Chaplain Alfred Herbert AUSTIN

AUSTIN, Alfred Herbert

Service Number: Chaplain
Enlisted: 8 September 1916, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Colonel
Last Unit: Australian Army Chaplains' Department
Born: Macclesfield, South Australia, Australia, 27 September 1870
Home Town: Mosman, Municipality of Mosman, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney University
Occupation: Congregational Minister
Died: Natural causes, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 30 December 1930, aged 60 years
Cemetery: Field Of Mars Cemetery, Ryde, NSW
Congregational, Independent 51
Memorials: Macclesfield ANZAC Memorial Gardens
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World War 1 Service

8 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, SN Chaplain, Sydney, New South Wales
30 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class AIF) , Australian Army Chaplains' Department, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
30 Sep 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Captain (Chaplain 4th Class AIF) , Australian Army Chaplains' Department, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney
15 May 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Colonel, Australian Army Chaplains' Department

Death Announced


The death occurred at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital yesterday of the Rev. A. H. Austin, formerly Congregational minister at Hunter's Hill, and clerical secretary of the Congregational Union.

Mr. Austin, who was born In South Australia, graduated with honours at the University of Sydney, where he took the English prlze for verse three years In succession. He was ordained In December. 1902, and settled at Gawler. South Australia but three years later returned to New South Wales to take up the pastorate of the Mosman Congregational Church. It was while he was there In 1910-11 that he was elected chairman of the Congregational Union of New South Wales. Later, Mr. Austin accepted the pastorate at Ipswich (Queensland) Congregational Church, and during his stay there became chairman of the Queensland Union. Mr. Austin visited England, and returned four years ago to become pastor of the church at Hunter's Hill. During the war Mr. Austin left New South Wales as a senior chaplain.

Mrs. Austin survives her husband. Miss Mabel Austin (senior mistress at Abbotsleigh, Sydney) Is a sister of Mr. Austin.
A service will be held at the Pitt-street Congregational Church at 2 o'clock this afternoon, after which the funeral will leave for the Field of
Mars cemetery.

The Sydney Morning Herald Wednesday 31 December 1930 page 10

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"AUSTIN.— December 30, the Rev. A. H. Austin, M.A., late minister of Hunter's Hill Congregational Church, and late secretary of the Congregational Union." - from the Sydney Morning Herald 31 Dec 1930 (


Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Charlotte Elizabeth (Lottie) Austin (1878-1933), community leader, was born on 4 June 1878 at Dubbo, New South Wales, fourth surviving child of Sydney-born parents George Fullerton, commissioner of crown lands, and his wife Georgiana Sarah, née Clarke. Educated at Rivière College, Woollahra, Lottie graduated with first-class honours in history and second-class in English from the University of Sydney (B.A., 1902; M.A., 1905). Her supervisor was G. A. Wood and like many of her fellow history honours students she made her mark in Australia.
At university, partly through their membership of the Australasian Student Christian Union, Lottie met Alfred Herbert Austin, a former South Australian National Bank employee who came to Sydney to study for the Congregational ministry. He was ordained in December 1902 and next year graduated with honours in philosophy. The two were married on 21 March 1903 in the Presbyterian Church, Randwick, and departed for South Australia where Alfred was Congregational minister at Gawler. They were to remain childless.
In 1905 the couple returned to Sydney where Alfred became pastor of Mosman Congregational Church. In 1916-17 he ministered as senior chaplain in troopships and was then called to the church at Ipswich, Queensland. He and Lottie went overseas in 1924 and from 1926 until Alfred's death on 30 December 1930 served at Hunters Hill, Sydney.