Robert Chaplin

Shop Assistant

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1934 1937
  • Waterloo Municipal Council stamp (City of Sydney Archives A-00310569)

Family background

Robert William Chaplin was born on 24 October 1908 in Redfern, NSW, son of Robert Charles Chaplin and Mary Louise Maud Jackson. He married Thelma Mary McDonald (1914-1998) on 4 September 1937 at the Church of England, Quakers Hill. There were 2 sons and 5 daughters. In 1937 Robert William Chaplin lived at 57 Dalmeny Avenue, Rosebery. Chaplin died on 14 July 1976 at Seven Hills, NSW, aged 67 years; he was cremated at Northern Suburbs Crematorium.

Occupation & interests

A Labour alderman who worked as a shop assistant, Chaplin had strong links with the union movement. He was a disciple of J T Lang but in reality there was little difference in ideology between Official Labour and Lang Labour.

Local government service

Robert Chaplin was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1934-37.


‘Municipal and Shire Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 November 1934, p.18,


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