Hubert File Sackett

FatherGeorge File Sackett (1863-1927)
MotherArabella Leans (c 1864-1958)
Hubert File Sackett, a baker of Queanbeyan, New South Wales, Australia, son of George File Sackett and Arabella Leans, was born in Murrumburrah, New South WalesG, in 1898.1 He died aged 77 in Bowral, New South WalesG, on 17 December 1975.2 He married in QueanbeyanG in 1925, May Jane Rustin, daughter of John Sydney Rustin and Agnes Esther ___.3 May was born in about 1905. She died aged 70 in BowralG on 5 September 1975.2
     Hubert ran a bakery at Railway Heights, Queanbeyan, AustraliaG, an advertisement in the Canberra Times in 1926 indicating that he specialised in fresh machine-made bread and also made birthday and wedding cakes, offering a daily delivery service in Canberra.4 In the following year he obtained permission to extend his bakery premises at Crawford Street, QueanbeyanG.5
     Hubert acted as spokesman for the master bakers of Canberra at an inquiry in 1931 into the price of bread.6
     In 1932 Hubert was fined at the Queanbeyan Police Court after pleading guilty to a charge of storing flour in an unclean room.7
     Hubert was also a keen horticulturalist and in 1937 and 1938 gave talks and practical demonstrations on the pruning of fruit trees to the Horticultural Society of Canberra.8

Children of Hubert File Sackett and May Jane Rustin

H. F. Sackett
Railway Heights, Queanbeyan
Specialising in Fresh Machine-Made Bread.
Birthday and Wedding Cakes.
Daily Deliveries in Canberra Phone 225.

The Canberra Times, Capital Territory, Australia, 16 Dec 1926, p. 2

Queanbeyan Council
At a meeting of the Municipal Council on Monday night building permits were granted to the following: Sackett Bros., extension to Bakery, Crawford Street. 240 pounds; ….

The Canberra Times, Capital Territory, Australia, 13 Apr 1927, p. 15

Master Bakers' Statement
The Editor, "The Canberra Times."
Sir,—On June 27, the acting-Secretary to the Department of Home Affairs was advised, by letter as to whom we had selected as our representative to the inquiry. [Transcriber's note: Further articles show this inquiry to be about the cost of bread e.g. 22 May, p. 1 & 29 July 1931, p. 3]
On July 9 we received a reply accepting our nomination on consideration that there would be no allowances made, for travelling expenses.
In our reply on July 13, we considered that these allowances were only reasonable, as the inquiry had not been called for by the bakers.
We have had no settlement concerning this matter as yet. We might state that our representative, who is very financially interested in one of the Canberra bakery businesses is a very busy man and has to travel from Sydney to be present at the inquiry.
Your report of July 24 states that Mr. Townsend, who is to act as independent chairman to the inquiry, has been collecting data relative to same. May we state that no data has been collected on the master bakers' behalf. Neither do we think that a gentleman of this status would consider any unfair action, as his role of office is to adjudicate on the evidence brought forward by the representative of consumer and manufacturer at the inquiry.
Yours, &c,
H. F. Sackett.
For and on behalf of the bakers of Canberra. Queanbeyan, July 27, 1931.

The Canberra Times, Capital Territory, Australia, 28 Jul 1931, p. 2

Baker Fined
Inspector Called During Absence
At the Queanbeyan Police Court before Mr J. W. Forrest, P.M., Hubert F. Sackett, of Queanbeyan, pleaded guilty to a charge of storing food for sale in an unclean room.
Mr Robert Horne, Health Inspector of Sydney, said that there were 15 bags of flour stored in what had been a motor garage. Evidence of rat infestation was present and the place was unfit for the storage of food.
Defendant said that he was absent at the time when the inspection was made. The flour was the last of a consignment, and he intended cleaning up in preparation for a new one which was invoiced. All flour which showed any sign of rat or mice infection was thrown away and the rest of the flour carefully sieved.
"I invite the public or anyone at any time to inspect my premises," he said.
Sackett was fined £2 with 8/- costs and £2 expenses of witnesses in default 9 days' hard labour.

The Canberra Times, Capital Territory, Australia, 21 Sep 1932, p. 4

Pruning Demonstrations
Horticultural Society's Arrangements
The first of a series of demonstrations and talks on pruning, arranged by the Horticultural Society of Canberra, will be conducted at the residence of Mr F. A. Piggin, Moresby Crescent on Sunday, commencing at 2.30 p.m.
The afternoon will be devoted to a practical demonstration on pruning fruit trees. Mr H. F. Sackett will be in charge of the secateurs and will work on a variety of trees in various stages of growth representing practically all fruits grown in Canberra.
[Two more paragraphs not transcribed].

The Canberra Times, Capital Territory, Australia, 9 Jul 1937, p. 6 [Similar article on 9 July 1938, p. 2]

Fruit Tree Pruning
Despite drizzling rain more than a few dozen attended the fruit tree pruning demonstration given by Mr. H. Sackett at Mr. F. A. Piggin's residence, Red Hill, last week-end. Apples, pears, plums, and peaches, were dealt with in an explicit manner by Mr. Sackett, who impressed upon the gathering that spraying and cultivation were equally as essential in fruit-growing as pruning.

The Canberra Times, Capital Territory, Australia, 30 Jul 1938, p. 3

[Researched by Sheila Phythian]

Sackett, Hubert File
December 17, 1975, at hospital, of 126 Bowral Street, Bowral (formerly of Canberra), dearly loved husband of May (deceased), loving father and father-in-law of Winsome and Vern Avent (Bowral), Ross and Ann (Bowral), and loved grandfather of Tony, Meryl, Bruce, Stephen, David and Karen. Aged 77 years.

The Sydney Morning Herald, New South Wales, Australia, 19 Dec 1975, p 26

Sackett, May Jane
September 5, 1975, at hospital, of 126 Bowral Street, Bowral (formerly of Canberra), dearly loved wife of Hubert, loving mother and mother-in-law of Winsome and Vern Avent (Bowral), Ross and Ann (Bowral), and loved grandmother of Tony, Meryl, and Bruce, Stephen, David, and Karen. Aged 70 years.

The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 6 Sep 1975, p 100

 Notes & Citations

  1. "Australia birth index, 1788-1922" (Ancestry transcript), "1898, Hubert F Sackett, s. George F Sackett & Arabella, Murrumburrah, NSW, reg. 14013."
  2. Obituary.
  3. "Australia marriage index, 1788-1949" (Ancestry transcript), "1925, Hubert F Sackett & May J Rustin, Queanbeyan, New South Wales, reg. 6906."
  4. The Canberra Times, (Canberra, Capital Territory, Australia), 16 Dec 1926, p. 2, advert.
  5. The Canberra Times, 13 Apr 1927, p. 15, Building Permits.
  6. The Canberra Times, 28 Jul 1931, p. 2, Master Bakers' statement.
  7. The Canberra Times, 21 Sep 1932, p. 4, Baker Fined.
  8. The Canberra Times, 9 Jul 1937, p. 6, Pruning Demonstrations; 30 Jul 1938, p. 3, Fruit Tree Pruning.
Sackett line9th great-grandson of Thomas Sackett the elder of St Peter in Thanet
ChartsDescendants of Jeremiah Sackett
Last Edited18 Feb 2023

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