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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

"Bill" Wilton James SPENCER

Born 6 January 1918 in Clarendon, South Australia [55]
Son of Vivian James SPENCER and Ella Wilkinson KITSON [55]
Resided in Minnipa, South Australian prior to enlisting in the Australian Army on 16 March 1942 [16]
Private SX18008 in the Australian Army's 64 Australian Infantry Battalion during the Second World War [16]
Discharged from the Australian Army on 28 November 1945 [16]
Married Joan Wensley HARPER on 29 July 1946 in Yaninee, South Australia [P489]
Farmer at Five Gums near Carnamah in Western Australia 1952-1965 [19] with his brothers as "Spencer Bros" [60]
The farm was about 10,000 acres in size and was split in two sections by Metcalfe Road [P489]
"Spencer Bros" were telephone number Carnamah-17N [60]
Member of the Five Gums Tennis Club in 1951-52 and 1952-53 [89]
He and his brother Colin were both members of the Caron Rifle Club [P489]
Due to ill-health he left Five Gums in 1965 and shifted with his wife and children to a property in Roleystone in the Perth hills [P489]
In Roleystone they grew passion-fruit and then moved into chrysanthemums, naming their property Chrysanthemum Gardens [P489]
They had a successful business selling flowers and mailing plants all over Australia [P489]
Later resided in the south-eastern Perth suburb of Armadale [2]
He passed away at the age of 81 years at Goline House in Armadale [P489]
Father of Allan, Wendy and Wilton [P489]
Died 19 October 1999; ashes scattered to the wind at the Fremantle Cemetery in the Perth suburb of Palmyra [2]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Wilton James Spencer' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 11 December 2019 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/wilton-james-spencer  [ sources ]




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