Discovering Charles Mallen

A VETERAN’S DECEASE – Adelaide Evening Journal. South Australia. 26 October 1909

Mr. Charles Mallen.
Brewer and Sportsman

Mr. Charles Mallen, the veteran owner of the Waverley Brewery at Lower Mitcham, died suddenly at his residence at 8Charles-Mallen o’clock on Tuesday morning.

The fine old colonist would have been 90 years old had he lived until December 23 next. Despite his age, be remained hale and well, and worked actively up to the moment of his dropping dead.
His wife predeceased him by nine years, but the couple were spared to celebrate their diamond wedding.
This event occurred on June 29, 1900, but Mrs. Mallen died a few months later. A family of six survive— Mr. Charles Mallen, of Sydney; Mr. Walter Mallen, of Glenelg; Mrs.W. Bone, sen, of Clarence Park; Mrs. A.H. Perkins, of Hawthorn: Mrs. A. M.Wooldridge, of Hyde Park, and Mrs.James Pinchbeck, of Unley road, Unley Park.

Philanthropy and Employments

One custom which Mr. Mallen retained throughout his career as a brewer was to supply a weekly half-barrel of beer to the Home for Incurables. Such a gift, covering from 25 to 30 years, represented the sum of probably £1,500. On the occasion of his diamond wedding celebrations Mr. Mallen related to a representative ofnThe Register some of his experiences. He said:— He was born at Euston square, London and was apprenticed to Messrs. Edwards, cabinetmakers to the Royal Family, where my father and brother had been employed all their lives. I was married at St. Luke’s, London, on June 29, 1840, and arrived in Adelaide in December, 1854, in the steamer Champion, Capt. Helpman.

I had no idea of getting employment in this new country at my trade, but succeeded after a time. One of my first jobs was the carving and ornamental work at the Wesleyan Church, Pirie street, and at Faulding’s, the chemist. I saved a little money, and purchased some land in Angas Street and five acres at Clapham, near Mitcham, where I built my home. Then came a mixture of employments. I was for some months with Mellor Brothers, agricultural machinists, who upon one occasion during slack time offered me a price to put up a fence constructed of heavy logs around a 20-acre block. I accepted their offer; but to their astonishment and my satisfaction, I knocked out a pound a day—but not eight hours a day! I wanted money, and worked hard for it. I had a great desire to acquire a knowledge of the brewing business, and soon an opportunity occurred through getting a job to repair a malt crusher at Mr. W. H. Clark’s brewery, Halifax street, where the Enterprise Boot Factory now stands. Mr. Clark removed to the West-End Brewery, Hindley street, which ultimately became the property of Mr. J. Haimes (later on my partner). I was then engaged in making plant and connecting machinery for the new brewery.

Shortly after my dear old friend the late Mr. W. K. Simms, came on the scene, and purchased the concern, and gave me permanent employment. Sir. E. Chapman shortly after joined the business, and I was appointed brewer and manager. After being with the firm 18 years. I was sent by them in 1874 to New South Wales to select a position, and build a brewery.

Successful Brewer

After visiting the principal towns, I decided on the town of Waverley, near Sydney, and there built the Adelaide Brewery for Messrs. Simms & Chapman, The Government water was very indifferent at that time, and not suitable for brewing, causing me to have water carted from outside quarters. I brewed the first beer in December. 1874, and was very successful, having in 1875 to enlarge the cellars. Failing to get. a partnership in the firm, I returned to Adelaide, purchased land on West terrace, where stands the Waverley Vinegar Works. I started brewing in December, 1875. and was bought out in 1876. I then purchased the property which I now hold at Mitcham, and in 1878 built the present brewery. in which Mr. J. Haimes. better known in Victoria as Capt. Haimes, joined me, and I must say that we were very successful, and I pride myself that it is as sound a brewing estate that can be put together.
The success was owing in a great measure to the financial assistance of my dear old friend, Mr. W. K. Simms, and the encouragement of my late partner, Mr. J.Haimes. It gives me pleasure to know that all my employes give me the name of a fair employer, and all of them have been with me for a number of years, some of them since the commencement of the business.

A Great Sport

“In the early days I took great interest in sports of every description. I had the honour of winning several long-distance pedestrian races, five and 10 miles. I have kept racehorses and coursing dogs for many years. I hold four Waterloo Cups won by my dogs, and presented by Mr R.Barr Smith. I love the sport still and will keep my horses as long as l live Although an enthusiastic sportsman I never made a wager. Although it is 60 years since myself — and dear old wife and helpmate were married, we have had a very happy time together, and we have a chance of seeing our seventy-fifth wedding day but I don’t think we shall see our hundredth.”