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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


William Shepherd OLIVER

Born 1873 [120: 3-Jan-1929]
Son of Charles Shepherd OLIVER and Ellen PEARCE [332]
Married Bessie Alice JOHNSON on 16 December 1903 [332]
Farmer of Redlons or Redlands Farm at Strawberry in the Mingenew district [19] [50]
Secretary of the Mingenew Road Board in 1922 [9: 8-Sep-1922]
Donated £1/1/- to the Three Springs Saint Patrick's Day Committee in 1920 [124]
Attended a ratepayers meeting of the Mingenew Road Board in Three Springs on Thursday 24 August 1922 [9: 8-Sep-1922]
He had the telephone connected to his farmhouse by 1926 - was telephone number Mingenew-13 [60]
Committee Member of the Mingenew Parents & Citizens Association in 1937 [4: 7-Aug-1937]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mingenew pioneer Mrs Mary J. STEPHEN of Arrino at the Mingenew Cemetery in 1939 [4: 19-Aug-1939]
Father of Ivy Marguerite, Norman Gregory and Edna May [332]

From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 3 January 1929:
Country Towns and Districts - Mingenew - A Prosperous District - Prominent People - Another Old Identity
"Mr W. S. Oliver is probably the oldest native of the district. He was born at Lockier, which is six miles by rail from Mingenew, in 1873. He has resided in the district practically all his life. He is a son of the late Mr C. S. Oliver, of Lockier. For 25 years he worked on a farm, and then removed to the town of Mingenew to take over the secretaryship of the road board district. He held this position for four and a half years, and during that time, and since, has taken an active part in the life of the community. On relinquishing that post he opened a store, selling out only recently. An interesting historical fact associated with Mr Oliver is that he was the first man married in the local church, soon after it was erected. His wife was a daughter of the late Mr J. W. Johnston, school teacher at Dongara."

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William Shepherd Oliver' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 14 June 2021 from [sources]

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