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Henry John Chapman (1875–1927)

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Henry John Chapman (1875-1927) brickmaker and trade union leader 

Birth: 1875 in Greensborough, Victoria, son of English-born parents Mark Chapman (1838-1880), a labourer from Cowling, Suffolk, and Ellen, née Williams (1845-1920), from Bristol, Gloucestershire. Marriage: 1899 at Preston, Victoria, to Alice Mary Shepherd (1873-1941). They had four daughters and three sons. Death: 6 July 1927 at St Kilda, Melbourne. 

  • Prominent in industrial and labour circles in Melbourne from 1900.
  • From 1917 to 1927 was organiser of Brick, Tile and Pottery Union in Melbourne. Federal treasurer of union.
  • Member of Trades Hall Council and the metropolitan council of the Australian Labor Party. Was a candidate for preselection for the seat of Heidelberg in the Victorian Legislative Assembly and contested a vacancy in Preston Council in 1927.
  • Active in local government and friendly societies, especially the Gwalia lodge of the United Ancient Order of Druids, Northcote.
  • Cause of death: pneumonia and heart failure.
  • Flag at Trades Hall flew half-mast on day of funeral.
  • Son Mark Henry (1907-1943) enlisted in Australian Imperial Force on 19 April 1918 in World War I and was discharged the following February.

Labor Call
(Melbourne), 14 July 1927, p 5 obituary:

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Greensborough, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


6 July, 1927 (aged ~ 52)
St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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