In 1903, Beale was appointed one of twelve members of a Royal Commission into the decline of the birth rate in New South Wales. He later conducted, at his own expense, a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Secret Drugs, 1905-1910. The two-volume report records the criminal unscrupulousness of manufacturers and advertisers.
Marriage and family
Beale married Elizabeth (Lilly) Baily (1856 – 1901) at the Congregational Church, Woollahra, New South Wales, and they had thirteen children. After Lily's death he married her sister Katherine on 4 March 1903. The children from the first marriage were:
- Mado Beale
- Margaret Elizabeth (1875–1964)
Margaret married the Rev A.P. Campbell OBE (1881–1963), a Congregational church minister and chairman of the Congregational Union of Australia and New Zealand from 1937 until 1939. They had a daughter and three sons.
- Lionel Charles (1877–1961)
- Ruth Beale (1879–1964)
Ruth married R.T. Lamble
- Reginald Hugo (1880–1924)
- Ronald Matheson (1882–1866)
- Edgar Francis (1884–1918)
- Rupert Octavius (1887–1957)
- Harold Strangman Beale (1889–1936)
Harold was educated at Newington College commencing in 1904.
- Octavius Cyril Beale (1891–1969)
Cyril was educated at Newington College commencing in 1904. He was a Gunner in the 2nd Field Artillery Brigade serving during WWI from February until August 1917. He married Alice Gertrude Marion Burford (1886–1925) on 11 November 1914. She was a daughter of William Burford of Adelaide.
- Dr Hector Llewellyn Beale (1892–1959)
Hector was educated at Newington College commencing in 1904. He graduated MB ChM from the University of Sydney in 1916. He was a medical officer serving during WWI from 1917 until January 1919. He married Florence Henderson in Aberdeen.
- Hilda Dorothea Beale (1896–1970)
- Mary Patricia Beale (1898–1972)
- Australian Dictionary of Biography – Octavius Beale
- Irish in Australia
- Robert Palmieri; Margaret W. Palmieri (2003). The Piano: An Encyclopedia. Taylor & Francis. p. 28. ISBN 978-0-415-93796-2. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- Michael Atherton (December 1990). Australian made, Australian played: handcrafted musical instruments from didjeridu to synthesiser. New South Wales University Press. p. 42. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- Family Free
- Australian Dictionary of Biography – Rev A P Campbell
- Newington College Register of Past Students 1863-1998 (Syd, 1999) pp11
- "DEATHS OF OTHER CITIZENS.". The Sydney Morning Herald (30,755). New South Wales, Australia. 29 July 1936. p. 10. Retrieved 18 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
- AWM Octavius Cyril Beale Retrieved 18 May 2017.
- Australian Doctors on the Western Front Retrieved 18 May 2017.
- "MR. O. C. BEALE.". The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954). NSW: National Library of Australia. 17 December 1930. p. 13. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
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