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Chaffey, William Adolphus (1915 - 1987)

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Born: 18 February 1915  Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia.  Died: 4 March 1987  Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia.

William Adolphus Chaffey (1915-1987) was the Member of State Parliament for Tamworth from 1940 until 1973. He was Deputy Minister for the New South Wales Country Party from 1959-1968. At the same time he held the New South Wales Agricultural Portfolio from 1965 to 1968.

Career Highlights
Chaffey was educated at Tamworth Public School, King's School, Parramatta, and Hawkesbury Agricultural College, Richmond. He joined the AIF in 1941 until 1945 and served in New Guinea. He was twice mentioned in despatches and won the US Bronze Star. He became a member of the elite Z Force, making night raids from submarines into enemy-held territory in Indo-China. He was in the CMF from 1948 to 1961.

He was deputy leader of the NSW parliamentary Country Party from 1959 to 1968 and Minister for Agriculture from 1965 to 1968 and became the party expert on constitutional and statutory matters. Chaffey had a reputation for independent thought and action, retiring from the Country Party in 1972 after disagreeing on policy matters. He spent the remainder of his term as an independent.

Chaffey was married on 29 January 1946 to Patricia Egerton-Warburton and they had three children.

[Brief Biography compiled by Robin Hammond, January/February 2004]


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: Sophie Patrick
Created: 26 June 2002
Modified: 18 November 2005

Published by The Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 5 April 2004
Prepared by: Acknowledgements
Updated: 23 February 2010

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