Neville "Chappy" Williams is an elder of the Wiradjuri Nation, in Western New South Wales. Known as "Uncle Chappy" to those who follow indigenous Australian customs, he is a regular at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra and a key opponent of the Barrick Gold Corporation's gold mine project at Lake Cowal. he is also the father of Shawn Williams and grandfather of Kayla Williams, Emilie Williams and Janae Williams.
Decades earlier, at the start of the 1960s, Williams, then in his early twenties, won renown as a young boxing hopeful whom a few sports columnists had singled out as a strong candidate for becoming the first Aboriginal member of the Australian Olympic Boxing team at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Later in the decade he was featured on the Australian television boxing show TV Ringside.