Harry Chambers

M, b. 1866, d. October 1949
  • Harry Chambers was born in 1866 in Manchester, England.
  • His marriage, at 25 years, to Sarah Ellen Earwacker was registered in the March 1891 Quarter in Alton, Hampshire Registration District.
  • Harry Chambers and Sarah Ellen Earwacker appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1913 living at Djuan. Harry was a farmer and Sarah carried out home duties. Their son John was also a farmer at Djuan.
  • Harry Chambers was listed as the next of kin of John Cyril Chambers when she enlisted in the Australian Army on 15 February 1915 in Toowoomba. His service number was 327. At the time of enlistment he was a farmer at "Wyalla", Crow's Nest and gave his next of kin as his father Harry Chambers of the same address. He was awarded the Military Medal on 14 Nov 1916 having served in Gallopili and France. He was appointed 2nd Lieutanent in th 25th Battalion on 25 January 1917.
  • Harry Chambers and Sarah Ellen Earwacker appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1926 and 1949 living at Mountain Camp. Harry was a farmer and Sarah carried out home duties.
  • Harry Chambers was listed as the next of kin of Emily Ellen Chambers when she enlisted in the Australian Army on 4 October 1940 in Crow's Nest. Her service number was QX6485 and she gave her next of kin as her father Harry Chambers. She was living at Crow's Nest at the time she enlisted. She was discharged on 8 May 1942 with the rank of Captain in the 9th Australian General Hospital.
  • Harry Chambers, as the father of the bride, attended the wedding of Emily Ellen Chambers and John G Hooper on 8 May 1942 in St John's Cathederal, Brisbane. The marriage was announced in The Courier Mail :- "RETURNED NURSE TO WED A.IF. CAPTAIN

    SISTER NELL CHAMBERS, of Wyalla, Crow's Nest, will wear her army nurse's uniform when she is married to Captain John G. Hooper, A.I.P. (Laidley) , on Friday at 2.30 p.m. in St. John's Cathedral, Brisbane. Both bride and bridegroom are returned from active service in the Middle East, and Sister Chambers will arrive from Adelaide tomorrow. She will have another returned army nurse, Sister Carmody, as bridesmaid."
  • Harry Chambers died in October 1949 in Woody Point, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • He was cremated on 4 October 1949 in Mt Thompson Crematorium.

Children of Harry Chambers and Sarah Ellen Earwacker

Henry Chambers

M, b. 10 August 1851, d. March 1852
  • Henry Chambers was christened on 10 August 1851 in All Saints Church, Bloxwich, Staffordshire. . He died an infant.
  • He was the son of Sampson Chambers and Jane Jones.
  • Henry Chambers died in March 1852 in Bloxwich.

Henry Arthur William Chambers

M, b. 21 October 1900, d. 14 February 1955

Henry Arthur Chambers (1900-1955) with his eldest son. Taken 1945
  • Henry Arthur William Chambers was born on 21 October 1900 in Biggenden, Queensland.
  • He was the son of Sampson Henry Chambers and Edith Mary Jefferis.
  • Henry Arthur William Chambers also went by the name of Harry. To his family he was also known as Sam.
  • He commenced school at Biggenden State School on 4 February 1907. aged 6 years and 3 months. His father was shown as a farmer of Biggenden. Sam left the Biggenden school in April that year to the new school at Woowoonga.
  • He commenced school in 1908 at Woowoonga State School.
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1930 . He was living in Herbert Electrol Division, Garrandunga, Innisfail, Queensland. Henry's occupation was listed as a labourer.
  • At the age of 42 years, 1 month and 18 days, Henry Arthur William Chambers married Ruby Isabel Staines, daughter of William John Staines and Ethel Mary Stuart Woods, on 9 December 1942 in Valley Presbyterian Church, Brisbane. The wedding was officiated by Rev S Summers.
  • Henry Arthur William Chambers appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at 1 Qualtrough Street, Woolloongabba, Brisbane. Henry was shown as a sawyer. His wife Ruby wasn't registered on the roll at that address.
  • Between 1943 and 1947 Henry Arthur William Chambers and Ruby Isabel Staines lived in a number of places including the Bunya Mountains and Kumbia.
  • The family had moved from the Kingaroy area to Dalrymple Heights north of Eungella and west of Mackay. They then moved to Farleigh, most likely living in workers houses for the Farleigh Sugar Mill. Their children can remember their father going to work on his pushbike, and cutting cane (by hand) on the weekend for the cane farmer who lived across the road from their house.
  • In 1949 Henry Arthur William Chambers moved to in Brooweena with his family, most probably at the end of the cane cutting season in Mackay. They lived in a high set house opposite the railway station. They didn't stay long in Brooweena (between Biggenden and Maryborough) because the wet weather made it too hard to work in the bush.
  • In August 1950 the family moved to Elgin Vale near Nanango. Harry had a "tucker bag" that he would pack when he went bush. It was a sugar bag and contained his week's supply of bread, meat and butter and a stone in the corner to weight it down. Harry would tie a rope on either end and sling it across his back.
  • He and Ruby Isabel Staines appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1954 living at Elgin Vale. Henry was shown as a timber getter and Ruby carried out home duties.
  • Henry Arthur William Chambers died on 14 February 1955 in Elgin Vale, Nanango, Queensland, at age 54. Harry and the other men had been going to work in an old Army Jeep as usual. When they reached a steep spot in the road, the angels gear jumped out and the jeep began to run away. The other men in the jeep jumped clear, but Harry bent down to get his tucker bag, and then couldn't get out. The jeep rolled and Harry was killed.
  • He was buried on 16 February 1955 in Nanango Cemetery.

Ingleton Chambers

M, b. circa 1865
  • Ingleton Chambers was born circa 1865 in St Mawes, Cornwall.
  • He was the son of George Chambers and Elizabeth Jane German.
  • At the time of the 2 April 1871 census Ingleton Chambers was living in the household of George Chambers and Elizabeth Jane German in St Mawes, Cornwall. George snr is shown as a 41 year old Greenwich pensioner, living with his 41 year old wife Elizabeth and their children: George 15; Thomas 11; Catherine 8; Inceldon 6 and Edward 3. All of the children were scholars and the entire family was born in St Mawes.
  • At the time of the 3 April 1881 census Ingleton Chambers was living in the household of George Chambers and Elizabeth Jane German in St Mawes, Cornwall. George snr is shown as a 52 year old fisherman living with his wife Elizabeth and their children: George E, a 25 year old fisherman; Thomas a 21 year old mason; Catherine 18; Ingleton 16, a fisherman; Edward 12 a scholar; Richard 8, a scholar and Emily 7 a scholar. All in the household were born in St Mawes.

Irene Chambers

F, b. 1907

Isabella Chambers

F, b. 1842, d. 1 November 1918
  • Isabella Chambers was born in 1842 in Parish of Asky, County Sligo, Ireland. She was the daughter of John Chambers and Bessie Shaw.
  • Isabella Chambers married Holden Browne, son of William H(olden) Browne and Mary McCleary, circa 1865.
  • Isabella Chambers and Holden Browne immigrated to Brisbane on 21 January 1870. Holden 31,and Isabella 27, travelled on the ship Planet with 3 year old Catherine. Their daughter Ann was born on the voyage and named Ann Planet. With them were Holden's sister Margaret 34, and her husband Martin O'Boyle aged 29. Holden and Margaret's parents William and Mary arrived in Brisbane in 1874.
  • Isabella Chambers and Holden Browne appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1913 living at Highfields. William was a farmer. Their daughters Elizabeth and Lillie carried out home duties.
  • Isabella Chambers died on 1 November 1918 in Queensland.
  • She was buried in Highfields Baptist Cemetery.

Children of Isabella Chambers and Holden Browne

Jane Eliza Chambers

F, b. 14 October 1859, d. 9 February 1934

Jane Eliza Chambers known to her family as Eliza - sister of Sampson Henry Chambers
  • Jane Eliza Chambers was also known as Eliza.
  • She was born in Bloxwich, Staffordshire.
  • She was christened on 14 October 1859 in All Saints Church, Bloxwich, Staffordshire.
  • She was the daughter of Sampson Chambers and Jane Jones.
  • At the time of the 7 April 1861 census Jane Eliza Chambers was living in the household of Sampson Chambers and Jane Jones in Church Lane, Bloxwich, Staffordshire. Sampson is shown as a 34 year old coal miner, born Bradley living with his wife Jane aged 27 born Bloxwich and their children, all born Bloxwich - Ellen aged 8, Ann aged 6 and Eliza aged 1. The family lived next door to Jane's sister Ann and her husband James Taylor. Jane's parents John and Ann Jones lived on the other side of the Taylors.
  • On 24 November 1868,Jane Eliza Chambers's mother, Jane Jones died in Bloxwich, Staffordshire, England, at age 36. Her death certificate shows she was 36 years old, the wife of Sampson Chambers a coal miner, and died from a strangulated hernia. Sampson was present when she died and he signed the certificate with his X mark.
  • On 3 April 1870,Jane Eliza Chambers's father, Sampson Chambers died in 2 Court Dartmouth Street, Aston, Warwick, England, at age 44. According to his death certificate he was a 44 year old coal miner who died from ulceration of his stomach which he had suffered from for 18 months, and an intestinal obstruction for three days before his death. The death certificate was signed by Ann Middleton (with her X mark) and was registered on 6 April 1870.
  • At the time of the 2 April 1871 census Jane Eliza Chambers was living in the household of Samuel Taylor and Frances Fletcher in Church Street, Bloxwich. The census record shows that Samuel was a 25 year old anvil blade maker, born Bloxwich, living with his wife Frances, 26, born Bloxwich and their son Anarak ? (Harmar) aged 2 born Bloxwich. His cousin Eliza Chambers aged 11 was also living with them. A John Jones aged 76 born Salop mk? was also living with the family. He was listed as a boarder, and as being married. (Was this person Samuel and Jane's grandfather, husband of Ann who is shown as a widow and living by herself on the same census?)
  • Jane Eliza Chambers appeared on the census of 3 April 1881 in 4 Orlando St, Walsall Foreign, Staffordshire. She is shown as a 21 year old boarder in the JAMES household. She is a tailoress, born Bloxwich.
  • At the age of 26 years, 2 months and 11 days, Jane Eliza Chambers married Charles Henry Muller, son of John Ludor Muller and Caroline Hanson, on 25 December 1885 in St Saviours Church, Aston, Warwickshre. Charles was living at College Road and working as a metal roller. Jane was living in Charles Henry Street and working as a dressmaker.
  • Jane Eliza Chambers and Charles Henry Muller appeared on the census of 5 April 1891 in Warwickshire. The surname was spelt Mueller. Jane E was born 1862, Charles H 1861 and Ellen G in 1890.
  • Jane Eliza Chambers and Charles Henry Muller appeared on the census of 31 March 1901 in 46 Cambridge Road, Smethwick, Staffordshire. Charles was shown as a 40 year old brass copper metal roller, born Warwick Birmingham. His wife Jane was 39, born Bloxwich. Living with them were their children Austin 9, and Elsie 7, both born Birmingham.
  • Jane Eliza Chambers appeared on the census of 2 April, 1911.
  • On 28 December 1914 Jane's sister Emma wrote this letter to their niece Minnie Chambers:
    " Well dear Minnie I did not go this Xmas for one thing it is such a long cold journey so I thought all being well I would go at Easter. Of course I heard from them all Auntie Annie, Charlie, Alice and Baby were all going to Auntie Eliza's so I know they would have a good time of it. I spent a very Happy Christmas with some Friends in Liverpool and I was glad when Xmas came I had decided not to go to Birmingham for it was a very cold day much colder than last year. Although I should liked to of been there all the same and many a time I thought of Auntie. She is a real good sister and thinks of us all and when we are altogether your farther and all of you are thought of and talked of as well only you are so far away. "
  • On 31 August 1926,her husband, Charles Henry Muller died at age 65. His death was recorded in the West Bromwich Registration District.
  • Jane Eliza Chambers died on 9 February 1934 at age 74. Her death was recorded in the Smethwick Registration District.

Children of Jane Eliza Chambers and Charles Henry Muller

John Chambers

M, b. 14 March 1802
  • John Chambers was baptized on 14 March 1802 in Haughton, Staffordshire. (Note:- no father shown on christening record.)
  • He was the son of Mary Chambers.
  • At the age of 22 years, 10 months and 16 days, John Chambers married Prudance Handley, daughter of Richard Handley and Mary Unknown, on 30 January 1825 in Haughton, Staffordshire, England.
  • On 19 March 1826 he was a labourer, at the time of his son Sampson's birth
    in Pekinridge, Staffordshire, England.
  • In 1850 he was labourer at the time of his son Sampson's marriage to Jane Jones.

Child of John Chambers and Prudance Handley

John Chambers

M, b. 1881, d. 1969

Children of John Chambers and Marie Grace Pearl Archer Loveday

John Chambers

M, b. 1905

John Bright Chambers

M, b. 1 June 1903, d. 12 June 1992

Bright Chambers in Brisbane c 1926
  • John Bright Chambers was also known as Bright.
  • He was born on 1 June 1903 in "Woowoonga", Biggenden.
  • He was the son of Sampson Henry Chambers and Edith Mary Jefferis.
  • John Bright Chambers commenced school at Woowoonga State School in 1908.
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll with Sampson Henry Chambers and Edith Mary Jefferis in 1925 in Woowoonga, Biggenden. Sampson was shown as a farmer, and Edith carried out home duties. Their son Bright, a labourer lived with them.
  • John Bright Chambers appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1925 living at Woowoonga, Biggenden. At the time Bright was working as a labourer.
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1936 and 1937 living at Police Station, Calen.. Bright was working as a police constable (Calen is on the Bruce Highway between Mackay and Proserpine):CR:]
  • At the age of 34 years, 4 months and 1 day, John Bright Chambers married Ethel Barron, daughter of William John Barron Barron and Agnew Cummings, on 2 October 1937.
  • He was Policeman, Palm Island.
  • John Bright Chambers and Ethel Barron appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1943 living at Pentland. Bright was living at the Police Station and working as a police constable. Ethel carried out home duties (Pentland is on the highway between Charters Towers and Hughenden.)
  • John Bright Chambers and Ethel Barron appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1949 living at Burktown, Queensland. Bright was a Police Seargent and Ethel carried out home duties.
  • John Bright Chambers and Ethel Barron appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1954 living at Douglas Street, Thursday Island, Torres Straight. Bright was a Police Seargent and Ethel carried out home duties.
  • John Bright Chambers and Ethel Barron appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1958 living at Tully. Bright was a Police Seargent and Ethel carried out home duties.
  • On 13 January 1962,his wife, Ethel Barron died in Mt Morgan-Rockhampton road.
  • The following article appeared in the Morning Herald on 13 January 1962. "Car Plunge- woman dead. Rockhampton, Sat.
    A holiday trip for a Subinspector and his wife ended in tragedy, 20 miles from here today.
    Killed when their car rolled over a 50 ft deep ravine, was Mrs Ethel Chambers, 44, wife of Sub-Inspector J B Chambers of Townsville.
    The couple with a passenger, Leonard Norman, 62, were driving from Mt Morgan to Rockhampton when the car blew a tyre on the steep winding road and plunged down the steep range. Sub-Inspector Chambers and Norman were only slightly injured."
  • John Bright Chambers was widowed on 18 January 1962 when died his wife Ethel died in a car accident on the Mount Morgan - Rockhampton road. He was a sub-inspector with the Townsvile police at the time.
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1963 living at Fryer Street, Townsville. He was a police Sub-Inspector. His daughter worked as a nurse at the Townsville Hospital.
  • He appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1968 and 1973 living at 28 Frederick Street, Biggenden. No occupation was given so he had most likely retired. His son John Dale also lived in the house.
  • John Bright Chambers died on 12 June 1992 in Biggenden, Queensland, at age 89.
  • He was buried in June 1992 in Degilbo, Queensland.
    The headstone reads:-
    1/6/1903
    12/6/1992
    .

John Cyril Chambers

M, b. December 1892, d. 31 January 1917
  • John Cyril Chambers was born in December 1892 in Brisbane, Queensland.
  • He was the son of Harry Chambers and Sarah Ellen Earwacker.
  • John Cyril Chambers appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1913 living at Djuan. He was a farmer as was his father Harry.
  • He enlisted in the AIF on 15 February 1915 in Toowoomba. His service number was 327. At the time of enlistment he was a farmer at "Wyalla", Crow's Nest and gave his next of kin as his father Harry Chambers of the same address. He was awarded the Military Medal on 14 Nov 1916 having served in Gallopili and France. He was appointed 2nd Lieutanent in th 25th Battalion on 25 January 1917.
  • John Cyril Chambers died on 31 January 1917 in Imperial Hotel, Southhampton Row, London, England, at age 24. He died of wounds to the head.
  • He was buried on 7 February 1917 in Kensal Green Cemetery. His name appears on the Roll of Honour at Crow's Nest.

Joseph Chambers

M, b. 1879, d. 1928
  • Joseph Chambers was born in 1879 in Queensland.
  • He was the son of William Thomas Chambers and Elizabeth McDowell.
  • Joseph Chambers and John Chambers appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1903 living at Djuan. They were farmers.
  • Joseph Chambers appeared on the Electoral Roll with William Thomas Chambers and Elizabeth McDowell in 1908 in Djuan.. William was a farmer. Their daughter Elizabeth Ann and son Joseph, also a farmer most likely lived with them. Son John farmed at Crow's Nest :CR:]
  • Joseph Chambers died in 1928 in Queensland.
  • He was buried on 3 October 1928 in Cabarlah Cemetery.

Kate Chambers

F, b. 1890

Kate Ryland Chambers

F, b. 1879, d. 23 April 1955
  • Kate Ryland Chambers was born in 1879 in New Zealand. She was the daugther of Ellen and Thomas John Chambers ???
  • Kate Ryland Chambers married Unknown Ryland circa 1895 in New Zealand.
  • At the age of 26 years, Kate Ryland Chambers married Clement Sigley, son of Joseph Robert Sigley and Ellen Holdaway, in 1905 in New Zealand.
  • On 20 December 1954,her husband, Clement Sigley died in New Zealand at age 76.
  • Kate Ryland Chambers died on 23 April 1955 in New Zealand.

Children of Kate Ryland Chambers and Clement Sigley

Landy Chambers

M, b. 1888, d. 1964

Laurence Noel Chambers

M, b. 1910, d. 1980

Madelina Louisa Chambers

F, b. 1895

Maria Jane Chambers

F, b. 1885, d. 1974
  • Maria Jane Chambers was born in 1885 in Queensland.
  • She was the daughter of William Thomas Chambers and Elizabeth McDowell.
  • Maria Jane Chambers and George Hunt appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1908 living at Crow's Nest. George was a teamster.
  • At the age of 23 years, Maria Jane Chambers married George Hunt, son of William Hunt and Sarah Carter, in 1908 in Queensland.
  • Maria Jane Chambers and George Hunt appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1913 living at Thornville. George was a teamster.
  • On 29 July 1969,her husband, George Hunt died in Brisbane, Queensland, at age 82.
  • Maria Jane Chambers died in 1974 in Brisbane, Queensland.

Mary Chambers

F, b. circa 1775
  • Mary Chambers was born circa 1775.

Child of Mary Chambers

Mary Georgina Chambers

F, b. 1922, d. 5 April 1985
  • Mary Georgina Chambers was born in 1922 in Hobart, Tasmania. She was the daughter of Thomas Patrick CHAMBERS.
  • At the age of 21 years, Mary Georgina Chambers married Colin Watts, son of Byron Jabez (Jabe) Watts and Aleada Mary Burgess, on 20 October 1943 in Wynyard, Tasmania.
  • On 31 January 1974,her husband, Colin Watts died at age 50.
  • Mary Georgina Chambers died on 5 April 1985 in Hobart, Tasmania.
  • Mary Georgina Chambers also went by the name of Judy.

Percival W Chambers

M, b. 1898, d. 1898

Raymond Jack Chambers

M, b. circa 1912

Richard Chambers

M, b. circa 1873
  • Richard Chambers was born circa 1873 in St Mawes, Cornwall.
  • He was the son of George Chambers and Elizabeth Jane German.
  • At the time of the 3 April 1881 census Richard Chambers was living in the household of George Chambers and Elizabeth Jane German in St Mawes, Cornwall. George snr is shown as a 52 year old fisherman living with his wife Elizabeth and their children: George E, a 25 year old fisherman; Thomas a 21 year old mason; Catherine 18; Ingleton 16, a fisherman; Edward 12 a scholar; Richard 8, a scholar and Emily 7 a scholar. All in the household were born in St Mawes.

Robert Chambers

M, b. 1894, d. 1962

Ronald Allan Chambers

M, b. 1894, d. 18 October 1918
  • Ronald Allan Chambers was born in 1894 in Waverly, Sydney, New South Wales.
  • He was the son of Allan Richard Chambers and Roseline (Rose) Johnston.
  • Ronald Allan Chambers began military service on 22 April 1915 in Liverpool, Sydney. He stated he was born near Woollahra, Cumberland and gave his next of kin as Allan R Chambers of Victoria Street, Goulburn. He was an engineer and joined the Australian Vets Corps. He served in the Middle East.
  • Ronald Allan Chambers died of bronchial pneumonia on 18 October 1918 in Ludd, Egypt.
  • He was buried in Rameh War Cemetery, Israel.

Rosalyn M J Chambers

F, b. 1903

Ruby Isabelle Chambers

F, b. 1909

Sampson Chambers

M, b. 19 March 1826, d. 3 April 1870

Sampson Chambers (1826-1870). He was a poor coal miner and the top hat and coat most probably belonged to photograhpy studio.
  • Sampson Chambers was born in Bradley, Staffordshire.
  • He was christened on 19 March 1826 in Penkridge, Haughton, Staffordshire, England. (Note - Penkridge is south west of Bradley, Bradley is south west of Haughton.)
  • He was the son of John Chambers and Prudance Handley.
  • At the age of 24 years, 2 months and 1 day, Sampson Chambers married Jane Jones, daughter of John Jones and Ann Unknown, on 20 May 1850 in Birmingham, Bishops Ryder, Warwick, England. Sampson was a labourer at the time of his marriage, he was of full age and lived in Novascotia Street. His father, John Chambers was shown as a labour. He signed with his X mark. Jane was shown as a spinster of full age (even though she was just 17), father John Jones a carpenter. The witnesses were George Bussett who signed with his X mark and Ann Durose. Neither Jane or Ann signed the document.
  • Sampson Chambers and Jane Jones appeared on the census of 30 March 1851 in 123 Pinfold Bank, Bloxwich, Walsall, Staffordshire, England. Sampson was shown as a coal miner, born Bradley, aged 24 and living with his wife Jane, 18, born Bloxwich.
  • Sampson Chambers and Jane Jones appeared on the census of 7 April 1861 in Church Lane, Bloxwich, Staffordshire. Sampson is shown as a 34 year old coal miner, born Bradley living with his wife Jane aged 27 born Bloxwich and their children, all born Bloxwich - Ellen aged 8, Ann aged 6 and Eliza aged 1. The family lived next door to Jane's sister Ann and her husband James Taylor. Jane's parents John and Ann Jones lived on the other side of the Taylors.
  • In 1866, at the time of the birth of his son Sampson Henry Sampson Chambers and Jane Jones lived in Alma Terrace, Bloxwich, Walsall, Staffordshire, England.
  • Sampson Chambers was widowed on 24 November 1868 when died Jane died of a strangulated hernia.
  • On 24 November 1868,his wife, Jane Jones died in Bloxwich, Staffordshire, England, at age 36. Her death certificate shows she was 36 years old, the wife of Sampson Chambers a coal miner, and died from a strangulated hernia. Sampson was present when she died and he signed the certificate with his X mark.
  • Sampson Chambers died on 3 April 1870 in 2 Court Dartmouth Street, Aston, Warwick, England, at age 44. According to his death certificate he was a 44 year old coal miner who died from ulceration of his stomach which he had suffered from for 18 months, and an intestinal obstruction for three days before his death. The death certificate was signed by Ann Middleton (with her X mark) and was registered on 6 April 1870.
  • He was buried on 8 April 1870 in Bloxwich, Walsall, Staffordshire.

Children of Sampson Chambers and Jane Jones

Sampson Henry Chambers

M, b. 14 February 1866, d. 18 March 1938

Sampson Henry Chambers
1866-1938
- taken when he was about 60 years old.

  • Sampson Henry Chambers was born on 14 February 1866 in Alma Terrace, Bloxwich, Staffordshire, England.
  • He was the son of Sampson Chambers and Jane Jones.
  • On 24 November 1868,Sampson Henry Chambers's mother, Jane Jones died in Bloxwich, Staffordshire, England, at age 36. Her death certificate shows she was 36 years old, the wife of Sampson Chambers a coal miner, and died from a strangulated hernia. Sampson was present when she died and he signed the certificate with his X mark.
  • On 3 April 1870,Sampson Henry Chambers's father, Sampson Chambers died in 2 Court Dartmouth Street, Aston, Warwick, England, at age 44. According to his death certificate he was a 44 year old coal miner who died from ulceration of his stomach which he had suffered from for 18 months, and an intestinal obstruction for three days before his death. The death certificate was signed by Ann Middleton (with her X mark) and was registered on 6 April 1870.
  • At the time of the 2 April 1871 census Sampson Henry Chambers was living in the household of Ann Jones and James Taylor in 10 Church Road, Bloxwich, Staffordshire. The census record shows Ann as a 50 year old, born Bloxwich living with her husband James,also shown as a 50 year old anvil blade maker born Bloxwich, and nieces Hariet aged 8, and Emma aged 6 and nephew Sampson Chambers aged 5. All the children were scholars. Ann Jones, Ann's mother, lived next door.
  • Sampson and his sisters became orphans when his mother died in 1868 and his father in 1870. He and his sisters Emma and Hariet went to live with James and Ann Taylor. Ann was Jane's sister.
    An extract from a letter from Gert Norman written in about 1990 states " I have heard Dad speak of the times he and Aunt Emma always had to have their meals with the servants in the kitchen ..... he also spoke of his Uncle owning a brewery and when he was very small had to work there instead of going to school, when the inspectors were around he was hid under a vat." The uncle referred to in this letter was not James Taylor as he was an awl blade maker. The children were obviously looked after by a number of family members. Just who the uncle who owned the brewery was is not yet determined.
  • At the time of the 3 April 1881 census Sampson Henry Chambers was living in the household of William Kingston and Ellen Chambers in 97 Brace Street, Walsall Foreign. The census shows that William was 34, born Rosliston, Derby, a packing case maker, living with his wife Ellen, 29 born Bloxwich, and their two children Anne aged 2 and William 1 month, both born in Walsall. Sampson Chambers, Ellen's brother also lived with them. He was 15 years old, born Bloxwich and a saddle maker.
  • Sampson Henry Chambers immigrated to Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, with William Kingston and Ellen Chambers. The "El Dorado" departed Plymouth, England on 9 May 1883 and arrived in Cooktown on 26 June the same year. The ship reached Rockhampton in July. On board were William and Ellen Kingston and their two children Annie shown as 4 years old, and son William. William's occupation was recorded a cabinet maker and builder. Ellen's brother Sampson Chambers also came with the family. On his departure from England Sampson was given a book "The Life of Christ" by his sister Anne. The inscription read "From your loving sister Anne - March 1883.
    The family made their way overland to Bundaberg from Rockhampton.
  • On 6 April 1893 the following article appeared in "The Brisabne Courier". We (Bundaberg Mail) regret to record a fatal accident which occurred about 7 o'clock on Tuesday morning at the Yellow Waterholes, about five miles from town, whereby a man named Peter Thygesen lost his life. The unfortunate circumstance occurred while two men--John Kingston and S. Chamber were tree felling on Thygesen's selection. The deceased was seated on a log, sharpening a saw, when a tree just cut swayed over and struck him on the back of the neck, crushing his head severely. Deceased was 36 years of age, married, leaving a wife and two children of tender years, who lived on a selection recently taken up by him. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, and the brethren will attend his funeral.
  • Sampson Henry Chambers selected land on 5 March 1894 at Woowoonga Creek, Biggenden Sampson was issued with a deed of grand for 160 acres of land. Selection No 364. He occupied the land on 8 October 1894 and was required to reside on the land for 5 years from this date in order to gain selection. He was also required to make improvements to the value of 1/7 (one shilling and 7 pence)? per acre.
    The farm was inspected on 16 April 1899. The record shows: " the farm had been occupied continuously by the selector during the whole of the term up to the present date, was occupied by the selector at the time of inspection, about 6 acres are used for growing general produce. the other part of the farm is used for grazing the selector's cattle. Previously inspected several times and always found selector to be in occupation of the farm.
    The land is partly enclosed with 160 rods of fence, which consists of split hardwood posts one rail and palings at 4shillings per rod. Value 32 pound.
    And 30 rods of split hardwood 1 rail fence at 2 shillings per rod. Value 3 pound. 6 acres of scrub cleared and mostly stumped and under cultivation at 3 pound 10 shillings /acre - value 21 pound.
    One hardwood slab house 24x22 feet - value 20 pound
    Stockyard and other out buildings - value 5 pound.
    One small slab barn and little house - vale 7 pound.

    Total improvements 88 pound."

    Sampson paid 5 pound 16 shilling on 5 March 1894 to become the lessee. This money covered the first year’s rent and the survey fee. He paid 2/6 per acres for the land, a total of 20 pound and with his final payment of the Deed fee of 1pound ten shillings on 11 September 1899 the land was his. He called it "Woodvale Farm."

  • At the age of 29 years, 2 months and 29 days, Sampson Henry Chambers married Edith Mary Jefferis, daughter of Robert Kemp Jefferis and Emily Ann Bright, on 13 May 1895. The marriage took place in the residence of Mrs Jefferis, Electra Street, Bundaberg and the ceremony was performed by the Wesleyan Methodist Minister, Howard Holme Nolan. Sampson is was a 28 year old farmer of Degilbo, Biggenden, born Bloxwich Staffordshire, father Sampson Chambers, coal mining manager, mother Jane Jones. Edith Mary was a 29 year old spinster born Ballarat, Victoria. Father Robert Kemp Jefferis, a draper, mother Emily Ann Bright. Witnesses to the marriage were Arthur and Ann Jefferis.
  • Sampson Henry Chambers and Edith Mary Jefferis appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1901 and 1918 living at Biggenden. Sampson was listed as a farmer.
  • Between 23 January 1901 and 7 June 1902 Sampson Henry Chambers was a private in the Queensland Defence Force (Land) and served in the Biggenden Company, QMI. He was discharged as he was "unable to attend owing to nature of civil employment". His particulars of service showed he was a Musketry Marksman, accustomed to horses, of good character. He was thrity six years old, five foot seven inches tall, blue eyes, fair complection and light hair. He was a farmer by trade and lived at Biggenden.
  • Henry was a active member of the Woowoonga State school Committe. His children attended the school from the time it was built.
  • In an interview on her 95th birthday Nellie Johannesen, Sam's daughter recalled ""Woowoonga people then decided they wanted a church of their own and a committee was formed consisting of Mr CF Stark, Mr SH Chambers, Mrs JFE Voss, Mr FG Reinhardt and Mr JA Douglas. Mrs Stark and Mr Chambers went around in a horse and cart and collected and a church was purchased from Mt Perry and later moved to Woowoonga. This church is the present hall adjacent to the church in Biggenden."
    A plaque with the names of the Woowoonga Church committee on it, was placed in the front alcove of the church when it was moved to Biggenden.
  • He and Edith Mary Jefferis appeared on the Electoral Roll in 1925 living at Woowoonga, Biggenden. Sampson was shown as a farmer, and Edith carried out home duties. Their son Bright, a labourer lived with them.
  • Sampson Henry Chambers and Edith Mary Jefferis appeared on the Electoral Roll between 1934 and 1937 living at Woowoonga, Biggenden.
  • Sampson Henry Chambers died on 18 March 1938 in "Gooburrum", Bundaberg, Queensland, at age 72. Sampson was staying with his daughter Minnie at the time of his death. His grandson remembers his grandfather had been in bed for weeks, then came to breaksfast unexpectedly one morning. He died that afternoon.
  • He was buried on 21 March 1938 in Bundaberg General Cemetery.

Children of Sampson Henry Chambers and Edith Mary Jefferis