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Biographical entry Chidley, William James (1860? - 1916)

Born
1860?
Victoria, Australia
Died
21 December 1916
Callan Park, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Philosopher

Summary

William James 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, The Answer, 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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