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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Tom" Walter Thomas WHITE

Born 18 July 1893 in Farnham, Essex, England [16] [20]
Son of William WHITE and Rebecca BLAKE [20] [21]
In 1901 he was living with his parents and siblings Frederick, George, Jeremiah, Arthur and Alfred at Cas Cottages in Farnham [20]
Departed London, England on the steamship Otranto and arrived in Fremantle, Western Australia on 9 July 1912 [70]
Worked in Western Australia as a farmhand until enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on 21 September 1914 [30: item 1850810]
     On enlistment was 5 feet 10¼ inches, weighed 182 pounds, and had blue eyes, brown hair, and fair complexion [30]
     Gave his next of kin as his brother Jeremiah WHITE, whose address was Brookton, Western Australia [30]
     Stated that he had previously served two years in the Territorial Forces prior to leaving England [30]
     At Blackboy Hill on 13 October 1914 he was appointed to the E Company of the Australian Imperial Force's 16th Battalion [30]
     Embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914 [18]
     Private 399 in the Australian Imperial Force's 16th Battalion in Gallipoli, where he was Wounded in Action on 17 May 1915 [30]
     Transferred from 16th Battalion to the Australian and New Zealand Corps (A.N.Z.A.C.) Headquarters on 21 February 1916 [30]
     Private 399 in the Australian and New Zealand Corps Headquarters in Egypt until proceeding to France on 22 March 1916 [30]
     Private 399 in the Australian and New Zealand Corps Headquarters in France until proceeding to England on 2 January 1919 [30]
     Served with the 16th Battalion in London, England and was promoted from Private to Corporal on 4 April 1919 [30]
     Departed London, England on the Bahia Castillo and arrived back in Fremantle, Western Australia on 10 June 1920 [70]
     Discharged from the A.I.F. on 6 August 1920, and received the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Farmer of Rosedale Farm in Winchester 1922-1959 [19] [34]
     After the war he had acquired farmland in Winchester in the Carnamah district through the Soldier Settlement Scheme [8: page 19]
     His farm was 996 acres and consisted of Victoria Location 3754, 3755 and 3828 on the south side of the Winchester West Road [3]
     The 996 acres was a quarter of the Winchester Estate, which had previously been Louis P. PARKER's Glenwilli Farm [8: page 19]
     His elder brother Arthur WHITE settled on another quarter of the Winchester Estate [8: page 19]
Signed the petition in February 1923 for the Irwin Licensing Court to grant a hotel license for Carnamah [10: 9-Mar-1923]
Member of the Winchester Sports Club - was Honorary Secretary in 1923 [34]
     Wrote to the Midland Railway Company on 29 December 1923 requesting the donation of a block of land to the Sports Club [34]
     The Company failed to donate the land requested, however offered a permit to use the land at a charge of £1 per annum [34]
Married Elsie Hilda WILLIAMS in 1925 [66]
From 1926-27 until at least 1932 was the owner of an Oakland car with license plate CA-115 [4: 12-Nov-1932] [325]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club from 1927-28 [5: 20-Oct-1933] [9: 23-Mar-1928]
     Vice President in 1935-36, Committee Member in 1936-37 and 1937-38, Vice Captain in 1937-38 [5: 30-Aug-1935, 21-Aug-1936, 20-Aug-1937]
     Represented Winchester on the Carnamah-Winchester-Coorow Tennis Association in 1935-36 and 1937-38 [5: 6-Sep-1935, 24-Dec-1937]
     Donated a trophy for the Winchester Tennis Club's Annual Tennis Tournament in 1937 [5: 7-May-1937]
He and his wife returned to Winchester in February 1928 "after an enjoyable holiday in the metropolis" of Perth [9: 17-Feb-1928]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Winchester farmer John RAFFAN on 9 October 1928 at the Winchester Cemetery [4: 20-Oct-1928]
Attended the Euchre Party and Dance held in Winchester on Saturday 14 September 1929 [4: 21-Sep-1929]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in the 1920s [53]
In the 1930s had his farm split into three main paddocks - two of which he put in crop each year and the third he fallowed up [P7]
     Had a couple of smaller paddocks near his house which were used for a cow and for horses [P7]
     In the 1930s purchased after harvest a flock of ewes which he mated and then sold when feed ran out or it was time to fallow [P7]
Committee Member of the Winchester branch of the Primary Producers' Association in 1930 [4: 11-Oct-1930]
Participant in the Winchester Dingo Hunt of 1932 which resulted in a frequently seen dingo meeting its end [4]
Made a donation to the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them purchase premises [5: 29-Jul-1932]
Won 1st prize for Beetroot and 2nd for Swedes at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1932 [5: 23-Sep-1932]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
Treated at the Carnamah Private Hospital in November 1932 for an injured knee sustained in being thrown from his horse [5: 11-Nov-1932]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1932-1946 and in 1958 [13]
Served on the Carnamah District Road Board as the Member for Winchester 1932-1948 [7: page 111]
     In April 1937, when his term expired, he was re-elected after running against three other Winchester farmers [5: 2 & 23-Apr-1937]
Member for Winchester on the Carnamah-Coorow Anglican Church Vestry in 1933 [5: 2-Jun-1933]
Attended the social evening tendered to Nell NORTHEY at the Winchester School on Saturday 29 June 1933 [5: 7-Jul-1933]
Committee Member of the Winchester Parents & Citizens Association in 1934 [5: 23-Mar-1934]
Attended the Party at the home of William & Susan PETHICK on Petan Farm in Winchester on Saturday 14 July 1934 [5: 20-Jul-1934]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Foundation President of the Winchester Cricket Club in 1934-35, and was Vice President in 1934-35 [5: 24-Aug-1934, 20-Sep-1935]
In April 1935 himself and neighbouring farmer Howard H. CHAPPEL  requested to fence a road dividing their farms [5: 3-May-1935]
     The Carnamah District Road Board granted their request, which affected what is now the Winchester West Road [3] [5] [62]
Donated a dozen trees to the Winchester State School, which the school's pupils planted on Wednesday 17 July 1935 [5: 19-Jul-1935]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club in 1935 [5: 2-Aug-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Attended the Annual Meeting & Smoke Social of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the R.S.L. on Wednesday 11 March 1936 [5: 20-Mar-1936]
Among those who donated a trophy for the Winchester Tennis Club's Annual Tournaments held over Easter in 1936 [5: 17-Apr-1936]
Advertised in The North Midland Times newspaper in April 1936 that he had an 8-disc Shearer plough for sale [5: 24-Apr-1936]
Attended the Coorow Golf Club's Opening Day for the 1936 season in Coorow on Sunday 17 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
At some point he was one of five people who loaned the Carnamah District Agricultural Society a debenture [13]
     In 1936 he refunded the interest due on his debenture back to the Society for a trophy or some other purpose [5: 12-Jun-1936]
Advertised in August 1936 that he was wanting to buy 500 split White Gum or Jam fencing posts and 50 strainer posts [5: 21-Aug-1936]
Donated the prizes for the Winchester Tennis Club's Euchre Tournament & Dance held in Winchester on 29 August 1936 [5: 4-Sep-1936]
Sold 69 sheep through Dalgety & Co Ltd with two consignments to the Midland Market in September and November 1936 [5]
     The 69 sheep consisted of 20 hoggets at 17/1, 39 wethers at 11/10 and 10 lambs at 10/10 per head [5: 18-Sep-1936, 6-Nov-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1936 and 1937 [5: 15-May-1936, 11-Jun-1937]
In 1936 sold a parcel of Comeback premium wheat to Westralian Farmers Ltd for the excellent price of 6/1 per bushel [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Purchased a new Chevrolet 6 sedan car in January 1937 [5: 15-Jan-1937]
In May 1937 advertised that he wanted to buy a good cow that was young and in full milk [5: 21-May-1937]
Sold 67 sheep through Dalgety & Co Ltd and Elder Smith & Co Ltd at Midland Markets in 1937: [5: 16-Jul-1937, 13-Aug-1937, 3-Sep-1937]
     45 wethers (14 at 26/1, 21 at 23/10, 10 at 23/4), 41 lambs (26 at 21/-, 4 at 19/10, 11 at 15/4), and 1 ewe at 20/- [5]
Donated £2/10/- to the Carnamah District Agricultural Society for their Annual Show in 1937 [13]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 13 January 1939 - was Worshipful Master in 1950 [96] [153]
Foundation Vice President of the Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society in 1939 [0: image 03834]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1939 [13]
Fire Control Deputy of the Winchester Fire Control Committee in 1939 [0: image 03880]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah doctor Cecil Phillip ROSENTHAL on 8 April 1939 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
In 1939 received a refund of debenture interest from the Carnamah District Agricultural Society amounting to £2/10/- [13]
Foundation Committee Member of the Carnamah District War and Patriotic Fund in 1940 [0: image 03074]
Vice President of Carnamah's branch of the Red Cross Society in 1940 [0: image 03902]
Captain of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1940 [0: image 03939]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Australian Defence League in 1940 [0: image 03947]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League - was President 1940-1945 [52]
Member of the Carnamah Volunteer Defence Corps in 1941 [4: 29-Mar-1941]
Member of the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club in 1941 [0: image 03995]
Steward of the Live Weight of Sheep & Pig competition at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1941 [13]
Made a Life Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society on 18 October 1941 [13] [58]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District War and Patriotic Fund in 1941 and 1942 [0: images 04014 & 04174]
Served on the Board of the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs 1941-1943 [109]
Lieutenant in the local Australian Army Volunteer Defence Corps 1942-1945 [16]
Commanding Officer of the Carnamah Home Guard in 1942 [0: image 02956]
Member of the Carnamah Bush Fire Brigade in 1944 [0: image 04590]
Steward of the Live Weight of Sheep & Pig competition at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Victory Show in 1945 [13]
On 31 December 1948 a fire spread onto his property which resulted in the loss of 200 bags of wheat [0: image 04514]
By 1949 had been made a Justice of the Peace for the Victoria Magisterial District of Western Australia [22]
President of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1951 [4: 7-Apr-1951]
Vice President of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1951 [4: 21-Apr-1951]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club in 1952 [0: image 04668]
In 1967, when he applied for the Anzac Medallion, he was living at 23 Clanmel Road in the Perth suburb of Floreat Park [30: item 1850810]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Floreat Park [2]
Father of James and Valma [25]
Died 28 July 1987; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (MC Section, Garden of Remembrance, 12, 218) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Walter Thomas White' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 20 August 2018 from www.carnamah.com.au  [ sources ]




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