Iris Esther Chaseling (obit.1912)


Headstone (fallen) of Iris Esther Chaseling
Sackville Methodist Cemetery [SHRB.23]

A very sad bereavement befel Mr. and Mrs. John Chaseling, of North Sackville, on Xmas Day, when their daughter, Iris Esther, aged 14 years, was drowned in the Hawkesbury River. It seems that in the afternoon the child, with a younger sister, went for a walk after dinner. After rambling about for while they went to their father’s wharf, and while sitting there Iris overbalanced and fell into the river. Her sister ran home and told what had happened, and the father, who was taking an after-dinner nap, at once ran down to the river, a distance of about a quarter of a mile, jumped into the water and searched for the body. The alarm was raised and assistance arrived, but it was not until the body had been in the water for an hour that it was found in a deep hole near the wharf. Every effort was made at resuscitation. The sad occurrence cast a gloom over the district, and widespread sympathy is expressed for the parents. The District Coroner, Mr J. B. Johnston, J.P., held an inquiry into the circumstances of the drowning on the 26th ultimo, when a verdict of accidental death was recorded. The funeral took place on Boxing Day, when the remains were laid to rest in the Methodist cemetery, Sackville. Rev. T. F. Rudd carried out the last sad rites, and Mr. J. W. Chandler was the undertaker. [SHRB.23]

Ursula Mitchell (obit.1919)


Headstone of Ursula Mitchell, wife of Thomas Mitchell, and their daughter, Jane Emma Mitchell [SHRB.18]

DIED 12th JULY 1919
DIED 26th APRIL 1944

A beautiful and most loveable character, in the person of Mrs. Ursula Mitchell, relict of the late Thomas Mitchell, has gone to her reward, having passed away at her late home ‘Devonshire Cottage’ Sackville North.  The late Mrs. Mitchell had passed the 92nd milestone of life, and up till quite recently was a hale and hearty woman in full possession of all her faculties. She was a Devonshire woman, and came to this country 69 years ago, and married one of the good old Hawkesbury natives, Thomas Mitchell, at the age of 28 years, the wedding being solemnised in Windsor. She was a daughter of Uriah Shapton, her mother’s maiden name being Jane Allen. The family of the late Thomas and Ursula Mitchell are : Jane Emma, George, Lydia Grace, Thomas Shapton (the well-known Sydney commission agent, who resides at Burwood), and Nathan. The family are prominent and staunch adherents of the Methodist Church. No family is more esteemed in the Hawkesbury district, and the children were deeply attached to their dear old mother. She was a woman of many fine traits, a kindly disposition and a motherly nature, and a large circle of relatives and friends mourn for her. She obtained much solace from her Christian acts, and many heavy hearts were lightened by her practical charity, good counsel, and sympathetic interest. Her mortal remains were laid to rest in the Methodist Cemetery at Sackville Reach, in the presence of a large concourse of people, who were present as a tribute to the memory of a good woman. The Rev. John Scharkie conducted a touching burial service, and the duties of undertaker were carried out by Mr. Chandler. [SHRB.18]