Charles Henry Chapman (politician)

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Charles Henry Chapman
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Wellington North
In office
Preceded by John Luke
Succeeded by seat abolished
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Wellington Central
In office
Preceded by Peter Fraser
Succeeded by Frank Kitts
Personal details
Born 1876
London, England
Died 2 March 1957
Wellington, New Zealand
Political party Labour (1916-57)
Social Democratic (1913-16)

Charles Henry Chapman (1876 – 2 March 1957) was a New Zealand unionist and politician of the Labour Party and various predecessor parties.

Early life

Chapman was born in London, England in 1876. He joined the Independent Labour Party (ILP) and was later secretary of the London ILP Federation. He emigrated to New Zealand in 1905.[1]

Early political career

Chapman was a linotype operator by trade as well as a union secretary. He was on the executive of the Independent Political Labour League (IPLL) in 1906/07.[1] He was on the Advisory Committee of the Social Democratic Party in 1915–1916.[1]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1928–1931 23rd Wellington North Labour
1931–1935 24th Wellington North Labour
1935–1938 25th Wellington North Labour
1938–1943 26th Wellington North Labour
1943–1946 27th Wellington North Labour
1946–1949 28th Wellington Central Labour
1949–1951 29th Wellington Central Labour
1951–1954 30th Wellington Central Labour

Local Government career

He was a Wellington City Councillor from 1919–1925 and 1929–1941, and also served on both the Hospital Board and Wellington Harbour Board.[1] In 1915, Chapman ran for Mayor of Wellington as the Social Democratic candidate. In a three horse race, he came a distant third.[2] He ran for mayor a further three times as the Labour Party's nominee. He ran in 1925, 1927 and 1938 placing second on each occasion.[3][4][5]

Parliamentary career

He contested the Wellington South electorate in the 1908 election and came third behind Robert Alexander Wright and William Henry Peter Barber.[6]

He contested the Hawke's Bay electorate in the 1919 election for the Labour Party and came third behind Hugh Campbell and Gilbert McKay.[7] In 1922, he stood in the Hawke's Bay electorate again and came a distant third (and last) after Gilbert McKay and Andrew Hamilton Russell.[8] In the 1925 election, he stood in the Wellington Suburbs electorate and was beaten by the incumbent, Robert Alexander Wright, who had also beaten him in 1908.[9]

In 1928, Chapman was elected as the Member of Parliament for Wellington North which he held until the seats abolition in 1946. He then became the Member for Wellington Central from 1946 until 1954 when he retired.[10]

Later life

In 1935, he was awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal.[11]

Chapman died in 1957 and was buried at Karori Cemetery in Wellington.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d Gustafson, Barry (1980). Labour's path to political independence: The Origins and Establishment of the New Zealand Labour Party, 1900–19. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University Press. p. 155. ISBN 0-19-647986-X.
  2. ^ "Wellington City Council". Evening Post. LXXXIX (108). 8 May 1915. p. 8. Retrieved 18 March 2016.
  3. ^ "The Mayoral Election". Evening Post. CIX (102). 4 May 1925. p. 6. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Election Notices". Evening Post. CXIII (103). 4 May 1927. p. 6. Retrieved 22 July 2016.
  5. ^ "Election Recounts". Evening Post. CXXV (114). 17 May 1938. p. 12. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  6. ^ "The General Election, 1908". National Library of New Zealand. 1909. p. 31. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Hawke's Bay Province". Colonist. LXII (15259). 22 December 1919. p. 2. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  8. ^ "How The Electorates Went". Otautau Standard and Wallace County Chronicle. XVIII (909). 12 December 1922. p. 2. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Wellington Province". Auckland Star. LVI (262). 5 November 1925. p. 9. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
  10. ^ Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 189. OCLC 154283103.
  11. ^ "Official jubilee medals". The Evening Post. CXIX (105). 6 May 1935. p. 4. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Cemeteries search". Wellington City Council. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Peter Fraser
Member of Parliament for Wellington Central
Succeeded by
Frank Kitts
Preceded by
John Luke
Member of Parliament for Wellington North
Succeeded by
Seat abolished
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