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:
- Margaret Elizabeth married the Rev Alexander Petrie Campbell OBE (1881–1963) who was an Australian-born 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
- Reginald Hugo
- Ronald Matheson
- Francis Edgar
- Rupert Octavius
- Harold Strangman
- Octavius Cyril
- Hilda Dorothea
- 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
- "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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