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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Bill" William McLaren NEWMAN

Born 28 August 1893 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia [16] [54]
Son of Florence LEE and stepson of Gerard Augustus NEWMAN [54]
Registered at birth as William LEE, however later known as William McLaren NEWMAN and William NEWMAN [3] [19] [54]
Farmer on his mother and stepfather's Dalveen Farm in Carnamah, Western Australia [19]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club in 1912 and 1914 [9: 29-Nov-1912, 23-Oct-1914]
Member of the Carnamah Football Club in 1913 [9: 11-Jul-1913]
Member of the Three Springs Football Club in 1914 [9: 7-Aug-1914]
     He was the best player for Three Springs in a football match played against Coorow at Coorow in early July 1914 [10: 10-Jul-1914]
Gunner 296676 in the Imperial Force's Royal Garrison Artillery in France during the First World War [30: item 6044999]
     On 29 September 1918 he was severely wounded in France, namely a gunshot wound to his right thigh [30]
     He was evacuated to England for medical treatment and was admitted to the Northants War Hospital in Northampton, England [30]
     Word that he had been wounded in action was sent to his mother Mrs Florence NEWMAN at Dalveen Farm in Carnamah [30]
     His mother was delayed in learning of his state owing to the fact that she had shifted to Deniliquin in New South Wales [30]
Arrived back in Carnamah in July 1919 and was welcomed home at a celebration held at the schoolroom in Carnamah [10: 11-Jul-1919]
     A large number of people turned out to the evening held in his honour, which included dancing to the music of two violins [10]
Inaugural Secretary of the Carnamah Football Club in 1919 [10: 11-Jul-1919]
Member of the Carnamah Peace Celebrations Committee in 1919 [10: 11-Jul-1919]
Member of the Carnamah Hall Committee in 1919 [10: 29-Aug-1919]
Farmer of Marramatta Farm in Carnamah 1920-1968 [3] [6] [80: 28-Oct-1925]
     Initially his farm was 917 acres in size and consisted of Victoria Location 7176 [44]
     On 24 April 1934 extended his farm by 1,023 acres with the purchase of Victoria Location 7175 at a cost of £1/10/6 per acre [3]
     Victoria Location 7175 had previously been the farm of Johan C. SPORK however had been forfeited on 25 August 1933 [3]
Member of the Carnamah Race Club in 1920 [10: 1-Oct-1920]
One of the organisers of the dance held after the Picnic Race Meeting in Carnamah on Thursday 16 September 1920 [10: 1-Oct-1920]
In October 1922 a red cow and two steers strayed onto his farm with indistinct brands and two slits forming a triangle in their ears [9]
     Listed them under "Strayed" in The Midlands Advertiser and stated if they weren't claimed that they'd be sold [9: 27-Oct-1922]
He had the registered horse and cattle firebrand of N4O in 1924 [80: 28-Oct-1925]
Umpired his first local football match when Carnamah played Yandanooka on Sunday 5 July 1925 [9: 10-Jul-1925]
In the early 1930s held a lease for 4,979 acres in Winchester in partnership with Carnamah farmer George F. SALTER [3]
     The 4,979 acres was Victoria Location 7203 on the south side of what is now the Carnamah-Eneabba Road [3] [62]
     They held the block in partnership as "Newman & Salter" and probably used it to graze livestock from their Carnamah farms [3]
     They forfeited their lease for the block on 29 December 1933, and it was later taken up by Robert MACKIE [3]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
Instructor of the Carnamah Boy Scouts in 1932 and 1933 [5: 8-Jul-1932, 8-Sep-1933]
Attended the Carnamah Church of England's New Year Ball held at the Carnamah Hall on Saturday 30 December 1933 [5: 5-Jan-1934]
Member of the Carnamah Provisional Group of Toc H in 1934 [5: 12-Jan-1934]
Sold 68 ewes at the Midland Market in mid August 1935, for prices between 15/10 and 19/7 per head [5: 16, 23 & 30-Aug-1935]
     A week later sold 158 wethers for between 16/4 and 18/7, 5 ewes at 10/-, and 41 suckers for between 12/12 and 17/4 [5]
     In late August sold 18 ewes for 10/4, 33 for wethers 17/1, 14 wethers for 16/1, 1 lamb for 10/- and 3 lambs for 14/- per head [5]
     On Wednesday 25 September 1935 sold 41 suckers for 17/10 per head [5: 27-Sep-1935]
     Sold 49 suckers for 19/7 per head, 33 ewes for 7/4 per head, and 3 wethers for 9/- per head on 16 October 1935 [5: 18-Oct-1935]
He was sitting on a bale of wool at the back of a truck as it entered the railway station yard in Carnamah on 10 September 1935 [5]
     As the truck turned into the yard he was thrown off and onto the ground, receiving a severe shaking and abrasions [5: 13-Sep-1935]
Sent a floral tribute for the grave of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Sold 35 lambs through Elder Smith & Co Ltd on Wednesday 3 May 1936 - 31 at 27/4 per head and 4 at 17/10 per head [5: 5-Jun-1936]
     On 24 June 1936 sold 11 lambs at 19/7, 11 lambs at 16/10, 3 hoggets at 20/-, 8 hoggets at 17/1, and 3 stags at 20/1 [5: 26-Jun-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League - was Vice President in 1936 [52]
     Committee Member in 1937 and Secretary 1943-1945 of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the R.S.L. [5: 22-Jan-1937] [52]
In November 1936 he was appointed an Umpire for the weekly bike races conducted by the Carnamah Athletic Club [5: 20-Nov-1936]
Sold five bales of wool at 16d. per pound through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Perth Wool Sale of 23 November 1936 [5: 27-Nov-1936]
Member of the Carnamah Cricket Club from 1936-37 to 1939-40 [5: 23-Oct-1936] [4: 9-Mar-1940]
Member of the Carnamah Athletic Club in 1937 [5: 7-May-1937]
Inaugural Committee Member of the Carnamah Cycle Club in 1937 [5: 21-May-1937]
Sold 206 sheep through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 21 July 1937 [5: 23-Jul-1937]
     The 206 were 57 wethers sold at 25/7 per head, 51 hoggets at 25/10 and 98 lambs (47 at 26/1, 37 at 21/10, 14 at 14/7) [5]
Paid a 2/6 Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board in 1941 for helping to control vermin by killing a fox [416: page 40]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1938 [58]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Mary LANG at the Winchester Cemetery on 22 February 1942 [0]
Secretary of the Carnamah Cricket Club 1939-1942 [0: images 02957, 03850 & 03971]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and general repairers Henry Parkin & Son in the 1930s and 1940s [53]
Obtained the telephone in 1941 - was telephone number Carnamah-36K from 1941 to 1965 [60]
Member of the Carnamah Miniature Rifle Club in 1941 [0: image 03995]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1941, 1946 and 1952 [13]
Vice President of the Carnamah Football Club in 1941 and 1947 [0: images 04007 & 04466]
Later made a Life Member of the Carnamah Football Club [7: page 199]
Member of the Carnamah Home Guard in 1941 [0: image 04048]
Member of the Carnamah Volunteer Defence Corps in 1941 [4: 29-Mar-1941]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District War and Patriotic Fund in 1942 [0: image 04174]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah pioneer Miss Elizabeth MACPHERSON on 24 July 1939 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
Secretary of the Carnamah Soldiers' Farewell Committee in 1943 [0: image 04212]
Sergeant in the local Australian Army Volunteer Defence Corps 1942-1945 [16]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1945 and 1948[58]
Rates for his farm were care of accountants Goyne Miller & Co, 1187 Hay Street, W. Perth in 1967-68 and 1968-69 [3]
In 1969-70, 1970-71 and 1971-72 rates for his farm were sent to care of accountants Irish, Young & Outhwaite, Perth [3]
In about 1973 he sold his farm in Carnamah to Three Springs farmer W. Kinnear HEBITON's company Inverdoon Pty Ltd [3]
Attended the "Day of Pioneers" luncheon held at the Shire Council Chambers in Carnamah on 13 October 1982 [253]
Resided of late in Three Springs [2]
Died 25 November 1986; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, ZR, 324B)[2]

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

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