Samuel Chenhall

Railway Worker

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1929 1947
Mayor Alexandria 1934 1934
Mayor Alexandria 1937 1937
Mayor Alexandria 1943 1943
  • Alexandria alderman Samuel Chenhall (Alexandria, the Birmingham of Australia: 75 years of progress, 1868-1943)

Family background

Samuel Chenhall was born on 1 August 1883 at Eaglehawk, Victoria, the son of Elisha Chenhall and Amelia Jane Semmens. He married Ann Muriel Nicholas on the 24 April 1907 at Sydney, NSW, and they had six sons and four daughters. Chenhall died at his residence 9 Wyndham Street, Alexandria, on the 18 February 1947, aged 63 years; he was buried at Botany Cemetery. He left no Will. Samuel Chenhall lived at 9 Wyndham Street, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

Samuel Chenhall was a Freemason and a member of Lodge Alexandria, No 602. Railway worker Chenhall served on Alexandria Council for 17 years. A loyal labor man, he was elected mayor on three occasions by his colleagues, giving him the opportunity to demonstrate in a number of ways that he had become a figure of substance.

Local government service

Samuel Chenhall was an alderman for Alexandria Council 1929-47, representing the East Ward. He served as mayor three times: 1934, 1937 and 1943.


‘Advertising’, The Daily Telegraph, 4 December 1928, p. 13,

‘Chenhall, Samuel’, Railway Personal History Card, State Archives NSW, NRS-12922-1-[11/16580]-[480],


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