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Australian Records - Mahar c1940's

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Cherilyn Report 3 Dec 2012 01:48

Thanks, Trudieanne :-)

Lots of good work done here already. Very difficult to find children born this 'recently'. This newspaper article from NLA Trove mentions George; sadly it is the death of his younger brother Albert John (b. 1913) (given name incorrect in report):
The West Australian, Thursday 21 March 1929
WICKEPIN, March 20— Alfred John Mahar (16), son of Mr. Martin Mahar. a contractor, met with a riding accident on Friday last, and died from his injuries last night. Deceased was in the employ of Mr. Sam Collingwood, a farmer of Malyalling, and after tea on Friday he left on horseback for his uncle's farm about five miles away. There he met his elder brother, George, and remained until 11 p.m., when he started for Mr. Collingwood's. His brother, who works on the property of Mr. Frank Forbes, left half an hour after wards, following the same road. At a gateway about a 100 yards from the house, he found his brother lying unconscious on the road. He returned for assistance. Mr. Forbes at once sent his motor car, and the lad was brought into the Wickepin Memorial Hospital. Two doctors performed an operation on Monday evening, but the lad did not regain consciousness. His horse was found the following morning with marks on its knees and hide, as if it had fallen.

Note it also mentions an uncle on a nearby farm. I wonder if that was William MAHAR? He is the one listed in the cemetery above as husband of Mildred, and she is the Mildred listed above him as wife of Bill. Bit of confusion, but Wm MAHAR actually married 'Millie' KEELER in 1929 in Williams district! My guess is that this was her 2nd marriage, as there are three KEELER enlistments for young men born in Wickepin in the 1920s with next of kin as Mildred MAHAR or W MAHAR. It is very possible (in fact I'd bet money on it) that 'your' George's Mildred (b. 1921) was her daughter. I suspect her first husband was the Reginald John KEELER who died in Wickepin in 1927, aged 39.

George's parents were Martin MAHAR and Janet Reed CURRIE, who married in Williams district in 1909. George (b. 1910) was about 10 years older than his wife Mildred (b. 1921). George's siblings:
Myrtle Irene 1911, m. Clifford Bruce LAWRENCE (Cliff) 1933, d. 10/8/2002 Northam aged 90
Albert John (Bert) b. 1913, d. 1929 Wickepin aged 16
John Patrick (Jack) b. 1915, d.18/11/ 1969 Wickepin aged 54
Francis Edgar (Frank) 1917 Vic., MIA 1942 (WWII)
Wm Cyril (Bill) b. 1920, m. Edith I EWEN 1943
Elsie Mary 1922, m. David Wm BARBER (Bill) 1949, d 16/3/2009 Armadale aged 86
Vera F 1926, m. George T BLACK 1951
Martin Leslie 1928, d. 1928 as Leslie Martin
Ruby Eileen 1931, m. Edward Lisle ENGLISH 1957

The Mary MAHAR who died in 1923 was George's grandmother; his father's mum:
The West Australian, Wednesday 20 June 1923
MAHAR.—On May 21, at the Wickepin Hospital, Mrs. Mary Mahar, the beloved mother of Martin, Mary, Bill, and George, aged 76 years.

This adds credence to the theory that William (Bill) was Martin's brother (i.e. 'your' George's uncle).

WWII enlistments:
MAHAR WILLIAM CYRIL : Service Number - WX5685 : Date of birth - 11 May 1919 : Place of birth - WICKEPIN WA : Place of enlistment - NORTHAM WA : Next of Kin - MAHER EDITH
MAHAR JOHN PATRICK : Service Number - WX791 : Date of birth - 28 Aug 1914 : Place of birth - WICKEPIN WA : Place of enlistment - NORTHAM WA : Next of Kin - MAHAR J
MAHAR FRANCIS EDGAR : Service Number - WX5154 : Date of birth - 08 Dec 1917 : Place of birth - PRESTON : Place of enlistment - CLAREMONT WA : Next of Kin - MAHER JANET

The West Australian, Thursday 31 July 1952
On Service.
MAHAR, Francis (WX5154): In proud and loving memory of our darling Frank, missing Ruin Ridge, July 27, 1942, loving son of Martin and Janet. fond brother of George, Myrtle, Bert (deceased), Jack, Bill, Elsie, Vera, Lesley (deceased) and Ruby. Brother in-law of Millie, Cliff, Edith, Bill, George, uncle of...[omitted].
Sweet are the memories silently kept,
Of one we loved and will never forget.

This last was a surprise find as he was born in Victoria! Almost missed him. But the above notice lists his neices and nephews names (which I have omitted as they are living) and this has allowed me to find one of them...I will send by PM for privacy reasons.


Cherilyn Report 3 Dec 2012 08:33

Old Wickepin burials

Marriages Jun 1918
Keeler Reginald J Mackerel Loddon 4b 423
Mackerel Mildred Keeler Loddon 4b 423

Births Sep 1888
KEELER Reginald John Depwade 4b 233
[son of John & Martha]

Births Jun 1890
Mackerell Mildred Loddon 4b 220
[daughter of Wm & Beatrice]

Mildred & Reginald grew up in the same area (Thurton). I am convinced that Mildred KEELER, who married George MAHAR, was their daughter.


Cherilyn Report 3 Dec 2012 09:06

This is a very interesting article from The Advertiser. I am thinking this George is another uncle, ie son of Mary, brother of Martin & Bill. Turns out they were originally from SA (though you probably know that!)

The Advertiser, Monday 10 February 1947, p.4
West Coast Stalwarts
ON Saturday morning, thanks to Mr. Ted Burford. formerly of Fowler's Bay, I had an interesting session with three well-known West Coasters, in Adelaide for the fourth test match. They were George Patrick Mahar, JP. of Bookabie, W. A. Roberts, of Penong, and Cyril C. Murray, of old Penong station. This stout-hearted trio fills one with admiration for the people who went out and pioneered that country. Mr. Mahar, man of many parts at Bookabie, told me he was born at Elliston, and was five when his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Mahar, went in a spring dray to Bookabie in 1892 "to get away from the rabbits." His father, inciden- tally, made all the dry-stone walls around Elliston, was the local champion and once put up eight chains in a day. "We only had a small block at Bookabie originally," George Mahar said. "In 1910 the others went to the West to settle at Wickepin, and left me home. They even took the cart we arrived in. Brother Bill had a three-furrow plough shipped to Eucla, and pulled it behind a cart to the Fraser Range. Martin, who must have picked up a spring dray, went earlier. "I once pushed a bike to Port Lincoln, shipped it to Port Adelaide, where I joined the Mooltan for Fremantle, saw my people, and rode it back to Bookabie via the goldfields." Mr. Mahar has about 80.000 acres now. It is 11-inch rainfall country and wheatgrowing is precarious. He can only raise catch crops.
Getting His Bearings
GEORGE Mahar jocularly said that his biggest trouble not being used to cities, was that he had to go to the GPO several times a day to get his bearings. He has been chairman of the Fowler's Bay Vermin Board for 10 years, and is an official scalp collector: told me he passed a rider on the netting fence who brought in about 80 wild dog scalps, worth 12/6 each—two years' accumulation. They have paid up to £15 for a troublesome dog.



Mark Report 3 Dec 2012 13:16

Just seen new info much appreciated peeps



Cherilyn Report 5 Dec 2012 01:09

you're welcome