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Charles Henry Chauvel (1833–1896)

In connection with the death of Mr. Chauvel, whose death we have previously announced briefly, a correspondent writes:- Mr. C. H. E. Chauvel was the second son of the late Major C. G. T. Chauvel (late 35th Madras Native Infantry), and grandson of the late Colonel Chauvel, of Walton Bridge House, Surrey. He was born at Bangalore, India, in the year 1833. In 1838 his father, Major Chauvel, retired from the service, came to New South Wales, and settled in the Mudgee district. In 1848 Major Chauvel purchased Tabulam, on the Clarence River, which run was managed for many years by his son, Mr. C. H. E. Chauvel. Canning Downs South, in the colony of Queensland, being subsequently acquired, the latter came there to reside with his family in 1883, and lived there until a few years ago, when he removed to Brisbane. Mr. Chauvel was well known as a breeder of pure Shorthorns, which were conspicuous for many years in the show rings of Brisbane and Sydney. At the time of the second Russian war scare Mr. Chauvel raised two troops of light horse in the Upper Clarence and Richmond and Tenterfield districts, and these were known as the "Upper Clarence Light Horse." One troop afterwards became the Tenterfield Mounted Rifles, and was commanded by him for nine years. The Casino detachment of the other troop is now E Troop, New South Wales Cavalry Regiment, and the Border detachment formed the nucleus of the present Warwick Mounted Infantry. In 1894 he was promoted to the rank of Major, and transferred to the Reserve list, New South Wales Defence Force. The Tenterfield Mounted Rifles are well known to all branches of the Queensland Defence Force. Many members of the corps have a pleasant recollection of hospitality received at their annual tournaments.

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Bangalore, Karnataka, India


14 May, 1896 (aged ~ 63)
Queensland, Australia

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