Located at 458 George Street, South Windsor, New South Wales, ‘Balaclava Cottage’ was the home of Arthur John Berckelman, his wife Mary Ann, nee Bressington and a large family of eleven children from the mid 1880s. The cottage had been constructed about 1883 for Eliza Smith Hall and was initially rented and then purchased from Hall in 1889. Arthur Berckelman was born in Ireland in about 1828 and enlisted in the army at the age of 16 years. He was involved in the Battle of Balaclava after which he was later to name his home in South Windsor. After arriving in the colony, Berckelman joined the police force and in 1881 was appointed as gaoler at Windsor Gaol. He died in 1904 aged 74 years and was buried in St Matthew’s Church of England Cemetery, Windsor.
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