Wendy Chapman AM

People of Adelaide


Posted on 01 Sep 2019

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Wendy Chapman (1942-) was the first female appointed Lord Mayor of Adelaide in 1983, making history as the first woman to hold the position in any Australian capital city.

She completed one term, stepping down in 1985. Chapman also served the City of Adelaide as an Alderman between 1981-1983 and was a trained nurse and company director. She represented the City of Adelaide on the Adelaide Convention Bureau Board of Directors, the Local Government Association of South Australia and served on the Jubilee 150 Board.

As part of an alliance of state government, local government and big business, Chapman lobbied for Adelaide to secure the rights to host the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, which raced throughout the city between 1985-1995. She later served on the Australian Formula One Grand Prix Board.

Chapman was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 1986 for service to local government and to the community.

Celebrating 125 years of women's suffrage in South Australia.

Image: State Library of South Australia B 7263643, circa 1983