Two long established local familes will come together at last as Anthony Chilcott and Angeline Gibson marry on Australia Day.
Two long established local familes will come together at last as Anthony Chilcott and Angeline Gibson marry on Australia Day. Nothern Star

Couple celebrate Australia Day with a wedding

TWO local families with links back to the pioneering days of the 1840s come together in Ballina on this Australia Day for the wedding of self-confessed patriot Anthony Chilcott and his fiancée Angeline Gibson.

Angeline’s mum is an Ainsworth – after whom Lake Ainsworth was named – and the Ainsworths and the Chilcotts first started rubbing shoulders more than 160 years ago.

It was when Tommy Chilcott, a cedar cutter who arrived in Ballina before it was settled to map the Richmond River, greeted Captain Thomas Ainsworth and his crew as they came ashore from the first supply ship to make it to Ballina from Sydney.

This historic event signalled the beginning of a close connection between the two families, both through friendship and music.

“Our families have known each other since the mid-1800s. My dad went to school with Ange’s dad and my grandfather Stan taught Ange’s uncle Royden to play the saxophone,” the bridegroom-to-be said.

Anthony’s father, Barrie Chilcott, and Royden Ainsworth have enjoyed decades of making music together, firstly in the Stan Chilcott Big Band and more recently in the Northern Rivers Big Band. Mr Ainsworth is a renowned musician who played in the Channel Nine band for many years.

And Anthony, who plays with band Tokyo Joe, has been a professional drummer for 20 years.
So, did it seem inevitable that Angeline and Anthony would also forge a close link?

“Well, we first met when she was 18 and I saw a sparkle in her eye then, but we didn’t get together until much later and we finally became engaged 18 months ago,” Anthony said.

But the two are clearly thrilled to be making their vows on Australia’s special day.

“It’s my favourite day of the year by far. I’m a patriot and it just seemed appropriate with the history our two families share,” said Anthony.

The formal wedding with 100 guests will take place at avenue on the Richmond River to acknowledge the part that body of water played in the first meeting of the families.


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