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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

William PADBURY

Born 13 August 1867 in Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England [196]
Son of farmer William PADBURY and Mary Elizabeth TILEY [20] [21]
Resided with his parents, elder sister Elizabeth and younger brother Matthew on Sheep Street in Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England [20]
He was working as a Grocer's Apprentice in 1881 and by 1891 he had left home and was working as a Grocer's Assistant [20]
In 1891 he was lodging with the family of Samuel S. and Martha MORRIS at 22 Plimsoll Road in Islington, London, England [20]
Arrived in Albany, Western Australia from England in 1892 [196]
Manager of merchant John ALLPIKE's business in Guildford, Western Australia until buying it from him in July 1896 [198]
Merchant, Flour Miller, Importer, Ironmonger, Draper and Grocer in Terrace Road, Guildford [6]
Married Evelyn Mary WELLMAN in Guildford in 1897 [15]
Resided at Garden Hill on Meadow Street in the Perth suburb of Guildford [61]
Owner of the Rose Hill Stud Farm in Guildford and was "one of Western Australia's most successful stud masters" [120: 5-Oct-1933]
He was a notable winner of the Governor's Cup for livestock at the Royal Show in Perth [120: 5-Oct-1933]
He was the owner of shops by the name of "Colonial Stores" in both Guildford and Moora in 1908 [9: 4-Dec-1908]
In 1908 he was appointed the sole agent for Abrolhos guano which he would deliver to any railway station at reduced rates [9: 4-Dec-1908]
He was also a seller of other agricultural requisites such as superphosphate, Thomas' phosphate, corn sack and chaff bags [9: 4-Dec-1908]
Also sold liquor as in 1909 he was the holder of a gallon license in the Perth suburb of Guildford [9: 11-Dec-1908]
Judge of the Dairy Produce section at the Moora Agricultural Society's Annual Show in Moora on Friday 9 October 1908 [9: 2-Oct-1908]
Donated five shillings to the Moora District Hospital's sports held in Moora on Boxing Day in 1911 [9: 16-Feb-1912]
Absentee Owner of the 8,500 acre Fairfield Farm in Three Springs, which was managed by Edward HUNT [120: 26-Dec-1929]
     His Fairfield Farm in Three Springs included Lots M816, M819, M821, M822, M823, M828, M829, M830, M834, M837 [44]
     Ran sheep, horses and cattle on his Fairfield Farm in addition to cropping wheat and barley [120: 5-Oct-1933]
His farming endeavours at Three Springs along with others of his time helped prove the potential wealth of Three Springs [120: 5-Oct-1933]
300 acres of wheat crop were grown on his property in Three Springs in 1917 [10: 19-Jun-1917]
Called for tenders via newspaper advertisements for the erection of a four-room cottage in Three Springs in June 1918 [129: 14-Jun-1918]
Vice President of the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee's Sports Meeting held in Three Springs on 17 March 1919 [124]
In early 1919 he purchased his brother's farm at Koojan, with his brother agreeing to remain as manager for a year [9: 14-Feb-1919]
An employee of his Fairfield Farm in Three Springs, Percy E. HUNT, was killed by a falling tree during clearing in 1921 [86: 3-Nov-1921]
Vice President of the Round Hill Rifle Club in 1922 [9: 1-Sep-1922]
Second most successful competitor in the sheep, horse, cattle and pig sections of the Royal Show in Perth in 1922 [9: 20-Oct-1922]
     He came second to his son Albany W. PADBURY of Koojan, who scored 25 more points and won the Governor's Cup [9]
Donated £10 to the Young Australia League at the opening of their memorial building in Perth on 23 November 1924 [248: Aug-1993]
Fourteen of his country farms and properties were put up for auction at the Wool Exchange in Perth on 15 January 1925 [129: 16-Jan-1925]
     £2/5/- was offered for his farm in Three Springs and bids for farms in New Norcia and Meckering, none of which were sold [129]
1,700 acres of wheat crop was grown on his farm in Three Springs in 1927, and 2,600 acres in 1928 [9: 14-Oct-1927] [120: 27-Dec-1928]
Represented the Royal Agricultural Society at the Three Springs Agricultural Society's First Annual Show on 20 September 1928 [4]
     Judged the Confectionary and Art sections of the Show, and was a guest at the Society's Official Luncheon [4: 29-Sep-1928]
     At the Official Luncheon he remarked that he believed Three Springs "was second to none in any part of the Commonwealth" [4]
Member of the Swan Agricultural Society - served as its President three times and was Vice President in 1929 [196]
Vice President of the Moora Agricultural Society in 1929 [196]
Donated the first prize of five guineas for the Three Springs Agricultural Society's 50 acre crop competition in 1930 [4: 6-Dec-1930]
Attended the Commemoration Dinner held at the Commercial Hotel in Three Springs on Friday 26 August 1932 [5: 9-Sep-1932]
     The dinner was to commemorate Three Springs having the highest average yield for wheat in the State for the 1931-32 season [5]
Won 1st prizes for pure breeds of Dural Purpose Bull and Milking Strain Heifer at the Three Springs Show in 1932 [5: 30-Sep-1932]
In 1933 his Fairfield Farm was mentioned as one of the "excellent properties" in the Three Springs district [120: 5-Oct-1933]
     He was noted as "one of Western Australia's most successful studmasters and a notable winner of the Royal Governor's Cup" [120]
Briefly visited Three Springs on Thursday 7 September 1933 [5: 8-Sep-1933]
Judged the Farm & Dairy Produce an Farm Display sections and exhibited in Cattle and Sheep at the Three Springs Show in 1933 [5]
     Won 1st prizes for Red Poll Bull, Red Poll Cow and for Border Leicester Ram and 2nd prize for Dorset Horn Ram [5: 29-Sep-1933]
     Also donated a Cup for the exhibitor gaining most points in the farm related sections of the Three Springs Agricultural Show [5]
Patron of the Three Springs Agricultural Society in 1935, 1936 and 1937 [5: 17-May-1935, 1-May-1936, 25-Mar-1937]
He was the Royal Agricultural Society's representative at the Three Springs Agricultural Show held on 19 September 1935 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
     Judged the Poultry and Farm & Dairy Produce sections of the Show, and exhibited livestock the Cattle and Sheep sections [5]
     Won 1st prizes for Red Poll Bull and Red Poll Cow, and 2nd prizes for Jersey Cow and Three Fat Shorn Merino Wethers [5]
Sold some sheep from his farm in Three Springs at the Midland Market held in Midland on Wednesday 25 September 1935 [5]
     Sold 80 suckers for 18/7 per head, 18 shorn wethers for 17/- per head and 80 shorn wethers for 17/4 [5: 27-Sep-1935]
     Two weeks later sold 310 shorn wethers - 71 for 12/10 per head, 146 for 12/4 per head, and 93 for 11/7 per head [5: 11-Oct-1935]
     Through Elder Smith & Co Ltd sold 41 suckers for 17/7 per head at the Midland Market held on 16 October 1935 [5: 18-Oct-1935]
     In early November sold 23 suckers for 17/7 per head, 8 lambs for 16/10 per head, and 10 suckers for 11/7 per head [5: 8-Nov-1935]
     A month later, in December 1935, sold 378 shorn wethers - 333 of them for 14/1 and the remaining 45 for 12/1 [5: 6-Dec-1935]
     The next week in December sold a further 134 shorn wethers - 70 for 14/4, 34 for 13/4, and 35 for 13/10 [5: 13-Dec-1935]
Through Elder Smith & Co Ltd sold one bale of wool at 15¼d. and 21 bales at 14¼d. per pound on 28 October 1935 [5: 1-Nov-1935]
Purchased a new Sunshine harvester for his farm in Three Springs in 1935 [5: 15-Nov-1935]
Sold 63 wethers through Elder Smith & Co Ltd in August 1936 - 42 for 30/10 per head, and 21 for 26/- per head [5: 14-Aug-1936]
     Two weeks later sold a further 62 wethers - 36 of them for 30/1 per head and the remaining 26 for 17/10 per head [5: 28-Aug-1936]
     A further two weeks later, in early September, sold 63 wethers - 42 for 29/7 per head, and 21 for 25/10 per head [5: 11-Sep-1936]
     Sold 90 sheep and lambs in late September - 8 at 18/1, 28 at 15/10, 17 at 15/4, and 37 at 12/1 per head [5: 2-Oct-1936]
     In October 1936 sold 262 wethers - 69 at 19/10, 53 at 18/10, 54 at 17/1, 51 at 15/4 and 35 at 10/1 per head [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Attended the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Annual Show held in Three Springs on Thursday 17 September 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
     He was the Royal Agricultural Society's representative at the Show, and judged the Farm & Dairy Produce and Poultry sections [5]
His son sold sheep at the North Midlands Stud Stockbreeders Association's Inaugural Sale in Carnamah on 18 September 1936 [5]
     In the Merino section his son offered for sale "seven selected rams" from Koojan Farm in Koojan [5: 4-Sep-1936]
The mortgagee of his Fairfield Farm in Three Springs publicly auctioned the property on Thursday 15 October 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
     The auction was held at Pastoral House in Perth at 3 p.m., with takeover of the property set to occur on 1 February 1937 [5]
Sold eight bales of wool through Elder Smith & Co Ltd in 1936 - four bales at 14¾d. and four at 14½d. per pound [5: 30-Oct-1936]
Held a clearing sale on his farm in Three Springs to sell its livestock, plant and machinery on Friday 15 January 1937 [5: 18-Dec-1936]
     The clearing sale was conducted by Elder Smith & Co Ltd agent Frank E. BROADHURST of Carnamah and began at 12 noon [5]
     Sold 1,164 sheep mostly Koojan bred - 739 ewes, 130 wethers, 280 lambs and 15 pure Koonoona blood Koojan rams [5]
     Sold 30 head of cattle including purebred Red Poll stud bulls Burabidgy Cherry (born 1930) and Narandagy Rufus (born 1936) [5]
     Sold 28 farm horses and the eight year old Clydesdale stallion Koojan Flashlight, the child of Koojan Norval and Koojan Fancy [5]
     Plant and machinery up for sale included a 20-run McKay combine, 16-run McKay combine, 10-foot A.L. harvester, [5]
     9-foot McKay harvester, 12-disc McKay scrub plough, 5-furrow McKay mouldboard plough, 5-disc McKay plough, [5]
     McKay chaffcutter and elevator, McKay hay rake, 41-tyne McKay cultivator, 33-tyne McKay cultivator, 6-foot McKay binder, [5]
     10-disc Shearer plough, 18-tyne Standard scarifier, Bishop pickler and grader, Lister 2-stand shearing plant, Crump top-dresser, [5]
     4-horsepower I.H.C. engine, 3-horsepower Fairbanks Morse engine, Campbell scrub rake, scrub roller, water-pumping jack, [5]
     McCormick Deering 15/30 tractor, Hart Parr 15/36 tractor, 2-ton G.M.C. truck, Hupmobile utility, trailer, dray and saw bench [5]
Resided of late in the Perth suburb of West Perth [2]
Father of one son, Albany William, and five daughters including Doris Ruth and Evelyn May [15] [196]
Died 9 October 1951; buried Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Anglican, EA, 74B)[2]


From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 27 December 1928:
Country Towns and Districts - Three Springs - A Fertile Wheat District
"Fairfield, the property of Mr. W. Padbury, is a well equipped farm of 8,423 acres of good land to the east of the town. It is managed by Mr. E. Hunt. The crops are practically all wheat, the total being 2,600 acres. The 6,200 acres cleared include 1,350 done last year and now under crop. There is an additional area now fallowed. Next year the crops will cover 3,000 acres, including 300 acres of new land. Due to 500 acres of Federation wheat having been affected with rust, the last harvest yielded only six bags to the acre, but the return this year promises to reach seven bags. The misfortunate with Federation has induced Mr. Hunt to confine himself this season to Nabawa, Merredin and premium wheats. One paddock of Merredin is giving nine bags. Another patch of 67 acres under Carrabin, a premium wheat, is producing between eight and nine bags. An interesting unit in the [farm's] plant is an auto-header, which gives very satisfactory results. Though the farm does not carry a stud, it supports a fine collection of stock, comprising 2,000 sheep and 60 head of cattle."


From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 5 October 1933:
Country Towns and Districts - Three Springs and Carnamah - Rich Pastoral and Wheat Lands - A Progressive Community
"Fairfield, the property of Mr William Padbury, comprising 8,500 acres of splendid agricultural and pastoral land, is situated ten miles north-east of Three Springs, and is considered to be one of the outstanding farming propositions of the district. The property carries 2,500 Merinos, from which the clip last year averaged 9 lb. per sheep. In addition the property carries 60 head of horses and a herd of 47 dairy cattle, including a very valuable stud of Red Polls. Last year 1,000 acres of wheat were cropped for a yield of 30 bushels to the acre. The prospects of maintaining the average yield for the ensuing season are quite good, and one paddock of 800 acres, just coming into ear, looks very promising. The homestead paddock of 160 acres, which is heavily top dressed, is sown to black barley and clover, and is carrying at present 15 head of cattle, 20 draught horses, and 300 sheep, the latter being topped up for the Midland fat stock market. The property is well served with water from dams and wells, and is provided with excellent shade by the conservation of small belts of forest. It has a comprehensive range of utility outbuildings that are distinctly impressive, and give a note of prosperity."


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William Padbury' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 12 December 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/william-padbury  [ sources ]




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