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Chaseling, Thomas (1831–1905)

At "Claremont," Windsor, on Tuesday last, there passed away, after a short illness, a man whose life was closely interwoven with the history of the Hawkesbury, and who leaves behind a long line of descendants and relatives. We refer to the late Mr. Thomas Chaseling, who died peacefully on the day mentioned from bronchitis, supervening upon influenza. He had been suffering from a severe attack of influenza, but, like most of our stalwart, sturdy sons, detested laying up when he thought himself strong enough to be about. He went out, and soon suffered a relapse. The late Thomas Chaseling was a familiar figure in Windsor, where he and his family are highly respected. He was born on the Australian Farm, Lower Hawkesbury, now occupied by his only surviving brother, Mr Matthew Chaseling. He lived all his life in the Hawkesbury and Shoalhaven districts. He was married in the latter district on the 11th January, 1853, and the wife of his choice proved in every way a splendid helpmeet, and they lived together in happiness and concord for 52 years. Mrs. Chaseling, who survives her husband, attained her 70th year on Thursday of this week. Two of deceased's sisters, Mrs. Paull and Mrs Attewell, reside at Dulwich Hill. Mrs Paull is in her 78th year, and Mrs Attewell, is younger than the subject of this notice. The family of the late Mr Chaseling, in order, are: Mrs J. J. Herps (of the Hawkesbury River) Miss Catherine Chaseling, Messrs John and George Chaseling, Mrs Herbert Cupitt, Misses Alice and Rebecca Chaseling, and Mr Arthur Chaseling, The filial bond between the father and his family was a strong one, and they mourn for a good parent. The late Mr Chaseling was a strong and healthy man, standing over 5ft. 10 inches, and till recent years had very little sickness. The remains were laid to rest in St. Matthew's Church of England Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon, being followed to the grave by a representative gathering of district people. The pall-bearers were Messrs T. and W. Gow, R. B. Walker and F. Campbell. The coffin was borne into the church and thence to the grave by the four sons of the deceased. As it entered the sacred portals of the fine old building the beautiful hymn "Hush, blessed are the dead "was played on the organ, and as it was carried out the solemn strains of the Dead March in "Saul" were heard. After the service for the dead, the Very Rev. Mervyn Archdall, M.A., improved the occasion with a brief but eloquent address. The burial was conducted by Canon Archdall, and Mr R. W. Dunstan carried out the funeral obsequies.

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'Chaseling, Thomas (1831–1905)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/chaseling-thomas-17377/text29125, accessed 25 November 2017.

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