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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"George" Wilfred George MULLIGAN

Born 14 June 1897 in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia [16]
Son of John Thomas MULLIGAN and "Rose" Rosina Ellen MARTIN [32] [55]
     His parents had married at the ages of 22 and 18 years on 17 September 1884 in Wheatsheaf, South Australia [55]
     In 1903 and 1906 they were living at 248 Piccadilly Street in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia [50]
     His father worked as an Engine Driver on the Kalgoorlie goldfields [50] but died in 1910 [15]
     By later 1910 the family had moved to the Perth suburb of Belmont where his mother was working as a Storekeeper [50]
     In 1912 his mother married William Ramsay HORSBURGH, whose wife had also died in 1910 [15]
     His mother died on 8 February 1913 at the age of 46 and was buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth [2]
     The Belmont Road Board was represented at his mother's funeral by John P. NORTHEY - father of his future wife [39: 19-Feb-1913]
Grocer in the Perth suburb of Burswood in 1915 [30: item 7987572]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 30 January 1915 at Liverpool in New South Wales, Australia [30: item 7987572]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 5½ inches tall and had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a fair complexion [30]
     Embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia for active service on the H.M.A.T. A9 Shropshire on 17 March 1915 [18]
     Private 1769 in the 4th Reinforcements of the Australian Imperial Force's 4th Battalion in Gallipoli and Egypt [30]
     After being wounded in action in August 1915 he was returned to Australia for treatment for a thigh wound and enteric fever [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia to rejoin his unit in France on the H.M.AT. A6 Aeneas on 17 April 1916 [94]
     Later transferred to the Australian Imperial Force's 4th Machine Gun Battalion with whom he served in France [30]
     Awarded the Military Medal for bravery and devotion despite personal danger at Anzac Ridge on 26 September 1917 [30]
     On 26 September 1917 he received a gunshot wound to the forehead and was subsequently sent to England for treatment [30]
     Returned to service and on 4 April 1918; was reported "Missing" before being classified as a Prisoner of War in German hands [30]
     While held captive by German forces he was at the Prisoner of War Camp at Stendal in Germany [P449]
     Repatriated to England on 26 November 1918 and returned to Australia on the Nevessa, disembarking on 20 April 1919 [30]
     His personal effects were lost at sea on the steamship Barunga [P449] which was torpedoed and sank on 15 July 1918 [39: 24-Jul-1918]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 5 June 1919; received the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals [30]
Married "Ess" Ester Florida NORTHEY in Perth in 1921 [P217]
Shop Assistant in Meckering [50]
     Their first child, named Bernard George, was born at their home in Meckering on 5 March 1922 [39: 11-Mar-1922]
     They son Bernard died aged seven weeks in West Perth on 20 April 1922 and was buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery [2] [39; 29-Apr-1922]
     Won 1st prizes for Black Orpington cock and hen in the poultry section of the Meckering Agricultural Show in 1925 [39: 15-Sep-1925]
Proprietor of the Winchester General Store and Post Office in Winchester 1927-1936 [6] [P217]
     At his general store sold groceries, hardware, petrol, oil, boots, clothing, records, tyres and batteries [4: 1-Oct-1927, 4-Feb-1928]
     His general store in Winchester was telephone number Winchester-10 [60]
     Resided with his wife and children in premises adjoining the Winchester General Store on Choral Street in Winchester [P89]
     In 1927 and 1928 was an agent for Victoria Insurance Co, The West Australian, Nutred Tyres Ltd and Nicholsens Ltd [4]
     Received telegrams at his store, and in 1927 and 1928 was a sub-dealer for General Motors Ltd [4: 1-Oct-1927, 4-Feb-1928, 9-Dec-1933]
     In May 1929 requested permission from the Carnamah District Road Board to erect a petrol bowser at his store [4: 1-Jun-1929]
     Permission for the bowser was granted, and it was erected on the corner of Choral Street and the Winchester East Road [4]
     In 1931 ran the Winchester General Store under the name of "Mulligan's Supply Service Station" [4: 2-May-1931]
     Advertised his business in The Carnamah-Three Springs Times And Arrino Advertiser newspaper in 1932 [5: 8-Jul-1932]
     In 1932 his general store also became an agency for the Commonwealth Bank [5: 8-Jul-1932]
     Agent and seller of The North Midland Times newspaper in 1933, 1934 and 1935 [5: 7-Jul-1933, 24-Aug-1934, 23-Aug-1935]
     In 1933 his store in Winchester and another one in Coorow were advertised under the name of Mulligan's Cash Stores [4: 28-Jan-1933]
     He was the agent for Dalgety & Co Ltd and the International Harvester Co Ltd for Winchester and Coorow [4: 28-Jan-1933] [5: 31-Jan-1936]
     His store in Coorow was managed by his sister-in-law "Nell" Ellen M. NORTHEY in 1933 [5: 7-Jul-1933]
     Regularly advertised his business in The North Midland Times newspaper [5: 2-Feb-1934, 3 & 24-May-1935]
     His general store was the distributor in Winchester for the Carnamah District Road Board's rabbit poison in 1934 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
     In 1934 he was an agent for the Coorow district for Horsfall's Rabbit Poison Distributor, which attached to any vehicle [5: 9-Feb-1934]
     Advertised in the local paper in 1934 that he was an agent for International, McCormick Deering and Big E harvesters [5: 23-Mar-1934]
     In September 1934 he had a second hand machinery for sale including an 8 foot Sunshine harvester for £50, [5: 21-Sep-1934]
          2 ton Holt tractor £250, 8 foot Big E harvester £30, 6 foot McCormack Binder £15 and a 6 foot Sunshine-Taylor header £65 [5]
     In 1935 as the Coorow agent for Dalgety & Co Ltd he conducted clearing sales and auctions for Coorow farmers [5: 29-Mar-1935]
     Held a demonstration of the McCormick T20 Caterpillar tractor and International 10 disc plough on 4 July 1935 [5: 28-Jun-1935]
     Winchester Distributor of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society's Show Schedules in 1935 [5: 26-Jul-1935]
     Also the Winchester Distributor of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Show Schedules in 1935 [5: 9-Aug-1935]
     As Dalgety & Co agent he was a member of the North Midlands Registered Stud Stockbreeders Association in 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Advertised his businesses in the Schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1933 [13]
     "W. G. Mulligan, General Storekeeper. Caters for your Requirements in Groceries, Hardware, Men's Clothing, Confectionary, [13]
     Fruit and Vegetables, Tobacco and Cigarettes. - Motor Accessories and Tyre, Batteries, Kodak Supplies, Aladdin Lamps and [13]
     Accessories. - "Irwin Index," "West Australian," "Sunday Times," Etc. - Agent for the Victoria Insurance Company. Depot [13]
     for the Texas Oil Co. Ltd. - Buyer of Wool, Skins, Hides, etc., at Full Market Rates. W. G. Mulligan, Winchester and Coorow" [13]
In February 1936 secured the agency for the International Harvester Company for the Carnamah district [5: 21-Feb-1936, 22-May-1936]
     He was then the agent for the entire Carnamah Road Board district, as he was already their agent for Winchester and Coorow [5]
     While retaining his business interests in Winchester and Coorow he decided to centre his expanded business in Carnamah [5]
     Rented the front room of The North Midland Times building at 13 Macpherson Street, Carnamah as his office [5]
     In addition to operating his agency his new office he also stocked a supply of spare parts for tractors and farm machinery [5]
     From about 25 February 1936 onwards he had a full stock of parts for McCormick Deering tractors and farm machinery [5]
     Advertised second-hand machinery he had for sale in The North Midland Times newspaper of Friday 20 March 1936 [5: 20-Mar-1936]
     The machinery included a 12/24 Hart Parr tractor (£50), 15-hoe McCormick drill (£18), and an 8-disc Gaston plough (£25) [5]
     Advertised the agency as Carnamah and Coorow, presumably with his wife running their General Store in Winchester [5: 17-Apr-1936]
In June 1936 purchased the business and Carnamah agency for Dalgety & Co Ltd from Thomas J. BERRIGAN [5: 5 & 19-Jun-1936]
     This made him the Dalgety & Co Ltd agent for all of the Carnamah Road Board district from Gunyidi through to Carnamah [5]
     From the time of the purchase also began leasing premises from Thomas J. BERRIGAN at 15 Macpherson Street, Carnamah [3] [5]
     Following the purchase advertised that he would call on Carnamah clients of Dalgety & Co Ltd "at the earliest possible date" [5]
     Himself and his wife were tendered a Farewell Social at Marathon Farm in Winchester on Thursday 25 June 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
     In June 1936 himself, his wife and their children left Winchester and shifted to Carnamah to run his new business [P217]
     Sold his general store and its premises in Winchester to Horace W. and Libra MORRISON during July 1936 [5: 24-Jul-1936]
     His agency business in Carnamah was telephone number Carnamah-26 [60]
     Resided behind his premises on the north west corner of Niven Crescent and Macpherson Street from June 1936 to June 1939 [P217]
Conducted demonstrations and field trials of four McCormick Deering tractors in Carnamah at 2:30 p.m. Saturday 1 August 1936 [5]
     As the local agent for the International Harvester Company he was a seller of McCormick Deering tractors and spare parts [5]
     The trials were the most comprehensive ever staged locally and were held on Robert NIVEN's Craigend Farm in Carnamah [5]
     A similar demonstration was also held on the farm of Arnold E. SAGGERS in Three Springs on 5 August 1936 [5: 24 & 31-Jul-1936]
     After the demonstration he arranged for one of the tractors to be on display at D. Standish O'GRADY's garage in Carnamah [5]
     He sold all twelve models of McCormick Deering tractors with either caterpillar tracks, steels wheels or pneumatic tyres [5: 7-Aug-1936]
     The tractors boasted immensely strong one piece main frames, extreme economy and proven power [5: 7-Aug-1936]
"Do Not Buy Your New Drill or Combine until you have Inspected The New "IDEAL"[5: 16-Apr-1937]
     "All Types Including The Latest Design in Rigid Tyne Spring Release" [5]
     "Inspect at I.H.C. Showroom  Wellington Street, Perth - W. G. Mulligan, Local Agent" [5]
Advertised his Carnamah agency business in the Schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1938: [13]
     "W. G. Mulligan, District Agent for: Carnamah, Winchester, Coorow, Marchagee, Gunyidi - Dalgety & Coy. Ltd., [13]
       McCormick Deering Tractors, Farm Machines, International Trucks, Nicholson's Ltd. - Radiolas & Lighting Plants, [13]
       Prudential Insurance Company, Union Assurance Society Ltd., Pontiac Cars, Powell Gas Producers, Agricultural Parts [13]
       Supply Co. Ltd. Phone 26, P.O. Box 32 Carnamah" [13]
In 1939 he was an Agent in Carnamah for...
      Dalgety & Co Ltd, International Harvest Co, Powell Gas Producers and Prudential & Union Insurance Co [0: image 02824]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club 1928-1936 [4: 24-Mar-1928, 23-Nov-1929] [5: 23-Feb-1934, 17-Apr-1936]
     Represented Winchester at meetings of the Carnamah-Winchester-Coorow Tennis Association 1932-1935 [4: 4-Feb-1933] [5: 7-Sep-1934]
     Secretary-Treasurer of the Carnamah-Winchester-Coorow Tennis Association 1934-35 to 1936-37 [4: 8-Sep-1934, 7-Sep-1935, 18-Sep-1936]
In January 1929 purchased a new National model Chevroolet car through Carnamah dealer Scott WYLIE [4: 26-Jan-1929]
He was among those who attended the Centenary Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on 26 July 1929 [86: 3-Aug-1929]
     The ball was to celebrate 100 years since the founding of Perth and the establishment of the Swan River Colony [86]
Attended the Euchre Party and Dance held at the Winchester School Hall on Saturday 31 August 1929 [4: 7-Sep-1929]
Purchased a Ford well type light delivery ute from Carnamah Ford dealer Rupert LAFFAN in November 1929 [4: 23-Nov-1929]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1929 and 1930 [53]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Race Club in 1930 [4: 21-Dec-1929]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [5: 22-Jan-1937]
     Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1932 [13]
     Briefly Secretary of the Society from after the Society's Annual Show in 1937 until presumably the end of the year [5: 4 & 25-Sep-1936]
     Ivan JOHNSON was appointed Secretary at the 1937 AGM however when he resigned in March 1937 he was again Secretary [5]
     Secretary in 1937 and Secretary-Treasurer in 1938 and 1939 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [5: 5-Mar-1937] [13]
Provider of music and songs at the Coorow-Waddy Forest Football Club's smoke social in Coorow on 22 October 1932 [5: 28-Oct-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]
Attended a large meeting in Three Springs to form a North Midlands Chamber of Commerce on 18 November 1932 [4: 26-Nov-1932]
Committee Member in 1934 and Vice President in 1935 of the Winchester Parents & Citizens Association [5: 23-Mar-1934, 10-May-1935]
Helped build a bush shelter shed for the children of the Winchester State School on Saturday 10 February 1934 [5: 16-Feb-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's Opening Season Dance at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 21 April 1934 [5: 27-Apr-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League [5: 22-Jan-1937] [52]
     He was Vice President in 1932, 1936 and 1937; Committee Member in 1937; and Secretary for some of 1938 and 1939 [5] [52]
Attended the Repertory Social, of plays, community singing and dancing, held in Carnamah on 15 August 1934 [5: 17-Aug-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 Treasurer of the Winchester Cricket Club in 1934-35 and 1935-36 [5: 24-Aug-1934, 20-Sep-1935]
Attended the Official Opening of the Coorow Golf Club's golf course in Coorow on Sunday 23 June 1935 [5: 28-Jun-1935]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club in 1935 [5: 12-Jul-1935]
Collected donations for the Carnamah Parents & Citizens Association's Inter-School Sports Shield in 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Foundation Secretary of the Carnamah District Cricket Association in 1935-36[5: 18-Oct-1935]
     Delegate for the Winchester Cricket Club at meetings of the Carnamah District Cricket Association in 1935-36 [5: 18-Oct-1935]
     Gave a speech following the presentation of the Cricket Association Shield to the Carnamah Blues on 4 April 1936 [5: 10-Apr-1936]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
Returned to Winchester on Friday 14 February 1936 after spending "a most enjoyable vacation" in Perth [5: 14-Feb-1936]
Attended the public meeting on the question of Saturday Afternoon Closing in Carnamah on Thursday 19 March 1936 [5: 27-Mar-1936]
Attended the combined tennis match between Winchester-Waddy-Coorow and Carnamah-Parkinson on 5 April 1936 [5: 10-Apr-1936]
     During the day himself and his wife were presented with a gift from the Carnamah-Winchester-Coorow Tennis Association [5]
     The gift was a token of appreciation for hosting meetings of the Association at their home in Winchester throughout the season [5]
Visited Perth and returned to Carnamah during mid April 1936, and again on Tuesday 26 May 1936 [5: 24-Apr-1936, 29-May-1936]
His sister Mrs J. C. MYSSONSKI and children of Perth holidayed with himself and his wife in Winchester in May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Attended the Coorow Golf Club's Opening Day for the 1936 season in Coorow on Sunday 17 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Golf Club in 1936 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Athletic Club in 1936 and 1937 - was Treasurer in 1937[5: 7-Aug-1936, 19-Mar-1937]
     Donated a trophy to the Carnamah Athletic Club for their Bike Races at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 12 July 1936 [5: 10-Jul-1936]
     In November 1936 he was appointed an Umpire for the weekly bike races conducted by the Carnamah Athletic Club [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Repertory Club's Social including three plays at the Carnamah Hall on Friday 2 October 1936 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Attended the Bucks Party for George A. RAFFAN and Eric J. BRADLEY of Winchester in Coorow on 7 October 1936 [5: 16-Oct-1936]
Attended the Farewell Social for departing postmaster R. Arthur LINDSAY at the Carnamah Hotel on 23 October 1936 [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Attended the public meeting about the creation of stockyards in Carnamah on Saturday evening 14 November 1936 [5: 20-Nov-1936]
     At the meeting himself and two others were appointed a committee to handle the matter and then report at another meeting [5]
Justice of the Peace and Local Magistrate for the Victoria Magisterial District 1936-1939 [22]
     He had been appointed a Justice of the Peace in January 1932, when based in Winchester [4: 30-Jan-1932]
     Between 1936 and 1939 presided as Magistrate over 16 traffic and criminal cases that went before the Carnamah Police Court [22]
     The Carnamah Police Court dealt with the Carnamah, Winchester, Waddy Forest, Coorow, Marchagee and Gunyidi districts [22]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1936-37 - played for "Carnamah B" [5: 22-Jan-1937]
After a flying visit to Perth he returned to Carnamah on Thursday evening 28 January 1937 [5: 29-Jan-1937]
Came 2nd in the R.S.L. Handicap Race of 50 yards at the Easter Athletic Sports Meeting in Carnamah on 29 March 1937 [5: 2-Apr-1937]
Vice President of the Carnamah Football Club in 1937 [5: 16-Apr-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Coronation Celebrations Committee in 1937 [5: 30-Apr-1937]
     The festivities celebrated the coronation of King George VI of the United Kingdom and the British Commonwealth on 12 May [5]
The North Midland Times newspaper reported that he spent the first week of May 1937 in Perth [5: 7-May-1937]
Member of the Carnamah Cycle Club - was Inaugural Judge in 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]
Member of the Carnamah Boxing Tournament Committee in 1937 [5: 6-Aug-1937]
Motored to Perth accompanied by his wife's brother-in-law Gordon B. RAFFAN of Winchester on 25 August 1937 [5: 27-Aug-1937]
     While in Perth he attended an International Harvester Company conference [5: 27-Aug-1937, 3-Sep-1937]
     Also at the conference was Company representatives Clifford J. BOND of Carnamah and William L. JORDAN of Three Springs [5]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah doctor Cecil Phillip ROSENTHAL on 8 April 1939 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Mary SIMPSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 19 April 1939 [0]
In August 1939 sold his agency business in Carnamah to Eric H. GURR [0: image 03798]
Was bid farewell by members of the Carnamah R.S.L. and Agricultural Society at a joint function held on 28 August 1939 [0: image 03808]
At his farewell was presented with a certificate of service and an initialled travel rug [0: image 03810]
Left Carnamah in 1939 and moved to a small property in Kenwick [P217]
In 1939 he began working as an Associate to Supreme Court judge "Bert" Albert A. WOLFF in Perth [P449]
He was living in the Perth suburb of East Cannington when he enlisted in the Australian Army on 26 July 1941 [16]
     Sergeant W31891 in the Australian Army's 3rd Garrison Battalion during the Second World War [16]
     In 1943 he was living on Sydenham Street in the Perth suburb of Cannington and was working as a Trainer [50]
     Discharged from the Australian Army on 6 December 1945 [16]
After the war he resumed working as an Associate to Supreme Court judge "Bert" Albert A. WOLFF in Perth [P449]
     Resided at 15 Reeve Street in the Perth suburb of Swanbourne[50]
Greengrocer in Collie and then at Ewington in the Collie district [50]
     Resided at 61 Throssell Street in Collie and on Pitt Street, Ewington [50]
In 1958 was living at 19 Summerton Road in the Perth suburb of Medina [50]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of South Fremantle [2]
Father of Bernard, Patricia, Keith and Betty [P217]
Died 4 November 1962; buried at Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Roman Catholic, DB, 659) [2]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 5 June 1936:
Dalgety's Carnamah Agency
"We have received advice from Messrs. Dalgety and Company Limited that Mr. T. J. Berrigan has disposed of his agency business to Mr. W. G. Mulligan. Mr Mulligan's territory for Dalgety's Agency now covers the whole of the Carnamah Road Board district. In addition to Dalgety's, Mr. Mulligan represents numerous other well-known firms for this district. It is understood that Mr. Mulligan will be occupying Mr. Berrigan's office and residence."

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

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