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Geoffrey Chapman Ingleton

Australian, 1908 - 1998

Lieutenant Commander Geoffrey Chapman Ingleton (1908-1998) was a historian, book collector, artist, modelmaker, publisher, printmaker and illustrator. Born at Bairnsdale, Victoria on 14 May 1908 he commenced at the Royal Australian Naval College at Jervis Bay, NSW in 1922. His naval training took him to Britain and when Ingleton returned in 1930 he was commissioned a Lieutenant. He served in HMAS MORESBY surveying the northern Australian coastline.

Leaving the Navy in 1936 he went on to establish a successful career as a draftsman, artist and etcher. From 1940 until 1973 when he retired Ingleton worked for the RAN's Hydrographic Office.

Ingleton gained fame for his works depicting early Sydney life and maritime scenes, ships and events in Australia's past, including a series representing historical maritime vessels. He drew on his naval experience and expertise for technical accuracy.

Ingleton's published works include 'Charting a Continent' (1944), 'Matthew Flinders: Navigator and Chartmaker' (1986) and 'True Patriots All' (1952).