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From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 14 January 1932:
News From Wheat Centres - Carnamah
"The Anglican church held a successful New Year's Eve ball, £52 being taken at the door. Harvesting operations are nearly finished. Most of the farmers have secured satisfactory yields. Mr. J. K. Forrester averaged 21 bushels from 1,050 acres, and Mr. R. W. Clark averaged 27 bushels from 450 acres."

From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 21 January 1932:
News From Wheat Centres - Carnamah
"A dance to raise funds for the local troop of the boy scouts was very successful. A popular scout competition was won by Scout Brown. Several cases of influenza have been reported and the hospital is fairy busy. Superphosphate supplies are coming forward steadily."

From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 4 February 1932
News From Wheat Centres - Three Springs
"At a meeting of the Road Board on January 23 Mr. D. Ferguson was appointed Vermin Inspector and the Board decided to co-operate with the Mingenew Road Board in an endeavour to induce the Government to destroy rabbits and noxious weeds on Crown lands. Owing to the unsuitable nature of the ground for burial purposes in the present cemetery at Arrino, it was decided that a new site be applied for. The Board decided to hold an appeal court on February 27, the date of its next meeting, and a revision court on February 29. Local scouts are camping at Dongara Beach. A church for the Anglican community is nearing completion."

From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 18 February 1932
News From Wheat Centres - Carnamah
"During the last 10 days three cows have died in the township from rabbit poisoning which they contracted while grazing. At a meeting of the Wheat-grower's Union Mr. R. James was appointed Treasurer in place of Mr. Bodyocat, who resigned. The covering of wheat stacks is now finished, about 50,000 bags having been roofed."

From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 18 February 1932
News From Wheat Centres - Mingenew
"At a meeting of the Irwin Road Board it was decided to support the Carnamah Road Board and local authorities on the Midland line in a request to the Government that the Midland Company be granted permission to extend its operations by the provision of spur lines where necessary."

From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 3 March 1932
News From Wheat Centres - Arrino
"Farmers were quick to take advantage of the opening of the burning season. - The last load of wheat for the season was delivered on February 22 and the total number of bags received this season is almost 65,000, less than half of which has been trucked away. - A gang of men are now pulling up the old overland telegraph line near Arrino. This was the old Commonwealth line and has been unused for some years owing to the Midland line displacing it. The old line will be re-erected near Mingenew. - Very hot weather has been experienced and a fall of rain is needed for dams and early stock feed."

From The Western Mail newspaper, Thursday 10 March 1932
News From Wheat Centres - Carnamah
"Operations ins connection with the new post office are well under way, and the foundation work is nearing completion. The building is not built in line with the street, and representations have been made to the authorities to have the plans altered. - The leap year ball organised by the Girls' Club was very successful. - Nominations for the forthcoming race meeting are coming forward satisfactorily. - Poisoning operations, which have been carried out thoroughly this year, have been responsible for reductions in the number of rabbits in the district."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 12 March 1932:
"Fire at Latham - Mr. R. J. Wells, of Coorow, had the misfortune to have his branch store at Latham burned to the ground during the early hours of Sunday morning last. Miss Wells was sleeping on the premises, and after awaking and finding her room in flames the young lady just had sufficient time to make her escape through the window. The origin of the fire is unknown. It is understood that the building was insured."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 21 May 1932:
R.S.L. Visitors to Carnamah
"The State Secretary of the R.S.L. (Mr. D. M. Benson), and the district representative, on the State Executive (Colonel Nicholson), will visit Carnamah on Thursday, June 2nd, when they will be entertained by the Carnamah Branch at a smoke social, to which all returned soldiers are cordially invited. Persons desirous of attending are requested to notify the secretary of the Branch (Mr. H. W. Smith), as soon as possible in order that arrangements may be made for catering."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 21 May 1932:
R.S.L. Concert and Dance
"Departing from the somewhat hackneyed method of raising funds solely by means of a dance, the members of the Carnamah Branch of the R.S.L. have decided to organise a concert with a dance to follow. Non-dancers will therefore be catered for as well as those who are devoted to the terpsichorean art, and everybody, will in consequence spend a thoroughly enjoyable evening in the Carnamah Hall on the night of Saturday, June 4th. The secretary (Mr. H. W. Smith) is now busily engaged in the arrangement of a programme that should easily eclipse anything previously attempted at that centre."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 21 May 1932:
Bridge Evening at Carnamah
"An enjoyable card evening took place at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Parker at Carnamah on Thursday last, the proceeds of which passed on to the committee of the R.C. Church. In connection with the bridge tournament the ladies' first prize was won by Mrs Hidden, and the first award for the gentleman was annexed by Mr. Leo Parker. The consolation prizes were won by Mrs. Gething and Mr. L. Parker, the prizes for the tournament being donated by Miss Anderson."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 21 May 1932:
Carnamah Sunday School
"Elsewhere in this issue will be found notification of the annual service of song of the Carnamah Sunday School, to which all friends of the young folk are invited on Sunday night, the 29th inst. The gathering will take place in the Church Hall, the occasion being the anniversary of the Sunday School. On the following evening the presentation of prizes to scholars will take place in the same building, where a further programme of singing will be provided by the children. Admission to this gathering will be by silver coin, the proceeds of which will be devoted to the school prize fund. Supper will be provided, but parents of the scholars are requested to provide a plate of refreshments for the occasion."

From The Carnamah-Three Springs Times & Arrino Advertiser newspaper, Friday 12 August 1932:
Returned Soldiers League - Branch Formed at Three Springs
    "On Saturday evening (July 30th) a new branch of the R.S.L. was formed at a meeting held at Three Springs, there being twenty-six returned men present. There is every indication of a strong branch being worked up in the near future as quite a number of the intending members were unable to be present owing to other attractions clashing with the date of the R.S.L. fixture. Messrs Taylor and J. Brown of the Yandanooka Branch were present for the inaugural ceremonies.
     The following office bearers were elected, President, Mr. Albert R. Strutton; Secretary and Treasurer, Mr. Oswald S. Sowerby; Vice-President, Mr. Sydney C. Gooch; Auditor, Mr. Harold Barnett. As the Branch's activities would cover a big district with members from Arrino, Dudawa and Three Springs districts, it was decided that a committee of seven be elected and that the new branch be called the Three Springs Spring-Arrino Branch. The committee members are Messrs George M. Maley, Randolph Barnhart, Henry J. Byrne, Herbert Hart, Vernon Ferguson, Edward F. Wilson and Thomas Young.
     The next meeting will be held in Three Springs on Saturday evening, August 20th, and a good attendance and plenty of lively enthusiasm seems assured."

From The Carnamah-Three Springs Times & Arrino Advertiser newspaper, Friday 12 August 1932:
Floods in the Midlands - Heavy Weekend Rains - Damage at Three Springs
"There is a creek flowing through the town and this commenced to bank up following the heavy rains on Saturday and Sunday, and by 2.30 p.m. on Monday, six inches of water was flowing through the post office, the hotel, Jordan's store and numerous small shops and dwelling houses. Quantities of perishable goods in the stores were destroyed and the stocks of the hotel (the cellar of which was flooded) were severely damaged. On Monday afternoon the railway embankment gave way, undermining the line but allowing the water to escape and by noon on Tuesday the town was free of water."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 20 August 1932:
Carnamah Debating Society
The weekly debate of the Carnamah Literacy and Debating Society took place in the Carnamah Church Hall on Tuesday last, the subject of the occasion being as to whether or not the influence of the modern newspaper is pernicious. Mr. A. Smart's team took the affirmative against Mr. J. Barnes, and was declared the winner by the adjudicator (Mr. G. K. Ryder). The points were:- Mr. Smart, 85; Mr. Barnes 81½. The subject for Tuesday next will be "A Trip to South Africa," in the form of an address by Mr. J. Barnes, following which a general discussion will take place on newspaper extracts presented to the meeting by members present. With a nominal fee for membership the strength of the Society is steadily growing, and interest is rapidly increasing. A cordial invitation is extended to the general public to attend all meetings. It will be noted that despite the pernicious influences referred to, those attending the next meeting of the Society are to be regaled with extracts from newspapers; which will be discussed during the evening. Possibly this is being done to bring newspapers into line with other allegedly harmful instances - beer, for instance - which, doubtless because it is considered harmful is usually taken in large quantities. After all, perhaps we are not so sorry Mr. Smart's team won the debate of Thursday last."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 20 August 1932:
Child's Accident
"Great sympathy was expressed in Carnamah last week with Mr. and Mrs. Diamond, whose daughter (Rica), aged four years, broke her arm on her fourth birthday. The little girl was astride a calf that was lying on the ground near her home, when the animal suddenly rose and threw her off. She fell onto a piece of wood with the calf's foot in the crook of her left elbow, where the arm was broken. On the advice of Dr. Rosenthal, the little girl was taken to Perth by her mother for X-ray treatment."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 20 August 1932:
Auction Sale at Carnamah
"Acting under instructions from Mr. F. Badrick, an auction sale of household furniture and effects will be conducted to-day (Saturday) at Carnamah, by Mr. R. Laffan. The sale will commence at 1.30 p.m., at which hour the auctioneer will have a new patent thresher drum and concave, which should be of special interest to farmers."

From The Carnamah-Three Springs Times & Arrino Advertiser newspaper, Friday 9 September 1932:
Three Springs Gains Pride of Place in Wheat Average Yield for Season 1931-32
Commemoration of Notable Achievement - Minister for Agriculture & District Member Attend
    "On Friday , August 20th, Three Springs gave expression  to the unjustifiable pride felt throughout the district in the achievement of the wheat growers of the district in obtaining the highest average yield of wheat for the State during 1931-32. The occasion was a commemoration dinner, and in spite of the unfavourable weather farmers and visitors travelled long distances to be present. The Minister of Agriculture (Hon. P. D. Ferguson) and the member for the district (Mr. W. Patrick) made the trip from Perth and extended heartiest congratulations to the people of the district on their notable success.
     The dinner, which was held at Barnhart's Commercial Hotel, was well attended, and was presided over by the Chairman of the Road Board, Mr. E. Hunt. Parliament was given first place on the toast list. This was proposed by Mr. E. W. Franklin, who said that producers were looking to Parliament for help in these difficult times. The farmers of the district were naturally proud of their achievement, but were not too pleased when they considered the fact that they had produced this record harvest at a loss. That was the direction in which they looked for help from Parliament.
     The Minister for Agriculture (Mr. P. D. Ferguson) in responding… touched on some of the major proposals to be dealt with during the present session. The Government's legislative proposals had been designed to assist the man on the land. Bulk Handling would be regarded as the greatest importance…
     The Minister proposed the toast of the evening, "The Three Springs Wheatgrowers." He congratulated the growers of their wonderful performance in realising an average of 18.2 bushels per acre last year throughout the whole district. A wonderful display of trophies, most of them won by Mrssrs. J. K. Hebiton & Sons, was exhibited in the room, and this display, the Minister said, must make every resident of the district feel proud indeed. He had never seen such a collection of trophies in his life… Mr. Ferguson quoted the average district yields for the past three years. In 1929-30 he said that Dalwallinu road board district had produced the greatest aggregate, and Gnowangerup, with 19.9 bushels, the highest average per acre. In the following year Yilgarn had the greatest aggregate and Bruce Rock, with 17.2 bushels, the highest average. Last year Yilgarn again registered the greatest aggregate and Three Springs the highest average, viz., 18.2 bushels.…
     Mr. W. Patrick, M.L.A., for Greenough, said that it had been said that it took more brains to make a successful farmer than a successful tutor. Therefore, Three Springs must have some of the brainiest men in the State. He desired to add his congratulations to those of the Minister. Australia, he said, had been pursuing a wrong policy. Instead of trying to foster primary industries first, an attempt had been made to bolster up secondary industries…
     In responding to the toast Mr. J. K. Hebiton, Jnr., said he regretted that Mr. Sutton had been unable to attend, as he believed that Mr Sutton and the Agricultural Department had played a big part in encouraging agricultural development generally. While the farmers of the district were very proud of their achievement they did not boast about it, and were awake to the fact that there were other important phases of the industry as well as growing record crops. They must also take an interest in the marketing of the wheat, and if that were to get better prices they must take an interest in the selling of it. Farmers ought to help the organisations that were trying to help them. The speaker also paved a tribute to the farmers' wives who had so worthily stood through the difficult times. Mr. Bastian also spoke in response to the toast…"

From The Carnamah-Three Springs Times And Arrino Advertiser, Friday 16 September 1932:
Coorow's First Agricultural Show - A Very Successful Effort - Good Attendance in Spite of Bad Weather
    "The initial show of the Coorow Agricultural Society, held in Maley Park, on Thursday last was a distinct success, and the committee in charge of arrangements, led by Mr A.A. McGilp (President) and Mr W. Gaunt (Secretary) are to be congratulated on the smooth running of every department of the exhibition.
     Although a terrific dust storm in the morning and heavy rain which continued for about two hours after lunch threatened to spoil the day, this was not the case. The weather cleared up in the afternoon and the lengthy programme of ring events was carried through. The gate receipts totalled £24.
     The judges in the various sections were as follows: Horses - Mr W. J. Pethick; Cattle - Mr E. Hunt; Sheep and Wool - Mr A. Williams; Poultry - Mr C. F. Thomas; Grain and Fodder - Mr J. K. Hebiton; Vegetables and Flowers - Mr C. Newman; Confectionery - Mrs W. H. Watson and Mrs Kroschel; Needlework - Mrs Rudduck and Mrs J. S. Rooke; Educational - Mr Geo. Williamson. All of the judges were enthusiastic about the quality of the exhibits in their respective classes and had nothing but praise for the method of display, and for the whole manner in which the show was conducted. In the Cattle Section Mr E. Hunt made special mention of a Jersey exhibited by Mr Baxter Bothe which he classed as of outstanding quality and fit for exhibition at the Royal Show.
     The official opening was carried out by Mr J. J. Poynton, the General Manager of the Midland Railway Company, who was introduced to the assembly by the President of the Society (Mr A.A. McGilp). Mr McGilp said that at first some had thought it would not be fair to ask such a busy man as Mr Poynton to come and open the show. But knowing that he took such a great interest in the district he (the speaker) knew that he would come if he possibly could. Some people had said that it was an inopportune time to hold a show, particularly when several older societies had been finding it so difficult to carry on; the number of entries received fully justified the enterprise of the men who had first suggested the show. He thought that Coorow just about topped the list of Midland towns when it came to the quantity of wheat railed away, and he knew that the Coorow and Waddy Forest wheat was second to none in milling qualities. The district not only produced vast quantities of the best wheat but also railed away 3,000 lambs this season, and had secured top prices in the Metropolitan markets. Twelve to fifteen years ago the land from which this wheat and mutton was produced was not even cleared.
     Mr Poynton said that he felt it a great honour to have been asked to open the show, particularly as it was the first one and therefore of an historic nature. He congratulated the committee and their helpers on the success that had been the result of their energy. He did not profess to be a judge of these things but their exhibits appeared to be quite equal in quality to shows which were well established. He thought that the shows were of great value in creating a healthy rivalry in production, and it was a great pity that more districts did not realise the necessity for producing only the best as ll pastoral and farming efforts must be based on the best. The time was past when any sort of farming would do and now it must be conducted on a scientific basis. The farmer was faced with many difficulties and as many remedies were offered for their cure but there was only one really effective way of combating these difficulties and that was by old-fashioned hard work. He congratulated the district on its wheat production and said that in this connection it was interesting to note that in the six years following 1923 the district's production had been increased six times. The district's fat lambs were recognised as the best that came into the metropolitan markets. He had pleasure in declaring the show open and hoped that the present gathering would be the fore-runner of many more."

From The Angus newspaper of Melbourne, Wednesday 23 November 1932:
Valuable Stock Feed Lost - Serious Damage by Fire in West
"Perth, Monday - Thickly covered pasture lands, crops, buildings and fences between Arrino and Yandanooka, about 183 miles north of Perth have been destroyed by a fire which is believed to have been started from a spark from a motor truck"

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 10 December 1932:
Valedictory - Mrs Koch Honoured - A Pioneer of the District
     "The undoubted popularity of Mrs Koch, a golden-haired lady who came to the spot where now stands the town of Three Springs over twenty three years ago, and the very high esteem in which she is held in the district, was made manifest at a farewell evening tendered her at the Three Springs Hall on Saturday last when about one hundred and fifty people assembled to bid farewell to a dear friend. Speaker after speaker made reference to Mrs Koch's great qualities and the part she had played in the pioneering of the district. Again and again the large gathering supported the remarks of the speakers by hearty acclamation. Mrs Koch was one of the first white women to come to the district, and for many of the twenty three years she has been resident at Three Springs she has conducted a well and favourably known boarding establishment which will be remembered by those pioneers of the district while over life shall last, as a home which gave them much comfort and cheer, and Mrs Koch as the beautiful dispositioned motherly one who made it so. She helped many of them in no small measure in conquering the wild bush lands where now stand highly improved farms. Also in their garden of memory will be evergreen remembrance of Mrs Koch's untiring efforts to provide comforts for our soldiers during the war, and the very active part she played in the district's progress during the past twenty years.
     Mr E. Hunt, chairman of the Three Springs Road Board, after briefly outlining the purpose of the gathering, called upon the Rev Father Lynch to tell them more about the guest of honour, he having come to the district when a boy. Father Lynch said that Mrs Koch was the first woman he met in this district, and having known her ever since, he was prepared to say that she was the kindest hearted woman and most charitable he had ever met, that she was a friend to all in need, and that the memory of her kind hearted deeds would ever be an inspiration to them. She would leave behind many good friends, and to them the memory of her would be imperishable and more valuable than silver and gold.
     Mr R. A. Caldow was the next speaker and he too was loud in his praises of Mrs Koch's good qualities. She had done valuable work during the years of the war, he said, but far greater was the help she had given to every newcomer to the district during those pioneering days. She had made for them "a home from home," displayed warm friendliness to all, and had very obviously adopted the maxim "it is more blessed to give than to receive." To those in difficulties she not only the necessities of life but also gave them a few shillings to help them on their way. He concluded by saying - "we all know you, we all like you and we will wish you well."
     Mr E. W. Franklin said that he had known Mrs Koch since 1909 and had found her to be one of the best. He considered that she had done just as much towards pioneering the district as any farmer.
     Mr Hunt then spoke on behalf of Mr C. F. Thomas, another old resident of the district, who arrived about the same time as did Mrs Koch. Mr Hunt then presented Mrs Koch with a beautiful handbag on behalf of her friends in the district, and, in doing so he wished he a pleasant voyage to Sydney (to which place Mrs Koch is going to reside with a daughter), good health and a return to Three Springs again some day.
      Mr H. R. Carter, another pioneer of the district, supported Mr Hunt's remarks, saying that the present was indeed a valuable one because it carried with it the good wishes of everyone in the district.
      The Rev. E.  Chard, then responded very ably on Mrs Koch's behalf. He said that he could say quite a lot on behalf of the Church of England at Three Springs for the great assistance Mrs Koch had rendered during the growth of the church work, but as his task was then to speak for Mrs Koch, he said he would have to put into his speech the words of a woman who had had a lot of nice things said about her. He had to say on Mrs Koch's behalf that while appreciating greatly all the nice things they had said about her, and at the same time knowing their sincerity, she was conscious of many faults, and that she was not deserving of all the nice things said. She hoped her departure to the Eastern States would only be a long holiday. She thanked them all from the bottom of her heart for their kindness and assured them that they would be constantly in her thoughts.
     This concluded the speeches and then with hands clasped in a long chain right round the hall the gathering sung heartily "Auld Lang Syne." A dainty supper provided by the ladies present was served during the evening and was much appreciated.
     Among those present were Mesdames Cook, N. Smith, Black, G. Pettit, E.W. Franklin, H. Byrne, C. F. Thomas jun, W. Little, J.C. Hunt, R. A. Caldow, E. Sheahan, A. E. Saggers, Knapp, Williamson, H. Pettit, R. Harris, E. Hunt, J. O'Shannessy, N. McKenzie, A. A. Potts, R. Fogarty, W. Rogers, S. J. Howard, and Arndt; Misses I. Thomas, B. Oliver, J. Bastian, N. Sheahan, M. Black, H. Franklin, A. Morgan, D. Leonard, R. Williams, G. Bastian, D. Baker, D. Brady, J. Black, R. Morgan, N. Franklin, F. Reynolds, D. Murtha, E. Leonard, E. Maley, R. Wallis, E. Arndt, A. Stokes, B. Fogarty, J. McKenzie, M. Oliver, M. Howard, S. Howard and N. Thomas. Rev Chard, Rev Father Lynch, chairman and secretary of the District Road Board (Messrs E. Hunt and G. H. Bickford)., Messrs C. F. Thomas, W. D. S. Smith and E. W. Franklin (members of the Board), Messrs K. Shaw, F. Arndt, W. Howard, N. McKenzie, C. F. Thomas jun, K. Bastian, J. Lynch, F. Carmody, R. James, N. Smith, C. S. McDonald, R. Barnhart, E. Burge, J. Steele, S. Hytten, J. Howard, W. Little, A. A. Potts, B. Potts, R. A. Caldow, J. Byrne, E. Franklin, G. Guyton, J. Saggers, R. Black, L. Howard, M. Franklin, J. O'Shannessy, D. Todd jun, A. Morgan, H. R. Carter, N. Fowler, J. K. Hebiton, M. Copley, R. Meldrum, P. Howard, H. Hunt, H., T. and F. Byrne, C. Luscombe, J. Oliver, J. Hodgkiss, J. C. Hunt, Col. Smith, H. McHarg, H. Carruthers and others."

From The Carnamah-Three Springs Times And Arrino Advertiser newspaper, Friday 16 December 1932:
Correspondence - Progress of Carnamah
"Sir.-Undoubtedly one of the most progressive little centres in the State and one which has the brightest future is Carnamah, which, in the last eight years, has gone ahead by leaps and bounds. Prior to 1924 two or three little cottages, one store and a blacksmith's shop practically comprised the township. Far different is the Carnamah of today. In 1924 an up-to-date stone hotel was built at a cost of about £6,500. Another storey was added a cost of another £6,000 with additions approximately a further £3,000. Houses sprang up like mushrooms everywhere and so remarkable was the progress made that some of the most up-to-date shops in W.A. were erected. Today Carnamah is a hive of industry. There are two banks housed in fine new buildings and only this year the Commonwealth Government erected a modern post office at a cost of approximately £3,000. Mr. R. Mackie built another new shop and rebuilt an old one at a cost of over £1,000. This year alone, in the middle of the depression about £5,000 has been spent in new buildings. Now the Member for Swan, Mr. R. S. Sampson, is showing his faith in the district by commencing the erection of two new shops of modern design, with tiled fronts and cantilever verandahs. These will add to the appearance and prestige of the town. The new buildings are being erected on the alignment of the main street which now presents an attractive and business-like appearance, marred only by the skew-wiff frontage on which the Commonwealth Government built the post office. Some farmers in the district are getting 10 to 12 bag crops this season and Carnamah's future appears an exceptionally bright one. I think these facts and the progress the town and district have made is worthy of mention. Your, etc., "PROGRESSIVE"  Perth. 9/12/32."

From The Midland Advocate newspaper, Friday 14 April 1933:
Watheroo Notes
"The Watheroo-Namban Football Club held their annual meeting in the Watheroo Hall on Saturday evening.  There was fair attendance. Mr W P Reynolds acted as Chairman and the balance sheet was read and adopted.  Mr W H Hansen was re-elected as President, also Mr J House as secretary. The previous years committee, Mr. L. Hansen, L Butler, A Reidy, and C York were also re-elected. Mr. D Reidy, Mr. G Wyatt, Mr. Smith, Mr. H T Ward, Mr. H Elphick and Mrs. Reynolds were nominated as Vice Presidents. It was decided to hold a "busy bee" on Sunday the 23rd April, to get the playing ground in order, erect shades and do the other work necessary."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 16 June 1933:
Continued Rain
    "Extensive Damage to Roads and Railways. A further fall of two inches on Monday night resulted in more damage to the railway in the district and two serious washaways occurred just north of Three Springs and one at Winchester. Altogether at Carnamah 5½ inches have been received the past fortnight.
     Flooded Conditions at Carnamah. The west end of the town was flooded on Tuesday morning when a fierce stream of water flowed along the main road [Yarra Street] and through the low lying portions of land on the north side of Macpherson Street, out to the creek in Niven's paddock. Parkin's house and yard [4 Yarra Street] was flooded, and a lot of the railway and station yards was covered, some damage being done to the wheat stacks.
     Trains Delayed. The mail train was held up in between two washaways near Three Springs and did not leave there till Tuesday at 4 o'clock. It left Geraldton again at 3.30 on Wednesday afternoon, about 18 hours late. A relief train passed through Carnamah on Tuesday morning with trucks of sand and sleepers and three more men were picked up at Carnamah.
     Winchester Waterbound. Flood water rose at Winchester on Tuesday afternoon and covered the main road  very deeply and also the railway bridge near there.
     Main Roads. Flood waters on the main road [Midlands Road] near Winchester had receded by midday Wednesday, but the road was washed out and cars only got through by taking to the road on the other side of the railway line. On the road to Three Springs near Lang's house there was nearly a mile of water, flood waters rising there at the lake crossings on Wednesday. Lang's house was surrounded by from 18 inches to three feet of water. The Plume tanker, after towing three cars out of the lake crossing on Wednesday morning got badly bogged itself, and was still there last night after attempts to pull it out with tractors had failed. At Mr. Sargent's homestead [Wongyarra Farm] 250 point were recorded on Monday night.
     Three Springs Flooded. The town of Three Springs was badly flooded on Tuesday and the hotel and shops on the west side of the line were sand bagged up to keep the water out.
     Accident at Winchester. So great was the force of the water across the road near Winchester that a heavy sedan car which attempted to cross was washed off the road. The car was driven by Mr. Fordham, representative of the Neptune Oil Company, who was driving towards Carnamah on Tuesday night. Mr. Fordham badly sprained his ankle in the mishap and was treated at the North Midlands Hospital. After two unsuccessful attempts to tow the car out on Tuesday night when the water was over the bonnet it was recovered on Wednesday morning by the Shell tanker."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 16 June 1933:
A Matter of Travelling
"Members of local governing bodies must be honoured at all times for giving up their time and often travelling expenses on a purely honorary position, but credit is particularly due this week to Mr. Bryant, member of the Carnamah Road Board who travelled 55 miles on bad roads to Tuesday's meeting, having to cross two patches of flood waters about half a mile each, and Mr. McGilp also travels 33 miles, far enough on roads of the last fortnight. On their way home three members from the south, Messrs. McGilp, Wells and Bryant who were travelling in the latter's car, were stopped at the rapidly rising flood waters at Winchester and Mr. Bryant turned back and had to stay the night in Carnamah. Mr. Wells and Mr. McGilp, however were anxious to get home, Mr. Wells to do his bakehouse work at Coorow. After walking three miles, Mr. Wells was able to telephone to Coorow for his truck to come and meet them."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 7 July 1933:
Valedictory Dinner - Mr A. B. Gloster Farewelled
"A complementary dinner was tended to Mr A. B. Gloster of the Coorow Hotel, last Monday night, when about 35 of his friends gathered to bid him farewell. Mr Gloster has returned to Moora after three year's residence in Coorow. The dinner was very well appointed and a very entertaining evening resulted. Mr McGilp was in the chair and proposed the toast of the guest of honour. He was supported by Messrs P. T Morcombe and R. Laffan (Carnamah). Mr McGilp referred to Mr A. B. Gloster's great interest in the town and district and his good work as secretary of the Coorow-Waddy forest Progress Association. Mr Gloster in response said that he had been only too pleased to do his best for the district and expressed his great regret at leaving. Other toasts honoured were: - Coorow-Waddy Forest Progress Association, Mr Mettam (Carnamah), response by the President (Mr W. G. Morcombe); Coorow Waddy-Forest District, Mr R. D. Gell (Carnamah), responses by B. D. and C. C. Bothe; Carnamah Road Board, Capt. J. W. Jones, response by members F. R. Bryant and R. J. Wells and by the secretary (Arnold C. Bierman); Ladies of the District, Mr M. F. Laurie, response by George Raffan; Midland Railway Company, Mr Arnold C. Bierman, response by Mr W. Cox, Coorow S.M.; Neighbouring Towns, B. D. Bothe, response by don Walker (Carnamah) and Gordon Raffan (Winchester); Our Hostess, Mrs Gloster coming in for the occasion, was proposed by Mr I. B. Roberts and responded to by Mrs Gloster. Mr Gloster was presented with a little booklet in which the names of all present were signed. Items were given by Messrs G. Brown, W. J. Redhall, A. Croft, R. Laffan, A. Bierman and A. B. Gloster, and the dinner was terminated with the singing of "Auld Lang Syne.""

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 18 August 1933
Three Springs Citizens - Association Formed
     "At a preliminary meeting held at A. W. Potts Garage Three Springs on Thursday of last week it was decided to form a Ratepayers and Citizens association to further all matters in connection with the progress of the town. W. G. Jordan was elected President, and A. R. Barr, secretary.
     It was decided to call a meeting for next Tuesday, August 22, when a committee will be formed, and an agenda will be prepared for that meeting to discuss. Various matters were tentatively discussed last Thursday, and the President (Mr. W. G. Jordan) said this week that matters to be dealt with were: the Coast road, the proper drainage of the town, the opening of a phone service in the lunch hour from 12 to 2.30, a Greater Sports ground, a letter box at the station, and the formation of a Bush Fire Brigade."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 1 September 1933:
Three Springs Progress - Association's Activities
"The citizens of Three Springs held the second meeting of their Association last week, when 45 were present and great interest was displayed. A committee comprising Messrs R. A. Caldow, J. N. Smith, S. C. Gooch, R. Barnhart and F. Maley was elected. A deputation will wait upon the Three Springs Road Board at its next meeting to discuss various matters. One of the principal matters being taken up by the association is the formation of a Bush Fire Brigade, such as they have in the Northam district."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 27 October 1933:
Bush Fire Brigade - Formed at Three Springs
     "A Bush Fire Brigade for the Three Springs Road Board district was formed at a special meeting of the Three Springs Ratepayers and Citizens Association on Wednesday. Twenty members were present, but no Road Board members.
     The central captain was elected in Mr. M. Carmody. Vice-captains elected were Cecil Maley and A. E. Saggers. It was decided to split the district up into east, west, north and south areas, and lieutenants to take control in each district were elected as follow: east, S. C. Gooch, M. Wilson and Mr McKenzie; west, S. J. Morgan, P. Vandeleur; north, R. Caldow; south, J. K. Hebiton, sen., H. Nairn."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 3 November 1933:
Three Springs Notes - Fire Brigade Meeting
     "A committee meeting of the Three Springs Road Board District Fire Brigade was held on Tuesday this week, the president of the Ratepayers and Citizens Association (Mr. A. M. Williamson) presiding. It was decided to ask Mr. Williamson to preside at all future meetings.
     Mr. J. K. Hebiton, sen., wrote in that he could not accept the position of lieutenant in the south zone, Mr. A. S. Mortimer was accordingly elected to that position.
     The membership fee was fixed at 2/6 per year and it was decided to ask land-holders to pay a levy of 7/6 to provide equipment. Mr. W. Jordan advised that he would donate a rotary pump. It was decided to have some petrol drums filled with water in readiness at Jordan's store, for loading on to trucks if required.
     A meeting is to be convened by Mr. Townsend at Arrino this Saturday, for the purpose of organising the brigade in that zone."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 10 November 1933:
Bush Fire Brigade - Three Springs - Further Details
     "There were about 50 present at the meeting of the Bush Fire Brigade on Monday evening. It was decided to call the organisation the Three Springs Road Board District Bush Fire Brigade and to retain Mr. Williamson as president and Mr Jordan as secretary and treasurer. Mr McHarg was appointed auditor. The trustees of the Brigade's property were appointed in Messrs O. Sowerby, S. Gooch and R. Barnhart. It was decided to purchase 100 beaters, 12 rakes 12 shovels and 8 drums and the necessary pumps, and that they be left at different centres so as to be available when wanted.
     Dudawa and Arrino are now included in the district, the lieutenants being H. J. Sweetman, N. E. Stokes and A. A. Smith. The Road Board promised the use of their tractor and grader if they were convenient to the fire. It was decided to hold a ball on November 23rd, to raise money to purchase equipment. A sub-committee was formed to arrange the details. They were elected as follows:- Mrs. Watson, Mrs. S. Maley, Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Carmody, Mrs. Bickell, and Messrs Soweby, Hodgkiss, Carmody, C. Maley and A. Barr. "

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 5 January 1934:
Rifle Club at Coorow
"Convened by Mr. S. L. Folland and Mr. I. B. Roberts a meeting called to ascertain if a rifle club would be formed at Coorow, was held recently. After Mr. Folland had outlined the rules governing rifle clubs, it was decided to form one. Mr. S. L. Folland was elected chairman; Mr. H. W. Bothe, president; Mr. W. Cox, secretary. A committee comprising Messrs S. L. Folland, I. B. Roberts, E. Grimm, and Alf Hill were instructed to choose two or three sites which would meet the requirements of the Department, and to report at the next meeting, to be called shortly."

From The Courier-Mail newspaper of Brisbane, Tuesday 16 January 1934:
Cyclone Follows Heat Wave - Shed Blown Over Homestead
    "Perth, January 15. Six days of temperatures averaging 113 degrees in the Midland Railway district of Arrino and Three Springs, was followed by a cyclone three miles wide yesterday afternoon, which uprooted giant trees, unroofed houses and put Three Springs in darkness last night.
     The removal of rooves at Three Springs, and a fall of 1½in. of rain in 25 minutes, resulted in rooms and occupants being drenched and no dry beds for the night.
     At Barrs Farm, near Arrino, a machinery shed, consisting of five tons of galvanised iron and timber, was blown over the top of the homestead, where 10 people were sheltering, and dropped 120 yards away with a great crash."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 1 September 1934:
Rifle Shooting - Carnamah Club - Annual General Meeting
"The annual meeting of the Carnamah Rifle Club was recently held at the Carnamah Road Board Chambers, the chair being occupied by the president (Mr. J. Bowman). There was an attendance of nine member, these being Messrs M. P. Baker (secretary), G. F. Brown, A. C. Bierman, T. J. Buckingham, N. M. Graham, J. W. Dixon, P. Matthews, W. B. Sheridan and C. Kroschel. The secretary presented the annual financial statement, which disclosed a credit balance of £1/14/10 after the payment of all accounts, and this was adopted as satisfactory. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year:- President, Mr. J. Bowman; vice-presidents, Messrs J. K. Forrester, N. W. Reynolds, W. A. T. Sargent, A. Smart, G. Brown and W. Davison; secretary, Mr. M. P. Baker; captain, Mr. N. M. Graham; vice-captain, J. W. Dixon; treasurer, Mr. W. B. Sheridan; committee, Messrs G. F. Gibson, P. Matthews and G. Brown. The season's opening shoot was for to-morrow (Sunday) with operations commencing at the range at 9 a.m. In connection with club competitions it was resolved to utilise the same targets at two sets of ranges with ten shots to count out of twelve, by which means, it was hoped to obviate a delay occasioned by changing targets on the day of a shoot. An invitation was received from the Coorow Rifle Club to be present at the opening of the new range at that centre, and it was agreed to send a team of five members. At the conclusion of the meeting the president expressed pleasure at being able to welcome back to the district Mr. C. Thompson, at the same time, stating that it was with regret that members had learned that he would shortly be leaving Carnamah again to commence business in another centre."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 8 September 1934:
"Mr. G. K. Ryder formerly manager of the Bank of Australasia at Carnamah, and now an inspector on the staff of the Bank in Western Australia, is spending part of a holiday of six weeks duration at Carnamah. Mr. Ryder motored up from Perth in time to be present at the show.

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 8 September 1934:
"Football Final at Carnamah. The final game in the North Midland Association football matches will be played on the Carnamah ground to-morrow afternoon between Arrino and Carnamah. Owing to the considerable amount of interest in the match it is expected there will be a record crowd. Carnamah as minor premiers, will have the right to challenge in the event of being defeated by Arrino, and arrangements have been made for the challenge match to be played on the Three Springs recreation ground the following Sunday afternoon, should it be necessary."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 22 September 1934:
"C.W.A. Divisional Meeting - Thirty five members from the Carnamah, Three Springs and Arrino Branches of the Country Women's Association attended the northern divisional meeting of the Country Women's Association held at Three Springs on Tuesday afternoon last."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 22 September 1934:
"Mr. R. Clark, jun., returned to school on Monday last after having spent a holiday with his parents at Carnamah.
After having visited her son and daughter-in-law (Mr. and Mrs. N. M. Graham) at Carnamah, Mrs. Graham, sne., returned to Perth on Monday last."
"Mrs. Colpitts, wife of Major Colpitts, of Winchester, passed away in Perth on Sunday last. News of the sad event was received by wireless and Major Colpitts left for Perth immediately."
"Mr. G. K. Ryder, formerly manager of the Bank of Australasia at Carnamah, who has been spending a portion of his holidays at hat centre, left on Saturday last to continue his vacation elsewhere."
"Mr. and Mrs. A. Smart left Carnamah on Saturday last for Perth to take their daughter (Miss Joan Smart) back to school, and also to visit their son (Mr. G. Smart), who is now convalescent after a severe illness."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 29 September 1934:
Accident at Carnamah
"Whilst on his way to the football match at Carnamah on Sunday last Mr. J. Rowland of Carnamah, was knocked down by a car owned by Mrs. F. E. Brewer and which, it is reported, was driven by Mr. F. Albrecht. The accident occurred near the entrance to the ground. Mr. Rowland was thrown to the ground and sustained painful injuries to his face and head. He was immediately conveyed to the Carnamah Private Hospital by Mr. Albrecht, where he was attended by Dr. Rosenthal. The latest reports indicate an improvement in his condition."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 29 September 1934:
Carnamah Rifle Club
"Weather conditions were not very favourable for the shoot of the Carnamah Rifle Club which was held on Sunday last. In addition to a fishtail wind, which made conditions very tricky, rain fell half way through the proceedings, and it was only possible to contest the competition over the 500 yards range, the shooting at the 600 yards range being abandoned. The scores at the 500 yards were as follows:- Members: J. W. Dixon 47, N. M. Graham 47, R. W. Clark 44, Mrs. Dixon 40, R. Spark 36, Kroschel 34, M. P. Baker 25. Visitors: R. Falconer 23, F. Albrecht 14, R. Brayshaw 12, G. Brewer 2.

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 29 September 1934:
"Mrs. Broad is staying with her daughter and son-in-law (Mr. and Mrs. B. D. Bothe) at Coorow."
"Mrs. Lampard, who has been in inmate of the Moora Hospital for several days, returned to her home at Waddi Forrest last week."
"Master A. McGilp, who has been an inmate of the Carnamah Hospital, suffering with pneumonia is expected to return home this week."
"Miss D. Bierman, of Mt. Lalwley, returned to Perth on Thursday of last week having spent a few weeks with her brother and sister-in-law (Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Bierman) of Carnamah."
"Mr. N. M. Graham, of Carnamah, journeyed to Perth on Monday last to take part in the annual National Rifle Association meeting at the Swanbourne rifle range."
"Mr. Alan Farquhar, an erst-while [former] resident of Carnamah, was a visitor to Carnamah during last week-end, and was the guest of his sister and brother-in-law (Mr. and Mrs. A. Cumming). Mr. Farquhar returned to Wiluna last Monday."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 29 September 1934:
Football - Benefit Match - Rival Associations at Carnamah
"A good attendance of spectators witnessed the match at Carnamah on Sunday last between a combined team from the North Midlands Association and the Perenjori-Morawa Association. The match had been arranged as a benefit match for the purpose of assisting K. Clark, who was seriously injured in the recent inter-Association match at Moora. The gate receipts were £6/14/6, whilst the ladies, who so kindly arranged the dispensing of afternoon tea on the ground, were able to hand to the committee the sum of £2/13/- to augment the fund. A donation of £1/1/- was also received from the visiting association. The teams were as follows:-
North Midlands - T Bygraves (captain), W. Clark, E. Edwards, F. Livesley, M. Clune, N. Reynolds, L. Angel, M. Cousins, G. Stewart, W. Durack, W. Humphreys, B. Evenson, A. Fitzgerald, J. Bradley, A. Booth, F. McKenzie, Franklin and E. Duffy.
Perenjori-Morawa: F. Willis (captain), J. Prater, C, Prater, J. Dwyer, M. Clarke, K. Keowan, C. Valentine, W. Beatty, D. Bowes, D. Leithead, G. Hall, J. Hore, J. Martin, S. Miller, D. Smith, W. Johnson, S. Morrow and A. Young.
Wing to indisposition the elected Carnamah captain (Mr. R. C. Drage) was unable to play. North Midlands won the toss and elected to take advantage of a strong north-east wind. They dominated the play in the first quarter, the scores at the interval being North Midlands, 5 goals 5 behinds; Perenjori-Morawa, 1 goal. In the second quarter some good hard football was seen, the honours being with the visiting team who added 5 goals 1 behind to their score, whilst the home team improved their position by the addition of two majors. The North Midlands tackled strongly in the third quarter and had matters all their own way, 8 goals and four behinds were added to them, whilst their opponents failed to score. The final quarter saw the visitors attacking hard and this quarter honours were with them, although the home team played strongly in defence. Bad kicking resulted in only 1 goal and 6 behinds being scored, and these the visitors. The final scores were: North Midlands 13 goals 9 behinds (87 points); Perenjori-Morawa 7 goals 8 behinds (50 points).
Those who were successful in raising the two flags were F. Livesley (7), Clark (2), Duffy (2), Reynolds and Cousins for the home [North Midlands] team and J. Martin (3), M. Clarke (2), D. Smith and Bowes for the losers.
The most outstanding players for the visitors were W. Beatty, J. Prater, Clarke, J. Dwyer and W. Johnson and for the home [North Midlands] team F. Livesley, Clark, M. Cousins, L. Angel, N. Reynolds, W. Humphreys and T. Bygrave."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 29 September 1934:
Football - Visitors Entertained - Good Wishes Reciprocated
     "After the match, the visitors were the guests of the President and committee of the North Midlands Association at a tea served in the Carnamah Hotel by Mrs. Brewer.
In proposing the health of the visitors Mr. Hunt (president of North Midlands Association, extended a warm welcome, and referred to the good clean match which had been witnessed. He hoped that next year the association would be able to send a team over to the other [railway] line to take part in another game in a similar friendly spirit. He congratulated the visitors on their ready response to his request that they should visit Carnamah to take part in a benefit match for the injured player. The notice given had been very short and their acceptance of the invitation was sincerely appreciated by all.
Mr. E. Franklin (vice-president), supported Mr. Hunt's remarks in a very cordial manner after which the toast to the visitors was duly honoured.
     Mr. Gronow (president of the Perenjori-Morawa Association), in responding stated that it had been a pleasure to visit Carnamah to play such a good team of sports and footballers. The team had learned a great deal and he felt sure that they would dividually benefit by the experience gained. He favoured inter-association matches and hoped that this match would be only the forerunner of many more. He paid a tribute to the umpire (Mr. J. Rocchi), who had so well and impartially controlled the game, and concluded by congratulating the winning team.
     His remarks were ably supported by Mr.. Maurice and the captain and vice-captain of the visiting team.
Another toast that was warmly received was that of the umpire Mr. Rocchi. This was proposed by Mr. Hunt who referred to the good fortune of the North Midlands Association at having had the services of such an excellent umpire as Mr. Rocchi. He always controlled the game and gave his decisions without fear or favour. The association had been unfortunate in losing the services of another good umpire in Mr. A. Smith, who had recently resigned. He, also had been a good and impartial umpire. It is hoped that his services, together with those of Mr. Rocchi, would be made available to the association during next football season.
The toast was received with honours, after which Mr. Rocchi briefly responded."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 2 November 1934:
Your District - Some Interesting Facts
     "The Road [Board] District of Carnamah embraces the townships, viz., Carnamah, Winchester, Coorow, Marchagee and Gunyidi. The annual valuations of property in Carnamah is £2,887; in Winchester £295; in Coorow £1,207; in Marchagee and Gunyidi £309. The unimproved valuation of other district property is £171,106. The total amount of collectable rates on present valuations and rating in the whole district is £913/6/3. The percentage of current, general and loan rates collected during the past financial year was 96.75. The rateable area exlusive of townsites is 592,275 acres.
     Made roads for the district cover 37 miles 73 chains; formed but not metalled, 161 miles 79 chains; length of surveyed roads whgich are not formed but which are used for general taffic, 250 miles.
     There are 352 persons on the Ratepayers' Roll and the population is made up of 856 makes and 577 females. These figures do not include fool blooded Aboriginals
     The dwelling houses number 318 of which 2 are unoccupied and 22 stores and warehouses, 1 of which is vacant.
     The total number of licensed moter cars in the district during the past financial year was 121; carts and carriages, 52; motor wagons, 142; motor cycles, 28; vehicles for hire, 18; dogs, 18.
     The board's financial statement is dealt with in this issue."
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From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 3 November 1934:
Carnamah Football Club -- Presentation Ball - A Happy Gathering
     "The accommodation of the spacious Carnamah Hall was taxed to its utmost capacity on Saturday, October 27th, the occasion being the annual ball of the Carnamah Football Club, at which there were present representatives from all centres along the Midland line and also from the Wongan Hills district. A specially augmented orchestra was engaged for the function, and with delightful music dispensed in generous measure all the dancers experienced a most enjoyable night. Over the heads of the dancers were thousands of feet of blue and white streamers, the colours of the Carnamah Football Club, and around the brilliant electric light globes were gay-coloured lanterns, these combining with the pretty frocking of the ladies to make a picture of gay animation. At the background of the stage was a large blue banner won by the club during the season just closed, this bearing the name of the premier team. Mr. H. Morrison officiated as master of ceremonies and kept the proceedings going with a happy swing right throughout the night.
     During the evening Mr. A. C. Bierman, a past president of the club, returned thanks to all who had assisted to make the ball such a success. The secretary of the club (Mr. Harold Harvey) was a particularly busy man during the evening, being also a member of the committee responsible for the arrangement of the function. Other members of the committee were Mesdames Brewer, Kenny, Kroschel and Wells, and Messrs R. C. Drage, H. Helliwell and H. Morrison. The music was supplied by an orchestra comprising Mrs. Wells (piano), Messrs C. Prater (saxophone), F. Arndt (violin), C. Stone (cornet), and J. Prater and T. Parkin (drums and effects). Pianoforte extra were provided by Mrs. H. Morrison and Mr. T. Parkin. Spotlight and novelty dances were included in the programme, prizes for two "lucky spot" dances being won by Miss M. Iles and Mr. F. McKenzie, and Miss Harris and Mr. Leithead. Supper was provided by the lady supporters of the club and was quite a feature of the occasion.
The President of the North Midlands Football Association (Mr. E. Hunt) was invited to present three cups won as individual trophies during the season, and in doing so, expressed pleasure at being present in an official capacity. The recipients were Mr. George Brewer, who won the club's goal-kicking competition with a record of thirty two goals in premiership fixtures; Mr. "Teddy" Edwards as the fairest and best player of the club, the adjudication having been carried out be central umpires; and Mr. W. Humphrey as the fairest and best player in the North Midlands Association, the adjudication for which trophy was also carried out by the central umpires. The points awarded in the latter instance were W. Humphrey 22, H. Greenwood 15, Tim Bygreaves 13, Teddy Edwards 12, Teddy Clark 10, and H. Morgan 10.
     The vice-president of the North Midlands Association (Mr. E. W. Franklin) then presented the Hunt Cup, for which four teams had competed during the season. This was won by the Carnamah Club (Mr. Drage), he remarked that with it went the best wishes of the donor. The foregoing remarks were supported by the captain of the Arrino Club (Mr. Angel) and the captain of the Coorow Club (Mr. G. Raffan), both of whom offered congratulations to the winning team.
In accepting the cup, Mr. Drage said the Carnamah Club and other affiliated teams greatly appreciated the generous spirit of Mr. Hunt, adding that his club-mates were extremely proud of the fact that they had gained the season's honours and the trophy. He also thanked the captains of the Arrino and Coorow Clubs for the kindly references to the Carnamah team and his captaincy, and stated that the same good spirit would long prevail in football circles throughout the North Midlands.
Mr. Hunt then presented the pennant to the Carnamah Club, this being accepted by Mr. Beriman in the absence of the president (Mr. G. F. Brown).
     In his concluding remarks for the evening Mr. Hunt congratulated the Carnamah Club having again won the distinction of premier team, and he also congratulated the members of the Arrino Club on the sterling effort they had put forward in the concluding games of the season. He expressed the opinion that had the team retained the form displayed in the semi-final they would have won the final game. Reference was made to the excellent services of the central umpires during the season, special mention being made of the work of Messrs. Archie Smith and Jack Rocchi, who he was hopeful would officiate in a similar capacity next year."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 9 November 1934:
New Rifle Club - Three Springs - Range Sight Selected
    "A number of persons interested in the formation of a rifle club at Three Springs met on Saturday night last to discuss the proposition. Mr. Carmody took the chair. It was decided to form a club under the name of the Three Springs Rifle Club. An election of officers resulted in the following appointments:- President, Mr. Carmody; captain, Mr. K. Maley; vice-captain, Mr. S. Gooch; secretary, Mr. W. Harris; treasurer, Mr. R. Shaw; other committee men, Messrs. C. Maley, K. Whitlock and N. McKenzie.
     A sight was picked at Womarden, four miles from the town. The first year's subscription to the club was fixed at 7/6. It is probable that this will be reduced next year. Next Sunday a busy bee will clear the range in readiness for the survey. There are, up-to-date, 36 intending members."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 23 November 1934:
A Close Call - Fire at Carnamah - Shopping Area Effected
"A mild sensation was caused on Sunday last when a fire broke out in a closely built section of the Carnamah townsite. At approximately 12.15 p.m. Mr. A. Smart noticed smoke issuing from under the roof of Mr. D. Waldby's chemist shop and went immediately to the Pyramid Tea Rooms where Mr. Waldby was lunching. Mrs. Smart and Mr. Burns also noticed the smoke and smelt the burning paint. Mr. Burns investigated and found that a fire had broken out at the rear of the "North Midland Times" office and was rapidly spreading towards the roof. A crowd quickly gathered and, with the aid of water from three adjacent tanks and a copper, soon had the flames under control. The only damage done was to a window, window frame and a small area of weather boards. The cause of the outbreak is unknown but the first object to catch alight was evidently a polishing mop which had not been used for some days. It was indeed fortunate that the incident occurred at lunch time and not an hour later when the area was deserted. The effected building is of weather board with a brink frontage and houses the Pyramid Tea Rooms, Mr. D. Waldby's Pharmacy and the "North Midland Times" printing office, with only a very narrow passage separating Mr. J. Burns' saddlery shop and dwelling."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday, 15 December 1934:
Fire at Carnamah - Two Shops Destroyed - Church Bell Calls Helpers
     "One of the most disastrous fires ever experienced in the North Midlands occurred about midnight on Sunday last at Carnamah, when the premises, in which Mr. S. L. Hidden carried on business as a storekeeper, and the adjoining building where Mr. Ivan Johnson, of the Farm Service Station, had recently opened an office and show room, were burned to the ground and the contents totally destroyed. The adjoining premises, where Mr. J. Kenny has a news-agency were only saved with extreme difficulty and by strenuous efforts on the part of the large army of fire fighters.
     An interesting account of the fire and its effects were given by Mr. J. J. Powell, the well-known veterinarian surgeon, when he called at our Mingenew office on Wednesday. Mr. Powell, who had been making a business call, accompanied by another well-known resident, Mr. C. Ryan, returned to the Carnamah Hotel, where they were both staying, about half past eleven o'clock. They went to Mr. Powell's room which overlooks the scene of the fire, and stayed talking for a time, when suddenly they heard a noise like a muffled explosion. Looking through the window, they saw there was a bright glow in Mr. Hidden's windows. The immediately gave the alarm in the hotel, rushing into the street, and saw Mr. and Mrs. Hidden, who had just escaped in their night attire, having been awakened it was ascertained afterwards by the barking of a pet dog.
     By this time flames were shooting through the roof of the doomed building, and Messrs Powell and Ryan decided to arouse the town, one taking one route and one another. Mr. Powell made his way up the street towards the station, knocking up residents as he went, finally reaching the church, where he rang the bell vigorously. Soon residents of the town were speeding to the scene of the fire, and they were later reinforced by country people, whom Mr. P. Teede, the postmaster, had succeeded in calling by telephone.
     Fortunately the town well is only a few yards away from the scene of the fire, and water was speedily forthcoming. This supply was augmented from another well at the stock yards, Mr. R. Wylie rendering yeoman service in this direction by carting water from this more distant source in tanks places on his motor truck. It was soon seen that nothing could save the store or Mr. Johnson's premises, and all efforts were concentrated on an endeavour to save Mr. Kenny's shop. Goods were removed to the street, and a hole was broken in the ceiling to pour water on the rafters, which were alight. The dividing wall of stone was red hot, the window frames were burnt out, and the glass was melted in the intense heat. Despite this buckets of water were continually poured on the flames from the roof of Mr. Kenny's shop. Eventually at about 4 a.m., after strenuous efforts, the firefighters obtained control, and the building was saved. Fortunately the wind was favourable, for had it been blowing in the opposite direction it was the general opinion that nothing could have prevented the fire from spreading to several other properties in that row, where the damage, large as it was, would have been considerably more extensive.
     Tins of harvester oil on Mr. Johnson's property provided the crowd with some awesome spectacles as they exploded at intervals, when a huge column of black smoke would arise, followed by a spout of flame, shooting up 20 feet or more into the air. There are two petrol bowsers outside the store on the footpath, and many of those around feared that these would explode. Mr. J. Thomas, a Shell Company representative, however assured the crowd that there was no danger, as the containers were fireproof. He proved to be correct, as although the paint on the bowers was affected, there was no further trouble from that source.
Although partly covered by insurance against damage, Mr. and Mrs. Hidden will undoubtedly be the occurrence as the only thing saved was their motor car, which was got out of the garage at the rear of the burning building, the door of the garage having to be broken open. A considerable quantity of valuable personal effects were destroyed together with stock, books etc., and it will be hard to assess the total amount of the damage. Mr. Johnson suffered damage to the extent of £400, and it is understood that he was not covered by insurance as he had not yet completed the transfer to the premises, in which he had opened his new department, and was carrying a considerable amount of stock. Mr. Kenny's damage is estimated at about £100. The buildings were the property of Mr. R. Mackie who, it is believed, is covered by insurance.
     After watching the destruction of their home and belongings, Mr. and Mrs. Hidden were driven to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Clark. They have been particularly prominent in social and sporting life in the town and will have many sympathises in their misfortune.
     Nothing is known as to what caused the outbreak, but it surmised that it was due to the fusing of an electric light wire. Next day the street presented a desolate scene, for where there had been prosperous looking business premises there were only heaps of twisted iron, ashes, molten glass and suchlike dismal relics. A cash register had become just a lump of scrap metal."

From The Irwin Index newspaper, Saturday 19 January 1935:
Bailiff's Sale - Wednesday, January 23rd, 1935 at 2:30 p.m.
"Unless the warrant of distress be previously satisfied, the Bailiff will cause to be sold on Wednesday, January 23rd, 1935, at 2:30 p.m., on Lot 72, Carnamah, the following good and chattels, under distress for rent:- Tables and Chairs, Easy Chairs (upholstered) Settee, Wireless Set (Stromberg-Carlson, new), Sideboard, Bookshelf, Quantity of Carpets, Wardrobe (large), Beds and Bedding, Hall Stand, Kitchen Chairs and Kitchen Utensils, Ice Chest (large), Carpet Cleaner, Primus Stove, Crockery and Cutlery. C. Ryan, Bailiff. Carnamah, 18/1/35."
[Note: Lot 72 was the Carnamah Private Hospital and a residence, at that time belonging to Thomas J. BERRIGAN and being leased to Dr. Cecil P. Rosenthal]

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 8 February 1935:
Coorow Accident - Truck Collides With Tree
"An accident which might easily have had more serious results occurred near the intersection of the main Perth-Geraldton Road and the Coorow-East Road on Wednesday. Mr. K. W. Jones, a farmer, of Waddy Forest, was nearing the turn-off when a fault developed in the steering and the truck crashed into a tree. Mr. Jones escaped with only bad bruises on one foot, but the truck was completely wrecked."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 15 February 1935:
Snakes - Some Recent Killings
"Snakes appear to be plentiful in the Carnamah area at present. Recently Mr. A. Thompson killed a small snake in the town, and on Wednesday one of the large black variety was destroyed by Mr. F. Livesley. Mr. Livesley's victim wandered from Macpherson Street into the saloon bar of the Carnamah Hotel. No one offered it a drink, so it had a look around the dinning room where again it was not favourably received. It was returning to the bar when a broom was brought into violet contact with its head. Mr. J. McLean, of the Vacuum Oil Co., killed two "Joe Blakes" on the Arrino Road during the week. Both of these were about four feet six inches in length. One was of the common brown variety while the other would be described on "My Lady's Page" as wearing scales of shell pink tastefully tipped in brown, with head of black, the combined colour scheme presenting a really beautiful autumnal effect. Will somebody give it a name?"

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 24 May 1935:
Arrino Fails to Field a Team - Club Goes Into Recess
"The second meeting of the Arrino Football Club held last Sunday was poorly attended, only six players attending, as a result those present were reluctantly compelled to pass a motion that the club go into recess for 1935. Since it's inception in 1921 the Arrino Club has been premier seven times, and runner-up three times."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 31 May 1935:
"Two years ago the residents of Carnamah and district heard the rumble of a printing press and witnessed the publication of their first locally printed paper, "The North Midland Times." In connection with every other industry and business, locally and nationally, the "local paper" has gone through some trying times and has had many lean periods, but always the paper has endeavoured to record the results of local happenings and events and generally cater for the needs of one of Western Australia's foremost wheat growing districts and most progressive centres. Notwithstanding the depression the paper grown with the district and has added an additional two pages to its size until to-day, with an eight-page issue, all classes of the community are served, from the children to those with political interests, from the racing and sporting enthusiasts to those of a more serious turn of mind, and much interesting information and data has been included and data has been included for the agriculturalist and pastoralist, whilst the ladies have been fully catered for with a special section. But, this is not the finish, the paper is only in it's infancy, as yet, and with the co-operation of the readers and public and with the progress of years the paper will always endeavour to be worthy of its name and keep abreast of the times and serve a progressive people with a newspaper worth of their intellect."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 4 October 1935:
Three Springs - A Renowned Wheat Growing District
     "When speaking at the official opening of the Three Springs Show on Thursday, September, 19, the Honorary Minister (Mr. W. Kitson, M.L.C.), gave some interesting figures and history of the Three Springs district.
     The district was first opened in 1906 by Messrs. C. F. Thomas, Snr., and R. Carter and it reflects great credit on them and other keen farmers of the district who have assisted to place Three Springs on the agricultural map. At the World's Grain Exhibition held at Regina in 1933, Messrs. J. K. Hebiton, E. W. Franklin and J. K. Hebiton Jnr., all gained awards in the White Spring Wheat Class, and at the Royal Show last year Three Springs farmers gained three first prizes, two seconds and a third.
     Last year the average wheat yield per acre was only 8.8 bushels per acre owing to the unfavourable season and the outbreak of rust. In the previous year the district's average was 14.8 bushels, and in 1932 Three Springs topped the State with 18.2 bushels to the acre.
     With 76,000 sheep for 1934 the district showed an increase of 150 per cent on the figures of 1930. The wool clip for 1934 was 598,423 lbs., and average of 7.9 lbs. per sheep.
     The complete production figures of last year were 260,725 bushels of wheat from 29,479 acres, giving an average yield of 8.8 bushels to the acre; 19,686 bushels of oats from 1,686 acres, giving an average of 11.7 bushels to the acre; and 2,795 tons of hay from 1,913 acres, giving an average yield of 1.5 tons per acre. There was a decrease of 7,000 acres under cultivation for 1934 as compared with the previous year. The livestock as at December 31st, 1934, were 2,030 horses, 1,583 cattle, 76,253 sheep, and 472 pigs."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 17 January 1936:
The Harvest - Three Springs-Arrino
"With the abnormal conditions and dry period of last winter it was generally feared that the 1935-36 harvest would be far below average, and although an exceptionally dry spring was experienced the weather remained remarkably cool, which assisted materially in the filling out of cereal growths. Early in harvesting operations it was realised that Three Springs and Arrino districts would reap a reasonably good yield. Now, with wheat carting almost completed it is a pleasure to record that the various Three Springs agents have received 60,000 bags of wheat to-date, which in view of the reduced acreage, represents a fair average yield, whilst approximately 35,000 bags have been received at Arrino."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 21 February 1936:
Rifle Range for Three Springs - Commonwealth Approval
    "After some years of persistent endeavour and requests the residents of Three Springs realised the achievement of their desire recently, when advice was received from the Defence Department of the Commonwealth of Australia that approval had been granted for the construction of a rifle range at Three Springs.
     The Three Springs Rifle Club promises to have a large membership and work is to be put in hand immediately for the clearing of the site and the sinking of a trial hole for a pit."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 14 August 1936:
"Latham - The official inaugural opening of the Latham Golf Club was performed on Sunday last. A large number of the Coorow members attended the opening and spent an enjoyable day. Although the links are as yet in a very rough state the club has prospects of having a very interesting course in future years."

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 25 September 1936:
"…Mr C. F. Thomas, jnr., Chairman of the Three Springs Road Board… remembers as a boy seeing the first furrow turned in 1906 in a little four acre clearing in the forest. The plot was sown with oats and owing to the primitive methods adopted was a failure. However, in 1907, orthodox methods of cultivation were used and amazing results were obtained, hardly a crop in the district failed to produce 30 bushels to the acre that year. Wonderful results were also obtained in 1908, '09 and '10 and the district became famed as a wheat producing centre, and up to £4 an acre was received for virgin country. In 1931-32 the district produced a record for the State, averaging 18.2 bushels to the acre…"

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 2 October 1936:
"Coorow Sheep Sale - We desire to draw our readers attention to an advertisement appearing in these columns whereby Messrs Goldsbrough, Mort and Co., Ltd. Advise that they will be conducting a sale of sheep at Coorow on Wednesday, October 21. This will be the first occasion on which a sale has been conducted in the Coorow yards. Although it is somewhat delayed it is to be hoped that the yards will be utilised for this purpose more frequently in the future."

From The Sunday Times newspaper, Sunday 11 April 1937:
Early Settlers in the Fertile Midlands - The Splendid Record of the Byrne Family
"Western Australia could do with more families of the type depicted here whose association with the life of the country goes back for nearly 90 years. One of the most versatile and best known of the family is a settler along the Midland line in the person of Mr E. K. Byrne, of Three Springs. Though his birth certificate tells that he was 71 last Tuesday, he is still most youthful in appearance. He was born at Brockhill, Chittering, on April 6, 1866. At the age of eight he was ploughing with a bullock team on Mt Pleasant, North Bindoon; at 14 he was driving a bullock team to and from Perth; at 23 he inspected Wannamal and advised his father to purchase West Point from Walter Padbury. He became the first settler at Wannamal, and assisted by John Essex, of Waddington, he carved out a home there. He married a daughter of Mr and Mrs John Woods, of Mogumber, in the early 90's, and is the father of nine sons and two daughters, all of whom are living. When he first went to Wannamal the nearest railway point was the terminus at Guildford. His maternal grandfather was "Bull" Jones, a Swan River pioneer who built the first camp at Bullsbrook. Mr Byrne, when seen in Perth recently, stated that Bullsbrook was named after "Bull" Jones. His father, Edmund Byrne, arrived in the colony in 1848 as an orphanage boy from London. E. K. Byrne was a foundation member of the Chittering Road Board, and for 14 years was North Ward member. He was made a J.P. in 1904 and did quite a lot of useful work at Gingin as acting coroner. After selling West point to the late Alec Edgar, of Gingin in 1914, he went up to Three Springs to a property he had bought in 1911. He was a foundation member of the Carnamah-Three Springs Road Board, as well as of the Three Springs Road Board at the time of its separation from Carnamah. He has acquired considerable property in the township. His sons and daughters are all happily settled along the line and in the metropolitan area. One daughter is the wife of Dr Mayrhofer, of Three Springs. Recently E. K. Byrne met with a painful accident, but is now making a good recovery. Nine Sturdy Sons and Two Daughters: H. J. Byrne, Three Springs Road Board; E. K. Byrne, butcher, Moora; F. A. Byrne, Whiteman's brickyard, Middle Swan; Mrs Caldow, Mt Hawthorn; L. C. Byrne, farmer, Three Springs; H. H. Byrne, of H. V. McKay and Massey Harris, Bayswater; F. J. Byrne, butcher, West Perth; Mrs Mayrhofer, Three Springs; T. S. Byrne, Shell Oil Co., Moora; R. W. Byrne, Three Springs Road Board; and J .J. Byrne, hairdresser, Three Springs"

From The North Midland Times newspaper, Friday 17 December 1937:
Mr. and Mrs. J. Bowman Honoured - Recognition of Services - Presentation Evening
"In an endeavour to give practical recognition of general services rendered, the residents of the Carnamah Road Board District honoured Mr. and Mrs. John Bowman, of Carnamah, with a social evening in the Carnamah hall on Wednesday when they were presented with an Electrolux Refrigerator and a brass fire screen.
     The project of making a presentation to Mr. Bowman originated several weeks ago, following the campaign against the grasshoppers, in which Mr. Bowman did yeoman service both as organiser of the campaign and in practical destruction of the pest. At the critical period of the menace many crops in the district were threatened with complete destruction and the success of the fight against the grasshoppers is amply illustrated when it is realised that it was estimated that between 80 and 90 per cent of the pest was destroyed. In an endeavour to show appreciation for his services in connection with the campaign, the farmers and voluntary grasshopper workers decided to make a small presentation to Mr. Bowman, and a donation list was opened. It was soon realised that many residents not connected with the grasshopper business, who had appreciated the fruits of Mr. and Mrs. Bowman's labours in the past, also decided to give practical recognition of their services, and a public presentation was decided upon. The spontaneous response of the residents was amply illustrated on Wednesday night when the attendance in the Carnamah hall represented one of the largest gatherings witnessed for some time.
     The evening's programme consisted of dancing liberally interspersed with musical and vocal items and during an interval at 10.30 p.m. the speakers paid homage to Mr. and Mrs. Bowman on behalf of the residents of the North Midlands.
     Mr. A. S. Cumming, chairman of the committee for the organising of the evening, said that he had very much pleasure in presiding of the gathering. He read apologies from the following:- Mr. A. E. Green, M.H.R., the Hon. J. M. Drew, M.L.C. and Mrs. Drew, Mr. W. Patrick, M.L.A. and Mrs. Patrick, Mr. J. J. Poynton (Manager Midland Railway Company), Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Rooke, Mr. H. H. Chappel, Mr. H. W. Bothe, Mr. P. T. Morcombe and Mr. G. D. Ferrier (chairman Mingenew Road Board). Continuing Mr. Cumming said that the residents were gathered together to do honour to two of their leading citizens, Mr. and Mrs. J. Bowman, and he introduced Mr. Forrester (Chairman Carnamah Road Board) to speak on behalf of the residents.
     Mr. Forrester said he appreciated the honour of representing the citizens of Carnamah on such an occasion. Although he had not known Mr. and Mrs. Bowman all their lives, they had known him all his life, and with that recommendation he felt he could speak with a certain amount of knowledge. His first memory of Mr. Bowman was on a sunny Sunday morning in Scotland when he saw a tall man walking down the street carrying a little white bundle in long clothes. He was not making too good a job of it but with the experience he had had since he would do better now. He would only be echoing the sentiments of all present in saying that Mr. and Mrs. Bowman would always do good wherever they could without publicity.  It was a wonderful motto for young people to follow. In giving a brief resume of the guest's activities, Mr. Forrester said that Mr. Bowman had put his shoulder to the wheel for everything in the district. Eighteen years ago the Bowman family were responsible in having the first hall built in Carnamah, and it was a wonderful effort that they made to get it. Later, Mr. Bowman became a member of the Mingenew Road Board from when he became an ardent fighter for the establishment of a Road Board at Carnamah, and there would not be a Road Board at Carnamah now if it had not been for John Bowman, who was the first chairman. Later he was again fighting, and not only for himself but for all concerned, and it was again due to his efforts that everyone had enjoyed the facilities of bulk handling for the last two years. This was no mean achievement in itself. Later he was fighting the grasshoppers and if it had not have been for the wonderful enthusiasm of the guest the effort would not have been so successful. Carnamah took pre-eminence in the State for such a wonderful effort. Continuing, Mr. Forrester said "No man has reached greatness without the assistance of woman, and Mr. Bowman has been encouraged and urged on by my friend, Mrs. Bowman." - (Applause). In conclusion Mr. Forrester wishes Mr. and Mrs. Bowman health and prosperity on behalf of those he represented.
     Mr. C. F. Thomas, jnr., (Chairman Three Springs Road Board) said that he could not claim to have known Mr. and Mrs. Bowman as long as Mr. Forrester had known them, but his memory went back to the original Carnamah hall. He was not very old, little more then a boy, when he used to attend Carnamah dances. At that time anyone arriving early would always see Mr. Bowman busying himself around the hall attending to the lights, etc. For some time he thought Mr. Bowman was a caretaker, and had considered him an admirable caretaker as he was able to adjust the lights without the aid of a stepladder. - (Laughter). His next recollection of the guest was during the depression when Mr. Bowman toured the Midland and Wongan Hills lines organising and addressing farmers meetings urging them to combine and demand Government attention to their claims. The next occasion Mr. Bowman was at Three Springs was the time when the government refused to grant any more sites on Government railways for bulk handling facilities, and he conceived the idea of having facilities installed on the Midland line. However, in the meantime the commissioner dealing with the matter granted permission for the erection of silos throughout the State. It was then that the Midland Railway Company wanted an additional freight of 1/6 per ton to cart bulk wheat and a mass meeting was arranged at Carnamah. Mr. Bowman realised the meeting would not be a success without both parties present and he visited Perth and induced Mr. Poynton to attend the meeting. Those present at that meeting remembered how Mr. Bowman had stated the farmers' case and the demands made by Mr. Poynton, and how later in the appointment of two delegates to wait on Mr. Poynton Mr. Bowman was one of those selected and was successful in achieving their mission. Mr. Thomas stated that on being notified of the presentation to be made to Mr. and Mrs. Bowman that it did not take him long to realise that the importance of the occasion warranted Three Springs representation. - (Applause). He was pleased to be present to do honour to the guests and to pay homage to Mrs. Bowman who had been so unselfish with her husband's time to permit him to take such an active interest in public affairs. He sincerely hoped that they would enjoy good health to enjoy their good work.
     Mr. A. A. McGilp, in supporting Mr. Forrester's remarks, stated that he had known Mr. and Mrs. Bowman since they came to Western Australia. The experience of the Coorow and Waddy Forest residents of Mr. Bowman was not from what he said but his deeds. Mr. Bowman had always had the support of his wife. In referring to Road Board work he said that Mr. Bowman had certainly been responsible for getting Carnamah home rule. When he did a thing he did it properly. In discussing roads at a meeting one day Mr. Bowman demanded that the Board make an inspection of the roads in question so that the members would be conversant with the subject. Although Mr. McGilp had been a member of the Board from its inception it was the last road inspection made by the members. - (Laughter). However, the road to be inspected was in the Marchagee district where the roads were very sandy, and on arrival they were advised that a car had not previously travelled the route. In spite of the reluctance of other members the car was driven over the road and it was discovered that it was not as bad as they thought. It was Mr. Bowman's determination that got them through. The results achieved by Mr. Bowman in securing bulk handling facilities and in fighting the grasshoppers were great efforts and Mr. McGilp expressed pleasure in endorsing Mr. Forrester's remarks.
     Mr. D. Bain, representing the Midland Railway Company, apologised for the absence of the Manager (Mr. J. J. Poynton). They had considered that such a gathering would not have been complete without the presence of a representative of the Company. He thought that the reason for him being present was that he might be able to follow the foreign language. - (Laughter). He was delighted to say a few words on behalf of the Midland Railway Company. He had known Mr. Bowman from when he first came to Carnamah. There was no stationmaster here at that time, and he, Mr. Bain, was stationmaster at Coorow and all business for Carnamah, including telegrams, was transacted through the Coorow office. Since that period he had witnessed a tremendous development in the district, and Mr. and Mrs. Bowman were largely responsible for what had been done. He said, "I am not here to say what Mr. Bowman has done for the Company, but what the Company has had to do for Mr. Bowman." - (Laughter). Mr. Bain said that it gave him extreme pleasure in conveying the Company's compliments to Mr. and Mrs. Bowman for the efforts they had put into the district. The Company always derived a certain amount of pleasure from assisting those who assisted themselves. In conclusion he hoped that Mr. and Mrs. Bowman would be spared to continue the good work that they had to nobly carried out in the past.
     In making the presentation of the refrigerator and fire-screen, Mr. Forrrester said that it gave him very much pleasure on behalf of the residents of the Carnamah Road Board district, to present Mr. and Mrs. Bowman with the little mementos, of the esteem with which they were held by their fellow citzens.
     The Electrolux bore the following inscription:- "Presented by the residents of the Carnamah Road Board district to J. Bowman, Esq., as a mark of appreciation for general community services. 15/12/1937." The fire-screen was inscribed as follows:- "Presented to Mrs. J. Bowman as a mark of appreciation by residents of Carnamah district 15/12/1937."
     In responding on behalf of Mrs. Bowman and himself, Mr. Bowman said that they felt like fish out of water, and that he could not find words to express how they really did feel. He expressed appreciation of the very nice gifts that the citizens had given them and for the nice remarks of the speakers. The residents had conferred a great honour on them that night, many attending at a great inconvenience to themselves. In thinking of the speakers' remarks he considered that they had overlooked all their little disabilities. It would not be right, he said, without he looked back over 23 years and thought of all the public spirited men, women and girls who had worked socially, in the interests of the district and for sport, and who, during the bitter times through which they had passed, had created a ray of sunshine into their lives. It made him realise how little he had done. The speakers had referred to several things in which he had been interested. In regard to bulk handling, he said Mr. Poynton was responsible for having the facilities installed on the Midland Line. They had never asked the Midland Railway Company in vain for anything. In speaking in connection with the grasshoppers, Mr. Bowman said that the district was favoured with many public spirited men in the past, and after being in touch with the young men of the district he was sure that they would not be short of public spirited men for the next 25 or 30 years. He had never seen such an achievement in his life as that put up by the farmers in their fight against the grasshoppers. The enthusiasm came from the men who were bogging into the job. Both he and Mrs. Bowman appreciated what the residents had done for them, and for their presence at the social that night.
     Following an ample and enjoyable supper provided by the ladies, Mr. Cumming expressed thanks to the artists and all those who had assisted to make the evening such a success. He desired to record the work of the organising secretary (Mr. F. Rooke), who had done all the work and had made a very fine job of it indeed. A vote of thanks to Mr. Rooke was carried with acclamation.
     In responding Mr. Rooke deprecated Mr. Cumming's remarks concerning the work he had done in connection with organising the function, and stated that other members of the committee, including Mr. Cumming, had done equally as much. The work had been a great pleasure.
     The programme of items was varied and thoroughly appreciated, those contributing included:- Mrs. R. D. Gell, pianoforte solo; Mrs. D. W. Leithhead, piano-accordion solo; Miss D. Cole, song' Mrs. A. F. Turner, song; Mrs. M. Plunkett, song; Miss M. Clark, violin solo; Mrs. D. C. Beaton, violin solo; Miss E. B. Stephens, song; Mr. K. P. Lucas, recitation; Mr. J. L. Adams, recitation; Mr. Corner, songs; Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Ford, pianoforte duet; Mr. C. Robertson, song; Mr. W. H. G. Howard, recitation. Mrs. Gell and Mrs. Leithhead provided the accompaniments, whilst Mrs. Leithhead and Mr. Parkin provided the dance music. Mr. F. Rooke capably carried out the duties of M.C.
     The evening concluded at 1 a.m. with the singing of "Auld Lang Syne" and the National Anthem."

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