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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Billy" William Scott MITCHELL

Born 3 November 1889 in Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland [28]
Son of ploughman Charles MITCHELL and Catherine SCOTT [28]
Labourer in Carnamah, Western Australia 1913-1915 [19] [50]
     In September 1914 was employed in Carnamah by the Midland Railway Company working on their unsold Ready-Made Farms [34]
     Received wages of £6.12.0 from the Midland Railway Company on 7 September 1914 and again on 23 September 1914 [34]
     In October 1914, along with Carl OLSON, put down a well for the Midland Railway Company on Lot M940 in Carnamah [34]
Resided in Carnamah until enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 10 September 1915 [30: item 7982596]
     On enlistment was described as 5 feet 8¾ inches tall, weighing 132 lbs. with brown eyes, black hair and a fresh complexion [30]
     Gave his next of kin as his father Charles MITCHELL, who was by that time living in Grace, Sasketewan, Canada [30] [94]
     After military training he was appointed to the 12th Reinforcements of the 11th Battalion at Blackboy Hill 16 October 1915 [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the R.M.S. Mongolia on 22 November 1915 [94]
     Private 3889 in the Australian Imperial Force's 11th Battalion briefly in Egypt and then in France during the First World War [30]
     Wounded in action in France on 25 August 1916; after treatment for a gunshot wound to his head rejoined his Battalion [30]
     Promoted to Lance Corporal on 7 September 1916, to Corporal on 15 June 1917 and to Sergeant on 8 July 1917 [30]
     Following the end of hostilities arrived back in Australia on the H.T. Somali on 8 July 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 30 August 1919; received the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medals [30]
Labourer in Carnamah 1920-1923 [19]
     He and "Charlie" Carl OLSON worked together contract fencing and sinking wells [P399]
On 23 June 1923 purchased 920 acres of virgin land in Waddy Forest in partnership with "Charlie" Carl OLSON [27]
     The 920 acres was Lot M1276 of Victoria Location 2023 and was purchased from the Midland Railway Company [27]
     The land cost 16/6 per acre, or a total of £759/10/5, which was payable by instalments over 15 years [27]
Farmer in Waddy Forest in partnership with Carl OLSON 1923-1928 [27]
     In 1927 they secured 2,700 bags of wheat and 80 tonnes of hay from 450 acres of crop [9: 27-Jan-1928]
     Mitchell & Olsen owned a Chev truck with number-plate CA-178 registered with the Carnamah District Road Board in 1927-28 [325]
     Presumably bought out Carl's share in the farm as it was transferred solely into his name on 12 March 1929 [27]
     Farmer, Labourer and Well Sinker in Waddy Forest 1929-1950[3] [19] [P84]
Married Mrs Christina Logan KERR on 22 April 1925 in Fremantle, Western Australia [39: 13-May-1925]
He was one of 98 people from the Coorow district who signed a petition in 1929 for a local hotel license to be granted [39: 6-Feb-1929]
He was one of 77 ex-servicemen who attended the Sailors & Soldiers Reunion Dinner in Carnamah on 22 October 1932 [86: 29-Oct-1932]
Paid a £1 Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board in September 1933 for killing two foxes [300: page 41]
Along with his stepson Jim travelled to Perth on Friday 16 March 1934 and purchased three horses at a big sale [5: 23-Mar-1934, 6-Apr-1934]
Purchased a new Sunshine 10-foot harvester, which he received on Thursday 6 September 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
He and his wife travelled to Perth in early October 1934 to attend the Perth Royal Show [5: 5-Oct-1934]
Attended the Official Opening of the Coorow Golf Club's golf course in Coorow on Sunday 23 June 1935 [5: 28-Jun-1935]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club in 1935 and 1936, and Committee Member in 1937[5: 9-Aug-1935, 19-Jun-1936, 16-Apr-1937]
In July 1935 purchased a new Massey Harris mouldboard stump jump plough [5: 26-Jul-1935]
Sold 114 sheep suckers through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Markets in September and November 1935 [5]
     The 114 suckers consisted of 23 sold at 16/10, 19 at 16/1, 26 at 12/1, and 46 at 11/7 per head [5: 20 & 27-Sep-1935; 15-Nov-1935]
Through Elder Smith & Co Ltd sold wool at the price of 12½d. per pound at a Wool Sale in Perth on 7 October 1935 [5: 11-Oct-1935]
Attended the Fourth Annual North Midlands R.S.L. Reunion Dinner held in Three Springs on Saturday 19 October 1935 [5: 25-Oct-1935]
Attended the funeral of Miss "May" Mary L. LANG of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 26 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Finished his harvesting for the season on Saturday 7 December 1935 and was the first to finish in Waddy Forest [5: 13-Dec-1935]
After a holiday at South Beach himself, his wife and their children returned to Waddy Forest on 13 February 1936 [5: 21-Feb-1936]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 15 March 1936 [96]
Attended the 25th Wedding Anniversary of Malcolm L. and Irene S. PATTON in Waddy Forest on 1 April 1936 [5: 3-Apr-1936]
Attended the Carnamah Golf Club's 1936 season Opening Day at Centenary Park in Carnamah on Sunday 26 April 1936 [5: 1-May-1936]
Attended the Coorow Golf Club's Opening Day for the 1936 season in Coorow on Sunday 17 May 1936 [5: 22-May-1936]
Played in the Carnamah Masonic Lodge's Inaugural Annual Golf Meeting in Carnamah on Saturday 1 August 1936 [5: 7-Aug-1936]
Financial Member of the Coorow-Waddy Forest Districts Agricultural Society in 1936 [150]
In late October 1936 he was the first farmer in Waddy Forest to start harvesting[5: 30-Oct-1936]
He took delivery of two Dorset Horn rams on Wednesday 4 November 1936 [5: 6-Nov-1936]
Sold 12 ewes at 8/- and 9 ewes at 10/4 through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on 11 November 1936 [5: 13-Nov-1936]
Sold seven head of cattle through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 2 December 1936 [5: 4-Dec-1936]
     The cattle comprised 2 heifers at £2/12/6, 1 cow at £4/12/6, 1 steer at £5/12/6, 2 vealers at £1/10/- and 1 vealer at £1/-/- [5]
In December 1936 he purchased a Moorkool refrigerator [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Attended and competed at the Carnamah Golf Club's Season Opening at Centenary Park in Carnamah on 2 May 1937 [5: 7-May-1937]
Sold one chopper at 56/- through elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 26 May 1937 [5: 28-May-1937]
Sent apologies for being unable to attend the R.S.L. Valedictory for Charles A. METTAM in Carnamah on 28 July 1937 [5: 30-Jul-1937]
Attended the funeral of Coorow stationmaster William C. Cox at the Karrakatta Cemetery in Perth on 4 November 1937 [5: 12-Nov-1937]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club in 1941 [4: 9-Aug-1941]
Attended the funeral of Waddy Forest farmer Stanley L. FOLLAND at the Moora Cemetery on Monday 25 August 1941 [4: 30-Aug-1941]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Carl OLSON at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah on 21 March 1946 [5]
Stepfather of Jim, Maisie and Robin KERR; and father of Bill, Charlie and Ian MITCHELL [P84]
Died 4 July 1950; buried at the Winchester Cemetery in Carnamah, Western Australia (Row D, Plot 11) [14]

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

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