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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Bill" William James TURNER

Born 24 December 1903 in Dongara, Western Australia [16]
Son of William James TURNER and Emma Theresa WEBLEY [15]
His father had shifted from Victoria to Western Australia in 1899 and purchased land west of Arrino in 1904 [P2]
Along with his parents settled on his father's land in Arrino in 1905 [P2]
The farm in Arrino was managed by his mother's cousin "Mike" Michael Joseph CARROLL after his father died in 1914 [P2]
Following the death of his mother's cousin in 1925 he took over the management of their farm in Arrino [P2]
Farmer of Victoria Farm in Arrino [19]
Member of the Arrino Cricket Club in 1922-23 [9: 2-Mar-1923]
Donated £1/1/- to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1928 [124]
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]
Member of the Arrino Hall Committee in 1930 [4: 10-May-1930]
Elected to the Three Springs Road Board as the Member for Arrino on Saturday 12 November 1932 [5: 25-Nov-1932]
     Member for Arrino on the Three Springs Road Board from 1932 until at least 1936 [5]
     Vice Chairman of the Three Springs Road Board 1934-1939 [5: 4-May-1934, 12-Jun-1936, 23-Apr-1937] [4: 21-Jan-1939]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Arrino farmer Hugh A. F. MCNEILL at the Three Springs Cemetery on 23 November 1932 [5: 9-Dec-1932]
Member of the Arrino Tennis Club - was Secretary from 1932-33 to 1938-39 [5: 23-Sep-1932, 21-Jun-1935, 2-Oct-1936] [4: 1-Oct-1938]
     The members of the Club presented him with an inscribed fountain pen on 25 June 1935 in recognition of her services [5: 28-Jun-1935]
Arrino Delegate at meetings of the North Midland Football Association 1933-1936[5: 7-Jul-1933, 13-Apr-1934, 21-Aug-1936]
Member of the Arrino Football Club - was Secretary in 1934 and 1936 [5: 27-Apr-1934, 15 & 22-May-1936, 23-Apr-1937]
Attended and spoke at the Farewell to Matron COFFEY held in the Three Springs Hall on Thursday 24 May 1934 [5: 25-May-1934]
In 1934 voted against dances held at the Three Springs Hall being allowed to continue after midnight on Saturdays [5: 15-Jun-1934]
Attended the Carnamah Football Club's Premiership Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on  Saturday 20 October 1934 [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Attended the Three Springs C.W.A. Ball at the Three Springs Hall on the evening of Thursday 22 November 1934 [5: 23-Nov-1934]
Lieutenant in the Three Springs Road Board District Bush Fire Brigade in 1934-35[5: 9-Nov-1934]
Attended the Annual Ratepayers' Meeting of the Three Springs Road Board at 3 p.m. on Saturday 13 April 1935 [5: 19-Apr-1935]
In August 1935 he aided the Three Springs Road Board in the identification of graves in the Arrino Cemetery [5: 16-Aug-1935]
In 1935 he was recommended by the Three Springs Road Board to be appointed a Justice of the Peace [5: 16-Aug-1935]
     He was sworn in as a Justice of the Peace at the Police Court in Geraldton on Saturday 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
     As a Justice of the Peace he served as Magistrate on cases that went before the Three Springs Police Court [5: 19-Mar-1937]
Won 2nd prizes for both male and female Plymouth Rocks in the Poultry section of the TS Agricultural Show in 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Organised on behalf of the Three Springs Road Board the clearing of the Arrino Cemetery in September 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
In October 1935 signed a petition in support of the Three Springs Road Board constructing new tennis courts in Arrino [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Presided over the meeting of Three Springs ratepayers held on Saturday 11 January 1936 to discuss the local water crisis [5: 17-Jan-1936]
Convened a meeting in Arrino on Saturday 16 May 1936 to see if the Arrino Football Club was able to field a team [5: 15 & 29-May-1936]
     The meeting was a success, and following 12 months recess the Club played its first game on home ground on 24 May 1929 [5]
Committee Member of the Three Springs Agricultural Society in 1936, and Vice President in 1937 [5: 1-May-1936, 25-Mar-1937]
Motored from Arrino to Perth on Monday 20 July 1936, and returned to Arrino during the weekend [5: 24-Jul-1936]
He and George H. BICKFORD motored to Perth on 3 August 1936 to attend the annual Road Board conference [5: 7 & 14-Aug-1936]
Met Lieutenant Governor Sir James MITCHELL at the railway station on his visit to Three Springs on 16 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
Won 1st prize for Potatoes in the Vegetable section of the Three Springs Agricultural Show held on 17 September 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Gave evidence at a meeting of the North Midlands Football Association's Disputes Board on Monday 21 September 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
     The Board ruled Arrino forfeited the Grand Final to Carnamah by playing a disqualified player and refusing to finish the match [5]
Attended the Valedictory Social for Miss Rachel M. A. WALLACE in Three Springs on Tuesday 15 December 1936 [5: 24-Dec-1936]
Motored to Perth on 3 February 1937 accompanied by his mother, sisters Annie and Margaret, and brother Albert [5: 5-Feb-1937]
After visiting Perth for Easter he and his sisters Emma, Mary and Annie returned to Arrino on Thursday 8 April 1937 [5: 9-Apr-1937]
Attended the reception in Three Springs to Charles G. LATHAM, Leader of the Opposition in WA, on 26 May 1937 [5: 28-May-1937]
Attended the opening of the Nurse's Quarters in Three Springs and dinner at the Commercial Hotel on 27 August 1937 [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Pallbearer at the funeral of TS farmer Albert Irwin Broad at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 6 September 1938 [4: 10-Sep-1938]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Kate A. COLE of Three Springs at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 16 January 1939 [4: 21-Jan-1939]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Ellen DEE of Arrino at the Three Springs Cemetery on 16 August 1939 [4: 19-Aug-1939]
Attended the Farewell Social & Dance held for Vincent & May TIPPETT in Three Springs on Monday 28 July 1941 [4: 2-Aug-1941]
Private W71882 in Arrino's local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Presided over the Farewell Dance for Christopher & Mildred THOMAS at the Three Springs Hall on 11 September 1944 [4: 16-Sep-1944]
Speaker at the Welcome Home Social for Flight Lieutenant Mostyn L. FRANKLIN in Three Springs on 1 December 1945 [4: 8-Dec-1945]
Presided over the Farewell Social for Bill & Alba JORDAN at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on 30 March 1946 [4: 6-Apr-1946]
Best man at the wedding of his sister Annie and John J. McCAGH at Saint Paul's in Three Springs on 30 April 1946 [4: 18-May-1946]
Speaker at the Farewell Social for Alex & Claire BROWN at the Agricultural Hall in Three Springs on 3 August 1946 [4: 10-Aug-1946]
Farmed and resided in Arrino until about 1953 [19] and on leaving shifted to Perth [P2]
Pallbearer at the funeral of ex-TS resident Charles Edward LUSCOMBE at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth in 1960 [4: 7-Oct-1960]
Later resided in the Perth suburb of Glendalough [2]
Died 22 March 1990; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Roman Catholic, Lawn 6, 47) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William James Turner' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 18 August 2019 from  [ sources ]

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