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Victor Harmon Baskerville, storekeeper, farmer and wood-worker of Bunbury, Mundijong, Greenough and Geraldton, WA

  • born 2 December 1906, Bunbury WA
  • died 12 July 1989, at his home, 8 Abrolhos Street, Geraldton WA
  • parents Charles and Harriett Louisa Baskerville, nee Harmon
  • Married 22 December 1932, St Andrew's Church of England, Mundijong WA,
    to May Ethel Jean Day, aged 29, of Jarrahdale WA
  • Children

A storekeeper at Mundijong in the early 1930s before moving northwards to the Greenough Flats, firstly to a farm at Bookara, on the southern Flats, then to Old Walkaway Farm, on the southern bank of the Greenough River, c1936 to 1970s. When the High School opened in Geraldton in 1939, Victor won a contract to bus students from Greenough to Geraldton, and built the bus in time for the opening of the new school year.

The following notes were taken in a conversation with Victor in 1975:

Worked at Mundijong Mill and then the Jarrahdale Mill, then had shop in Mundijong 1932-34, then worked log hauling at Jarrahdale 1934-38, then on the farm at Greenough until 1971, when he was also a school bus contractor, and raised dairy and beef cattle [also pigs], retired from farm, then worked as a wood machinist in Millers timber yard in Geraldton until 1974.

Left school in 1922. Went over East in 1917 to Balranald and St. Arnaud, by ship named Katoomba. When he left school he worked sweeping clover seed for a few days, then rousabout on a farm for 6 or 8 months. then to a poultry farm for two years, then to Jarrah Board Mill. The Mill closed in the Depression, so then to Jarrahdale Mill. Then a grocery round, and bought the shop. Got married while in the store.

In July 1959 they went on a cruise holiday to Singapore, Malaya, Hong Kong, back to Singapore and then home again.

1942: enlisted in Australian Army on 19th April at Walkaway WA, service number W83484, next of kin May Baskerville, address Greenough. 1944: discharged from army 15th June, at which time he was a Private in the Volunteer Defence Corps (VDC 7) Geraldton Battalion [see WW2 Nominal Roll]