Bill Chapman (politician)

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Bill Chapman
Personal details
Born (1910-02-07)7 February 1910
Singleton, New South Wales
Died 22 July 1971(1971-07-22) (aged 61)
Penrith, New South Wales
Political party Liberal Party of Australia

William Leslie Chapman (7 February 1910 – 22 July 1971) was an Australian politician and a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly between 1956 and 1962. He was a member of the Liberal Party of Australia.

Early life[edit]

Chapman was born in Singleton, New South Wales. He was the son of a policeman and was raised by his grandparents in the Penrith area. He was educated to elementary level and initially worked as a porter for the New South Wales Government Railways but was retrenched during the Great Depression. He commenced a carrier business in 1934 with one truck and eventually built this into a 24-truck fleet. He was involved in community groups in the Penrith region including Rotary and the Australian Red Cross. Chapman was elected as an alderman to Penrith City Council between 1948 and 1959 and between 1961 and 1971. He was the mayor between 1950 and 1956 and between 1961 and 1968.[1]

State politics[edit]

Chapman was elected to the New South Wales Parliament as the Liberal Party member for Nepean at the 1956. The sitting Liberal member Joseph Jackson had retired and Chapman defeated Jim Chalmers, the Independent Labor member for Hartley, who attempted to transfer to Nepean. Chapman retained the seat at 1959 election. He was defeated by Labor's Alfred Bennett in 1962 after an unfavourable redistribution made Nepean a notionally Labor seat. He failed to gain Liberal Party endorsement for the 1965 election and left the party in 1966.[2] He did not hold a ministerial, party or parliamentary position.


  1. ^ "Mr William Leslie Chapman(1910 - 1971)". Former members of the New South Wales Parliament, 1856-2006. New South Wales Parliament. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  2. ^ Antony Green. "New South Wales Election Results 1856-2007". New South Wales Parliament. Archived from the original on 25 June 2010. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Joseph Jackson
Member for Nepean
1956 – 1962
Succeeded by
Alfred Bennett