Fred Chaney Sr.
Sir Fred Chaney
|8th Administrator of the Northern Territory|
4 March 1970 – 10 December 1973
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Governor-General||Sir Paul Hasluck|
|Preceded by||Roger Dean|
|Succeeded by||Jock Nelson|
|Member of the Australian Parliament
10 December 1955 – 25 October 1969
|Preceded by||Tom Burke|
|Succeeded by||Joe Berinson|
20 October 1914|
Fremantle, Western Australia
|Died||17 December 2001(aged 87)|
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
Robin nee Chaney
Karen nee Chaney
|Service/branch||Royal Australian Air Force|
|Years of service||1941–1945|
|Awards||Air Force Cross|
Chaney was born in Fremantle, Western Australia and educated in state and Catholic schools. As a result of his sporting ability he won a scholarship to attend Christian Brothers' College, Perth. He taught in state schools from 1932 and married Mavis, a fellow teacher, in 1938. In 1941, he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force as a pilot and flying instructor and served in Australia, New Guinea and Borneo and was awarded the Air Force Cross. Chaney and his wife had four sons (including Fred, a deputy leader of the Liberal Party; Michael, a businessman; and John, a judge) and three daughters.
Chaney was elected at the 1955 election as the Liberal member for the Australian House of Representatives seat of Perth. He was appointed Minister for the Navy in Robert Menzies' December 1963 ministry, but not sworn in until 4 March 1964, due to the need to pass legislation to enlarge the ministry. In the interim, on 10 February 1964 the Melbourne–Voyager collision took place, and Chaney was responsible for dealing with its repercussions. He was not reappointed to Harold Holt's second ministry in December 1966 and he was defeated at the 1969 election by Labor candidate, Joe Berinson.
Chaney was the Administrator of the Northern Territory from 1970 to 1973 and was a strong advocate for Aboriginal land rights. He was Lord Mayor of Perth from 1978 to 1982. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1970 and Knight Commander of the Order (KBE) in 1981.
- The West Australian, 8 January 1966, p.7
- Howard, John (12 February 2002). "Condolences: Adermann, Hon. Albert Evan, AO, Freeth, Hon. Sir Gordon, KBE, Chaney, Hon. Sir Frederick Charles, KBE, AFC". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Faulkner, John (12 February 2002). "Condolences: Adermann, Hon. Albert Evan, AO, Freeth, Hon. Sir Gordon, KBE, Chaney, Hon. Sir Frederick Charles, KBE, AFC". Hansard. Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
|Minister for the Navy
|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Perth
Ernest Henry Lee-Steere
|Lord Mayor of Perth