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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Walter Wyndham DURACK

Born 30 June 1904 in Dongara, Western Australia [15] [187]
Son of Patrick Mantinea DURACK and Susan DOWNES [15]
Educated at the Arrino State School and then at Saint Idephonsus College in New Norcia [P2]
He and his brother Lance were enrolled as Boarding Students at Saint Idephonsus College in New Norcia on 21 April 1917 [187]
Farmer in Arrino [19]
     In partnership with his brothers as "Durack Bros" owned their late father's 12,500 acre homestead property in Arrino [P2]
     They also owned and farmed the large Parkwood Farm east of Three Springs and two farms in Yandanooka [P2]
Married "Ina" Williemine GARDEN in Perth on Saturday 14 April 1934 [5: 20-Apr-1934] [66]
      Following their marriage they travelled back to Arrino aboard the mail train on Monday 16 April 1934 [5]
      Resided with his wife on the Arrino Estate in Arrino [19]
Attended as a "Huntsman" the Plain & Fancy Dress Ball in Three Springs on 19 July 1916 in aid of the Red Cross Society [39: 31-Jul-1916]
Member of the Arrino Cricket Club in 1921-22, 1922-23, 1935-36 and 1936-37 [10: 3-Feb-1922] [9: 2-Mar-1923] [5: 28-Feb-1936, 5-Feb-1937]
Member of the Arrino-Dudawa Race Club - was Secretary in 1923 [9: 2-Mar-1923]
Donated £1/1/- to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1925 [124]
Member of the Arrino Football Club 1927-1937 - was Captain in 1937 [4: 21-Aug-1926] [5: 9-Sep-1932, 25-May-1934, 29-May-1936, 14-May-1937]
Member of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1928 [124]
He was among the 400 people who attended the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Member of the inaugural team representing the North Midlands Football Association in 1928 [4: 6-Oct-1928]
Attended the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show and Show Ball on Thursday 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Attended the Beach Committee's Dance held at the Dongara Hall in Dongara on Monday evening 28 February 1929 [4: 2-Feb-1929]
Nominee for the Arrino Ward Member on the new Three Springs District Road Board in February 1929 [4: 16-Feb-1929]
Following the Arrino Race Club's race meeting attended the evening Ball in the Arrino Hall on Thursday 4 April 1929 [4: 13-Apr-1929]
Attended the Three Springs Race Club's Race Meeting & Evening Ball held in Three Springs on Thursday 11 April 1929 [4: 20-Apr-1929]
Attended the meeting held in Arrino on Saturday 13 April 1929 to discuss the affairs and finances of the Arrino Hall [4: 20-Apr-1929]
In 1929 he and his brothers cleared an additional 250 acres of virgin bush on their Arrino property [4: 20-Apr-1929]
Himself, his father and brother Lance travelled from Arrino to Perth to attend the Perth Royal Show during October 1929 [4: 19-Oct-1929]
Attended the Three Springs Football Club's Welcome Home Social for two newly wedded couples on 1 November 1929 [4: 9-Nov-1929]
He was among those who took a joy-ride in a Gipsy Moth plane which visited Arrino on 19 December 1929 [4: 28-Dec-1929]
In February 1930 he joined his father on a holiday in the Eastern States of Australia [4: 8-Feb-1930]
Member of the Arrino Hall Committee in 1930 [4: 10-May-1930]
Represented the Arrino Football Club at meetings of the North Midlands Football Association in 1930 [4: 10-May-1930]
Attended the Commemoration Dinner held at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on Friday 26 August 1932 [5: 9-Sep-1932]
     The dinner was to commemorate Three Springs having the highest average yield for wheat in the State for the 1931-32 season [5]
Attended the R.S.L. Sports Day at the Arrino Recreation Ground and dance at the Three Springs Hall on 5 November 1932 [5: 18-Nov-1932]
     Competed in the on horseback events and won the Swerving Race, the Flag Race and the Hat Coat and Cigarette Race [5: 11-Nov-1932]
Travelled to Perth during the third week of July 1933 to visit his father who was dangerously ill [5: 28-Jul-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Tennis Club's Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 9 December 1933 [5: 15-Dec-1933]
Member of the Arrino Cricket Club in 1934-35 [5: 14-Dec-1934]
Fined 10/- plus costs on the charge of disorderly conduct at the Three Springs Police Court on Saturday 12 January 1935 [4: 19-Jan-1935]
Represented Dudawa in a cricket match against the Arrino Cricket Club in Arrino on Saturday 16 February 1935 [5: 22-Feb-1935]
Attended the Saint Patrick's Day Picnic & Sports Meeting at the Three Springs Show Ground on Monday 18 March 1935 [5]
     Competed in the Horse Events conducted during the day, winning the Novelty Hack Race and the Melon Race [5: 22-Mar-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 Arrino Tennis Club in 1935-36 [5: 22-May-1936]
Won the Farmer's Race and the Farmers' Hack at the Saint Patrick's Day Sports in Three Springs on 17 March 1936 [5: 20-Mar-1936]
Member of the Three Springs Rifle Club in 1936 [5: 10-Jul-1936]
     In April 1936 "Durack Bros" had voluntarily ploughed up the Three Springs Rifle Club's new rifle range [5: 24-Apr-1936]
     Won the Medal for B Grade at the competition which followed the opening of the Club's rifle range on 23 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
Played outstandingly for the Arrino Football Club in their loss to Carnamah in the Football Grand Final on 6 September 1936 [5]
     He was proclaimed the Fairest & Best player of the match for which he received a cash prize of £1/1/- [5: 11-Sep-1936]
Competed in the Horses in Action section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show held on Thursday 17 September 1936 [5]
     Won the Flag Race and the Hat Coat & Cigarette Race, and came was awarded 2nd for the Maiden Hunter [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Attended the Farewell Social & Dance held for Vincent & May TIPPETT in Three Springs on Monday 28 July 1941 [4: 2-Aug-1941]
Later resided in Perth [2]
Father of Yvonne [91]
Died 27 July 1975; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Roman Catholic, Lawn 9, 603) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Walter Wyndham Durack' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 15 April 2024 from [reference list]

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