John Chanter, a Moama auctioneer and commission agent, was a hard-working member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly between 1885 and 1894. He was known for his democratic views and was sympathetic to the requests that William Cooper and his fellow Yorta Yorta men made for grants of land, taking up their cause in parliament and representations to the government. He helped bring about the grant of farm blocks to the men at Cumeroogunga.

For more biographical information, see G. N. Hawker and Joan Rydon, ‘Chanter, John Moore (1845–1931)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1979