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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs


Surname

Walter CHAPMAN

Born 7 October 1897 in Preston, Western Australia [16]
Son of Alfred CHAPMAN and Mary Ann GIBBS [15]
Initially resided with his parents on Ferndale Farm in Preston, Western Australia [P204]
His father died following an accident when he was eight years old, and his mother died from tuberculosis when he was twelve [P204]
Following the deaths of his parents was cared for by his uncle George CHAPMAN and aunt Sarah J. CHAPMAN (nee GIBBS) [P344]
While living with his uncle and aunt he was educated at the Darling Range School on Glenisla Road in Carmel [P344]
Married Ida Violet INMAN on 31 January 1921 in Mackay, Queensland, Australia[P344]
Church Ministerial Worker in the Australian states of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia [P344]
     After his marriage lived in Mackay and then up in the tropics in Queensland; and later at Broken Hill in New South Wales [P344]
     Lived and worked in Gawler and Peterborough in South Australia; and then returned to Western Australia [P344]
On 30 January 1925 purchased in partnership with his brother Charles 838 acres of farmland in Winchester [27]
     He may have been attracted to Winchester by his cousins Basil V. and Joseph CHAPMAN who were farming in the district [19]
     The 838 acres was Lot M1086 of Victoria Location 1938 and was purchased from Charles B. PEARSON [27]
     PEARSON had purchased the land as virgin bush in 1922, and it still had instalments owing to the Midland Railway Company [27]
Farmer of Glenisla Farm on the Billeroo Road in Winchester 1925-1964 [19] [P344]
     Initially farmed in Winchester in partnership with his younger brother Charles CHAPMAN [27] [53]
     They had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1928 [53]
     He is believed to have named the farm Glenisla after Glenisla Road in Carmel, where he had attended school [P344]
     On 22 April 1929 himself and his brother purchased a further 1,174 acres in Winchester from Harold V. MOSEDALE [27]
     The 1,174 acres was Lot M1213 of Victoria Location 1938 and also had instalments owing to the Midland Railway Company [27]
     He became the sole owner of Lot M1086 on 5 May 1930, and Charles became the sole owner of Lot M1213 on 28 July 1932 [27]
Signatory to a letter to the Education Department on 23 January 1930 requesting a school be established east of Winchester [7: page 77]
Foundation Treasurer of the committee that built the Billeroo School Hall in 1930 [4: 12-May-1952]
Treasurer of the Billeroo School Hall Committee 1930-1933 [4: 30-May-1931] [5: 28-Jul-1933]
Member of Winchester's branch of the Primary Producers Association - was Vice Chairman in 1930 [4: 11-Oct-1930]
Attended the funeral of "Father of Carnamah" Donald MACPHERSON at the Winchester Cemetery on 14 August 1931 [4: 22-Aug-1931]
Either himself or his brother made a donation to the Carnamah C.W.A. in 1932 to help them purchase premises [5: 29-Jul-1932]
Attended the meeting of wheatgrowers on the Wheat Hold-up issue at the Carnamah Hall on Sunday 4 December 1932 [5: 9-Dec-1932]
Paid 10/- by the Carnamah District Road Board on 6 July 1933 for killing a fox and thereby helping control vermin [300: page 41]
On 14 November 1933 he helped locate local school teacher Arthur JACKSON who hadn't returned after shooting [5: 17-Nov-1933]
Purchased a new Big E Harvester from local agent W. G. MULLIGAN in November 1933[5: 17-Nov-1933]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Mrs Mary POOLE, late of Winchester, on 22 December 1933 at the Winchester Cemetery [4]
Member of the Carnamah Ratepayers & Citizens Association - was President in 1934[4: 13-Jan-1934]
The local newspaper reported on 18 May 1934 that a parcel had arrived for him at the railway station in Carnamah [5: 18-May-1934]
Attended the Annual Ratepayers Meeting of the Carnamah District Road Board on Wednesday 24 October 1934 [5: 26-Oct-1934]
Convened a meeting at the Billeroo School Hall on Saturday 27 October 1934 to discuss matters pertaining to the hall [5: 19-Oct-1934]
During January 1935 sold seven bales of wool through the agency of Elder Smith & Co for 10½d. per pound [5: 1-Feb-1935]
Sold 234 suckers through both Westralian Farmers Ltd and Elder Smith & Co Ltd in 1935 [5: 13 & 27-Sep-1935; 4-Oct-1935, 1-Nov-1935]
     The suckers consisted of 66 at 17/7, 22 at 17/1, 13 at 16/-, 38 at 15/7, 23 at 15/4, 20 at 12/10, 20 at 11/7, 32 at 11/1 per head [5]
Sold 62 sheep through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Tuesday 31 December 1935 [5: 3-Jan-1936]
     The 62 sheep consisted of 16 woolly lambs at 11/10, 8 shorn hoggets at 8/7, 24 shorn ewes at 8/4, and 14 shorn ewes at 4/- [5]
Sold 41 sheep through Elder Smith & Co Ltd at the Midland Market on Wednesday 15 January 1936 [5: 17-Jan-1936]
     The 41 sheep consisted of 18 woolly lambs at 4/7, 1 shorn lamb at 8/-, 10 woolly suckers at 11/7, and 12 shorn ewes at 5/10 [5]
During the 1935-36 financial year extended his farm by 940 acres with the purchase of the adjoining Lot M1091 from CANT Bros [3]
Sold 26 hoggets at 12/7 and 50 ewes at 9/1 per head through Westralian Farmers Ltd on Wednesday 15 July 1936 [5: 17-Jul-1936]
Sold 150 sheep through Dalgety & Co Ltd at Midland Markets on 9th, 23rd and 30th September 1936 [5: 11 & 25-Sep-1936, 2-Oct-1936]
     The 150 sheep consisted of 22 suckers at 16/10, 45 suckers at 12/7, 45 lambs at 12/9, 10 lambs at 9/4, 28 ewes at 6/7 per head [5]
     On 23 September also sold 35 suckers at 12/4, 14 shorn lambs at 8/1 and 34 shorn ewes at 7/7 through Westralian Farmers Ltd [5]
Signatory of a petition to the Carnamah District Road Board in September 1936 requesting the extension of a road [5: 25-Sep-1936]
     They wanted the road between Lots M1090 and M1091 extended between M1084 and M1085, and M1086 and M1087 [3] [5]
     If extended the road would then have intersected with the Carnamah East Road (later known as the Carnamah-Bunjil Road) [5]
     The Road Board requested a deputation which comprised of himself and five others who met with the Board on 28 October [5]
     He stated that under present conditions the settlers had a long way to travel and much inconvenience to see their neighbours [5]
     The road wasn't made as the Board considered the road unnecessary and unfavourable as it would go through a farm [5: 6-Nov-1936]
Vice President of the Billeroo Cricket Club in 1936-37 [5: 9-Oct-1936]
Financial Member of the Carnamah District Agricultural Society 1939-1946 [13]
By 1940 he'd had the telephone connected to their home in Winchester - was number Carnamah-12R from 1940 to 1960 [60]
Member of the Coorow Golf Club in 1941 [0: image 02933]
Member of the Coorow Tennis Club in 1941 [0: image 04054]
Had an account with Carnamah blacksmith, wheelwright and motor mechanics Henry Parkin & Son in 1941 and 1942 [53]
Private in the local Volunteer Defence Corps during the Second World War [16]
In 1947 changed his postal address from Winchester to Carnamah [3]
Pallbearer at the funeral of Winchester farmer Thomas LAWSON on 26 August 1947 at the Winchester Cemetery [0]
Later farmed his Glenisla Farm in Winchester in partnership with his son John as "W. & J. E. Chapman" [3] [60]
     Himself and his wife left Winchester and resided on a small property in Lesmurdie, with Glenisla being run by their son John [P344]
     He spent time between Lesmurdie and Winchester helping his son John on the farm as required during busier times [P344]
     Following the untimely death of their son John in 1962 they returned to Winchester to run Glenisla Farm [P344]
Farmer of Glenisla Farm in Winchester 1962-1964 [P344]
Sold Glenisla Farm in Winchester to James A. WHITE in 1964 and shifted to a small property in Mundaring [3] [60] [P344]
Resided on their small property at Mundaring in the Perth hills until 1974 when they moved to Cooranbong, New South Wales [P344]
Resided in a house they'd had built next door to their eldest son Alfred in Cooranbong, New South Wales in 1974 [P344]
Father of Myrtle, Alfred, Daphne, Raymond, Dorothy and John [P344]
Died 13 June 1974 in Sydney, New South Wales; buried Cooranbong Cemetery in Cooranbong, New South Wales, Australia [P344]


Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Walter Chapman' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 25 May 2020 from www.carnamah.com.au/bio/walter-chapman [sources]




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