Frederick Chadwick

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Frederick Chadwick

Born in Cuballing on 4 March 1912, Fred moved to Narrogin as a child where he went Narrogin Primary School. Left school at 14 to work for Mannings Dept Store. Served in the Australian Air force in WWII as a Lieutenant. Saw service in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Upon discharge returned to Narrogin where he owned and operated a tyre service and taxi service. By being frugal and planning carefully he was able to fulfil his ambition to become a farmer. He bought 470 acres of land adjoining the Narrogin town site. He and his wife Madge - whom he had met through the Parry family, had 3 sons who all became farmers. Two of these sons still farm in Narrogin.

Although he had little formal schooling, Fred was an intelligent and thoughtful man who read widely. He always did what he thought was right and when it came to a request from the shire for a place on which to build an abattoir close to town, he agreed to sell a small block. This was also the case with the telecommunications tower which he allowed to be erected in the middle of his farm, thus diminishing the value of the land holding. He was supportive of his community in a quiet and unassuming way.

He was an active sportsman and worked hard to provide for his family and community.

Life and founding member of Warriors Hockey Club
Founding member of Narrogin Pigeon Racing Club
Life and founding member of the Albany Pigeon Club
The Fred Chadwick Pigeon Pavilion at the Albany Showgrounds was named in his honour
Founding member of Narrogin Apex Club
Member of Stud Merino Breeders Assoc.
Showed Pigeons, Cattle and Sheep at Narrogin Show
Held one of the first taxi licences in Narrogin
First to have a motor boat for skiing on Lake Taarblin and White Lake - East of Narrogin
Worked in Mannings Department Store from age 14
As a young employee of Mannings, he planted and watered the palm trees in Fairway Street - next to the AMP building. Last one is smaller as it didn't get as much water as the others. The trees are over 90 years old.
Fred's sister married Frank Parry. Frank's father established Parrys of Narrogin.


Unsung Heroes

Revealing the remarkable in seemly ordinary people

Portrait painted by Graham Smith 2020.

Text compiled by Jan Smith from notes provided with the nomination in 2020.

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