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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Bob" / "Robert" Wilfred Rudge JAMES

Born C.1887 [2]
Married Ida Mary BROADBANK in 1911 [21]
He and his wife departed London, England on the steamship Gothic on 21 October 1911 bound for Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [203]
Farmhand on Virginia Park Farm in Brim, Victoria in 1914 [50]
Farmer in Woorinen, Victoria in 1919 [50]
In 1924 he was working as a Cartage Contractor and living at 51 Ashworth Street in the Melbourne suburb of Albert Park [50]
Farmer in Carnamah, Western Australia 1926-1935 [6] [19]
The farm, which belonged to his wife, was the 1,385 acre Lot M1619 on the Caron Road in Carnamah [3] [61]
In 1927 they grew 700 acres of crop on their farm in Carnamah [9: 29-Jul-1927]
While cutting chaff his chaffcutter engine set fire to some straw on 2 December 1929 [4: 7-Dec-1929]
     In a matter of minutes the fire destroyed his stables, two hay stacks and the chaff cutter and its engine [4: 7-Dec-1929]
At the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1930 he was awarded 1st prize for the "Best Draught Stallion" in the Horse section [4: 27-Sep-1930]
In 1932 was the owner of a Chrysler Runabout car with license plate CA-300 [4: 12-Nov-1932]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1932; also donated £1.6.0 to the Society in 1932 [13]
Admitted to the Carnamah Private Hospital in August 1932 to receive treatment for a poisoned arm [5: 2-Sep-1932]
Won 1st prize for a Clydesdale Stallion in the Horse section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1932 [5: 23-Sep-1932]
Attended the Surprise 21st Birthday for George AUNGER in Carnamah on Sunday 2 October 1932 [5: 7-Oct-1932]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Wheatgrowers Union 1932-1934 - was Secretary in 1934 [4: 13-Feb-1932] [5: 1-Dec-1933, 11-May-1934]
Among those who made a donation to the Carnamah Country Women's Association to help them buy premises in 1932 [5: 29-Jul-1932]
The local newspaper revealed on 4 August 1933 that there were goods for him at the railway goods shed in Carnamah [5: 4-Aug-1933]
His postal address was P.O. Box 62 at the Carnamah Post Office [5: 9-Aug-1935]
Along with his wife departed Carnamah on Thursday 1 February 1933 for a holiday in Perth and Busselton [5: 2-Feb-1934]
The local newspaper reported on 11 May 1934 that he was in better health, having been ill and in Perth for some time [5: 11-May-1934]
The house on their farm and its contents were entirely destroyed by fire on New Years Day, Tuesday 1 January 1935 [5: 4-Jan-1935]
The fire was guessed to have started from the kitchen stove and fortunately didn't spread to nearby stables, sheds and haystacks [5]
Travelled from Carnamah to Perth by car on a short visit on Sunday 30 June 1935[5: 5-Jul-1935]
The stallion Carngham Bold stood on his farm and travelled the Carnamah district in 1935 [5]
     For the charge of £3/3/- per mare local farmers could have the stallion father a foal [5: 9-Aug-1935]
Farmer in Perenjori in 1936 and by December 1936 he had shifted to Perth [5: 11-Dec-1936] [50]
Established the Australian Electrical Company in Perth which made 32-volt generators, transformers and other electrical products [P46]
The farm in Carnamah was run by his son Glyn 1936-1939 and then by his son-in-law Robert S. KING 1939-1943 [6] [19] [P46]
Himself and his son Rob arrived in Carnamah on Sunday 6 December 1936 to spend a few days with his Glyn [5: 11-Dec-1936]
The farm in Carnamah was leased to neighbouring farmer Frederick P. WATERS 1944-1949 and was sold to him in 1950 [3]
Resided with his wife at 3 Labouchere Road in the Perth suburb of South Perth from 1945 until at least 1949 [6] [61]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of Brentwood [2]
Father of Mollie, Glyn and Robert [54]
Died 17 April 1965; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Crematorium Rose Gardens, 9E, 40) [2]
Also known as Robert JAMES [2] [19]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Wilfred Rudge James' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 27 February 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/wilfred-rudge-james [sources]




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