77. James Francis Chalker
The Grim Reaper with his sickle keen has been unusually and painfully active during the last few months in the Cobar district. It is not an uncommon thing to meet people today and in the course of a few days to be one of those who follow the remains of that friend to the last earthly resting place. Such are the vicissitudes and uncertainties of life. What man or woman who saw Mr. James Chalker a fortnight ago would have thought that ere this the icy hand of death would have foregathered him with his ancestors? Yet it is too true. On the night of Sunday, 14th inst., he took ill with a complication of complaints — pneumonia, bronchitis, and pleurisy. His illness was severe and short, for on Tuesday morning last at 1.30 he commenced to 'Sleep the sleep that knows no breaking, Morn of toil nor night of waking.' He leaves behind to mourn the loss of a husband and father his widow and seven children. Of the five daughters two are married — Mrs. W. H. Wilde and Mrs. Shea, both of Sydney — Misses Minnie and Lily are in Cobar, and Miss Victoria is in Sydney. The two sons (Messrs. William and James Chalker) are at present in town. On Wednesday one of the largest processions that has ever followed a
corpse to its resting place in Cobar wended its sad way to the Cobar cemetery, being led by the Town and Military Bands. He was one of the best-known miners on the Cobar field, and the crowd that turned out to do the last honor to the memory of a departed friend showed in language more eloquent than printers' ink how widely and well he was known. At the grave the Rev. Father Hughes read the burial service of the Catholic Church, to which the deceased belonged. Messrs. Gudgeon and Co. carried out the mortuary arrangements in their usual capable way. Jim Chalker, as he was familiarly called, came to Cobar with the Messrs. Longworth Brothers some 11 years ago, and he has remained in their employ ever since. For many years he occupied the position of boss at the jackets, and when the hand of time had pressed a little heavily on him his employers were generous enough to recognise faithful services by finding for him a lighter occupation on the mine without reducing his salary. In his younger days he was one of the very best rifle shots in the State, and many were the trophies that he took home to adorn the interior. Those who know anything about pigeon shooting will admit that when a man wins in first-class com- pany off 40 yards, as the deceased did at Sydney and Goulburn, he was a shooter of exceptional prowess. In the cricketing field he was one of our greatest enthusiasts, and before his sight played him false he occupied a high position in the colonial cricketing world. To be offered a position against one of the first English teams to try conclusions on this side of the water was one of the honors of which the deceased had good reason to be proud to boast. In any line of sport generally Jim Chalker had few who could surpass him in enthusiasm, and this characteristic was evergreen in him right until the last, although his life was one extending over three score years. He was old in years but young in heart, and mentally keen withal. Some 15 or 20 years ago he went in a good deal for railway con- tracting, and he also followed hotel keeping at Branxton and Greta. Deceased was always jolly no matter how dark the sky looked, and he was full of healthy humour. In fact, the writer doubts very much if any man has caused the employees of the copper mine one-half the laughter as did the deceased in his bluff, blunt, humorous and straight-out way. No one misunderstood him ; he called a spade a spade. We hear that the father of the deceased is yet alive at Mittagong, and is nearing his century.
Source: The Cobar Herald 28 Oct 1905
462. John Chalker
MR. JOHN CHALKER.
The death occurred at 'Janellen,' Braemar, during the holidays of Mr. John Chalker at the age of 59 years. Well known and highly respected throughout the district, his passing was deeply deplqfed. Deceased was a quiet-spoken, reserved man who simply compelled friendship. He was a familiar figure in the district, a man whom it was a privilege to call friend. Though not endowed with an over supply of this world's riches, the deceased always was prepared to help a fellow being whose lot happened to be cast in leas favourable circumstances than his. His last shilling would be cheerfully handed over to his friend. Of late years he had been unable to work and had not been in very good health for the past twelve months. The end came suddenly in his sleep on 10th December. Deceased was a veteran of the last war. He was a champion bomb-thrower, and achieved a great reputation at Salisbury Plains in the art. A keen cricketer, he played a splendid game in his younger days, and was want to boast of his performance in clean bowling the redoubtable Don Bradman when that phenomenon was making his meteoric rise to fame.. Writer recalls meeting the genial 'Jack' Chalker in a match at Mittagong many years ago. He was a grand sport, playing the game in the same clean, fan way as he lived his life. Two sisters and two brothers survive to mourn their loss. His remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery. Rev. Monsignor Giles conducting the service at the graveside. To his relatives we extend our sincere sympathy.
Source: The Braidwood Despatch and Mining Journal 5 Jan 1945
After being ill for some time Mrs. Mary Chalker, 68 years, Relict of the late Charles Chalker, died at her residence, Braemar, on. Saturday last. Deceased, will be remembered as the mar boarding house for many years. She is survived by two sons and two daughters. The funeral took place on Monday, the remains being interred in the R.C cemetery, Mittagong. Rev. Father Byrne conducted the service at the graveside.
Source: The Scrutineer and Berrima District Press 1 Jul 1933
85. Alfred Stephen Chalker
AMMONIA EXPLOSION. MAN DREADFULLY BURNED. SYDNEY, Wednesday,
Alfred Chalker employed at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital was driving a cart containing two large cylinders of ammonia along the Parrmatta road late yesterday afternoon when one of the cylinders exploded and blew Chalker into the air, and threw him on the road several yards away. He was dreadfully burned and taken to the hospital in a critical condition.
Source: Young Witness 27 Jan 1921
Owned a butchers shop in Mittagong. Later worked as a butcher in Albert St Redfern.
Lived at Boomerang St Haberfield upon retirement