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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


William Dawson COLE

Born C.1872 [2]
Married Edith Ellen STAMMERS in Bunbury in 1904 [15]
During the 1930s he resided in Moora where he was manager of the Moora Trading & Agency Company [6] [51]
Purchased a Model 51 Fiat motor car in early January 1925 [31: 9-Jan-1925]
Committee Member of the Moora Progress Association in in 1930 [12: 2-Oct-1930]
In 1932 was the owner of premises in Moora which had previously been Padbury's Colonial Stores [5: 30-Sep-1932]
From 1934 until at least 1936 he was also the owner of the Carnamah Cash Supply Store in Carnamah [5: 14-Dec-1934, 13-Mar-1936]
     His Carnamah store was situated in a portion of Mackie's Buildings at 19 Macpherson Street, Carnamah [3] [5: 14-Dec-1934]
     The Cash Store sold groceries, produce, hardware, glassware, drapery, millinery, clothing, footwear and fancy goods [13]
     During his ownership of the store he had it managed by George Arthur BRADSHAW [5] [13] [51]
     His Carnamah Cash Supply Store was telephone number Carnamah-41 [60]
     The store was advertised in 1935 as "The Larder of the Midlands" with "Service and Saving Assured to All Patrons" [120: 17-Oct-1935]
     The store was also known as the Carnamah Cash Store and the Carnamah Cash & Supply Store [120: 17-Oct-1935]
A fire which destroyed two nearby shops in Carnamah resulted in the stock of his store being evacuated onto the street [5: 14-Dec-1934]
     Through the help of locals battling the flames the fire didn't make it to his premises, however some of his stock was stolen [5]
In December 1934 secured permission from the Road Board to install a petrol bowser outside his store in Carnamah [5: 21-Dec-1934]
Along with his daughters Mrs Edith H. W. BOLTON and Miss D. COLE visited Carnamah on 16 January 1935 [5: 18-Jan-1935]
     On his visit he expressed to the local newspaper proprietor that he had "great faith in the soundness of the Carnamah district" [5]
May have had a farm in Moora as in January 1935 he sold four bales of wool through Dalgety & Co for 12¾d. per pound [5: 1-Feb-1935]
On 22 February 1935 he placed a large advertisement which covered half the front page of The North Midland Times [5: 22-Feb-1935]
     The advertisement outlined a "Gigantic Summer Sale" of "Stupendous Reductions in All Lines" at his Carnamah store [5]
Along with two of his daughters visited Carnamah on 4 April 1935 and then returned to their home at Moora that evening [5: 5-Apr-1935]
He once more visited Carnamah on Tuesday 9 April 1935 and was accompanied by his daughter Ada and a friend [5: 12-Apr-1935]
     On their way back to Moora the same day their car overturned near Marchagee around 5 p.m. after they overtook a truck [5]
     The car was badly damaged however fortunately himself and his passengers escaped injury, but did suffer severe shock [5]
Arrived in Carnamah on 6 March 1936 to organise another gigantic sale at his "Carnamah Cash Supply Stores" [5: 13, 20 & 27-Mar-1936]
     Advertised the sale with a large advertisement taking up half the back page of The North Midland Times newspaper [5: 20-Mar-1936]
     "The Carnamah Cash Supply Stores are again taking the lead with a gigantic Annual Summer Sale" commencing 23 March 1936 [5]
     "Stupendous reductions in all lines" including Manchester, Materials, Ladies' Hosiery, Ladies' and Children's Underclothing, [5]
      Mantle Department, Mercery, Boys' Wear, Men's Hosiery, Ladies' Hats and Shoes, and Men's Boots and Shoes [5]
His Carnamah Cash Supply Store sold Plume petrol from a bowser, and got in fresh fruit and vegetables four times a week [5]
     Advertised the Store with the motto "Service with Saving" and "A Trial Solicited -- Satisfaction Guaranteed" [5: 20-Mar-1936]
In May 1936 extended his Carnamah Cash Supply Stores by expanding into a second shop of Mackie's Buildings [5: 29-May-1936]
     "Carnamah Cash Supply Stores again taking the lead with an extension of premises necessary through increased business" [5]
     The extension was celebrated with "stupendous reductions" in the store's drapery and clothing departments [5: 29-May-1936]
In March 1937 his Carnamah Cash Supply Stores again had its annual summer sale, which went for three weeks [5: 5 & 19-Mar-1937]
He was a Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1937[13]
During the 1930s he appears to have sold his Carnamah Cash Supply Store to Harold H. GIBBONS [--]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Nedlands [2]
Died 2 May 1945; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Crematorium Rose Gardens, D, 61) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William Dawson Cole' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 28 October 2021 from [sources]

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