‘Pop’ Chapman was quite a character

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

 

Sir – I live in England on the Isle of Wight, which is in the south, facing Southampton.

 

I am looking into my family history and found that my grandmother’s sister, Gertrude Emily Ford, who was born in Devon, England, was married to Charles Henry “Pop” Chapman and they had two daughters, Fay and Rose.

 

They would be my mother’s cousins.  It seems that Charles was quite a character and I’d like to know more about him but I can’t find out much more than is in Wikipedia.  Also I’d love to hear from any relatives of Gertrude Ford / Chapman.

 

If you can help in any way you can contact me on my email – annofwight@hotmail.co.uk

 

Many thanks
Ann Smith (Mrs)
50 Lincoln Way, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, England, PO35 5RR.

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  1. Susan Dunwoody
    Posted March 29, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    My name is Susan Dunwoody (nee Chapman). Charles Henry Chapman was my grandfather. His son, my father, is Gordon Chapman. He has just had his 95th birthday lives in Toowoomba with his wife Linda Joan Chapman.
    My father, like his father, is still quite active mentally and physically for his age. I am in the process of getting more information and book that was written about Charles Henry Chapman from the Canberra library.

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  2. Jessica Chapman
    Posted March 20, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    My name is Jessica Chapman and I am Charles “Pop” Chapman’s great, great granddaughter. My grandfather is his son, Gordon Chapman, and I am named after his wife.
    If anyone has any more information regarding my great, great grandfather or about the restoration (?) of The Pearly Gates I would love to hear from you. Email: jess_chapman@hotmail.com.au
    Thanks, Jessica Chapman

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  3. Mr B
    Posted November 11, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Hi Ann,
    I too have been looking into my family tree and discovered that “Pop” Chapman is my 2nd great uncle.
    All the information I have on him was either obtained from the book, Charles Henry Chapman: visionary and legend to Central Australia or on Trove.

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  4. Ian Sharp
    Posted October 20, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    ‘Pop’ Chapman is mentioned in Peter Donovan’s book “Alice Springs, its history and the people who made it”. He was involved in the rush to The Granites goldfield in the early thirties (a fair bit of info about this in F. E. Baume’s book “Tragedy Track, the story of The Granites”).
    After the war he started the Centralian Advocate newspaper, and in the early fifties he opened a swimming pool, Alice’s first, in Railway Terrace (about where Coles is now?) and let the public swim in it.
    I’m sure I’ve seen pics of kids enjoying this in the “Growing up in Alice” Facebook page, so there would be people in town still who would remember Pop and his pool.
    I’m sure Josie Petrick, Alex Nelson and Dick Kimber will know more. Erwin too I reckon?
    [Thanks Ian. I think I swam in this pool when I first lobbed in 1974. It was a public pool then. It was in Railway Terrace, more likely where K-Mart is now, not Coles. All the best, Erwin.]

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