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SUWA’s Very First Staff Worker, Barbara Chappell, Remembered

Opening an office upstairs at 931a Hay St and appointing a staff worker were significant steps of faith in WA in 1957. In that year the wonderful Barbara Chappell was appointed as the first staff worker, to be shared between SU, CSSM and the ISCF of Crusaders, before the Scripture Union of WA was officially formed in October 1959.

Barbara’s many years of service as a SU staff member then a volunteer was a great model for the mainly young leaders who comprised the leadership in those early days.

Barbara passed away peacefully in late February. She was the widow of Dr Peter Chappell, who was the first chairman of SUWA.