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From The Inquirer newspaper, Wednesday 10 June 1874:
Telegraphic Extension
"The public may be congratulated on the fact that the telegraph is now stretched to every township in the colony south of Champion Bay; thus bringing the metropolis into instantaneous communication with the whole of the settled districts. At one o'clock on Friday afternoon last, at Carnamah, (Mr Duncan Macpherson's station), the Superintendent of Telegraphs, Mr Fleming, witnessed the connecting of the last link of the northern line, and the wire was available for public purposes in less than an hour afterwards."

From The West Australian newspaper, Saturday 4 June 1898:
Supreme Court Sittings at Geraldton - Alleged Murder - Geraldton, June 3.
    "At the Supreme Court Sittings to-day, before Mr. M. Brown, Commissioner, Albert, a half-caste native, was charged with that he on the 22nd of March did wilfully and feloniously kill and murder one Dick, an aboriginal native, at Carnamah. Mr. Duboulay appeared for the prosecution, and Mr. W. Clarke Hall defended the prisoner.
     George Macpherson, sworn, said: I knew accused, who with the deceased aboriginal, Dick, was in my employ. I remember 30th March, I saw Albert. He told me Dick had run away from the sheep, and I went out to search for Dick, accompanied by a native named Tommy, and found the tracks of the horse that Dick usually rode, also the tracks of another horse. I followed the tracks for a mile and came to Dick's body. I noticed a stab in the pit of the stomach. The clothing appeared as though he had been dragged by the legs. I came home and wired Police-constable Barry. The deceased and the accused had had a row about four months before over Dick's woman. They fought and Albert proved the better man. Tommy gave corroborative evidence.
     Annie, an aboriginal native woman, sworn, said: I am Dick's woman. One time Dick go away from my camp about sundown. He rode his horse. Nancy and Dick tell me he go meet Albert. Albert promise him one bottle of grog. Dick never come back. I see Albert my camp near daylight next morning. He told me Dick and he have little bit fight, and then he stick him with knife. Albert then go away. Albert was drunk when he came to me.
     George Hill Bartlett, sworn, said: I am a registered medical practitioner. On April 2 I examined the body of Dick. There were three wounds over the most superficial region of the heart; also one over the pit of the stomach, and another on the right side of the head. These wounds were made with a sharp instrument, and were the cause of death.
     Martin Barry, sworn, said: I am a police-constable stationed at Mingenew. On April 1 last George Macpherson pointed out to me the body which he said was Dick's. I noticed on the body a wound on the stomach, three wounds over the heart, and a wound on the temple. I looked about for tracks, and about 45 yards from the body noticed the tracks of two men. One track showed nails in the sole of the boot. The other was made by a light boot. There were indications of a great struggle, the ground all round being disturbed from there to where the body lay. There was a track as though the body had been dragged. I found a light foot track near the body. There had been an attempt made to cover over the tracks made by the body. I found the green branch of a tree which had been used in trying to brush up the track. The deceased was wearing boots with nails in, which would make a track similar to one of those found where the struggle took place. I found a hat and leather belt also where the struggle took place, and a bottle which appeared to have contained whisky. I arrested Albert 25 miles from Carnamah, on the road to Rothesay. About 14 miles from Carnamah I found a pair of boots. Albert admitted they were his boots. I made an impression with the boots alongside one of the tracks where the struggle took place, and it corresponded with the track. I arrested accused. I got a knife on accused, which I produce. At Dongarra the accused made a voluntary statement. It was at the preliminary hearing. He was told that he need not make a statement unless he liked. The document produced is the statement he made. The following statement was handed in as evidence: "We had some drink, and after that I got on my horse. Dick tried to pull me off. I hit him on the head with a stick. He grabbled with me, and caught me by the throat. I stabbed him, and afterwards went and told his woman." This was the case for the prosecution.
     For the defence, Mr. Hall said he had no witnesses to call.
     Mr. Duboulay having addressed the jury for the prosecution and Mr. Hall for the defence, the Commissioner summed up, after which the jury retired., returning after half an hour's deliberation with a verdict of manslaughter, with a strong recommendation to mercy. The prisoner was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment."

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 25 October 1907:
    "Being a general reader of your paper and feeling that the above district is being left severely alone, I think it nothing but fair that it should have a little ventilation through your columns considering there is some very active business going on around here.
     Shearing is going on full swing at Mr. Donald Macpherson's, and things around the homestead have a very busy appearance. This last few years Mr. Macpherson's homestead has made rapid progress, and there is some exceptionally fine stock on the farm.
     Now that the fine weather has set in, Messrs. Parker Brothers are taking advantage of the hard country, and all is bustle and activity getting timber in for the goldfields. The country in the winter time being very boggy, all carting has to be suspended until the fine weather, when something like 200 tons of timber are sent away per month, chiefly to the Great Fingal Mine, owned by Messrs. Bewick, Moreing and Co. Great praise is due to Messrs. Parker Bros. in their efforts to improve their land, fencing, ringing and clearing being carried on on a large scale and good prices are being offered by the above. They have lately had a very pretty house built on their property at Carnamah. The contractors were W. B. Sweetman and Son, of Arrino.
     One of the finest crops along the Midland line is to be seen on Mr. Robert Parsons' holding, and is, I consider, second to nine in the district. Mr. Parsons left the Midland Company's employ to settle on the land, and so far great success has followed his efforts.
     Carnamah Railway Station has been made a booking station, which will be of considerable advantage to the district. Mr. W. Jaques has succeeded Mr. Beer as stationmaster, Mr. Beer having been transferred to Midland."

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, 13 December 1907:
Jun Jun Springs
"To the Editor: Sir,-I read your paper every week, with pleasure, and I find it very interesting, it supplies a long felt want and I wish you every success in your venture. I thought perhaps a few notes on Jun Jun Springs would not be amiss. This place is so far off the track that not many know of its existence. Yet there are nearly 20,000 acres selected by 15 selectors, and the whole is first class land. As showing the quality, I may say that Mr. A. H. Jones, of Lake View has reaped 14 tons of Hay from 7½ acres, which I think is very fair. The wheat crop will go about 26 to 27 bushels to the acre. Many improvements have been made recently and next season it is anticipated there will be 600 or 800 acres under crop around here. What is badly needed is better railway facilities, the railway is four miles distant yet the siding is eight miles away, which makes a lot of difference. However, all things come to those who wait. So perhaps we shall have a Siding opposite here some day. JUN JUN. Jun Jun Springs, Marchagee, Dec. 9th, 1907."

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 23 October 1908:
Three Springs (From Our Correspondent)
    "Three Springs has been favoured with a visit from Mr S. F. Moore, the member for the district, and he was met at the Station by Messrs Thomas, Maley and Carter, and after partaking of an excellent spread at Mr Thomas' residence, the afternoon was spent in getting an idea of the wants of the district. Mr Moore promised to do his best and since returning to Perth has paid a visit to the Works Department, and the Minister has decided to have a well put down at once, and this should prove a great boon.
     Some of the early crops are looking A1, but many of the late ones are very much blighted. On Mr Carter's farm can be seen some very fine wheat of the Alpha variety, and this should yield seven bags per acre.
     Binders are in evidence this season. Two new ones of the Massey-Harris make arrived last week for Messrs Carter and Franklin.
     Hay-making with be general this week. There will be quite four hundred tons of hay cut here this season.
     People are busy getting their wool off, which reminds me that it takes very little to get some people's wool off these stirring times.
     Maley Bros. are sending away a large quantity of timber, but I believe have a difficulty in getting trucks; but this not being a busy time of the year this should not be.
     The School and quarters are not finished, and the work is a credit to Mr Makesy, the contractor. The inspector is expected to-day, and I believe the school will be opened in a few days."

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 14 January 1910:
"Mr. A. W. Green, late head teacher at the Moora School, has been appointed to take charge of the Three Springs School."

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 22 July 1910:
Three Springs - First Football Match
"Favoured with delightful weather conditions, a football match was played between Three Springs and Mingenew clubs. This was the first match of the season for Three Springs and a highly enjoyable game was witnessed by a large attendance. The Mingenew team enjoy the highest reputation as sports, and we at the Springs consider the appellation well suited. Including the team no less than 46 entrained from Mingenew to show their appreciation of the challenge thrown out by the newly formed club at this delightful little agricultural centre. Both teams wore a black band on the arm as a token of esteem for the late Mr John Hearn, who was president of the Three Springs Club. The ball was bounced at a little after 2.30 p.m. Unfortunately for Three Springs three of their best players were late and although substitutes were found goals came freely for the Mingenew team. In the third quarter Three Springs rallied and were successful in scoring four behinds. For Three Springs team Bastian (2), Smith (capt.), Evans, Gooch, Mortimer and Ike Rees (though suffering from an injured knee), played well. The final result was Mingenew, 11 goals 12 behinds; Three Springs, 4 behinds. Mr Alf. Harris acted as central umpire, and Messrs Hughes and Carruthers goal umpires. The visitors were entertained to dinner previous to the match. Afternoon tea was also provided and in the evening a social was held at the school. A team from Bootenal is expected to play a match here shortly."

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 23 December 1910:
Three Springs - Formation of Race Club
    "A large and enthusiastic meeting was held at Mrs Terry's Commercial Hotel on Sunday, the 10th inst., for the purpose of forming a race club. Mr George Watson was elected to the chair, and briefly explained the object of the meeting, pointing out that in his opinion the time had arrived for a club to be started at Three Springs, and he felt sure the large number present showed very plainly that the formation of a race club at the Springs would meet with very generous support.
     Mr P. M. Durack then moved that a race club be formed and registered under the rules of the W.A. Turf Club, and that the membership fee be one guinea per year; seconded by Mr Donald Macpherson and carried unanimously. Mr Macpherson proposed that Mr J. J. Brown be elected hon. Secretary; seconded by Mr Watson and carried. The following gentlemen were elected as patrons:- Sir John Forrest, Sir Walter James, Hon. J. M. Drew, Hon. W. Patrick, Mr James Gardiner J.P., Mr S. K. Phillips J.P., Mr S. F. Moore M.L.A.
     The following office bearers were also elected:- President, Mr Donald Macpherson J.P.; vice-presidents, Mr H. J. Lee-Steere, M. Brown, P. M. Durack, G. R. Watson, J. Hughes, S. J. Morgan, Senator Lynch, J. G. Wilson, Chas. Maley and S. Sheridan; committee, Messrs McKenna, Ryan, Klopper, Elphick, Watson, Sol. Maley and Wallace; hon. treasurer M. Ryan; hon. auditors Messrs Pizey and Mortimer."

From The West Australian newspaper, Friday 4 August 1911:
Country - Coorow
    "A meeting of farmers and settlers was held on the 29th ult. to form a Farmers' Progress Association. The following were elected officers:- President, Mr. S. B. Rudduck; vice-president, Mr. E. M. Blythe; chairman, Mr. Charles Bothe; secretary Mr. E. J. Abluns; treasurer, Mr. G. Battersby, sen.; committee, Messrs. H. W. Bothe, James McGill, A. H. Jones, George Battersby, sen., and E. Battersby.
     Crops are looking well, but more rain is required to fill the dams."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Tuesday 6 January 1914:
"The Midland district has received a welcome addition to its population in the person of Major C. H. H. Abrahall, who has purchased one of the Midland Company's improved farms at Winchester. The Major, who arrived by the Suevic early in December is vastly pleased with his purchase. The pleasure has been enhanced by a tour of the neighbourhood and Moora under the guidance of Mr Woods, the company's forest ranger. Our new settler spent some 23 years in the Imperial Navy, and served mostly in the home waters and in the Mediterranean. We extend the hand of welcome to the Major, and trust that his residence in the district will be both happy and prosperous."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Tuesday 6 January 1914:
"The engagement is announced of Major Christopher Henry Hoskyns-Abrahall, R.N.R., of Winchester, Midlands, formerly of Winchester, England, to Miss Lily Waterworth, of Blackpool, Lancashire, England: The happy pair became engaged on their journey to Australia on board the s.s. Suevic. The marriage will take place in St. George's Cathedral Perth, next week, and His Lordship Bishop Riley will tie the nuptial knot. Out heart congratulations go out to the Major and his bride."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Tuesday 20 January 1914:
"Winchester has another new and energetic settler in the person of Mr Watson Colpitts. He has purchased one of the Midland Company's ready made farms. Mr. Colpitts has only been two months in the State. He comes from South Africa, where he spent thirteen years and served through the Boer War."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 20 February 1914:
Accident at Winchester
"Major Abrahall met with an accident at his farm at Winchester on Tuesday morning, and was fortunate to escape with as little injury as he did. The Major was driving a disc cultivator, and while leaning forward to "touch up" one of the horses, the cultivator struck a stump, and he was thrown in front of the implement. He fortunately held on to the reins, and after a little acrobatic performance managed, when the horses stopped, to escape with a severe cut on the right arm, made one of the discs. The cut went to the bone. The Major came to Moora on Wednesday and had the wound attended to by Dr. Myles."

From The Geraldton Guardian newspaper, Saturday 18 April 1914:
"Mr Sol Maley of Three Springs, and formerly of Greenough, was married in Perth on Wednesday, to Miss Ruby Flynn, sister of Mrs Lou Parker, of Winchester, Midland Railway."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 18 September 1914:
"Major Abrahall, of Winchester, has been appointed to the 16th (W.A.) Infantry. This is the second contingent which is being raised in Perth."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Tuesday 29 September 1914:
"Mr. J. W. Colpitts, a Winchester settler, passed through Moora en route to Perth on Friday last. He is joining the Light Horse with the Australian Expeditionary Force. He leaves a wife and two children behind him."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Tuesday 29 September 1914:
"Mr and Mrs F. C. Woods and family took their departure from Moora on Saturday for their new home at Winchester. Many friends crowded round their carriage to wish them good fortune in their new home. Mr Woods is forest ranger for the Midland Land Company, and the change of residence from Moora is in the interest of his duties. Much regret is felt at their removal from Moora, as both Mr and Mrs Woods had endeared themselves to a hosts of friends in this town where they had spent some years."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 26 February 1915
Concert at Carnamah (From Our Correspondent)
     "A committee had been at work for a few weeks past making arrangements for what proved to be one of the most enjoyable and successful evenings ever held at Carnamah. The event took place on Friday evening last.
     The Goods Shed (kindly lent by the manager of the Railway Company) was nicely decorated for the occasion, and presented quite a pleasant scene. The attendance was all that could be desired. Several visitors from other towns were present. Mr H. Horsey occupied the chair, and explained that the chief object of the effort was to augment the Belgium Fund. Space forbids me entering into a detailed account of the programme, but it may be briefly remarked that each item was received with appreciation by the audience. The following ladies and gentlemen contributed items: State school children rendered a chorus; Mr H. Parker, song; Mr Newberry, song; Mr Devereaux and Miss Parkin, dialogue; Mr Clarke, song; Mr Jones, song; Miss Parkin, song; Mr Murray, song; Mr Jones, recitation; Mr Pring, cornet solo, with piano accompaniment (Miss Thomas); Mr Parkin, song; Miss Parkin, recitation; this portion of the programme concluded with the "National Anthem."
     The floor was then cleared for dancing, which was kept up till the small hours of the morning.
     A good supply of refreshments was on hand, which were partaken of at intervals during the evening. It was announced during the course of the evening that the sum of £15 10s had been netted by this effort and the committee and all concerned are to be congratulated on the success of the function.
     In view of the past bad season and the present war, it is interesting to find that some people and optimistic as to the future of Carnamah, and I note with pleasure that Mrs and Miss Davieson have commenced business with a general store near the railway station."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Tuesday 30 March 1915:
Extension of Cereal Production
"The natural evolution that is taking place from grazing to cereal production is well illustrated by such incidents as that in evidence on Mr. A. G. Darling's property at "Innaring." This estate in the Carnamah district was originally used as a grazing proposition, but the fact that Mr. Darling will plant wheat upon 2,000 acres of it this season is an indication of the changes in favour of more intense methods of production that are in progress. Incidentally, too, it points to a spirit of confidence upon the part of the enterprising owner of this property. The South Australian has often been the pioneer of progress in the various W.A. districts he has invaded."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Tuesday 27 April 1915:
Midland Improved Farms
"In a chat with Mr. F. C. Woods, of the Midland [Railway] Company we learn that three new families are about to settle at Carnamah upon the Company's improved farms. These families are from the home land and beside willing hands they bring along some capital with them, thus making a type of settler who may be expected to make a success of their enterprise. On these farms, Mr. Woods states there will be over 3,000 acres planted this season, and with the good start made everybody is in good heart with hope springing once more for good things in store for next harvest."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 14 May 1915:
New Settlers for the Midlands
"Mr. E. A. Johnson, of the Midland [Railway] Co passed through to Carnamah yesterday, in company with three new settlers for Carnamah farms. These gentlemen are Messrs Bowman, Robertson, and Forrester, who with their wives and families make an addition of 12 souls to the settlement springing up at that centre. We extend a hearty welcome to these new arrivals and hope their enterprise may prove successful, also that they will feel comfortable and happy in their new Australian homes."

From The West Australian newspaper, Thursday 27 May 1915:
Country - Carnamah
    "Several new settlers have lately to this district, and have expressed themselves well satisfied with the conditions and prospects.
     Empire Day was celebrated at Carnamah school on the 24th inst., when the children of the school, assisted by the head teacher, Mr. H. Horsey, carried out a varied programme of songs, readings, and recitations. In the afternoon a march past and salute took place, after which the National Anthem was sung. Various games brought the day to a close."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 18 June 1915:
The Midland Country - Large Areas Under Crop - The Company's Enterprise
     "Addressing a gathering of employees of the Midland Railway Company recently the general manager (Mr. G. W. Stead) writes Wanderer in the 'West' declared that, although the railway had been robbed of a good deal of its former traffic by the opening of the Wongan Hills line, he was confident in the coming seasons the resources of the company would be taxed to the utmost to shift the harvest. "There will," he added, "be employment for all and at full time." In the 1913-14 season, the Midland railway was called upon the handle 23,000 tons of wheat; it is understood that for the coming year provision is being made for a return of from 35,000 to 19,000 tons. As the result of a trip through the Midland district last week I am fully satisfied that the estimate is by no means an extravagant one. Every where the farmers have made special efforts to increase their sown areas and by the end of the present month there will be seeded in the Midland districts an area incomparably greater than any recorded hitherto. In some few cases difficulties have been encountered in the matter of obtaining prompt supplies of seed and superphosphate, whilst the shortage of horse feed has also been a drawback, by in these respects the Midland districts appear to have suffered less than most. The quality of the seed supplied by the Farmers' Assistance Board has not in many cases been up to the standard, and it may be that in the coming season and unusual proportion will cut for hay on this account
     Big Farms. Mr. Stead then went on to describe some of the larger areas under crop giving figures which have already appeared in the "Moora Herald" from time to time. He also outlined the Company's scheme of ready made farms, a description of which our readers have already had in the columns of this paper, and he adds, "The policy adopted by the company was to survey 400 acres of rich country and reserve a considerable area adjoining so that the settler would be enabled to add to his holding from time to time. The option has been availed of in several cases one settler at Winchester having acquired a fine area of 2000 acres.
     Settlers with Capital. One advantage of the scheme from the point of view of the State was that the settlers whom is attracted to Western Australia were man of means - though in many cases small, it, is true. Most of them are from the old country, and special efforts are now being made, and with some success to attract to the State retired military officers. Not all of the settlers have "made good," but there is a very fair percentage of men who have shown grit and determination, which will eventually enable them to overcome difficulties which beset the inexperienced farmer. The disastrous season experienced last year found weak spots in the financial armour of some of the settlers, but the company stood by them and guaranteed the payment of all advances of seed wheat, stores, etc., made by the Farmers' Assistance Board.
     Extent of the Scheme. To date 59 farms have been surveyed and the improvements referred to above have been carried out. Winchester and Coorow were the districts first chosen for the experiment and the whole of the 15 ready-made farms at the former place have been taken up. Of the 16 prepared at Coorow all but two have been selected. Carnamah is now receiving special attention 29 farms having been surveyed, fenced and cleared, and of these six have been sold. Some modification of the original scheme has been found expedient, and now a house is not erected until a farm has actually sold. Experience at Winchester has shown the necessity for caution is this regard, as in one or two instances tow adjoining farms were purchased by the same man, who was thus provided with two houses - one to live in, and one to look at. At the time when I visited Carnamah a house in course of erection for a retired military officer from Assam (India). It consisted of four main rooms and bathroom, the exterior walls being of jarrah, with jarrah, with jarrah lining and stamped metal ceiling - a more comfortable dwelling than would be acquired for many years by the average settler who goes into the bush to carve out a home. Previously these houses have been built by private contractors, but on the last occasion on which tendered were called the company's railway department put in a price and secured the job, which is being carried out by carpenters from the Midland railway workshops at Midland Junction.
     A Farming Experiment. Having a considerable number of unsold farms on which clearing had been carried out, the Midland Company this year decided to put a large area under crop, which will represent an additional improvement to the farms. Contracts were let for the ploughing and seeding, which is being carried out under the supervision of Mr. F. C. Woods. It is anticipated that about 3,000 acres will be cropped in this way by the company, but when I visited the district last week a considerable area still remained to be done to complete the total. The seed was obtained from the Seed Wheat Board, but it is a very poor sample, and it will not be surprising if a considerable portion of the crop consists of wild mustard, wild oats, and other etceteras which will not tend to appreciate the milling qualities of wheat.
     The Company's "Show Window." That much of the sand plain in the Midland concession is good second class wheat-growing country has been conclusively demonstrated. That all of it is good for something it is to the company to prove. Near Winchester, in the centre of some of the most hopeless looking sand-plain, the railway department has an abundant water supply which might possibly be utilised by the Lands Department for the growing of lucerne and other fodder crops alongside the railway. Good supplies of water have been readily obtained in various parts of this sand plain, and a demonstration that this land is not altogether useless could not but be productive of good results. The most desolate sand is redeemed at intervals by patches of York Gum and gimlet, and if it can be demonstrated that the surrounding wastes are third rate land instead of tenth-rate the small areas of good country would immediately become a business proposition. It is true that the finest of the merchandise which the company has to offer can only be seen at the back, still the value of making the best possible use of the shop window has scarcely been sufficiently recognised. There is good land along the railway line that yet remains to be exploited, and the substitution of half-a-hundred smiling fields for the sombre bush along the railway front would provide an advertisements the value of which it is difficult to over-estimate." 

From The West Australian newspaper, Wednesday 7 July 1915:
Country - Carnamah
"On June 24 picnic races were held, when a good crowd gathered and thoroughly enjoyed the day's cutting. The weather was all that could be desired, and the events proved interesting. The hack race was one by Mr. G. Battersby's Winchester; Carnamah Handicap by Mr. P. Lynch's Lennie; Trotting Handicap, Mr. G. Head's Nigger; Hurry Scurry, dead heat between Mr. C. Dodd's Patchwork and Mr. Vernede's Buncle; Sheffield Handicap, Mr. E. Byrne 1, Mr. C. Dodd 2; Throwing at Wicket, Mr. Murray; Long Jump, Mr. R. Byrne. Children's events: Girls 8 to 12 - V. Hollingsworth; Girls 12 to 16 - W. Lang; Boys, 8 to 12, A. Russell; Boys 12 to 16 - R. Hollingsworth. Skipping contest, W. Lang. In the evening a social and dance was held. Mr. M. O'Dea occupied the chair, and said that the object of the gathering was to help the Belgian Fund, and also to start a fund for erected a hall in Carnamah. At a meeting held last Saturday night it was found that £23 7s. 6d. was the net proceeds of the effort. Half of this will be sent to the Belgian Fund, the other half banked as the nucleus of a building fund."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Tuesday 20 July 1915:
"Mr Johnson (accountant), and Mr Gilbert, of the Midland Railway Company are visiting Carnamah. The last named gentleman will take charge of the company's farms at Carnamah."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 23 July 1915
"Returned home by Wednesday's train - Mr Johnson, the Midland Railway Company accountant. He had spent over a week at Carnamah, in company with Mr. Gilbert, who is taking charge of the company's farms there, and he spoke in glowing terms of the crops out that way. A bounteous and glorious harvest is Mr Johnson's prediction."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 29 October 1915:
Three Springs Notes
    "On Saturday night last about thirty members attended the first meeting of the Three Springs Rifle Club to elect the various officials. Mr Donald Macpherson of Carnamah was unanimously elected to fill the President's chair; while Messrs P. M. Durack, C. C. Maley, L. R. Hasell, G. W. Stead, J. Gardiner, J. Laing with Sir Walter H. James and Senator Patrick J. Lynch were raised to the position of Vice-presidents. The veteran South African warrior Frank Morgan fills the position of Captain with enthusiastic good sport Dick Honner as his vice.  Tom Berrigan, A. Bastian, A. Glyde, F. James, W. Harris, E. K. Byrne and A. Henderson committee men. Frank Hagan who was the prime mover in forming the club was unanimously elected to the most arduous job, that of secretary. Tom Berrigan, A. Bastian and W. Harris have been told to pick out a suitable range with strict orders to have it well away from any poultry farms.
    Reports of rust in crops keep drifting in and the last I hear is that an Arrino farmer is so disgusted with the first days binding that he is seriously considering a fire break around, and a fire stick in the crop. It is consoling to hear from experts that the rust will not hurt the crops, but when one walks through a crop and comes out red rusted from heel to waist and he sees the binder canvas smothered in rust, a man may be forgiven if he doubts the experts reports.
    At a meeting of ladies held last week it was decided to hold a euchre party and dance in aid of the Moora hospital. The date of the function is to be fixed at another meeting next week."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 28 January 1916:
Accident at Carnamah
"A young man, named Jack McCarthy, working for Mr. W. Farrell of Carnamah was brought to Moora and subsequently removed to the hospital on Tuesday last suffering from an injury to the foot. From the story told to the police it would appear that McCarthy endeavoured to jump from a wagon the horses attached to which had bolted and got beyond control. He did not succeed in throwing himself clear of the vehicle and the wheel passed over one of his feet in the vicinity of the ankle. McCarthy is still an inmate of the [Moora] hospital."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Tuesday 16 May 1916:
    "On the 4th inst Carnamah caroused; the occasion being a sports meeting which served the purpose of a much enjoyable day's outing to all present and a substantial addition to the patriotic funds.
     No effort was spared by the committee to make the day's outing a success and this scribe who has attended every "day" around this dusty district for the last two years wants to put it on record that Carnamah's day was absolutely the best conducted and the best run day he had attended during that time. Everyone connected with the "Day" had their allotted task and each and all of them saw to it that they "did" it, consequently there was no hitch and no waiting, everything was run to time and schedule.
     The refreshment booth was just the thing, and it made a "tired" man like myself fairly ache to see the way Miss Davieson and his willing assistants tackled the big job they had in attending to the wants of the one hundred and one hungry mortals that made knife and fork charges at the succulent sucking pig and the roasted rooster - not only had the ladies to "trip the tucker," around but there was such an unexpected number of visitors from Three Springs, Winchester, and other parts that it took considerable ingenuity to make the tucker go around, but Miss Davieson proved equal to the occasion and the way she fed 106 people on tucker provided for 60 was almost miraculous.
     Foot races for the juveniles filled in the morning and the horse racing events gilled in the time till dark. The committee had worked hard and cleared the racing track so well that the horses could be seen running almost the whole of the way - our old friend Peter McKenna was handicapper and as all the races but one proved neck and neck finishes, it seems that Peter still knows a bit about the game of handicapping.
     They say an exciting day is a tiring one; but you couldn't tire the residents of and residents to Carnamah, for at 9 p.m. they started dancing and singing and when this scribe left at 3 a.m. they were still going strong, and I hear, only knocked off when the "old man" came along a 6 a.m. and wanted to know "why in the devil" his breakfast wasn't ready.
     Altogether the day was an absolute and unqualified success and the Victoria Cross of approval is herewith pinned to the tunic of Secretary Davieson and his hard working committee, I hope 'ere long to record the fact that "Davie" and our old friend Donald Macpherson have called a meeting to form a race club at Carnamah.
     For the benefit of your Moora "sports" I append the result of the racing:-
Trial Stakes
     R. Jones' Turipa 1………..1
     T. Davieson's Homeland…2
     Other starters:- "Marramatta," "Tan-ong Pangar," "Home Again," "Bon Joy," "Dudawa"
Pony Race
     R. Honner's Bunny……….1
     Other starters:- "Beeswing" and "Brownie"
Carnamah Handicap
     A. Cousin's Manilya……...1
     R. Jones' Leaped Home…..2
     D. Macpherson's Waster and P. Lynch's Lennie, dead heat for 3
     Other starters:- "Grafton Boy"
Hack Race
     W. Sheridan's Patchwork…1
     Other Starts - "Inering," "Darkie," "Wave" and Yorkie"
Flying Handicap
     R. Jones' Turipa…………..1
     W. York's Grafton Boy…...2
     P. Lynch's Lennie…………3
     Other starters:- "Laura Jay," "Home Again," "Eide"
Losers Handicap
     R. Jones' Leaped Home….1
     T. Davieson's Homeland…2
     W. York's Bon Joy……….3
     Other Starters: "Waster," "Tangong," "Pagan," "Laura Jay"

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 19 May 1916:
Three Springs to the fore
"Three Springs' record of 70,000 bags of wheat received at the local railway station and yards is a magnificent one. It is more than three times its previous best effort in that direction. It is very evident that wheat-growing at Three Springs is not on the down-grade. If all other railway centres had achieved a record of progress like this W.A. would have given S.A. 'points and a beating.'"

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 18 August 1916:
Three Springs Recreation Reserve
"The Following have been appointed to control the recreation ground at Three Springs, viz., Reuben Carter, Francis James Morgan, James Kinnear Hebiton, and David Todd."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 18 August 1916:
Arrino Cemetery Board
"The Following gentlemen have been appointed to control and manage the Arrino cemetery reserve, viz., E. W. Franklin, F. E. Legge, E. K. Byrne, R. A. Caldow and C. F. Thomas."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Tuesday 2 January 1917:
Bush Fire at Winchester
"On Christmas day reports were prevalent concerning a disastrous fire in the Winchester district. Several passengers, including Mr. Donald Macpherson, were aboard the Perth-bound train that day, and naturally they were greatly concerned at the news of a possibly disastrous bush fire in their locality. Fortunately, however, investigation proved that the "serious" conflagration only existed in the inflamed imagination of some irresponsible chattered. No damage was down or was likely to be done by the fire. People who spread reports of this kind about ought not to be at large."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Tuesday 17 April 1917:
Carnamah Races
"People from all parts of the Midlands from Moora to Mingenew attended the race meeting at Carnamah on Easter Monday, and fun was fast furious. The arrangements reflected great credit on the organisers, the catering especially being notably good. After a capital day's alfresco entertainment at the racecourse all hands and feet made their way to the schoolroom where a very enjoyable dance was held. Half the proceeds of the races and dance are to be given to the Red Cross Fund."

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 20 April 1917:
Carnamah Notes (From Our Correspondent)
"During the past months the farmers have had a little time to devote to pleasure before the time arrives when they shall be again interested in their farming operations. Of late much interest has been extended towards race meeting. Three Springs, Arrino, and Carnamah, in combination have pulled together in this respect, bring each meeting to a successful issue. Carnamah meeting being the last to evaluate, which took place on Easter Monday, this evening was largely attended from the surrounding district, extending between Moora and Mingenew. The weather was very much in favour, and young and old who witnessed this exciting scene, were well satisfied with the days progress. Carnamah no doubt reflects credit on behalf of the old identities who reside here in endeavouring to make this meeting a great success, Much credit is due to all concerned. After a very enjoyable day and much excitement had been gone through, vehicles, cars, and also shanks ponies make their way to the Carnamah school house, to celebrate the evenings entertainment., dancing being the chief item. Owing to the small capacity of the school room, this rendered it a trifle difficult accommodate those who were interested in the gay pastime. Music being supplied by Miss Thomas who was paid to officiate in this respect. Proceeds of the evening being donated to the Red Cross Fund, After a few hours of strenuous dancing owing to small capacity of dancing space, all were only too anxious to partake of a little refreshments, which was kindly attended to by the ladies of the district . A recitation delivered by organiser B. Sheridan entitled, "Fallen comrades," which afterwards ended in a striking recruiting speech, he also related that this being the express mission of the his visit here on this auspicious occasion. He also pointed out that he was endeavouring to convince some of the eligible men in the district, that their duty was not to remain in Australia but to come forth and take their noble stand amongst those who have already gone to do their bit in the fierce conflict which is still in evidence on foreign shores. He congratulated the people of the district on the way their men had responded to the call, but they could do better and if there were any eligible men in the district who had no ties, he was going to ask them to go. Australia had done well, but this titanic struggle, which we are engaged in at the present time, is a life and death war, and if Great Briton does down, Australia goes down, for once and for all. Australia started so well two and a half years ago, the voluntary rush to arms. The work of her sons on Gallipoli, in Egypt and in France, was a brilliant and destiny one. The work of her women at home was so fine that we felt a justifiable pride in Australia and Australians. The voluntary system of recruiting is on its trail to-day the clarion call is going forth all over Australia, are you going to answer it? Play the game, gentlemen and play for your side. Don't only think of playing for yourself. A footballer does not think of playing for himself he plays for his side and it is the united effort which they all make that wins the goal. The European spring is in and the enemy are preparing for a big struggle, which may prove the final effort to win the war. Therefore is you have not yet realised that you can show that you are willing to fight for your country and fight till death if need be, to-night I appeal to every man in the Hall to go home and consider the question, are you satisfied to remain behind and let other fight for you, or are you coming along to don the khaki and show that you are Australians? Remember our marching song, "Australia will be there." The appeal made by the organiser was successful in obtaining four recruits, Mr Owen and Mr [B. W.] Long, Carnamah; and Mr F. Maley and R. Pascoe, Three Springs. The evening being a very patriotic one from start to finish, the very pleasant evening being concluded by singing God Save the King. It was officially announced in the Geraldton papers that E. K. Byrne and F. Byrne were recruits from Meekatharra. I must contradict that, the two recruits mentioned, were recruits from the organiser Sheridan's district, Three Springs."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Tuesday 19 June 1917:
Coorow to Three Springs - A Fine Stretch of Country
    "The northern Midlands, from Coorow to Three Springs, is looking magnificent as a result of the splendid rains which have fallen this season. Grass and herbage are abundant, and everything points to a remarkably productive season. Mr. Charles Maley, of Three Springs, declares that he has never known a season to promise so well. The June rains have hindered the completion of seeding, and therefore lessened the area under wheat. But it is more than probable that the higher average return to be expected will far more than compensate for any lessened area.
    Some fairly large areas are in wheat in the various localities. The Following is a list of the more notable areas seeded:
THREE SPRINGS - C. Maley, 2000 acres (half under the share system); Frank Morgan, 800 acres; Mrs. Watson, 500; Lynch Bros., 600; W. Dean, 500; Bastian Bros., 600; Franklin Bros., 500; Richardson, 350; Klopper, 350; E. K. Byrne, 300; F. James, 300; I. Wallace, 300; W. Padbury, 300; C. Gooch, 300; Caldow, 300; Hebiton, 280; W. Harris, 280; H. Page, 250; Arndt, 200; others, 1000; total (approximate), 10,010 acres."

From The West Australian newspaper, Wednesday 25 July 1917:
Country - Carnamah
"A meeting of Carnamah, Coorow, and Winchester landholders and farmers was held in Carnamah on Wednesday evening, to meet Mr. Stanistreet, general secretary of the Farmers and Settlers' Association. Mr Stanistreet was introduced by Mr. Lang, of Carnamah, and addressed the meeting at considerable length on the aims of his association, and the advantages of belonging to it. Mr. Lang followed with some instances within his own experience and the advantages of co-operation, and suggested the formation of a branch of the association. The Winchester-Carnamah Farmers and Settlers' Association was then formally started with the following officers:- Mr. John Lang, president; Messrs. L. P. Parker and C. G. B. Jensen, and Mrs. Colpitts, vice-presidents; Mr. John Raffan, secretary. A vote of thanks to Mr. Stanistreet was carried."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 10 August 1917:
Important Sale at Carnamah
"Messrs. Elder, Shenton and Co. announce an important sale of surplus stock and plant at Carnamah on behalf of Messrs. Green Bros., who have decided to largely curtail their farming operations. The stock to be offered will comprise of 750 full mouth dry merino ewes in the wool, 500 mixed ages merino ewes with lamb at foot, 300 four-tooth merino weathers in the wool, and 40 full mouth merino rams. A splendid opportunity is thus offered to farmers desirous of acquiring useful lines of sheep or establishing a useful flock. In addition to the sheep there will also be offered 12 Berkshire and Large Black sows with litters, and 60 weaners and store pigs. Five useful farm horses will also be submitted to auction. A magnificent assortment of useful farm plant and machinery will also be submitted for bidders' approval, including reaper thresher, oil engine, drill, harrows, disc plough, spring tooth cultivator, disc cultivator, mowing machine, chaffcutter, and a quantity of sundries. Full particulars are advertised. Buyers are requested to take particular note of the information regarding train movements advertised for their benefit."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Tuesday 14 August 1917:
Carnamah Town Lots
"On the 24th August at the Geraldton District Survey Office, the following allotments of land will be offered for sale at public auction. Carnamah town lots 14 and 21, 1 rood each, at £12 each. The purchaser will have the option of taking in lieu of a grant of the free simple, a lease under the regulations at the schedules capital value nearest the upset price for the term of 99 years and a premium agreed to the amount of his bid in excess of the upset price.

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Tuesday 14 August 1917:
Tenders - Carnamah School
"The Public Works Department advertises in this issue for tenders for the renovating Carnamah School quarters. Particulars may be obtained by application to the Public Works Department, Geraldton, or the Court House, Moora."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 24 August 1917:
Three Springs - Floods [From Our Own Correspondent]
    "Our experience during the past fortnight have been anything but pleasant through floods and isolation from the outside world for ten days. This has given us an idea of what it is like to be in "No Man's Land." Many places suffered, amongst the worst Mr. Thomas' home, the water rushing through his home to a depth of two feet. Great difficulty was experienced in getting all Mr. Thomas' family placed in safety. The Commercial Hotel also suffered severely, the water flooding the underground cellars and flowing through the premises fully six inches deep. Relief came when the railway bank gave way, but this only tended to give the other side of the town a go. Bobbie Byrne's butcher's shop was nearly swept away by the current, and with another inch of rain would have been pretty well on the road to Moora, via the lakes. The Coffee Palace floors were also submerged and the station master's house was standing as if on an island, the water rushing past and underneath the house to a depth of two feet for two days.
     The crops have not suffered much damage, although many of them are still under water. Of course, one cannot say whether they will turn out all right or not."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 31 August 1917:
Important Clearing Sale
"Messrs. Elder, Shenton and Co., Ltd., announce an important clearing sale of surplus stock and farming machinery on the property of Messrs. Green Bros., between Carnamah and Three Springs, on Tuesday next, September 4. Full details of the lines to be offered, and particulars of the train service, will be found in out advertising columns."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 31 August 1917:
Preliminary Notice
Mr. J. A. Waldeck has completed arrangements with Mr. Donald Macpherson under which the well-known stallion "Carnamah" will stand for the season at Glenholm, Moora. Fuller particulars regarding fees, etc., will be announced in our advertising columns next week."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 7 September 1917:
The Blood Sire Carnamah
"Mr J. A. Waldeck announces in our advertising columns that the celebrated blood sire Carnamah will stand for the season at Glenholm, Moora. The fee is £3 3s, and paddocking at the rate of 1s 6d per week will be charged. At this nominal figure Mr Waldeck should receive many enquiries."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 5 October 1917:
"Mrs. Bessie Reid, of Winchester, has received permission to enter the King Edward Maternity Hospital at Subiaco to undergo a year's training in maternity nursing with a view of qualifying for bush nursing. Mrs. Reid is the first of the bushwomen to be granted this opportunity. We wish her and the movement which she represents every success."

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 23 November 1917:
Carnamah Notes [From Our Correspondent]
    "A Euchre Party & Dance was held in the school on the 1st inst in aid of the 11th Battalion Trench Comfort Fund. There was a splendid attendance and the Fund will benefit to the extent of £18 14s 5d.
     The winners of euchre resulted as follows:- Ladies - 1st Mrs Turner; second, Mrs Ferguson (Fremantle); Booby Mrs Colpitts. Gents - 1st Mr Rankine; second, H. Pook; booby R. Potter. Dancing was kept up till a late hour. The committee desire to thank all those who assisted in making the evening such a success."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 14 December 1917:
Three Springs - Seaside Resort [From Our Own Correspondent]
    "The interest awakened in Three Springs since it has become known that close to the town is a huge lake covering what was originally the racing course is manifested by the continuous stream of visitors that Bobbie Byrne is running out each Sunday in his motor car, while others are driving out in sulkies, etc.
     Gossip says there is mixed bathing going on, and to some it is worthy of stringent censorship. "Oh dear," what will we have next to think of, having been blessed with a beautiful lake so close to the town and not take a dip is too bad. But to those who do not care for bathing Mr. E. K. Byrne has got his boat the "Foam" lying in readiness, and any visitor may have the pleasure of a sail over the lake and also sport of shooting at the wild ducks (once the season opens)."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 21 December 1917:
Railway Fatality at Carnamah - Man Killed : Another Severely Injured
"A shocking railway fatality occurred near Carnamah at about 8.30 a.m. on Thursday morning, when a special goods train ran into a railway tricycle and killed on occupant and seriously injured another. As we go to press at 11.30 a.m. the details to hand are very meagre, but so far as can be ascertained it appears that the deceased man was a fitter, employed by Messrs. Malloch Bros., Perth, who was on his way to construct a windmill about miles north of Carnamah, in company with a man named Rodwell, a ganger in the employ of the Midland Railway Company, and in charge of the tricycle. It is surmised that the train overtook and ran into the tricycle at a curve on the line. The fitter (whose name is not at the moment ascertainable) was literally cut to pieces by the train, and Rodwell was very badly injured and rendered unconscious. The guard in charge of the train had the gruesome remains of the deceased brought into Moora, and also the unconscious body of Rodwell, who was removed to the hospital for attention under the direction of Dr. Allan."

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 21 December 1917:
Three Springs Notes [From Our Correspondent]
    "During the past few months the clamorous call fro news from Three Springs from a few of our enquirers have been rather trying. We must let them see that there are still inhabitants in this industrious centre. The progressive state of affairs still continue as in the past notwithstanding the fact of hard times.
     Some months ago floods were witnessed along the Midlands which had not occurred during the past eight years. It is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. If we had not had these floods we would never have had the pleasure of indulging in mixed bathing in the lakes which the floods have left behind, this particular spot is a most pleasant one to spend the hot Sunday evenings. Swimming in the madness of the moment here, which does not seem feasible for Three Springs after witnessing a few dry seasons. Afternoon tea is brought to this picturesque spot by the ladies., and some most enjoyable evenings are witnessed by all concerned. Tom and Evander being the trick swimmers cause much amusement for the on lookers, in exhibiting a few double somersaults. The performers being a little of practice do not always land on their feet.
     More gay times next Sunday. Motor Car from Railway Station to the beach. Why can't we have the sea in Three Springs."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 4 January 1918:
Suicide at Winchester
"An inquest was held at the Moora Court House, on Wednesday, upon the remains of a man supposed to be named W. McMahon who was found drowned the previous day in a dam on the property of Mr. L. Parker, at Winchester. Mr. W. S. Ralston (Acting Coroner), conducted the inquiry with a jury consisting of Messrs. Ivan C. Campbell, Reg. Parker and E. Hellewell. Constable Honner [of Three Springs] gave evidence of recovering the body and deposed that deceased hands and feet were tried together with strips of old bagging. The knots were tied in a fashion suggestive that deceased had secured them himself. There were no marks of violence on the body and only one set of tracks led down to the water's edge. Every indication led to the belief that the man had deliberately drowned himself. Dr. Macdonald Allan gave evidence of conducting a post-mortem examination on the remains. He had found death was due to downing. There were no marks of violence on the body that had been caused before death took place. The hands and feet of deceased were loosely tied with the knots on the inside. It was possible for the deceased to tie knots himself. All the deceased organs were in a very unhealthy state and the appearance of the stomach was consistent with heavy drinking. The jury brought in a verdict that deceased had met his death by drowning; and that he had drowned himself."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 11 January 1918
Carnamah Train Fatality - Inquest on Victim
"The adjourned inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of A. M. Smith, who was killed on the Midland Railway line near Carnamah on the 20th December last, was held at the Moora Court House on Tuesday, before Mr. W. R. Clinch (Acting Coroner), and a jury consisting of Messrs. J. McNee, W. C. Tynan, and J. D. Croft. Mr. P. Stone appeared on behalf of the Midland Railway Company, and Mr. O'Brien on behalf of Messrs. Malloch Bros., Perth, with whom deceased was formerly employed. Constable Trevatt conducted the inquiry for the police. It will be remembered that Smith was on his way to erect a windmill about four miles out of Carnamah and for this purpose travelled the line on a railway tricycle in company of H. Rodwell, a fettler, employed by the [Midland Railway] Company. When about 3½ miles out of Carnamah, a special goods train overtook the tricycle and caused the death of Smith and inflicted serious injuries to Rodwell. Harvey Rodwell gave evidence that he accompanied deceased under the instructions from ganger Caldwell. He had no notification of the special train, and heard no warning whistle. Caldwell had authority to send them down the line. They always had orders to keep a lookout and be careful. He did not know if Caldwell was aware of the special running. Robert Rutherford said he was firing on the engine that ran down the tricycle. He had no instructions from the ganger that the men were on the line. After giving evidence of the accident witness deposed that the train was travelling about fifteen miles an hour, and was pulled up in its own length. It was impossible to prevent the accident owing to the down grade. The whistle sounded, but a strong wind was blowing. Joseph Downey, the driver of the engine, gave evidence of the running of the train and other technical details. He had no knowledge that the men were on the tricycle. Samuel John Morris Green, a farmer at Carnamah, said he saw the tricycle pass his house and within a few minutes he saw the train approaching in the same direction. He gave a signal to try to warn the driver. The driver did not appear to understand his signal. There was sufficient distance between the train and the tricycle to have avoided the accident had the men on the train known what was ahead and understood his signal. Dr. Macdonald Allan gave evidence of examining the remains. Frederick Caldwell, a ganger, stated that he instructed Rodwell to proceed to Prowaka. He did not instruct him to take Smith, but he knew Smith was with him. He had instructions to let Smith have the use of one of the gang to proceed to the 174½ mile to erect a windmill for the [Midland Railway] Company as far as he knew. He had no notification of the special till the train arrived. He had forgotten that the tricycle had gone and did not warn the driver of the train. The finding of the jury was as follows : That A. M. Smith was accidentally killed on the 20th December, 1917 - while on a tricycle - being run over by a railway engine on the Midland Railway line. The following rider was added : We are of opinion, had the driver of the engine been warned at Carnamah, the accident could have been avoided."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 12 April 1918:
Carnamah Picnic Races
"A very successful Picnic Race meeting was held at Carnamah on Easter Monday. The proceeds of which will be devoted to the Red Cross fund. The weather in the morning looking anything but promising, but later on fears for a fine day were dispelled and the programme of events were carried out under fine conditions. The ladies of Carnamah, at very short notice, made a big effort to make the catering a success, and a the "death knock" won easily "on the bit," Mr. G. Newman being in charge of a competent staff of waitresses. The racing was interesting, and close finishes were the order of the day, except in the Carnamah stakes, when Wyoola won easily, although a great amount of interest in the race was lost, owing to Rosie (the favourite) and Leaped Home being left at the post. Mr. Macpherson handicapped to the satisfaction of all. The Red Cross fund will benefit to a considerable extent and the committee will furnish a financial statement in due course. Miss Smith of Winchester was rewarded for her efforts in arranging the sweets stall. Mr. P. M. Durack, of Arrino, acted as judge of the horse racing events, and the children's sports were under the direction of Mr. Nelson. Following are the results:
Maiden Plate - Lady Folly, 1; Dinnie, 2; seven other started.
Flying Handicap - Golden Glass, 1; Spring Park, 2; six others started.
Pony Race - Wooraling, 1; Rubassie, 2; three others started.
Carnamah Stakes - Wyoola, 1; Fleetlock, 2; six others started.
Hack Race - Banjo, 1; Winchester, 2; six others started."

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 7 & 14 March 1919:
Thursday, March 27th, 1919 In aid of Red Cross Fund.
Patron - Hon. James Gardiner, MLA
President - Donald Macpherson, Esq.
Committee - Messrs A. G. Darling, F. C. Woods, L. and D. Macpherson, J. Lang, A. Davieson, A. Hollingsworth, D. Simpson.
Judge - Mr P. Durack
Stewards - Messrs C. Maley, T. Daly and P. McKenna.
Clerk of course - Mr A. Hollingsworth.
Clerk of Scales - Mr. Turner.
Starter - F. C. Woods
Programme -
1 - MAIDEN PLATE, 5 pound, 1st horse, 4 pound 2nd horse and horse 1 pound. For horses that have never won a race, w.f.a. Six furlongs. Nom. 5s.
2 - FLYING HANDICAP, 7 pound, 1st Horse, 5 pound 10, 2nd horse 1 pound 10. Minimum weight 8 st. Six Furlongs, Nom 7s.
3 - PONY RACE, for ponies 14'3 a.u. Handicap. Sweepstake of 5/- each, with 1 pound added. Five Furlongs.
4 - CARNAMAH STAKES, handicap of 12 pound, 1st horse 10 pound, 2nd horse 2 pound. Minimum weight 8 st. 1 ¼ miles. Nom. 12s.
5 - HACK RACE, Sweepstakes of 5/- each with 1 pound added. Minimum weight 9st. For horses owned within a radius of 40 miles of Carnamah Railway Station. Horses to be approved by the standard."
6 - FORCED HANDICAP, £4, Optional for losers and compulsory for winners. Minimum weight 8 st. Seven furlongs. Nom. 4s.
Nominations close on Thursday, March 20, at 9 p.m.
Nomination fee, Age, Pedigree and Colour to be sent with Nomination to the Secretary.
L. Macpherson, Handicapper. E. J. Clark, Hon. Sec.

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 11 April 1919:
Carnamah Race [From Our Own Correspondent]
     "Carnamah Picnic race were a great success on the 27th ult. The weather conditions were most favourable and there was a good attendance, but not quite so large as last year. The races were keenly contested, Minka springing a surprise by winning the last race from the favourite Lenelle. The rider of Lenelle was later called before the stewards and cautioned. One of the features of the day was the children's events which gave a good deal of pleasure to both young and old.
     At the wish of the committee the much respected chairman of the club (Mr. J. Lang) was present as a guest, being absolutely debarred by the wishes of the committee from working to allow him a clear day's holiday. Needless to say Mr. Lang protested, but the protest was unanimously overruled.
     Mr E. J. Clark made a most efficient secretary and came in for a large measure of praise for the way the arrangements were made.
     As a result of the meeting it is expected that the Red Cross Fund will benefit to the tune of about £70; a truly magnificent result.
     At night a most enjoyable dance was held at the goods shed which was continued until the early hours of next morning. Great credit for the success of the dance must be ascribed to the magnificent manner in which Mr. S. Stutbridge played the piano. His efforts were warmly commented upon.
     The committee desire to thank all donors and helpers who in any way contributed towards the success of the day and night.
     Following are the results of the races:-
Maiden Plate
     D Macpherson's Coomalgabba … 1  From a good start Coomalgabba led all the way.
     D Macpherson's Wild Joe        … 2
     Other starts: Hello Cobbar, Inering.  Betting: Evens.  Tote: 9s.
Flying Handicap
     D Macpherson's Lennelle         … 1  Won easily.
     D Macpherson's Wild Joe         … 2
     Other starters: Spring Park, Home Rose, Fleetlock, Gabalong, Turipa, Wooraling
Pony Race
     F C. Hamilton's Minka             … 1  From a good start Minka held her own.
     D Macpherson's Wooraling       … 2
     Other starters: Hurriedly, Cutaway.  Betting 6 to 4 on. Tote: 7s.
Carnamah Handicap
     D Macpherson's Home Again    … 1  One of the best races of the day.
     T Davieson's Gabalong             … 2
     From the start Gabalong led the way until near the finishing post when Home Again came
     along and nipped home by a short head. Other starters: Home Rose, Spring Park, Fleetlock,
     Leaped Home, Hard Times and Wooraling. Betting Evens. Tote: 11s.
Hack Race
     D McAllpine's Flying Colours    … 1
     W. Griffin's Wyoola                 … 2
     From a bad start the horses was bunched until entering the straight, when Flying Colours
     broke away and won in a canter. Other starters: Laddie, Afalgar, Marramatta, Moonlight.
     Betting 6 to 1 against. Tote: 7s. 6.d
Force Handicap
     F C Hamilton's Minka             … 1
     D Macpherson's Lenelle          … 2
     Only the two starters, Minka winning easily.  Betting evens. Tote: 12s."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 9 May 1919:
Carnamah Notes [From Our Own Correspondent]
    "The farmers hereabouts are like the rest of their brethren on the Midland line - looking forward with eager anticipation to a good season.
     During the past week or so we have been blest with plenteous rains which have enabled seeding operations to go ahead with a swing. So far as I can gather there will be fully as many acres under crop this year as last, if not more, and everything portends that a good season will result.
     Mr Donald Macpherson has sold out his property to the Repatriation Board. Now that Don has sold out his place we are curious to know what he intendeds to do with his horses. Will he make a point of lowering his speed record to Three Springs? Or will he buy a motor car? As a lover of horses flesh Don has no equal in the State. But now he is "a man of affluence" he should buy a car - if only for the pleasure of his poorer neighbours who would revel in a joy ride (naturally full of hair raising incidents) with Don at the wheel.
     The Midland Railway Company have offered the race course on permanent lease for recreation purposes and have given a site for a hall which is badly needed.
     For the benefit of his health Davie is making quite a lot of prolonged trips to that health giving resort - Moora. At least that's what he says. The scandal-cats, however, say there's a girl behind it. [They're right-Ed]
     Mr A. G. Darling has been re-elected to another term on the Upper Irwin Road Board. He has the confidence of the ratepayers of these parts, and past experience of his work denotes he will keep it."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 9 May 1919:
Winchester Notes [From Our Own Correspondent]
    "Matters have been taking a social turn at Winchester. Three social meetings have been held in aid of the Moora Hospital at Mesdames Colpitts, Parker and Bell. The latter two were, for a small community, very successfully financially, resulting in each case of £10 for the hospital. The courtesy and hospitality of the hostesses made the gatherings a much appreciated success and a welcome break in a somewhat monotonous life.
     Later a pleasant evening was held at "Inchgower" to consider the best means of settling about the erection of a public hall. It was a pleasant feature to find so many of our kindly neighbours of Coorow coming forward to help the movement. A financial and building committee was appointed (to devise and carry out a programme) consisting of Messrs. Hunter, Raffan, and Knight with Mr. Bell as hon. Secretary and treasurer.
     The results of the evening, financially, amounted to almost £5. A good many promises and donations and support generally have been received from many residents in and about Winchester.
     After supper Mr Bell, in a few well chosen words, took the opportunity of bidding "au revoir" to Nurse Reid, who was leaving Winchester to take a Government appointment as district and maternity nurse at Wyalkatchem. Nurse Reid was trained at King Edward Memorial Hospital. After qualifying there she succeeded in passing for Obstetrical branch of the Australian Trained Nurses Association, and is now a member of the Australian Trained Nurses Association. Regret was expressed that Nurse Reid could not be kept in our district - as a capable woman in always an acquisition."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 6 June 1919:
Carnamah Notes [From Our Own Correspondent]
    "Seeding operations are in full swing up this way just as present, but owing to the shyness of the rain the farmers are beginning to think about stopping until we get some rain, as ploughing is out of the question on account of the ground being so hard, and your correspondent is of the opinion that the area under crop will fall short of the average. Mr Don Macpherson has been compelled to kill a large number of his lambs on account of the scarcity of feed, now that he has disposed of his fine farming country to the repatriation scheme.
     Water carting has been going on for a good while now. If we do not soon have rain it will be like the 1914 season, camping at the wells so as to get first say in the mornings.
     Up to date your correspondent has not had the pleasure of seeing that long predicted motor car of a well known squatter being unloaded at the station, but as a trip to Perth is mooted there may be something doing then, when our "Sandal-wood King" is teaching the squatter how to start the engine on a cold morning tied up behind a dray and dragged up and down the road just to warm him up a bit.
     Mr G. A. Newman met with a serious accident on Friday last. It appears that he was riding across one of his paddocks and the horse stumbled throwing him very badly. One of his man happened to come over the paddock and picked him up unconscious and badly bruised. When he came round again he had not the slightest idea of what happened and no recollection of anything that took place previous to the accident. He was sent up to the Geraldton hospital by the train on Saturday where he is reported to be doing as well as can be expected, but suffering from slight concussion of the brain and internal injuries.
     Mr James Gardiner, M.L.A., is going up to Three Springs on Tuesday to unveil the honour board in the afternoon and is having a meeting in the evening in the local hall. His visit is being looked forward to with interest as I believe the local chairman of an association in the district is going to explain to Mr Gardiner the difference between growing wheat on the public platform and trying to grow it on the land."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 11 July 1919:
Carnamah Notes [From Our Own Correspondent]
    "Your correspondent had the pleasure to be present at a welcome home extended to one of our local lads who has just landed back from "over there." Mr W. Newman being the guest of the evening, who no doubt must feel pleased of the high esteem that the residents of the district hold him in, turning out in the way they did. The committee found it very difficult to find room for all the visitors in the altogether too small schoolroom; but your correspondent is of the opinion that it was their own fault if anyone went away without enjoying themselves. Dancing was indulged in until the small hours of the morning. Mr J. Clinch and Mr T. Stutridge supplied the music with their violins. This being the only music available, it is a pity that the local race committee do not get together and try and do something in the way of raising funds to buy a piano.
     Peace celebrations are in full swing in this district and at a meeting held on Saturday last it was finally arranged that a picnic and sports be held on July 19th. It was decided that a peace cup be presented to the winner of the peace cup race for local horses only. A strong committee was appointed to take charge of the days outing. Mr E. J. Clark, Mr H. Parkin, Mr A. J. Hollingsworth, were detailed for the children's events and Mr D. Macpherson, F. C. Woods, T. Davieson, W. Newman, J. Lang, Junior, A. G. Darling are to take charge of the horse racing events. It is the wish of the committee that the residents of the district turn out in full swing for this day and are asked above all to bring the kiddies and if they have none of their own bring someone else's to the days outing. In the evening a dance will be held to bring the day of days to an end.
     It is pleasing to be able to report that at last a football club has been formed in this district. Mr E. J. Clark has been elected captain, Mr T. Davieson as vice captain, W. Newman as secretary, and the match with Three Springs is being looked forward to with great interest. I believe it is the intention of the clubs up this way to combine and issue a challenge to the leading club at Moora."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 11 July 1919:
Three Springs [From Our Own Correspondent] Three Springs, July 8th
    "During the last few days rain has fallen increasingly. At the present time the weather presents a very bleak appearance. However, the rain has gladdened the hearts of all, having put quite a different complexion upon the future outlook.
     Arrangements for peace celebrations are well in hand. On the evening of Friday the 18th there will be a grand ball in the hall, and Saturday the 19th will be devoted to sports competitions of every description.
     True it is, the tennis secretary's team was defeated by a narrow margin of 73 to 76 games. Truly a great man has fallen in Israel; but, who unto him by whom the offence cometh.
     Peace commemoration service was conducted on Sunday by the Rev Alex James, who gave an excellent address, taking as his text Isaiah ii, verse 4. Although the evening was somewhat wet there was a remarkably good attendance".

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 18 July 1919:
Carnamah Notes [From Our Own Correspondent]
    "A welcome home was extended to Mr James Farley, of Coorow, on Thursday July 10; and your correspondent had the pleasure to be present at one of the best and brightest functions yet held at the old established place Coorow. Great credit is due to Mrs Farley and her willing band of workers who helped to make the evening such a success. Visitors came from all quarters and the matter of boggy roads was a secondary consideration; and judging by the way that they enjoyed themselves the going home idea could not be entertained until the small hours of the morning.
     Dancing opened the proceedings for the evening and songs were rendered by Miss L. Berrigan, of Three Springs, Mrs Gregory, Capt Jensen, Mr L. Byrne, recitation by Miss Dorrie McNamara. Miss May Berrigan assisted on the piano and Mr S. Sturtbridge on the violin and the matter of music was all that could be desired.
     Mr R. Ironside spoke on behalf of the Three Springs people and touched on that necessary question of having there welcome homes on a convenient day so as to enable people of the adjoining districts to be present. It only needs a little forethought on the past of the organisers and the success of the evenings entertainment is assured. Great credit is due to the workers who decorated the dance room with the guest of the evening's battalion colours. It is indeed a great pity that Coorow is in the same straits as the adjoining districts in the need of a local hall.
     Now that the boys are coming home from "over there" such welcomes as was at Coorow will be looked forward to with great interest from the community who no doubt turn out in large numbers to show their esteem and appreciation of the boys. By these gatherings will be seen the necessity for a local hall to cater for the numbers that come along.
     Mrs Farley wishes to thank all those who helped to make the evening such a success and special mention of the kindness of Mrs H. McNamara for the loan of the piano for the occasion. Mr L. Byrne officiated in his usual style as M.C."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 25 July 1919:
Carnamah Notes [From Our Own Correspondent]
    "One of the brightest days ever held at Carnamah was celebrated on the ever-to-be-remembered Peace Day, July 19, and the committee must indeed feel pleased with themselves over the success of the meeting. One of the chief items of the day was the race for the fine Cup presented by the committee to the winner of the Peace Cup Race which resulted in it going one of our neighbours of Winchester, Mr L. Parker. After one of the most exciting race seen for some time on our course resulted in a victory for Mr L. Parker's horse Winchester. The winner received a great reception when he returned to the scale.
     Children's races opened the proceedings in the morning. Mr T. Davieson, who had charge of the horse racing events, started the ball rolling with the novelty race, and the racing was all that could be desired. After a good afternoon's outing a dance was held in the evening and one thing that the people of this district can boast of is, the music of their district., which is indeed well worth travelling a few miles to dance to. Miss Davieson and Mr C. Robertson played the piano, assisted by Mr S. Sturtbridge and Mr J. Clinch on their violins and Mr H. Berry on the flute. Great credit is indeed due to the musicians who helped to make the evening such a success. Dancing was indulged in until the early house of the morning. During the evening the president of the race committee (Mr J. Lang) presented the cup to Mr Parker, and, after a brief address by the chairman in making the presentation to Mr Parker stepped onto the platform, to receive it. Mr Parker expressed his great pleasure in receiving such a memorable cup from the committee as it was only once in a lifetime that such a cup would be competed for.
Novelty Race - Walk once round, trot once round, gallop once round the course.
     Mr D. Macpherson's Charcoal. Won by a neck.
     Other starters - Birdie, Dandy, Canary, Rusty Wheat, Jun Jun, Grianaig.
Peace Cup - Cup presented by committee to winner, with 5s sweepstake.
     Mr L. Park's Winchester 1. Won by a head.
     Other starters - Kitty, Younga, Wild Joe, Canary, Chestnut Canary, La Carnamah
Hack Race - Mr D. Macpherson's Wild Joe 1; L. Parker's Windy 2. Won by one length.
     Other starters - Birdie, Grianaig, Chester, Younga, Carnella.
Farmer's Race (for farm horses only) -  Mr J. Rooke's Rusty Wheat 1.
     Other starters - Jun Jun, Scoty, Billaroo.
Hurry Scurry - Mr T. Bonham's Birdie 1. Won by a head.
     Other starters - Carnella, Younga, Lady Bird, Chestnut Canary, Chester.
Trotting Handicap - Mr D. Fitzsimmon's Dandy 1.
     Other starters - Grianaig, Charcoal, Darkie.
Other Events
Footballer's Handicap, 75 yards - Mr A. Mortimer, 1. Married Ladies Race, Mrs H. McNamara, 1. Single Ladies Race, Miss O. Parkin, 1. Old Buffer's Race, Mr D. Macpherson.
Children's Races
Boys' 4 to 6 years - A. Watson 1, C Starling 2, E McNamara 3. 6 to 8 years - G. McNamara 1, J. Simpson 2, J. Darling 3. 8 to 10 years - W. Turner 1, E. Clark 2, J. Darling 3. 10 to 12 years - P. Rooke 1, L. Watson 2, N. Watson 3. Girls' 4 to 6 years - R. Woods 1, E. Booth and E. Turner, dead heat, 2. 8 to 10 years - M. Turner 1, J. Woods 2, L. Starling 3. 6 to 8 years - E. Watson 1, E. Booth 2. 10 to 12 years - M. Parkin 1, D. Clark 2, N. Darling 3. 12 to 14 years - B. Booth 1, A. Woods 2, M. Simpson 3.

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 29 August 1919:
Carnamah Notes [From Our Own Correspondent]
    "The movement for raising funds for the erection of a much needed hall in this centre is proceeding apace and is receiving good support, everyone realising that such a building is absolutely necessary in the district.
     A public meeting was held on Saturday last when there was a good attendance of the settlers, over whom Mr. J. Lang, senior, presided. It was reported that the funds in the hand were £51. A committee consisting of the following was appointed :- Messrs. J. Lang (chairman), E. J. Clark (secretary), D. Macpherson (treasurer), T. Davieson, L. Parker, A. G. Darling, A. J. Hollingsworth, H. Watson, H. Parkin, W. Newman, and Mesdames Davieson and Woods. With such a strong committee it should not be long, in your scribe's opinion, before the necessary cash is raised and a start made on the building.
     In aid of the hall building fund Mrs F. Woods gave a euchre party and dance at her residence on Tuesday the 19th inst, and in every way it proved to be an unbounded success. There was a large crowd who thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Mr. Davieson set the ball rolling well on time with euchre party which resulted in prizes going to Mrs Watson (Three Springs) and Mr Bert Long (returned soldier). Dancing was kept up till close upon daybreak. Much credit for the success of the dance is due to the musicians, Mr. J. Clinch (violin) and G. Newman (banjo). The profits were the handsome sum of £13 1s. which has been paid in to the hall fund.
     On September the 4th, Mrs L. Parker, of "Glenwilli," Winchester, has arranged to hold in conjunction with Miss W. Davieson, of Carnamah, a grand euchre party and dance at her residence. Every effort is being made to make the affair a great success. The arrangements are well in hand and it is hoped that a large number will attend. I am informed that excellent prizes, above the usual average, will be given to the winners. Card players can rest assured of a good evening as the arrangements of the games are in the capable hands of Mr. T. Davieson.
      Three Springs footballers visited us last Sunday and after a one-sided game netted a victory. The home team had probably as many shots at the goal as the visitors but could not locate the central posts.
     A well-known agent at Three Springs has been reported to your scribe for robbing the fowl house of a settler during the game of football last Sunday. The amount of the spoil is not yet known, but I am led to believe that it is considerable.
     Bounteous rain have fallen during the week. All the dams are full and the crops looking well. Everything portends a bumper season.
     A "Busy Bee" of Carnamah footballers have just completed the erection of a three roomed house for Teddy Clark, their late captain. The house warming was a night to be remembered but not spoken of."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 12 September 1919:
"Sale Cancelled - In our advertising columns Messrs. Elder, Smith and Co., Limited, announce that the auction sale of Mr F. A. Latham's farming property at Coorow, with stock and plant (previously advertised to be held on September 12th) has been cancelled owing to the private sale of the property by them as a going concern."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 12 September 1919:
"Personal - Bob Palfreyman nearly had his right hand wrung from his wrist in the many "grips" he received from his friends when he returned home to Moora last Friday, where he was the guest of Mr. And Mrs. F. R. Pearson."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 12 September 1919:
Carnamah Notes [From Our Own Correspondent]
    "Under the auspices of Mrs L Parker and Miss W Davieson a euchre party and dance was held at "Glenwilli," Winchester, the residence of Mr and Mrs L Parker. The affair was the most successful of its kind that has yet been held in these districts and resulted in the handsome sum of £23 odd being raised for the local hall fund.
     The financial side of the function was, however, not the chief feature of its success - from a social point of view the party was everything that could be desired. There was a large attendance - too large for the accommodation of even this spacious homestead, and all who were present had a real good time. Mr T Davieson again had charge of the card party and all the games were gone through without a single hitch. The prize winners were Lady, Miss Macpherson; Gent, Mr "Boss" Parker. One must also refer to the excellent catering - the supper was, in the words of one man present, "Spiffing" and this sentiment was voiced by all.
     The success of the party was all the more marked by reason of the apposition of a small section of narrow minded individuals who, unfortunately, are to be found here the same as in other communities. These adults of babies temperament even adopted the despicable action of destroying the notices advertising the party. Now they have seen the success one hopes that they will bury themselves in hollow logs and allow the broader-minded workers for the district to continue their way for the mutual benefit of all.
     Anyhow the hall committee should look upon the success as a genuine mandate from the people that they want a hall, and shake themselves up a bit to inaugurate some means of raising further funds by organised effort of their own members. With so capable a secretary as it attached to the movement the committee should experience little difficulty both in arranging and receiving support to whatever is undertaken.
     A combined football team from the district journeyed to Mingenew on Friday last and after a rough and one-sided game secured an easy victory.
     More rain has fallen since last I wrote and it is certain now that we are in for a good season both in stock and crops.
     Shearing has commenced and the clip promises to pan out well."

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 12 September 1919:
"Mr J. H. Davies (mine host) of Mogumber paid a visit to Moora on Tuesday last and when business was dispensed with passed a pleasant hour or two with old and new friends. Visitors to Mogumber are always sure of a very hearty welcome from Mr and Mrs Davies."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 19 September 1919:
Carnamah Notes [From Our Own Correspondent]
    "Matters in connection with the euchre party held at Winchester in aid of the Carnamah Hall Fund were finalised at the meeting of the hall committee on Saturday afternoon last, which resulted in the organisers being able to pay to the treasurer (Mr D. Macpherson), the handsome sum of £26 11s 7d, this amount being brought up by subscriptions received since last wrote my report of the above. After a brief address by the chairman (Mr J. Lang) on the successful efforts of the organisers in raising such a handsome amount in one night's entertainment, the committee decided to write and thank them for their efforts in swelling the hall funds.
     The following list of Subscriptions were received :- Mr Lawson, £2 2s 0d; Mr Nairn, £1 0s 0d; Mr Dixon, £1 0s 0d; Mr Newman, £1 0s 0d; Mr B. Parker, 10s; bringing the list up to £5 12s 0d.
     Mr J. Parker, late of "Finbar," Dalaroo, has been appointed manager for the Midland Railway Company's farms in the district. Matters in connection with the farms should not be lacking while they are in the capable hands of our friend "Joe," and the people of the districts with him luck in his new position.
     Crops are looking well just at present, and feed is in abundance; and judging on the presrnt look of things everything points to us having a bumper harvest."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 17 October 1919:
Carnamah Notes [From Our Own Correspondent]
    "A send off was tendered to Mr. and Mrs. Woods on Saturday night last in the form of a surprise party, and well upon the appointed time all the visitors turned up from near and far. After they had taken charge of the house it was found that there was not enough room for all that came along; but this did not mar them from enjoying themselves, and I think that everyone that was present went away quite contented with the night's outing. Mr. J. Lang had the honour of presenting Mr. Woods with a beautiful travelling rug and Mrs. Woods with a silver brush and comb, and the little Woods with an envelope containing a nice sum of money. During the evening Mr. Ironside presented Mrs. Woods, on behalf of the Three Springs Day Committee, with the prize won by her at the dance held on that day.
     Rain has at last come our way and a good fall was recently recorded here; and with a little more a good harvest is assured.
     The local football team journeyed to Three Springs on Sunday last to try conclusions with the Springs team, and after a good game the result was a win for the visitors by 5 goals."

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 31 October 1919:
Arrino Picnic
"On the 29th November the employees of the North End of the Midland Railway are holding their annual picnic. Mr. R. Ironside, stationmaster at Three Springs, is the hon. Secretary who supply all information."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 14 November 1919:
Carnamah Notes [From Our Own Correspondent]
    "A euchre party and dance was held at the residence of Mrs Davieson on Saturday evening last, the object being to raise funds towards the proposed building of a hall here. A large number of people from all parts of the district including Three Springs and Winchester and Coorow attended and showed their appreciation of the excellent arrangements for their entertainment by helping to make the effort a financial success.
     Mr E. J. Clark, who had charge of the euchre party, started the games well on time and owing to the large number of players present excelled his usual efforts in finding room for them all. Mrs C. Maley of Three Springs captured the ladies first prize (set of perfumes, powder and spray complete). Mr Ironside, also of Three Springs, captured the gent's first prize. Mrs Maley had her prize auctioned on behalf of the hall find and realised the handsome sum of £3 3s after some very spirited bidding. Mr Ironside also gave his prize to the fund. The booby prizes went to Miss Cora Colpitts, of Winchester, and Mr Fred Booth, of Carnamah. Mr John Lang (senior) took the opportunity on behalf of the hall committee in thanking Mrs Davieson and family (Winifred and Theo) for their valuable assistance in all things for the public welfare during the past five years, and especially for the fine entertainment that evening; and the large number present seconded his remarks by acclamation. Mr T. Davieson on behalf of Mrs and Miss Davieson suitably responded.
     It must indeed be very pleasing to the hall committee to be able to report that the handsome sum of £17 has been realised from the effort. Good music was rendered for the dance by Mr T. Stutridge (violin) and Mr C. Robertson (piano). Mr R. Palfreyman acted in his usual style as M.C.
     Good rains have fallen since my last report and haymaking is now in full swing.
     The local cricket club have decided to re-organise at an early date, and the Secretary (Mr T. Davieson) would be pleased to give any local players full particulars."

From The Midlands Advertiser newspaper, Friday 14 November 1919:
Three Springs Notes
    "The returned soldiers of Arrino, Carnamah, Winchester, and Three Springs gave the public a ball on Tuesday evening in appreciation of the work done by them during the war - the occasion will be a long remembered one. The Diggers did everything that could be desired and the gentlemen who spoke paid very complimentary remarks to the returned men for what they had done. The re-union was a marked success and everyone enjoyed one of the finest efforts yet held in the district.
     Our general Constable, Mr. Kroschel, has now resumed duty, after having enjoyed a three weeks' holiday on the coast.
     The Railway Picnic which is being held at Arrino on Saturday, 29th November, is going to be a pronounced success and the forerunner of future railway picnics."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 19 December 1919:
Three Springs [From Our Own Correspondent]
    "The last few days has been very hot indeed, however the cockies do not mind as it gives them a chance to gather their abundance of grain; the harvest prospects are very bright indeed and it looks as if we are going to have a bumper average.
     There appears to be quite a wave of crime in the atmosphere, kleptomania seems to be the order of the day, insomuch that our law and order officials are kept very busy looking for these pilfering individuals who seem to be cunning enough to elude their pursuers.
     The fancy dress ball held at Three Springs on the 10th was the centre of a good deal of interest. It was run by the Winchester people who raised a substantial sum for the building of a hall. In addition to many single costumes, there were several sets which were good indeed, the "waybacks" from Winchester was fine indeed, and caused a deal of amusement.
     The Red Cross set gained first place in the voting and they "were good."
     The tennis set was excellent, so neat and the colour blending beautifully. I heard one person remark: wouldn't it look nice to see about eight sets all the same; and so it would.
     Miss Byrne looked charming dressed as "night" and gained first for the singles. There were many other costumes such as: the allies, Spring, Lord Nelson; and Fred Byrne looked a veritable 17th century man, he only needed an extra frill around the neck to make him the real 1625 man - "Raleigh."

From The Moora Herald and Midland Districts Advocate newspaper, Friday 19 December 1919:
Carnamah Notes [From Our Own Correspondent]
    "Harvesting operations are in full swing just at present and something in the region of record crops are reported from all the settlers in this district, and the local wheat agent anticipates busy time from now on.
     Chuff cutting has been the order of the day in this district for some time and the majority of the farmers have been receiving top prices in the market.
     The annual Christmas tree and breaking up concert is to be held on Monday, December 22, at the local school. A good committee has been formed and your correspondent has been informed that they are well prepared to meet all the demands of the kiddies that evening."

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