Annie Chalk, typist

Annie Chalk, a typist from St Pancras, probably met her fiancé, Australian serviceman Arthur Bazley, after he joined the Australian War Records Section in London in June 1917. After the Armistice, Arthur continued travelling as assistant to the official AIF historian, Charles Bean. Arriving home in Melbourne in May 1919, he immediately applied for Annie's passage to Australia. Within a month of her arrival, the couple married in October 1919 and joined Bean's staff at Tuggeranong homestead in the Federal Capital Territory. Over the following years, the Bazley family was central to the convivial community that helped prepare the early volumes of Bean's most important work, the Official History.

Annie Chalk seated with wedding guests

Annie Chalk (1891–1941) on her wedding day, 1919, and, seated between her husband Arthur (right) and Charles Bean (left)
P03743.007 [detail], Australian War Memorial

paper document

This application form shows that Arthur applied for Annie's passage two days after arriving home. Charles Bean and Major John Treloar were listed as 'responsible persons' who vouched for the couple.
NAA: A2487, 1919/6431, p. 8