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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


William John NAIRN

Born 22 January 1842 in Perth, Western Australia [39: 17-Jan-1919]
Son of James NAIRN and Sarah PETTIT [15]
Resided with his parents and worked with his father on the property Dalaik in York [39: 17-Jan-1919] [148]
Between 1863 and 1866 left York and settled with his parents on Noolooloo Station in what became the Carnamah district [148] [245]
Married Sarah Ann PELL in Irwin in 1873 [15]
He and his brother Walter worked on or ran their father's Byro Station in the Murchison [148]
     He wrote in June 1890 advising of the discovery of gold on the Byro plain at the head of the Upper Wooramel River [39: 13-Jun-1890]
     Served on the Upper Gascoyne Road Board - was Chairman in 1890-91 and 1891-92 [39: 28-Nov-1890, 5-Feb-1892]
     W. J. NAIRN, either himself or his brother, was one of the sheep judges at the Murchison Stock Show in 1893 [39: 30-Oct-1893]
     Following his brother Walter's death in 1903 he was granted Letters of Administration for his estate of £2,133/16/- [39: 27-Nov-1903]
     In 1912 his half-brother Edward was manager of Byro and his son Walter and William were working on the station [50]
     Left the Murchison and shifted to Wannamal with his wife and some of their children during 1912 [114: page 93]
Farmer of Somerleyton Farm in Wannamal 1912-1914 [6] [114: page 93]
     His land holdings in Wannamal comprised of Swan Locations 2138, 2139, 2140 and 2141 [114: page 163]
     Member of the Wannamal Hall Committee in 1912 [114: pages 113, 114]
     Following his departure from Wannamal his farm was managed by his son Byro and his son-in-law Alfred PAYNE [114: page 163]
He appears to have briefly resided in retirement on Irwin Road in Dongara in 1914 [19]
Farmer in Popanyinning 1914-1918 [6] [39: 17-Jan-1919] [50]
     In Popanyinning he subscribed £1/1/- to the Patriotic War Fund Committee in later 1914 [39: 5-Nov-1914]
Father of five sons - James, Walter, William John, Charles Joseph Byro, Alexander Murchison and Arthur Augustus [15] [39: 8-Oct-1918]
Father of five daughters - Emma, Clementina, Mary Ann, Charlotte and Nora [15] [39: 8-Oct-1918]
Died 29 December 1918 in Perth; buried at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth, Western Australia (Anglican, HA, 448) [2] [39: 17-Jan-1919]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William John Nairn' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2022 from [reference list]

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