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Frederic John Chapple
Frederic Chapple was born on 12 October 1845 at St Pancras, London, son of John Chapple, mason, and his wife Louisa, née Brewin. He studied at King's College, University of London (B.A., 1870; B.Sc., 1873) and at Westminster College, a Wesleyan teacher-training institution where he later taught for five years. He was a founding member of the National Union of Elementary Teachers, which he represented in 1870 at a congress on the desirability of religious teaching in government schools. It was a cause he was to espouse again in South Australia. During this period he declined appointment as principal of a Wesleyan university in Illinois, United States of America.
In 1876 Chapple agreed to succeed J.A. Hartley as headmaster of Prince Alfred College and arrived in Adelaide on 8 April. An early achievement was to secure in 1878 the incorporation of the school. This removed its financial control from 'the hands of four or five gentlemen who might do as they liked' and vested it in a board of management. He continued to shift the school's emphasis away from classical subjects and towards mathematics and natural science, aiming to broaden the boys' minds. Chapple considered that colleges such as Prince Alfred were 'freer' than state schools to devote themselves to 'education' as distinct from 'instruction'. As president of the Collegiate Masters' Association, he told the 1881-83 commission on the working of the education Acts, that provision by the state of advanced or secondary education for 'the people' would be 'a very perilous experiment' and should not be 'one of the functions of government'.
Chapple played an active community role outside the school: he was warden of the Senate of the University of Adelaide in 1883-1922, vice-president of the Royal Society of South Australia in 1880-81, president of the Literary Societies' Union and vice-president of the South Australian branch of the Teachers' Guild of Great Britain and Ireland.
A Methodist, he was a president of the Council of Churches and, on leave in England in 1901, was a delegate to the Methodist Ecumenical Conference.
On 16 April 1870 at Bethnal Green, London, Chapple had married Elizabeth Sarah Hunter, a schoolmistress. They took great pride in the excellent academic achievements of their four daughters and four sons.
He died on 29 February 1924 at his home in Norwood and was buried in West Terrace cemetery.Biographical SourceTaken from Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 7, (MUP), 1979
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Frederic Chapple - Prince Alfred College - Kent Town - Reporting that Rupert Eric Magarey cannot take University Scholarship
Frederic Chapple - Prince Alfred College - Kent Town - List of Competitors for the John Dunn Scholarship
Frederic Chapple - Prince Alfred College - Kent Town - Thanking Registrar for invitation to Education Committee and explaining cause of absence
Frederic Chapple - Prince Alfred College - Kent Town - Regarding University Scholarship gained by Stuckey
Frederic Chapple - Prince Alfred College - Kent Town - Regarding awarding the Edward Spicer Scholarship
Frederic Chapple - Prince Alfred College - Withdrawing G G Mason and L A Whitington from Primary Public Exam
Frederic Chapple - Prince Alfred College - Concerning number of marks assigned to subjects of the Higher Public Exam
Frederic Chapple - Prince Alfred College - Placing resignation as a member of the Council in the hands of the Chancellor
Frederic Chapple - Prince Alfred College - Authority to Deliver Junior and Senior Public Examination Certificates to Mr E G Mitton
Frederic Chapple - Prince Alfred College - Asking that Examiners will award John Dunn Scholarship to most successful student from PAC in Senior Public Examination
Frederic Chapple - Head Master - Prince Alfred College - Commemoration and First Class Senior Public
Frederic Chapple - Prince Alfred College - Protesting Against the English Set for the University Scholarships Examinations
Frederic Chapple - Prince Alfred College - Concerning Students who Passed Junior Examination - Also University Scholarships and Matric