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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


William Davidson Sanderson SMITH

Born 6 August 1881 in Freeling, South Australia [55]
Son of James Neilson SMITH and Isabella GRAHAM [55]
Farmer in Dudawa, East Arrino, Western Australia [19]
His farm was 738 acres in size and consisted of Lot 30 and 31 of the Dudawa Estate [44]
In 1914 he was farming in partnership with Edmund P. BRODERICK as "Broderick & Smith" [6] [19]
He never married and resided in a stone house on his farm [P2]
He was assisted on his farm by Dick RYDER and sometimes employed widow Mrs Mary A. L. LEWIS to clean his house [P2]
Donated 10/6 to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1919 [124]
Vice President of the Picnic Race Meeting held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day Tuesday 17 March 1925 [124]
During July 1925 he purchased a new Buick Standard six car "fitted with sage green body" [81: 2-Aug-1925]
     His car was registered with the Mingenew Road Board, which Arrino then part of, and contained license plate MI-68 [325]
     He had previously owned an Oakland car, which had also carried license plate MI-68 [325]
Attended the conference in Three Springs on 2 March 1928 to discuss the formation of a Road Board in Three Springs [4: 10-Mar-1928]
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]
Attended the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show and Show Ball on Thursday 20 September 1928 [4: 29-Sep-1928]
Attended the Three Springs Race Club's Race Meeting & Evening Ball held in Three Springs on Thursday 11 April 1929 [4: 20-Apr-1929]
Inaugural Member for Dudawa on the Three Springs District Road Board in 1929, and until at least 1932 [120: 26-Dec-1929] [5: 25-Nov-1932]
     Represented the Three Springs Road Board at the Road Board Conference held in Perth in August 1930 [4: 26-Apr-1930]
With Robert W. CONNOLLY and Eric H. R. LINTHORNE he left for a fishing expedition at the coast on 23 January 1932 [4: 30-Jan-1932]
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]
Something went wrong with the steering in his car and it swerved off the road and into a tree in Arrino on Wednesday 1 June 1932 [4]
     Despite his car hitting the tree at considerable force he escaped without injury, although his car was badly damaged [4: 4-Jun-1932]
Attended the Farewell Evening tendered to local pioneer Mrs Blanche M. KOCH in Three Springs on 3 December 1932 [4: 10-Dec-1932]
During March 1933 his brother-in-law Frank F. WEAVER stayed with him in Dudawa, East Arrino [4: 4-Mar-1933] [55]
     His brother-in-law was of South Australia however was at that time the owner of Woopenatty Station in Arrino [4: 4-Mar-1933]
In 1933 he was "a prominent Three Springs agriculturalist and a pioneer of the Dudawa district" [120: 5-Oct-1933]
Travelled from Dudawa to Perth on Saturday 7 October 1933 to attend the Perth Royal Show [5: 13-Oct-1933]
Speaker at the Farewell tendered to Henry and Ethel TOWNSEND at the Arrino Hall on Friday 14 June 1935 [5: 21-Jun-1935]
Speech-giver at the social evening tendered to newly married Syd and Priscilla GOOCH in Three Springs on 2 July 1936 [5: 10-Jul-1936]
Attended and competed at the Official Opening of the Three Springs Rifle Club's rifle range on Thursday 23 July 1936 [5: 31-Jul-1936]
He was among local farmers who hired through the Three Springs Road Board a boring plant to bore for water in 1937 [5: 22-Jan-1937]
     The boring plant arrived at his farm in April 1937 and struck water at a depth of 92 feet [5: 23-Apr-1937, 21-May-1937]
     A further boring in May 1937 struck water at 69 feet but a poor supply so was continued to 128 feet but the supply was no better [5]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Ellen DEE of Arrino at the Three Springs Cemetery on 16 August 1939 [4: 19-Aug-1939]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Fanny Jane BRIMSON of Three Springs at the Three Springs Cemetery on 29 April 1946 [4: 4-May-1946]
Died 1955; buried at the Three Springs General Cemetery in Three Springs, Western Australia (Presbyterian, Plot 31) [P2]

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

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