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Chaseling, Arthur Henry (1875–1920)

Quite a shock was experienced by his many friends in the Hawkesbury district when it became known on Friday last that Arthur Chaseling had passed away suddenly on previous evening, at his home, Livingstone-road, Petersham. The deceased was the youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Chaseling, who for many years owned and lived at "Claremont," Windsor, and was 45 years of age. He underwent an operation for appendicitis about 10 days prior to his death, and appeared to be getting on satisfactorily, but suddenly collapsed on the 7th, instant and died in a few minutes, just after having signed some papers. It seems that a clot of blood in an artery caused his sudden death. The late Arthur Chaseling as a boy attended Windsor Public School under the late James Anderson. Adopting the profession of a teacher, he was trained under Mr. Anderson, and taught in Windsor School for some time as a pupil teacher. Thus early he proved that he was possessed of more than average ability and the bright promise of his early career was fully borne out, for he made remarkable headway in his profession. His first appointment was to the half-time schools on the Colo River. His good work there was soon recognised by his inspector and his promotion thereafter was rapid. For a time he was assistant in the St. Peters school, then at Newcastle South and Cleveland-street, Sydney. Four years ago he was appointed first assistant at the school at Plunkett-street, Woolloomooloo, where Mr. Wright Smith, formerly of Windsor, is headmaster. He was teaching there up to the time of his illness. Mr. Wright, Smith speaks very highly of the late Mr. Chaseling's abilities as a teacher, and when the death was reported to the Department the Chief Inspector sorrowfully remarked "The service has lost an excellent teacher." Between him and his pupils there was a strong bond of affection, and they felt his death very keenly. The deceased had many sincere friends in the Hawkesbury district, some of them being associations of boyhood which ripened into feelings of regard and affection as they reached man's estate, and deep sorrow is felt by them at his untimely end. Mrs. Herbert Cupitt, of Windsor, is a sister of the late Arthur Chaseling. His other sisters are the Misses Alice and Rebecca Chaseling, the former being a teacher in St. Peter's school; his brothers are Messrs. George, John and James Chaseling, the former residing in Sydney and the two latter at Penrith. The remains were brought to Windsor on Saturday morning and interred in St. Matthew's C.E. cemetery, beside those of his parents. Rev. N. Jenkyn, who conducted the service, expressed sympathy with those who mourned, and paid a tribute to the deceased as a dutiful son and brother, and to his proficiency in his profession. Mr. Chandler conducted the funeral.

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'Chaseling, Arthur Henry (1875–1920)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/chaseling-arthur-henry-17425/text29149, accessed 25 May 2019.

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