Richard Henry CHESTER

Male 1881 - 1947  (65 years)


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  • Name Richard Henry CHESTER 
    Born 24 Nov 1881  Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Jun 1947  St Kilda, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Obituary 10 Jun 1947  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    The Argus 

    • Australia's first war flier dies

      The death occurred yesterday at his home, Canterbury rd, St Kilda, of Mr Richard Henry Chester, one of Australia's aviation pioneers. He was aged 65.
      Mr Chester, who was born in Mt Gambier, attended the Bristol aviation school before World War I. Returning to Australia he was appointed chief pilot-mechanic at the aviation school at Altona, being No 1 on the Australian Flying Corps roll, and the first to be sworn in.
      He designed, built, and flew his own plane, and with Lieutenant Stubbs made a number of record flights.
      Mr Chester leaves three daughters and one son. The funeral arrangements for which are in the hands of B. Matthews Pty Ltd, will leave Mr Chester's residence at 2 today for St Kilda Cemetery.
    Buried 10 Jun 1947  St Kilda Cemetery, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • Presbyterian, Compartment C, Grave 438
      With wife Frederica Jessie Chester
    Obituary 12 Jun 1947  Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Border Watch 

    • Air Pioneer Dies--R. H. Chester 

      A son of Mrs. B. W. Chester of Wehl Street, Mount Gambier, and the late Mr. Chester, Mr. Richard Henry Chester, of St. Kilda, died at his home on Monday.
      Described as a pioneer of aviation, the late Mr. Chester was one of the first Australians to design, build and fly his own aeroplane With the late Lt. Stutt, Mr. Chester made a record breaking trip from Point Cook, to Sydney.
      Aged 65 years, Mr. Chester leaves a wife and four children. A son (Charles) was killed in an aircraft accident about 12 months ago in Western Australia.
    Person ID I9684  Colston & Wenck families in Australia
    Last Modified 10 Jun 2015 

    Family 1 Elizabeth Hutchinson "Lybus" CAFFYN,   b. 1880, Campbellfield, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1932, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 16 Feb 1915  St Andrews Church, 621 Punt Road, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Last Modified 9 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F6031  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Frederica Jessie CAFFYN,   b. 1887, Broadmeadows, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1969, Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 1932  Victoria, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Last Modified 9 Jun 2015 
    Family ID F6032  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Nov 1881 - Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 16 Feb 1915 - St Andrews Church, 621 Punt Road, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1932 - Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Jun 1947 - St Kilda, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - The Argus - 10 Jun 1947 - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 10 Jun 1947 - St Kilda Cemetery, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsObituary - Border Watch - 12 Jun 1947 - Mount Gambier, South Australia, Australia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S364] South Australian Births 1842-1906, (SAGS), Mount Gambier, Book: 271, Page: 276.

    2. [S80] Death Index Victoria 1921-1985, (Melbourne, The Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 1998), 1947/7010.

    3. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1947 'Australia's first war flier dies.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 10 June, p. 3, viewed 9 June, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article22432046.

    4. [S623] Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust, (http://smct.org.au/deceasedsearch), St Kilda Cemetery, Richard Henry Chester, Buried10/06/1947.

    5. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1947 'Air pioneer DiesóR. H. Chester.', Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954), 12 June, p. 9, viewed 9 June, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article78609478.

    6. [S31] Great War Index Victoria 1914-1920, (Melbourne, The Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 1997), 1915/1472.

    7. [S342] Australian Newspapers, National Library of Australia, 1915 'Family Notices.', Weekly Times (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 20 February, p. 9, viewed 9 June, 2015, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article129410390.

    8. [S13] Marriage Index Victoria 1921-1942, (Melbourne, The Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages, 2003), 1932/4518.