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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Fred" William Frederick St. George HARDWICK

Born 1889 in East Perth, Western Australia [30]
Son of William HARDWICK and Minnie Malvina CROSS [15]
Apprentice Saddler with his father William HARDWICK in York, Western Australia for five years [30]
Saddler in Quairading in 1914 [6]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Helena Vale on 4 November 1914 [30: item 4968327]
     Upon enlistment he was 5 feet 3¾ inches tall, weighed 126 pounds with green eyes, dark hair and a dark complexion [30]
     Gave his next of kin as his father William HARDWICK, whose address at the time was Avon Street, York WA [30]
     On 15 February 1915 at the Blackboy Hill military camp was given the rank of Private and appointed to the 11th Battalion [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. Itonus on 22 February 1915 [30]
     Private 1351 in the Australian Imperial Force's 11th Battalion in Turkey, France and Egypt during the First World War [30]
     On 22 July 1916 was Wounded in Action in France; reported to have had a severe gunshot wound to his chest [30]
     Treated in France and England before being passed as medically fit and returning to France for service on 14 October 1917 [30]
     On 16 June 1918 in France he received a gunshot wound to his right leg/ankle and was again returned to England for treatment [30]
     Embarked Liverpool, England on the Khyber on 31 March 1919 and arrived back in Australia on 3 May 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 27 January 1920; received the 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals [30]
Saddler, Boot Repairer and Collar Liner in Three Springs 1920-1934 [6] [9: 5-Aug-1921] [19]
     In mid 1921 took over Frank L. DEWAR's saddlery and boot repairing business in Three Springs [9: 29-Jul-1921, 3-Mar-1922] [10: 15-Jul-1921]
     Beginning with its inaugural edition on 7 August 1926 he advertised his saddlery business in The Irwin Index newspaper [4]
     In his business advertisements gave his telephone number as TS-1 (which was the number of the Commercial Hotel) [4: 7-Aug-1926]
     Said to have resided at a camp in a thicket of bush in or near the Three Springs townsite [P40]
Played the violin at the Bachelors Ball at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on Wednesday 24 August 1921 [9: 2-Sep-1921]
The Three Springs Orchestra in 1924 consisted of himself on the violin and Miss Maggie KROSCHEL on the piano [10: 17-Apr-1924]
He and Maggie KROSCHEL supplied the music at the Ball which following the Carnamah Races on 10 April 1924 [10: 17-Apr-1924]
On 24 October 1924 wrote to the Australian Army Base Records requesting his Victory Medal be sent to him at Three Springs [30]
He and Mrs Lettie HUNT supplied the music at the Dance in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day in 1925 for £3 [9: 3-Apr-1925] [124]
The two of them also provided the music at the Dance/Ball held in Three Springs on Saint Patrick's Day in 1926 and 1928 [124]
Played the violin at the wedding of Edmund K. WELLS and Margaret A. KROSCHEL in Carnamah on 8 February 1927 [4: 19-Feb-1927]
His brother Richard P. HARDWICK, who was a teacher, was transferred to the Arrino State School in August 1927 [4: 6-Aug-1927]
Played the violin at a Dance held to raise funds for the Hall Piano Fund at Three Springs on Saturday 7 January 1928 [4: 14-Jan-1928]
Attended and played the violin at the Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Supplier of "beautiful music" at the wedding of Carl WINTER and Ethel MUTTER in Three Springs in September 1928 [4: 15-Sep-1928]
Played the violin at the Carnamah Race Club's Presentation Ball at the Carnamah Town Hall in March 1929 [4: 6-Apr-1929]
Played the violin at the largely attended Matrons and Benedicts Ball held in Three Springs on Friday 31 August 1928 [4: 8-Sep-1928]
Attended and played the violin at the Centenary Carnival Dance held in Mingenew on 12 September 1929 [4: 21-Sep-1929]
Member of the Three Springs branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1934 [4: 30-Jun-1934]
Played the violin at the Ball following the Wheatgrowers Union's Annual Picnic held in Three Springs on 21 August 1935 [5: 23-Aug-1935]
Played the violin at the Three Springs Football Club's Victory Ball held in Three Springs on Tuesday 24 September 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
He was among the ex-servicemen at the R.S.L. Reunion Dinner in Three Springs on Saturday evening 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Played a violin solo at the farewell to William M. and Margaret K. CARMODY in Three Springs on Monday 12 July 1937 [5: 16-Jul-1937]
Saddler and Harness Maker in Macpherson Street, Carnamah 1945-1949 [6] [13]
Advertised his saddlery business in the Schedule of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's 1945 Victory Show [13]
       "F. G. Hardwick, Saddler and Harness Maker; Macpherson Street, Carnamah" [13]
       "Repairs of every kind undertaken with cheapness and despatch" [13]
His Macpherson Street premises were between the now Uniting Church and the then North Midland Times newspaper offices [P22]
Member of Carnamah's branch of the Returned Soldiers League 1945-1949 [52] [0: image 02992]
Said to have been the last Saddler to work in Carnamah [P4]
Died 1953 in York WA [172]
Also known as Frederick St. George HARDWICK and Frederick George HARDWICK

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William Frederick St. George Hardwick' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 1 October 2020 from [sources]

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