Thomas Edwin Applin

His many friends in the Katanning and surrounding districts were grieved to learn of the death of Mr. T. E. Applin, which took place at his residence on Wednesday, November 22, following a sudden heart seizure and collapse.
Deceased, who was 72 years of age, had lived an active and varied life, which was sustained to the last in spite of his advancing years. He arrived in Katanning 27 years ago with his wife and family of five boys and four girls, after voyaging from the Old Country on board the S.S. Belgic, which carried 1,500 migrants for Australia. His family, incidentally, was the largest one on board the vessel.
After gaining local experience around Katanning, Mr. Applin selected land about 15 miles from Nyabing, which he farmed for a number of years. Just prior to the Great War, his eldest son, Edward (Ted), suffered a breakdown in health and died after a long illness, and on the outbreak of hostilities his second son, Robert, enlisted with the A.I.F. He went overseas and was killed in action.
The family then persuaded their father to leave the farm and come to Katanning; and it was here that he started what is known today as the Monk’s Green stud. From a very modest beginning (two cows in a back yard), he succeeded by hard work and diligence in becoming the proud owner of one of the finest dairy herds in the State.
He was a highly successful exhibitor in local and district shows, where his splendid Ulawarra Shorthorns were universally admired. In this achievement he was ably assisted by his wife, two youngest sons, Victor and Tom, and a daughter, who have lost a good husband and father, while his wide circle of friends will regret the passing of a true Britisher.
The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon, the cortege moving from his late residence to the Baptist portion of the Katanning cemetery, where the last rites were administered by Pastor J. Wilson Brown, funeral arrangements being in the hands of Messrs. C. E. Courtis and Co.
Pall-bearers were Messrs. N. Ricket, N. Wells, L. Wells, A. A. Stevens, F. A. Rogers and E. Daniels.

Thomas Edwin Applin obituary
Great Southern Herald (Katanning, Western Australia), page 5, Dec 2 1939

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