CASTLEY Alfred Arthur

Name Alfred Arthur CASTLEY
Country Of Origin Australia
Born 1881
Died 1960
Birth/ Baptism Born 20 December 1881, Launceston
Parents Alfred and Henrietta Annie Castley (formerly Davey)
Apprenticeship Approx. 1896–1902: F & W Stewart, Charles Street, Launceston
Skills Watchmaker, Jeweller
Work Locations Launceston
Street Address
Charles Street, Launceston (Stewart’s)
7 The Quadrant, Launceston
78 Brisbane Street, Launceston
66 Brisbane Street, Launceston
Marriage/Spouse 14 July 1909, St John’s Church, Launceston, to Lucy Dent
Other Approx. 1902–1903: Employer, Johnson & Simonson, watchmakers and manufacturing jewellers, Melbourne, Victoria.

Approx. 1904-1906: Own business, 7 The Quadrant, Launceston.

Examiner 9 November 1904:
‘Do you know that if you want jewellery of the latest design and fashion you should call and inspect the display made by A A Castley at new premises in the Quadrant, No. 7, where there are on view rings, pins, links, bangles, and brooches, of new and novel design? Repairs to jewellery of every description will receive prompt and careful attention, as this is a line of business that A.A.C. has made a speciality of in his practical experience in various large factories in Melbourne that he has been in. So don’t forget to take your repairs to No. 7 Quadrant, where watches, clocks, and jewellery will be repaired to your satisfaction. Old gold and silver bought. Valuable articles of china or glass can also be riveted and made equal to new. Remember A A Castley, No. 7 Quadrant.’

October 1906: Purchased John Sparrow’s watchmaking and jewellery business, 78 Brisbane Street, Launceston, and transferred business premises from The Quadrant to Brisbane Street.

1923: Shop and dwelling at 78 Brisbane Street, advertised for let.

By 1925: Located at 66 Brisbane Street, Launceston.

June 1927: Alfred made a mascot brooch for Miss Tasmania, Phyllis Von Alwyn, to wear at the final stages of the Miss Australia competition in Sydney. He gave it, hoping it would bring Tasmania and the wearer luck. Phyllis won the Miss Australia competition the next month.

May 1935: Mr J Chung Gon purchased 78 Brisbane Street.

Death 7 January 1960, Launceston, Tasmania
References
TAHO: RGD33/1/60 no13 Birth 1881; AD960/1/90 Will 1960.
The Examiner (Launceston) 4 November 1904, 29 October 1906, 12 August 1909, 30 May 1923, 9 June 1927, 4 July 1927, 10 May 1935, 8 January 1954; Daily Telegraph 20 July 1909, 18 August 1923, 14 March 1925.