Photographs and extra information courtesy of Warren, Jess & Maree.
Born: 12th September 1884, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia.
Died: 6th November 1918; age: 34; Died of Double Pneumonia, at 61, Kensington Road, Ipswich. Death was the consequent on the effects of Spanish Influenza. Had been away working in England a year & 7 months.
The news of the death of Charles was conveyed to the his father, John during the Fallen Soldiers’ Memorial Fund fete. John’s son Robert was dispatched to Brisbane by the mail train in order to tell the news to his wife and two children.
Occupation: Iron Pattern Maker. Charles had been employed for 6 years with Messrs. Sergeant & Co., and E.D.J. Dowry, before returning to Maryborough for 3 years, engaged in his father’s business.
Rank: Worker; Service Number: 1945.
Regiment: Australian Munitions Worker.
Father: John Blackley, born January 1862, Airdrie, New Monkland, Lanark, Scotland. Immigrated to Queensland, Australia in November 1882.
Mother: Elizabeth Andrew, born September 1860, Eastwood, Renfrewshire, Scotland. Immigrated to Queensland, Australia in September 1882.
On the 29th October 1912, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Brisbane, Queensland, Charles married Susannah May Leftwich, born October 1884, Brisbane, Queensland. They had 2 children:
Charles Frederick John Blackley, born August 1913, Kangaroo Point, Brisbane, Queensland.
Bessie Adell Blackley, born September 1914, Maryborough, Queensland.
Charles had many sporting connections, and was the Maryborough representative on the Brisbane board in connection with football.
Charles’s father, John, opened J. Blackley & Co., in 1890, manufacturing aerated water, at Maryborough, Queensland. He was Mayor of Maryborough, 1914 – 1915. In 1929 – 1932, he became the State Parliamentary Representative for the Country Party.
Maryborough Chronicle 20th November 1918
Maryborough Chronicle 18th November 1918