subscription to The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, which was published weekly in Moora [9: 11-Dec-1908]
     They reaped 28 bushels of wheat from a 200 acre field that was virgin soil with no fertiliser in 1909 [9: 25-Mar-1920]
     In 1910 they won 2nd prize for a Hack in the Horses in Action section of the Moora Agricultural Show [9: 28-Oct-1910]
     They sold 19 bales of wool at 15¾d. per pound at the first wool sale of the season on Friday 4 November 1921 [10: 11-Nov-1921]
     His brother George Thomas YORK, who he'd been farming with, died at the age of 50 years on 29 April 1924 [2] [10: 12-Jun-1924]
     During May 1924 York Bros donated £1/1/- for the Midlands District Fallen Soldiers' Memorial in Moora [10: 12-Jun-1924]
Married Florence Mary COOK on Thursday 17 September 1914 at Saint James' Church in Moora [10: 22-Sep-1914]
His horse Grafton Boy won the Flying Handicap at the Sports Meeting held in Carnamah on Thursday 4 May 1916 [10: 16-May-1916]
Received 2nd for Gentleman's Hack and 1st for Ladies' Hack in the Ring Events at the Moora Agricultural Show in 1918 [10: 11-Oct-1918]
Broke his leg while riding a horse on Friday 20 October 1922 and subsequently spent over a week at the Moora Hospital [9: 27-Oct-1922]
Member of the Watheroo Cricket Club in 1922-23 [9: 26-Jan-1923]
In 1925-26, 1926-27 and 1927-28 he had an Oakland car or truck registered with the Moora Road Board with numberplate M-76 [325]
Member of the Namban Rifle Club in 1926 and 1927 [9: 11-Jun-1926] [10: 19-May-1927]
Later the farmer of Lingalonga Farm in Watheroo [P187]
In 1938-39 purchased 5 & 7 Macpherson Street in the Carnamah townsite (Lots 33 & 34 of Victoria Location 1936) [3]
     The blocks contained a stone house and galvanised iron shop and were purchased from Lou and Ettie PARKER [3]
Resided with his wife and daughter Doris in the stone house at 5 Macpherson Street in Carnamah 1939-1941 [19]
     Like the previous owner, he and his wife appear to have leased the shop at 7 Macpherson Street to Eric H. GURR [3]
     Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1941 [53]
     Along with his wife and daughter left Carnamah on 15 June 1941 and shifted back to Watheroo [0: image 04017]
     In 1941 sold his shop premises in Carnamah to Eric H. GURR and in 1946 he also sold GURR his house in Carnamah [3]
Resided in Watheroo from 1941 until his death in 1965 [P289]
Passed away at the age of 88 years at the Moora District Hospital in Moora [116]
Father of Doris and Hermer [P289]
Died 13 September 1965; buried at the Moora Public Cemetery in Moora, Western Australia (Anglican, Plot 125) [116]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Walter Richard York' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/walter-richard-york [sources]




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