• 08/15 – THE EARLY DAYS | 1915-1919


    WATM | August 2015
    By Russell McKinnon.

    From the West Australian of May 18:
    “At the ordinary meeting of the Fremantle Council last night a letter was received from the Fremantle Master Carriers’ Association asking the council to erect a shelter shed near the weighbridge to protect them from the weather. The committee recommended that a lean-to shed be erected, adjoining the weighbridge, provided the master carriers will agree to pay half the cost.”

    Former Vice President Thomas Walsh, general carrier of Fremantle, was laid to rest on September 5, having died at the age of 47.
    Pallbearers included the Association’s President F Newbound, Secretary F Fitzgerald, D J Gruer and H A Hammond.

    In a report from the Kalgoorlie Western Argus of September 7: “HANGED IN HIS STABLE. Perth, Sept. 5. Thomas Walsh, a middle-aged man, was found hanging by a rope in a stable at the rear of his home in Fremantle at an early hour yesterday. The deceased was a wellknown carrier at the port, and leaves a wife and family. No reason can be assigned for the rash act.”

    The South Australian Master Carriers’ Association staged its third annual conference on April 26. Before the proceedings began the following motion was carried unanimously: “That this conference places on record its unswerving loyalty to the Empire, and its unbounded confidence in the Allies…

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    This article is from the August 2015 issue of the WA Transport Magazine. The WA Transport Magazine is available directly from the publisher – Angry Chicken Publishing.