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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


William Herbert GILLINGWATER

Born 1889 in Poringland, Norfolk, England  [20] [21]
Son of farmhand Richard Henry GILLINGWATER and "Rosa" Rosanna CHITTOCK [20] [21]
He was living with his parents and elder brother Charles at The Green in Howe, Norfolk, England in 1891 [20]
In 1901 he was living with his parents and siblings Charles, Arthur, Rosa and Edith at Wood Green in Stratton St Mary, Norfolk [20]
The family later grew with another two children in Alice and Edward before their mother's death at the age of 42 in 1906 [20] [21]
In 1907 his father married Ellen BUTTERTON and by 1911 he had two half-sisters named Florence and Nellie [20] [21]
He was registered at birth as Herbert William [21] but by 1911 was stating his given names as William Herbert [20]
In 1911 he was working as a Waggoner and living with a farming family in Markington Hall, Yorkshire, England [20]
Married Florence May Kenny MASON in 1911 in Yorkshire, England [P427]
He resided in Markington, Yorkshire before leaving England for Western Australia with his brother-in-law Wilfred K. MASON [203]
     They departed from London, England on the steamship Osterley on 26 April 1924 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
     His wife and son initially remained in England living with his wife's mother at Ingerthorpe Cottage in Markington, Yorkshire [203]
     After almost four years his wife and son Edgar left England to join him in Western Australia [203]
     His wife and son departed London on the steamship Osterley on 18 February 1928 bound for Fremantle, Western Australia [203]
Farmhand in Yandanooka, Western Australia 1928-1931 [4: 2-Jun-1928] [50] [86: 4-May-1929]
     He was working for Leonard BRAIN on Beatonsfield Farm in Yandanooka in 1928 [4: 2-Jun-1928]
     In mid 1928 he slipped and fell beneath the feet of a horse, which stood on his shoulder causing severe contusions and abrasions [4]
     His wife attended the R.S.L. Ball in Yandanooka on 27 April 1929 wearing navy crepe de chine embroidered with red [86: 4-May-1929]
After two and a half years in Western Australia his wife and son returned to England, but he remained in Yandanooka [50] [203] [204]
     His wife and son departed Fremantle, Western Australia on the steamship Otranto and arrived in London on 26 October 1930 [204]
     Their proposed address after their arrival was 38 Gray Street in Oatlands Mount near Harrogate, Yorkshire, England [204]
     On the passenger list their country of intended future permanent residence  was marked as England [204]
     His wife died in England a few years later and he had no correspondence with his son or family back in England [P427]
     There wasn't believed to have been upset over their lack of contact, it being presumed they each just got on with their lives [P427]
In May 1934, at which time he was living in Miling, he was at the hospital in Moora receiving medical treatment [12: 25-May-1934]
Farmhand in Three Springs in 1937 [50]
Farmhand in Billeroo, East Winchester in 1940 and 1941 [50]
     Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League in 1940 and 1941 [52]
Tractor Driver and Farmhand in Cunderdin in 1943 [50]
Farmhand in Dowerin 1949-1954 [50]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Nedlands [2]
Father of Edgar [P427]
Died 19 August 1961; ashes interred at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Crematorium Rose Gardens, T, 50) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William Herbert Gillingwater' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 9 August 2022 from [reference list]

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