Francis Henry William Thomas Winifred Brownrigg Peter Welsh Thomson Margaret Jean Caldow /Hodsdon Frederick Edward Senior James Roger Francis Wyman Clark Richard Robertson Patricia Mae Mulligan Joachim Dido

Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs



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 July 2024 from [reference list]

Use the below form or email

Comment, memory or story about this person
Suggested correction or additional information
Question or general feedback
Please enter this code into the box to confirm your request.