Female leaders in Council Chamber

photo-icon Former Lord Mayor of Adelaide Wendy Chapman

Following the acknowledgement of the 125th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia in December 2019, Council has committed to further honour the leadership and achievements of the women of Adelaide.

The Council Chamber is currently undergoing a re-curation process and as a part of this process, a new series of portraits have been commissioned. The portraits will provide an opportunity to celebrate women who have made a significant and unique contribution throughout history to the present day.

Wendy Chapman

The first portrait to be commissioned is of former Lord Mayor, Wendy Chapman AM. Wendy Chapman (born 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.

Former lord mayor wendy chapman portrait queen adelaide room small

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.

About the artist

Tsering Hannaford has been commissioned to paint the official portrait from a historical photograph of Wendy Chapman AM that celebrates her time as Lord Mayor between 1983-85.

Tsering is a celebrated young female artist who lives and works in Adelaide. She has been shortlisted several times in the Archibald portrait exhibition, was presented with the highly commended Portia Geach Memorial Award in 2014 and was a semi-finalist in the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize.

She has undertaken many significant portrait commissions and has a reputable career as a realist portrait painter. Tsering’s father is renowned South Australian painter, Robert Hannaford, from whom she first learnt her craft.

Next steps

From early October 2020, we will share each new portrait as they reach completion and the women are finally included amongst the existing portraits of the Council Chamber.