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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

William PATRICK, M.L.A.

Born 10 May 1880 in Stevenston, Ayr, Scotland [28]
Son of general draper William PATRICK and Jane WALKER [28]
He was born at 6:15 a.m. at Fullarton Place in Stevenston, Ayr, Scotland [28]
In 1881 he was living with his parents, brother Robert and sister Jane on Boglemart Street in Stevenston, Ayr, Scotland [20]
Later lived with his parents on an orchard and dairy farm in South Australia, and attended the Roseworthy Agricultural College [196]
He shifted to Western Australia as a young man, where he later took up land in Northampton [5: 28-Feb-1936]
Farmer of Ladyland Farm in Northampton, Western Australia [196]
     Served as a member of the Northampton Road Board for a number of years and was its Chairman for four years [196]
     Foundation Member of the Northampton District Agricultural Society - was President and then Life Vice President [5: 28-Feb-1936]
     Served on the first Building Committee of the Northampton Hospital [5: 28-Feb-1936]
     Foundation Member of the WA Farmers & Settlers Association, later known as the Primary Producers Association [5: 28-Feb-1936]
     Member of the Advisory Board of the Western Australian Wheat Pool [196]
Married "Maud" Sarah Maud SINCLAIR in Perth on 4 June 1932 [66] [196]
Country Party Member of the Legislative Assembly of Western Australia for the seat of Greenough 1930-1943 [196]
     The Yandanooka branch of the Primary Producers' Association had campaigned to get him elected [4: 3-May-1930]
     In Parliament he "steadily gained prestige for his balance and fairness, quiet earnestness and effective contributions" [5: 28-Feb-1936]
     Deputy Leader of the Western Australian State Country Party 1936-1943 [196]
     In addition to his farm in Northampton he also resided at 17 Ruby Street, North Perth and later at Kintoul in Darlington [196]
     His father had previously been a Member of the Legislative Council of Western Australia [196]
As the local Member of the Legislative Assembly he was associated with the Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs districts [4] [5]
Officially opened the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show at Centenary Park on 18 September 1930 [4: 27-Sep-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]
Re-elected in 1933 with 2,648 votes (460 votes more than his main contender, J. M. STEELE of the Labor Party) [5: 21-Feb-1936]
Vice Patron of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society 1933-1939[5: 23-Dec-1932, 13-Mar-1936] [150]
Patron of the Three Springs Agricultural Society 1933-1939 [5: 26-May-1933, 21-Sep-1934, 17-May-1935, 25-Mar-1937] [262]
Patron in 1933 and Vice Patron 1935-1941 of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [5: 26-Apr-1935] [13]
Patron of the Carnamah Race Club in 1934 [5: 24-Nov-1933]
Attended the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Seventh Annual Show in Three Springs on 13 September 1934 [5: 21-Sep-1934]
Accompanied by his wife he made a tour throughout his electorate in June 1935[5: 24-May-1935, 21-Jun-1935]
     He was at Three Springs on Saturday 22 June 1935, Carnamah on 23 and 24 June 1935, and at Coorow on 25 June 1935 [5]
The Carnamah District Road Board formerly welcomed him to the district at 3 p.m. on Monday 24 June 1935 [5: 21-Jun-1935]
     Members of the Road Board met with him in addition to representatives from Carnamah and Winchester organisations [5: 28-Jun-1935]
     During his formal welcome his wife was entertained by the Carnamah branch of the Country Women's Association [5]
Issues talked about during his visit to Carnamah included a petition for telephone services to be available on Thursday afternoons, [5]
     their submission for a local policeman, for 40 acres of land to extend Centenary Park in Carnamah, and Bulk Wheat Handling [5]
Presented the trophies at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on Thursday 12 September 1935 [5]
     His wife accompanied him, attending the Show Ball in "a graceful gown of marina green sand crepe" [5: 20-Sep-1935]
A week later attended the Three Springs Agricultural Society's Annual Show in Three Springs on Thursday 19 September 1935 [5]
     He presented the trophies to their numerous winners on the evening of the Show [5: 27-Sep-1935]
Presented the trophies at the Mingenew Agricultural Society's Fourth Annual Show on Thursday 26 September 1935 [5: 4-Oct-1935]
Along with M. Francis TROY M.L.A. and Thomas MOORE M.L.C., he and his wife visited Yandanooka in November 1935 [5]
     They went on a tour of all of the Yandanooka Estate and interviewed some of the returned soldiers about their disabilities [5]
     On their way back to Perth himself and his wife passed through Carnamah on Saturday 16 November 1935 [5: 22-Nov-1935]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah farmer John LANG at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 24 December 1935 [5: 3-Jan-1936]
Interviewed by William A. T. SARGENT and Arnold C. A. BIERMANN of the Carnamah District Road Board in January 1936 [5]
      They interviewed him about the need for prison cells at the Carnamah Police Station [5: 24-Jan-1936]
Advised the Three Springs Road Board in January 1936 that £1,000 had been allocated for the Arrino-Morawa Road [5: 7-Feb-1936]
Met with electors throughout the North Midlands prior to Legislative Assembly elections on 15 February 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936, 14-Feb-1936]
     Between 3rd and 8th February addressed electors in Coorow, Waddy Forest, Winchester, Carnamah, Inering and Three Springs [5]
     He criticised the Government's lack of action over wheat prices, and their failure to introduce up-to-date wheat handling [5]
     Stated he thought arrears of land rents owing to economic conditions should be wiped off and that all land should be re-valued [5]
     He advocated for the cheap sale of sand plain country, as it was in grave danger of otherwise being taken over by rabbits [5]
     Expressed his wish to allocate more funds for country water supplies and to the Agricultural Department for research into rust [5]
     Also wanted the over-capitalised railways written down to their present value, and their freights accordingly adjusted [5]
     He wanted the emu bonus permanent throughout the year, and anything else to "place the farming industry on a sound basis" [5]
On 15 February 1936 he was re-elected with 1,727 votes (371 votes more than his main contender J. Stuart GARLAND) [5: 21-Feb-1936]
He was elected Deputy-Leader of the Parliamentary Country Party at a meeting on Friday 21 February 1936 [5: 28-Feb-1936]
Patron of the Carnamah Athletic Club in 1936 [5: 19-Jun-1936]
In July 1936 he forwarded a letter to the Carnamah District Road Board that he'd received from the Under Secretary for Lands [5]
     The letter outlined that the Department felt the Recreation Reserve in Carnamah "was not being used to the best advantage" [5]
     Their reports revealed the Carnamah Golf Club's course had unnecessarily interfered with the race track [5: 10-Jul-1936]
Received a letter of condolence from the Carnamah District Road Board after the death of his father in 1936 [5: 10-Jul-1936, 28-Aug-1936]
Himself and his wife attended the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show on Thursday 10 September 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
     Also attended the Official Luncheon and in the evening attended the Show Ball where he presented the trophies won on the day [5]
Attended the Three Springs Agricultural Show and visit of Sir James MITCHELL in Three Springs on 17 September 1936 [5: 25-Sep-1936]
Wrote a Letter to the Editor of The North Midland Times, which was published in the newspaper on Friday 26 February 1937 [5]
     In his letter he outlined the benefits of a YES vote for farmers and the wider community in the Marketing Referendum [5: 26-Feb-1937]
     If it had been successful it would've meant the Commonwealth Government would set wheat prices for Australian consumption [5]
     As farmers had previously had to sell wheat at half its cost for Australian consumption it would have served as a guarantee [5]
In March 1937 received a letter requesting he use his influence to help secure a school at Five Gums in Carnamah [278]
     The settlers of Five Gums felt a school was very necessary as they had 14 children of school age and 14 under school age [278]
     Following the refusal for the school he suggested that a school bus be provided to transport children to the Inering State School [278]
     The Acting Director of Education endorsed his suggestion, however the Minister for Education considered it too costly [278]
The Three Springs Road Board requested he interview the Minister for Education in March 1937 [5: 25-Mar-1937]
     They wanted him to request the Minister rescind the transfer of Arrino school teacher William G. LIDDICOAT [5]
On behalf of the Carnamah District Road Board he recommended Frank R. BRYANT be appointed a Justice of the Peace [5: 21-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]
     He proposed a toast to the North Midlands District Hospital and its doctor and staff, and responded to the toast to parliament [5]
Donated a trophy to the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society for their Annual Show in 1937 [5: 18-Jun-1937]
Attended the funeral of Coorow stationmaster William C. Cox at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 4 November 1937 [5: 12-Nov-1937]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society in 1937 and 1940[13]
     Also financially supported the Carnamah District Agricultural Society with donations of £3/13/- in 1937 and 10/6 in 1940 [13]
     Donated a trophy for the Wool section of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Show in 1939 [13]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carnamah retiree Robert PALFREYMAN at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 11 August 1938 [4]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Doris FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 10 October 1939 [4]
Resided of late in the Perth hills suburb of Darlington [2]
Died 5 August 1968; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Crematorium Rose Gardens, 6J, 65) [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William Patrick, M.L.A.' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 7 August 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/william-patrick-mla [sources]




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