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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


"Bill" William Walter James PRICE

Born 29 July 1890 in Adelaide, South Australia [16]
Son of William Hugh PRICE and Mary Ann WEBB [55]
Locomotive Fireman in Northam, Western Australia in 1916 [30: item 8020526]
Married Alma Mary May NURSE in 1916 [66]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in Perth on 7 June 1916 [30: item 8020526]
     Upon enlistment he was 6 feet 3½ inches tall, weighed 161 pounds and had brown eyes, black hair and a fresh complexion [30]
     His next of kin was his father William Hugh PRICE whose address was Brookton, where he worked as a Blacksmith [30] [50]
     After marrying changed his next of kin to his wife, whose address was North Street in the Perth suburb of Midland Junction [30]
     After training at Blackboy Hill he was appointed to the 8th Reinforcements of the 48th Infantry Battalion on 12 December 1916 [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. A35 Berrima on 23 December 1916 [30]
     Disembarked in Devonport, England on 16 February 1917 and underwent further training at Codford in Wiltshire, England [30]
     Hospitalised for bronchitis in England for two weeks in March 1917, and proceeded to France on 2 July 1917 [30]
     Private 3194 in the Australian Imperial Force's 48th Infantry Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Hospitalised due to illness in France on 19 October 1917 and two weeks later on 2 November 1917 returned to active duty [30]
     Appointed Lance Corporal on 7 February 1918, and Wounded in Action in France on 8 August 1918 [30]
     Invalided to England on 12 August 1918 and later back to Australia with a gunshot wound to his right leg [30]
     Embarked from England on the steamship Orsova and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 12 February 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 21 March 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Soldier Settler in 1923 on the 1,213 acre Lot 8 of the Inering Estate in Carnamah [7: page 66] [8: page 20]
Wheat and Cattle Farmer of Passchendaele Farm on the Inering Estate in Carnamah 1923-1949 [19] [P152] [4: 8-Dec-1934]
     He named his farm after the Battle of Passchendaele in France during the First World War, which he fought in and survived [P152]
     The Postmaster-General's Department had a telephone line built from Carnamah to the Inering Estate in mid 1924 [86: 24-May-1924]
     By 1925 he'd obtained the telephone - was number Carnamah-5D, later number Inering-12 and later still Carnamah-50R [60]
     Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1927 and 1928  [53]
     It was reported in 1932 he had one of the cleanest crops in the Inering district - attributed to his better farming methods [5: 5-Aug-1932]
     Through the local Westralian Farmers agent he sold sheep skins - receiving as high a price as 7/1 per skin in 1933 [5: 23-Jun-1933]
     In 1933 he "reaped the splendid yield of 42 bushels to the acre from a 20 acre paddock of Benawheat" [5: 22-Dec-1933]
Among those who made a donation to the Carnamah Country Women's Association in 1932 to help them buy premises [5: 29-Jul-1932]
Paid a 10/- Vermin Bonus by the Carnamah District Road Board on 6 July 1933 for killing a fox and helping to control vermin [300]
The local newspaper revealed on 6 July 1934 that goods had arrived for him at the Carnamah Railway Station [5: 6-Jul-1934]
Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society [13] [58]
     Committee Member 1934-1938, Financial Member 1938-1946 and Vice Patron 1948-1953 [5: 17-Nov-1933] [13] [58]
     Steward of the Fallow Competition and Crop Competition at the Society's Annual Show on 6 September 1934 [5: 10-Aug-1934]
     Donated the prizes for all classes of the Pig section at the Society's Annual Show in 1935 [5: 7-Jun-1935]
     Steward in Charge of the Horse section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Shows in 1938 and 1939 [13]
     Steward of the Pigs section of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Shows in 1940 and 1941 [13]
     Donated the pig for the Live Weight of Sheep & Pig competition at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's 1941 show [13]
Attended the funeral of Mrs Christina B. D. FORRESTER of Carnamah at the Winchester Cemetery on 31 August 1934 [4: 8-Sep-1934]
Won 2nd prize for a Commercial Value Merino Fleece in the Wool section of the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1934 [5: 14-Sep-1934]
Exhibited in the Sheep and Pig sections of the Carnamah Agricultural Show held on Thursday 12 September 1935 [5]
     Won 1st prizes for Ram, Ewe over 2½ years and Ewe under 1½ years; and received 2nd prize for Baconer [5: 20-Sep-1935]
Sold five bales of wool at 16¼d. and one bale at 15d. per pound through Elder Smith & Co Ltd on 25 November 1935 [5: 29-Nov-1935]
Attended the funeral of Carnamah agent William B. SHERIDAN at the Winchester Cemetery on 27 January 1936 [5: 31-Jan-1936]
The dams on his farm were filled as a result of a storm on Monday afternoon 23 March 1936 [5: 27-Mar-1936]
Sold 10 pigs at £2/11/10 in April 1936, 3 pigs at £2/2/6 in May 1936, and 12 at £2/7/4 in Aust 1936 [5: 10-Apr-1936, 8-May-1936, 14-Aug-1936]
Committee Member of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association in 1936 [5: 12-Jun-1936]
In June 1936 advertised that he had a Canadian Berkshire boar weaners of pedigreed stock for sale [5: 26-Jun-1936]
Sold 9 porkers at £2/8/- per head (a total of £21/12/-) through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on 22 June 1936 [5: 24-Jul-1936]
In August 1936 purchased a new W30 McCormick Deering tractor through Carnamah agent W. George MULLIGAN [5: 14-Aug-1936]
Oversaw the standing of the six year old Bay Colt named Bold Everest in Carnamah and surrounding districts in 1936 [5: 21-Aug-1936]
Sold 14 pigs at £1/9/11 per head through Dalgety & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 19 August 1936 [5: 21-Aug-1936]
Exhibited in the Pig section and Farmer's Class portion of the Sheep section at the Carnamah Agricultural Show in 1936 [5: 18-Sep-1936]
     In the Pig section won 1st prize for Boar suitable for export breeding and 2nd prize for Sow suitable for export breeding [5]
     Won 1st for Ram used in exhibitor's flock last year and 2nd for Ewe over 1½ years and under 2½ years in the Sheep section [5]
Attended the public meeting about the creation of stockyards in Carnamah on Saturday evening 14 November 1936 [5: 20-Nov-1936]
His telephone number was listed for a cluster diamond and platinum ring lost between Carnamah and Inering in 1936 [5: 11-Dec-1936]
Sold 63 sheep through Elder Smith & Co Ltd with two consignments to the Midland Market in June and August 1937 [5: 25-Jun-1937]
     The sheep were 33 wethers at 31/4 per head (a total of £51/14/-) and 30 ewes at 20/7 per head (totalling £30/17/6) [5: 20-Aug-1937]
In early September 1937 he was in Perth to undergo an operation [5: 3-Sep-1937]
Committee Member of the Carnamah District War and Patriotic Fund in 1941 [0: image 04014]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club in 1941-42 [89]
Class 2 Warrant Officer W71760 in Carnamah's Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
Member of the Carnamah Bush Fire Brigade in 1944 [0: image 04590]
Steward of the Farm Produce section at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Victory Show on 13 September 1945 [13]
Steward of the Junior Sheep Judging Competition at the Carnamah District Agricultural Society's Annual Shows in 1947 and 1949 [13]
Member of the Carnamah Sub-Branch of the Returned Soldiers League - was President in 1947 and 1948 [52]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club in 1949-50 [89]
Became a member of the Carnamah Masonic Lodge No.150 WAC on 18 November 1949[96]
In 1949 and 1950 lent some of his land to the Carnamah R.S.L. to crop and raise money for a local R.S.L. Hall [0: image 02992]
He was desirous of selling his farm to neighbouring farmer "Ted" Theodore O. WITTWER, who readily agreed to buy it [P73]
     He didn't want it sold to Frank LUCAS Snr, who was aspiring to eventually purchase the whole Inering Estate for his sons [P73]
     The reason was that LUCAS had been unkind to WITTWER and other Australians with German surnames during the war [P73]
     During the 1950-51 financial year sold his Passchendaele Farm to Mrs Peggy F. WITTWER [3] [61]
After selling the farm left Carnamah and retired to Perth [P152]
Along with his wife and daughter Erica initially resided in the Perth suburb of Queens Park [P401]
Resided of late in Mandurah [2]
Father of Bernice, Verna and Erica [P152]
Died 21 December 1970; ashes interred Karrakatta Cemetery, Perth WA (Crematorium Rose Gardens, 18, 172) [2]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'William Walter James Price' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 26 February 2021 from [sources]

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