Fred Chaney, Sr.

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The Honourable
Sir Fred Chaney
8th Administrator of the Northern Territory
In office
4 March 1970 – 10 December 1973
Monarch Queen Elizabeth II
Governor-General Paul Hasluck
Preceded by Roger Dean
Succeeded by Jock Nelson
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Perth
In office
10 December 1955 – 25 October 1969
Preceded by Tom Burke
Succeeded by Joe Berinson
Personal details
Born (1914-10-20)20 October 1914
Fremantle, Western Australia
Died 17 December 2001(2001-12-17) (aged 87)
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Mavis
Children Fred Chaney
Robin nee Chaney
Karen nee Chaney
Richard Chaney[1]
Michael Chaney
John Chaney
Occupation Teacher

Sir Frederick Charles Chaney KBE AFC (20 October 1914 – 17 December 2001), was an Australian politician and Minister for the Navy.

Early life[edit]

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.[2][3]


Chaney was elected at the 1955 election as the Liberal member for the Australian House of Representatives seat of Perth, Western Australia. 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.[2][3]

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.[2][3]


Political offices
Preceded by
Jim Forbes
Minister for the Navy
1964 – 1966
Succeeded by
Don Chipp
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Tom Burke
Member for Perth
1955 – 1969
Succeeded by
Joe Berinson