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.