Chidley, William James (1860-1916)

Also known as
Chidley, W. J. (1860-1916)
Chidley, W. J. (William James) (1860-1916)
Chidley, William
Chidley, William (1860-1916)
Field of activity
Sex Reformer; Eccentric; Philosopher
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NLA Persistent Identifier
https://nla.gov.au/nla.party-478566

Biographies

William James Chidley (1860?-1916), sex reformer and eccentric, was a foundling, probably born in Victoria, and adopted as an infant by John James Chidley (d.1891), toyshop-owner, and his first wife Maria,...

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William Chidley was a philosopher and eccentric who had original theories including one on how to deal with human misery: he recommended vegetarianism, fresh air, sunlight and unrestrictive clothing. He also criticised money-making and class distinction. Another of Chidley's postulates was that there was a "correct" method of sexual intercourse and published a book, , which he sold in the street. Because of this and because of his bizarre method of dressing he was deemed insane and several times committed to mental hospitals. He also suffered from intermittent spells of alcoholism.

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William James Chidley, who gained considerable notoriety through his weird neck-to-knee costume and the exposition of an extraordinary theory, died suddenly at the Callan Park Hospital for the Insane,...

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  • 1882-12-07 Manslaughter, Not guilty at Adelaide, South Australia

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Chidley, William James
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Chidley, William James (1860?-1916)
    McInerney, Sally
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1979
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 7, 635-636

Prosecution Project

  1. William Chidley was accused of Manslaughter with a verdict of Not guilty (Adelaide)
    [1882-12-07]
    Series: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FL130100050
  2. ADELAIDE, December 7, 10 p.m. CRIMINAL SITTINGS.
    [1882-12-08]
    Series: The Mount Barker Courier and Onkaparinga and Gumeracha Advertiser (SA : 1880 - 1954)
  3. CORONER'S INQUESTS. THE INQUEST ON THOMAS MALONEY.
    [1882-10-24]
    Series: South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900)
  4. TELEGRAMS. (From our own Correspondents.) ADELAIDE, October 20.
    [1882-10-21]
    Series: Border Watch (Mount Gambier, SA : 1861 - 1954)

Resources by William James Chidley (14)

  1. Papers of Sally McInerney
    McInerney, S. (Sally), 1946-
    [ Unpublished : 1860-1899 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 153,923.078)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 153,923.078)

  2. William James Chidley pictorial material, 1888-1927
    Chidley, William James, 1860-1916
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1888-1927 ]
    View online
    At State Library of NSW
    William James Chidley pictorial material, 1888-1927
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 149,794.906)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 149,794.906)

  3. Papers
    Chidley, William James, 1860-1916
    [ Unpublished : 1896-1927 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 137,808.75)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 137,808.75)

  4. Chidley's answer to the sex problem / [with W. J. Chidley's, The answer, section 3]
    Hornadge, Bill
    [ Book : 1971-1983 ]
    At 4 libraries
    Chidley's answer to the sex problem / [with W. J. Chidley's, The answer, section 3]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 131,801.609)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 131,801.609)

  5. Confessions of William James Chidley / edited by S. McInerney
    Chidley, William James, 1860-1916
    [ Book : 1977 ]
    At 31 libraries
    Confessions of William James Chidley / edited by S. McInerney
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 125,358.734)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 125,358.734)

  6. William James Chidley papers, 1896-1927
    Chidley, William James, 1860-1916
    [ Unpublished : 1896-1927 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 123,593.43)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 123,593.43)

  7. Chidley's answer to the sex problem : a look at the life and theories of William James Chidley, and the reactions of society towards his unorthodox views on dress, food and sex reforms / by Bill Hornadge
    Hornadge, Bill, 1918-2013
    [ Book : 1983 ]
    At 9 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 104,910.422)

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  8. Chidley's answer to the sex problem : a squint at the life and theories of William James Chidley and the reactions of society towards his unorthodox views / by Bill Hornadge
    Hornadge, Bill, 1918-2013
    [ Book : 1971 ]
    At 22 libraries
    Chidley's answer to the sex problem : a squint at the life and theories of William James Chidley and the reactions of society towards his unorthodox views / by Bill Hornadge
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 98,616.172)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 98,616.172)

  9. The phenomena of "erection" / by W.J. Chidley
    Chidley, William James, 1860-1916
    [ Book : 1916 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 66,627.672)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 66,627.672)

  10. To the public / W. J. Chidley
    Chidley, William James, 1860-1916
    [ Book : 1916 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 66,141.305)

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Resources about William James Chidley (19)

  1. Papers of Sally McInerney
    McInerney, S. (Sally), 1946-
    [ Unpublished : 1860-1899 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 154,242.281)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 154,242.281)

  2. William James Chidley pictorial material, 1888-1927
    Chidley, William James, 1860-1916
    [ Poster, chart, other : 1888-1927 ]
    View online
    At State Library of NSW
    William James Chidley pictorial material, 1888-1927
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 149,440.172)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 149,440.172)

  3. [Biographical cuttings on W. J. Chidley, writer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 148,515.969)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 148,515.969)

  4. Papers
    Chidley, William James, 1860-1916
    [ Unpublished : 1896-1927 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 137,017.016)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 137,017.016)

  5. Chidley's answer to the sex problem / [with W. J. Chidley's, The answer, section 3]
    Hornadge, Bill
    [ Book : 1971-1983 ]
    At 4 libraries
    Chidley's answer to the sex problem / [with W. J. Chidley's, The answer, section 3]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 132,168.703)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 132,168.703)

  6. Chidley / by Alma de Groen
    De Groen, Alma, 1941-
    [ Book : 1993 ]
    At 4 libraries
    Chidley / by Alma de Groen
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 127,705.672)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 127,705.672)

  7. Confessions of William James Chidley / edited by S. McInerney
    Chidley, William James, 1860-1916
    [ Book : 1977 ]
    At 31 libraries
    Confessions of William James Chidley / edited by S. McInerney
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 124,883.961)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 124,883.961)

  8. William James Chidley papers, 1896-1927
    Chidley, William James, 1860-1916
    [ Unpublished : 1896-1927 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 122,660.211)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 122,660.211)

  9. Dr. Maurice Philip Susman papers relating to the life of William James Chidley (1860-1916), with background material, including the author's correspondence, 1961-1967
    Susman, Maurice Philip, 1898-1988
    [ Unpublished : 1961-1967 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 116,148.906)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 116,148.906)

  10. [William James Chidley, oil portrait ca. 1936, after 1916 drawing / by Mick Paul]
    Paul, Mick (1888-1945)
    [ Art work : 1936 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 109,931.023)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 109,931.023)

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  1. CHIDLEY.
    Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer (NSW : 1915 - 1927) Tuesday 23 May 1916 p 3 Article
    ... CHIDLEY. Another effort was made on Monday morning in. the direction of securing the release of ... Chidley from Kenmore Hospital for the Insanie, an application being made for an inquiry, under section 99 ... 94 words
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  2. CONCERNING SOMEBODY
    Labor Call (Melbourne, Vic. : 1906 - 1953) Thursday 30 March 1916 p 5 Article
    ... .' W. J. Chidley, the man who had a mind of his own, and mooched about Sydney   with very little ... of the law found that Chidley was mad beats creation. If those in lunatic   asylums are as mad ... 1646 words
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  3. CHIDLEY FINED.
    The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954) Monday 21 April 1913 p 11 Article
    ... , CHIDLEY FINED. At the Central Summons Court, William James Chidley was fined £3 for sending an ... 145 words
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    [ Poster, chart, other : 1888-1927 ]
    William James Chidley pictorial material, 1888-1927
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    [ Art work : 1936 ]
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    [ Photograph : 1959 ]

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  1. Chidley : a play in two acts / by Alma de Groen
    De Groen, Alma, 1941-
    [ Unpublished : 1900 ]
    At UQ Library
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  2. James Sykes Battye papers
    Battye, J. S. (James Sykes), 1871-1954
    [ Unpublished : 1891-1955 ]
    At WA State Library
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  3. Typescript copy of an article entitled 'Frederick Chidley Irwin. First Colonial Commandant, 1828-c. 1860', published in a Perth newspaper, 14 December 1935, (File), (from Records held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland / Article on F ...
    [ Unpublished : 1935 ]
    At AJCP
    Typescript copy of an article entitled  'Frederick Chidley Irwin. First Colonial Commandant, 1828-c. 1860', published in a Perth newspaper, 14 December 1935,  (File),  (from Records held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland  / Article on Frederick C. Irwin  (D1197))
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  1. Skinner's Book Depot Arcade
    Skinner's Book Depot Arcade
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    This is a list of all of the mentions I could find on Trove in relation to my GG Grandfather Henry John Blackwood, his business partner Robert William Skinner and the bookstore they ran. Skinner's. A ...

    Keywords: Blackwood, Booksellers, Skinner, Sydney
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  2. The Swan River
    The Swan River
    Created by Museumofperth, 83 items.

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  1. William James Chidley : (report / by Board of Official Visitors in regard to the case of, at present confined in the Hospital for the Insane, Callan Park)
    New South Wales. Board of Visitors
    [ Book : 1912 ]
    At RACP Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,246.273)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,246.273)

  2. William James Chidley : (papers in connection with the case of) / Legislative Assembly. New South Wales
    New South Wales. Parliament. Legislative Assembly
    [ Book : 1912 ]
    At RACP Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 1,027.726)

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  3. W. J. Chidley : (report / of the Inspector-General of the Insane regarding the case of)
    New South Wales. Inspector General of the Insane
    [ Book : 1912 ]
    At RACP Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 761.328)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 761.328)

  4. The declaration of Sir Charls Coot, Lord President of Connaught, and the officers and souldiers under his command. Viz. Charles Coot Chidley Coot Rich. Coot Thomas Sadler Solomon Cambre Geo. Ingolsby William Moor Oliver St. George Tho. Coot John Ewr ...
    Mountrath, Charles Coote, Earl of, ca. 1610-1661
    [ Book : 1660 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 370.359)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 370.359)

  1. Jack Bradshaw and -William James- Chidley
    Maxwell, Stephen
    Rationalist News
    [ Article : 1991 ]
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  2. Censoring sex: the case of WJ Chidley
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    [ Article : 2013 ]
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    At 2 libraries
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  3. The case of William Chidley: a study in psychiatry, morality and lunacy law
    Edwards, G. A; Hall, Wayne D
    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
    [ Article : 1980 ]
    At UQ Inst Rep
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  4. Censoring sex: the case of W J Chidley
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    History Australia
    [ Article : 2013 ]
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  1. Government Gazette Appointments and Employment
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 24 July 1931 [Issue No.96] p 2731

    Government Gazette Appointments And Employment

    ... . William Edward Maiden, Otto Louis Faust, Martin Heliir, James Francis Geary and Sydney Wentwortli Nicholls ... Park:—James Pairick Ryan, Esquire (in the place of Mr. (\ V. Monughan, deceased). P. 31-6,122. Public ... 290 words
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  2. Government Gazette Appointments and Employment
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Friday 2 January 1948 [Issue No.1] p 773

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  3. LIST OF GENTLEMEN APPOINTED TO THE COMMISSION OF THE PEACE.
    Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) Friday 13 November 1914 [Issue No.197 (SUPPLEMENT)] p 6711

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    ... ., 1870 Allsuu, James 2 Bligh-strcct, Sydney 7 April, 1800 Alison, Robert William Conh'I, Dungog 10 Mar ... Upatrlck Oorunna 25 June, 1912 Anderson, James William Smith-street, Keinpsey 25 June, 1912 Anderson, John Belmont ... 93377 words
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