Charles Pitt Hammond was born in Hobart on 31 Aug 1868, the fourth of six children of William Simmons Hammond (c.1827-1880) and Mary Jane Pitt (1844-1878) who were married on 17 Jan 1863. Charles moved to Launceston and a position on the Launceston Stock Exchange shortly before the 1891 Tasmanian Exhibition. He boarded with Mrs Robert Montgomery in Cimitiere Street. He made his mark in local drama circles, including 'The Muffs', and was known as the 'Beau Brocade'. He also played cricket for Tasmania between 1898 and 1900.
The following year he moved to America to pursue a career as an actor, first on the stage in New York and later in Hollywood. He never reached star status, but did make a living out of it. Charles married Josephine Collins at Christ Church, Cheltenham, England on 31 Jul 1909. Their only child George was born on 28 Feb 1911, but died at the age of six. Charles died aged 87 in Hollywood 25 Sep 1955 and is buried in Inglewood Cemetery. His wife, who is also pictured in the Launceston Family Album, died three years later. See The Examiner 31 Dec 2005, p. 22.