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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Will" William ALLEN

Born 9 December 1901 in Strathalbyn, South Australia [16]
Son of Jacob ALLEN and "Nellie" Eleanor Edith STEVENS [P255]
Farmer in Andrews, South Australia [P255]
In partnership with his brother Jim purchased Isaac W. KNIGHT's Homesdale Farm in Winchester in September 1928 [81: 30-Sep-1928]
      The farm, at the southerly end of the Winchester district, was 1025 acres in size and cost £4.17.6 per acre [3] [4: 10-Nov-1928] [62]
     The farm's 1025 acres consisted of Lots M910 and M1438, both portions of Victoria Location 2023 [3]
     Left South Australia and moved to the farm in Winchester in 1929 [P273]
Farmer of Mi Blu Aven Farm in Winchester, Western Australia 1929-1961 [14] [P273]
     Farmed the farm in Winchester in partnership with his brother Jim 1929-1932 [P273]
     Married "Gert" Ivy Gertrude WESTLAKE on 22 February 1930 at the Methodist Church in Wallaroo Mines, South Australia [55]
     In 1932 they also share-farmed John W. COLPITTS' Heppleholme farm in Winchester [P273]
     Jim returned to South Australia later in 1932 [P273] but their partnership was not officially dissolved until 1944 [39: 3-Mar-1944]
Telephone number Winchester-2 from 1929 to 1934 and again from 1951 to 1961 [60]
Foundation Member of the Carnamah Scout Group [P255]
Member of the Winchester Hall Committee - served as President [P255]
Member of the Winchester Tennis Club in 1932-33 [5: 17-Mar-1933]
Attended the social evening tendered to Nell NORTHEY at the Winchester School on Saturday 29 June 1933 [5: 7-Jul-1933]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Foundation Committee Member of the Winchester Cricket Club 1934-35 to 1937-38 [5: 24-Aug-1934, 30-Oct-1936, 24-Dec-1937]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club in 1935, 1936 and 1937 [5: 16-Aug-1935, 3-Jul-1936, 25-Jun-1937]
"J. E. & W. Allen" sold six bales of wool at 14¾d. per pound through Westralian Farmers Ltd on 28 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
He was among the heaviest losers of sheep killed by dogs or dingoes in Winchester during May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
"Allen Bros" sold 38 lambs at 13/4, 35 lambs at 14/4 and 11 hoggets at 9/4 per head through Westralian Farmers on 1 July 1936 [5]
In the same consignment as that of Allen Bros of 1 July 1936 he sold one hogget for 26/- and one lamb for 20/4 [5: 3-Jul-1936]
Attended the Inaugural Sale of the North Midlands Stud Stockbreeders Association in Carnamah on 18 September 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
At the sale "Allen Bros" bought three Merino rams, two at 4½ guineas and one at 4 guineas from the Wongyarra Stud in Carnamah [5]
Attended the Reunion of South Australians in the North Midlands at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 26 September 1936 [5: 2-Oct-1936]
Allen Bros sold 44 (41 at 16/1, 3 suckers at 13/-) through Westralian Farmers Ltd at the Midland Market in October 1936 [5: 23-Oct-1936]
"Allen Bros" advertised reaping to let for approximately 70 acres of wheat and 20 acres of barley in November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Allen Bros sold 7 lambs at 20/10 and 1 ewe for 16/10 through Westralian Farmers Ltd at the Midland Market in June 1937 [5: 25-Jun-1937]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1941 [13]
Private in the local Australian Army Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Member in 1945 and Vice President in 1947 of the Winchester Parents & Citizens' Association [5: 13-Apr-1945, 28-Mar-1947]
     He helped with the association's Barbecue & Concert which was held on "Allen's corner" on 20 April 1945 [5: 13-Apr-1945]
Member of Winchester Tennis Club 1945-1947 [5: 20-Apr-1945, 4-May-1945. 10-Jan-1947]
     Played in the Easter Monday Tennis Tournament held in Winchester in 1945 [5: 6-Apr-1945]
     Competed in the 1946 Winchester Tennis Tournament and the 1947 New Year's Competition in Carnamah [5: 18-Jan-1946, 10-Jan-1947]
     He and Ken WATERS were the runners-up Men's Doubles for the Winchester Tennis Club in 1946-47 [5: 10-Jan-1947]
He made a request in February 1947 for the Carnamah District Road Board to clean out a creek at the rear of his farm [5: 14-Feb-1947]
     The job possibly proved too much as in May the Road Board advertised its grader at his property for sale "as it stands" [5: 16-May-1947]
Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest branch of Farmers' Union of of Western Australia in 1947 [5: 5-Sep-1947]
Member of the Winchester Cricket Club in 1949-50 [4: 25-Mar-1950]
Committee Member of the Winchester Progress Association in 1955 [0: image 04786]
Father of Graham, Jeanette and Westley [14]
Passed away at the age of 59 years at the North Midlands District Hospital in Three Springs [1]
Died 28 April 1961; buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia (Row R, Plot 15) [1]
Mi Blu Aven Farm was inherited by his wife Gert, son Graham and daughter Jeanette [P8]
The farm was run by his son Graham until 1995 and was sold to Derek and Peter FOWLER in early 1999 [P8]
Later still, his former farm was sold to Alan KAU of Coorow [P8]

From The West Australian newspaper, Friday 3 March 1944:
The Partnerships Act, 1895
"Notice is hereby given that the partnership hitherto subsisting between James Edward Allen of Clare in the State of South Australia Farmer and William Allen of Winchester in the State of Western Australia Farmer who carried on business at Clare and Winchester aforesaid as Farmers under the firm name of “J.E. & W. Allen” was Dissolved by mutual consent as from the 10th day of October one thousand nine hundred and forty. The said James Edward Allen will continue to carry on the business of a farmer of Clare aforesaid and will receive and pay all moneys due to and owing by the Partnership in the said State of South Australia and the said William Allen will continue to carry on the business of a farmer at Winchester and will receive and pay all moneys due and owing by the Partnership in the said State of Western Australia. Dated the twenty ninth day of November one thousand nine hundred and forty three. Signed by the said James Edward Allen in the presence of M. Badger, jun, Adelaide, Jas. E. Allen. 14/2/44. Signed by the said William Allen in the presence of F. Bingham, JP, Coorow, W. Allen 29/11/43. PARKER & PARKER, 21 Howard St, Perth, Solicitors for the parties."

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

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