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N: Northam W.A. William S.Dale #AtoZChallenge

April 16, 2021

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers, to publish a post from A-Z, every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. Participants can post on a chosed theme or just do random posts with no theme at all. The themeI have chosen for 2021 is Newspaper Articles About My Family Found in Trove. Trove is the electronic archive for newspapers, books, magazines, photos and much more.

Northam

Northam is a town in Western Australia, which is about 100 kilometres from Perth. It is the largest inland town in Western Australia. William Stroud DALE, my first cousin three times removed, moved from Beechworth to Northam. He married there and lived his life in the town. His residence was a prominent property at 59 Gordon Street, named Uralia. Most of the houses in Gordon Street were built with the wealth obtained in the goldrush. Uralia is now heritage listed.

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William Stroud was born in 1874 at Beechworth, to parents Joseph Langham DALE and Emily Jane COX. In 1910, William married Lurline Kate BAILEY, in Subiaco, W.A. William died in a car accident, in 1937 at age 63.

From: The Northam Advertiser, Saturday 6 November 1937, page 5

DEATH OF MR. W. S. DALE

LONG ESTABLISHED BUSINESS MAN LARGELY ATTENDED FUNERAL

The funeral of the late Mr. William Stroud Dale of Uralia, Gordon Street, who died in the Northam Government Hospital at 6.50 on Wednesday morning as a result of the injuries received in an accident the previous morning, when his car crashed into a tree at the side of the road, two miles west of Baker’s Hill was held on Thursday morning.

The esteem in which he was held, was shown by the number of friends who attended the funeral, which was one of the largest held in Northam for years. Many beautiful floral tributes, including those from his mother, brothers and sisters, were received. The late Mr. Dale, who was born at Beechworth, Victoria, was 68 years of age. He was a son of Mrs. J. Langham Dale who is now 87 years of age, and the late Mrs. J. Langham Dale of Victoria, and a nephew of Sir Langham Dale, of South Africa. He is survived by his widow, eight children and three grandchildren. One child, Lloyd, died some years ago. The late Mr. Dale was one of the oldest established business men in Northam, having been here for 35 years.

He was a prominent worker for the Anglican Church, being church warden for 32 years, and was also Sunday School Superintendant for 15 years. He was a keen student of literature, and was essentially a home loving man, having devoted himself to his home and family.

The cortege left from his late residence, Uralia, Gordon Street, at 11 o’clock, and proceeded to the Anglican church, where a service was conducted by Rev. J. Eakins-Stannage. Interment took place in the Anglican portion of the Northam cemetery. Rev. J. E. Stannage officiating at the graveside.

The chief mourners were his widow, Georgina (Mrs. D.G. Horley, Emily, Dorothy, Joan Elsie (daughters), Stroud, Langham, Forrest (sons), Mrs. Bailey-Brown (mother-in-law), Mr. D.G. Horley (son-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Dale (brother and sister-in-law), Mr. Bailey-Brown (brother-in-law), Alwyn, (nephew) Phyllis (niece), and Mr. H. J. Carmichael (representing Mrs. L.E. Piesse-Wagin) Mr. A.C. Haig, an old school friend, was also present.

The pall bearers were the Mayor (Mr. H.C.S. Colebatch), Mr. F.M. Read (Resident Magistrate) Messrs. Geo ‘Christmas, (Town Clerk), J.A. Rogers, (Northam Chamber of Commerce), R.C. Morrell and H.H.I. Thackrah (St. John’s Vestry) W. Glencross (Good, Durrant and Murray), Reg William, C. Breeze, W.J. Cornish, W.J. Gillett, E.E. Jellings, P. Scarterfield and Lewis Forward.

The funeral was conducted by J.W. Purslowe and Sons. in Northam for years. Many beautiful floral tributes, including those from his mother, brothers and sisters, were received. The late Mr. Dale, who was born at Beehworth, Victoria, was 63 years of age. He was a son of Mrs. J. Langham Dale, who is now S7 years of age, and the late Mr. Langham Dale, of Victoria, and a nephew of the late Sir Langham Dale, of South Africa. He is survived by his widow, eight children and three grandchildren. One child, Lloyd, died some years ago. The late Mr. Dale was one of the oldest established businessmen in Northam, having been here for 35 years. He was a prominent worker for the Anglican Church being Church Warden for years, and was also Sunday School Superintendent for 15 years. He was a keen student of literature, and was essentially a home-loving man, having devoted himself to his home and family. The cortege left from his late residence, Uralia, Gordon-street, at 11 o’clock and proceeded to the Anglican Church where a service was conducted by Rev. J. Eakins-Stannage. Interment took place in the Anglican portion of the Northam cemetery, Rev. J.K. Stannage officiating at the graveside. The chief mourners were his widow, Georgina (Mrs. D. G. Horley), Emily, Dorothy. Joan, Elsie (daughters), Stroud, Langham, Forrest (sons), Mrs. Bailey-Brown (mother-in-law), Mr. 1). G. Horley (son-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Dale (brother and sister-inlaw), Mr. Bailey-Brown (brothcr-in law), Alwyn (nephew), Phyllis (neice) and Mr. H. .1. Carmichael (representing Mrs. L. F.. Piesse, Wagin). Mr. A. C. Haig. an old school friend, was also present. The pall bearers were the Mayor (Mr. 11. C. S. Colebatch), Mr. F. M. Head (Resident. Magistrate), Messrs. Geo. Christmass (town clerk), -J. A. Rogers (Northam Chamber of Commerce), R. C. Morrell and H. H. I. Thackrah (St. John’s Vestry), W. Glencross (Goode, Durrant and Murray), Reg. Williams. C. Breeze. W. J. Cornish, W. J. Gillett, E. E. Jellings, P. Scarterfield and Lewis Forward.

(The funeral was conducted by J. W Pursiowe and Sons).

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Link to the inquest of William Stroud Dale’s death.

DEATH OF MR. W. S. DALE (1937, November 6). The Northam Advertiser (WA : 1895 – 1955), p. 5. Retrieved March 10, 2021, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article260359456
file:///C:/Users/Jennifer/AppData/Local/Temp/Fitzgerald_Street_Precinct_-_Heritage_Assessment_Pt_2-1.pdf
https://www.geni.com/people/William-Dale/6000000008016699551
https://en.wikipedia.org

*Please note Punctuation and paragraphs have been added to the above transcription for ease and speed of reading

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9 Comments
  1. Lots of Victorians ended up on the Western Australian goldfields. I have a few in my family.

  2. I love the quote from his obituary, “he was essentially a home loving man.” That alone is a fittin eulogy for any one to obtain.

  3. mollyscanopy permalink

    A sad tale. Imagine living so long and, on the cusp of retirement age, dying suddenly in a car crash. However, it appears he was indeed highly esteemed to have the Mayor and so many other local officials as his pall bearers. https://mollyscanopy.com/2021/04/norm-my-career-building-dad-atozchallenge/

  4. There’s quite a family tree in that article. So many leads for you to follow.

  5. William Dale is my Grandfather. I am the daughter of Stroud Eugene Dale, his eldest son. My father was born in Uralia. The last of the Northam Dales (Forrest, pmy beloved uncle), passed away in Queensland on 24th December 2018.
    I have visited Uralia, what a magnificent home for all the Dale children to grow up in.

    • Thanks so much for contacting me Lindy. My relationship to William Dale is quite distant but I was fascinated with his life story. I’d love to have a photo of Eugene for the family tree if you’d like to send one. I’m very pleased to meet you

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