Richard Browning Chew was born on 13 July 1877 in Neville, NSW, son of William Frances Chew and Sarah Ann Browning. He married Matilda Rebecca Leslie (1882-1944) on 6 April 1910 in Waterloo, NSW and there were five children Frank, Ann, Stanley, Joyce and Arnold. Chew died on 12 April 1947 at his residence 71 Princes Avenue, Rosebery. He was buried with his wife at Botany Cemetery. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £5,575.
Occupation & interests
Richard Chew was a member of Masonic Lodge Victoria, No113 UGL, NSW. Hew was a grocer.
Local government service
Three Waterloo Council aldermen were sacked in 1940: John Neilson, George Cohen and Ernest Navin. A by-election was held in May 1940. Richard B Chew, Harry V Currie and James P Kinchington were elected in their place. Chew was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1940-47. He was mayor in 1944-45.
‘Waterloo By-election’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 May 1940, p. 11, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article17674924