Charles Earle Vavasour Earle was born in
Winchester Hampshire in 1821, son of John Vavasour Earle.
He was in partnership with surgeon Francis Labalestier in 1841. They
ran a Chemist and Druggist business in George St. South, Sydney.
The partnership was dissolved in May and Charles had plans to
carry on the business on his own account however in December of that
year he married Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of
George Poulton of Maitland and his business was
commenced in Maitland instead.
Charles and Elizabeth were
married by Special License on 29th December by the
Rev. William Stack. In the years to come their
marriage would be surrounded with sorrow as one after another their
children passed away in infancy. Their first daughter Eliza was born
in November 1842. She died six weeks later and was buried in the
Glebe Cemetery. In April 1844 their son George died four hours after
birth and on 9th November 1848 their son born 3 hours previously
passed away. In 1855 a daughter Agnes passed away aged 3 years and a
son Robert also died in this year aged just 2 days. Another daughter
Mary Ellen also died at a young age. They were all buried in the
Glebe cemetery nearby by their sister Eliza. A daughter Eleanor was
born to the couple in 1846 and a son Charles in 1849.
Charles Vavasour Earle became a victim of the depression in 1843 and
was declared insolvent. £54 was owed to
Samuel Cohen for rent at this time.
September 1846 he advertised that he was Re-opening the 'London
Medical and Chemical Repository' in High Street, West Maitland
Angel Inn. Next door to this business was watch and
clock maker Mr. S.M. Street.
'By the particular desire
of his friends in Maitland, and with the kind assistance of his
relatives in England, Charles Earle has reopened with a splendid
assortment of drugs and chemicals, which none can surpass in the
colony. His drugs are sent to him direct from England by a friend
who is in the medical profession; so that he can vouchsafe for their
genuine qualities, and from his long experience in the trade he
feels assured that his friends and the public will given him a share
of their support. The permanent situations he has held in England,
France and NSW will be satisfactory to the public. Cupping, Bleeding
tooth drawing, and advice gratis, with every medicine on the lowest
Charles Earle also manufactured Lemonade and
soda water from a factory at the back of the Medical Hall, West
Maitland. This was 'a delightful beverage to counteract the ill
effects of a weak constitution by strengthening the digestive organs
and slowly acting on the intestines'. He intended, for the
convenience of his customers, to ply between Maitland and Morpeth
twice daily if required instead of opening another establishment.
In 1847 Earle was robbed by James
Sinnett, who was well known about the town. Earle was nearby early
one evening when Sinnett broke a pane of glass with his elbow,
removing two medicine bottles before taking off. Earle immediately
pursued the thief and caught him 50 yards down the road with the
bottles in his hands. Sinnett was later sentenced to 12 months in
In May 1853 he sold his business in High Street West
Maitland to Alfred Partridge of Sydney. (1) In July Mr. and Mrs.
White were commencing a school in the premises formerly kept by
Charles Earle. (3) By 1855 Charles Vavasour Earle was residing in
Sydney and in partnership with E. Youngman and John Caldwell as
cordial manufacturers. Their partnership was dissolved in May of
He died in Sydney in 1864 - On the 7th
instant at his residence No. 1 Burdekin terrace, late of George
Street, chemist aged 42 years (2)
Mercury 25 May 1853
(2) Sydney Morning Herald 8 June 1864
(3) Maitland Mercury 9 July 1853