Robert Chaplin

Shop Assistant

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1934 1937

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. Robert William 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 William 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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