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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Paddy" William Patrick RYAN

Born C.1880 [24]
Drover for many years in Carnamah and surrounding districts in the North Midlands [5: 1-Nov-1940]
Labourer in Carnamah in 1905 and 1906 [50]
Well Sinker in Three Springs in 1908 [19]
Labourer in Perenjori 1914-1922 [19]
In 1914 he was employed by Richard F. FULLERTON on Quandongs Farm in Perenjori [50]
Water Diviner in Carnamah in 1924 [10: 24-Apr-1924]
Advertised that he was "prepared to locate water for farmers and squatters" with "success guaranteed" [10: 24-Apr-1924]
Invited those interested in his water divining services to contact him by letter addressed to Carnamah [10: 24-Apr-1924]
He and Lionel O. FERGUSON commenced shearing for the 1929 season on Petan Farm in Winchester on 5 August 1929 [4: 17-Aug-1929]
Resided in Carnamah in 1933 [300: page 41]
Paid a 15/- Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board on 8 November 1933 for killing five fox cubs [300: page 41]
Resided in retirement on the reserve in Carnamah in 1939 and 1940 [5: 1-Nov-1940] [6]
Died 29 October 1940 in Three Springs; buried Three Springs General Cemetery, Three Springs (Roman Catholic, Plot 29) [24]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 1 November 1940:
Obituary - Late Paddy Ryan
"On Tuesday morning there passed away at the North Midlands District Hospital a colourful identity in the person of Mr. Paddy Ryan, an old resident of the Carnamah district. The late Paddy was a simple soul, and in his occupation as a drover he had become widely known throughout the North Midlands. Even the smallest child knew Paddy, and his old horse and sulky was a familiar sight, which will never again be seen. The horse and sulky, like its owner, have grown old, but Paddy looked on them affectionately. His passing will severe one of the few remaining links with the "good old days." During the last twelve months or so, Paddy had lived more or less in retirement on the reserve at Carnamah, where he managed to eke out a livelihood with a few head of poultry, and by taking an occasional job of droving. Vale Paddy Ryan."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William Patrick Ryan' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 4 July 2022 from [reference list]

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