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Sydney's leaders

The City of Sydney has been led by 100 men and women since 1842. The first mayor, Charles Windeyer, was an interim appointment until the first election.

Since then, the position has been held by people from a variety of professional and mercantile backgrounds, including magistrates, union officials, retailers and the occasional publican.

The 2 most recent lord mayors, Lucy Turnbull and Clover Moore, are the only women to have held the post.

The City's History Unit has produced the Sydney Alderman website which has biographies of mayors, lord mayors, councillors and alderman who have served on Council.

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Sydney's Aldermen

The City's leaders

Mayors of the City of Sydney 1842 - 1853

12 Aug - 9 Nov 1842

Charles Windeyer (Nominated Mayor)

1842 - 1843

Alderman John Hosking

1843 - 1844

Alderman James Robert Wilshire

1845

Alderman George Allen

1846

Alderman Henry McDermott

1847

Alderman Thomas Broughton

1848

Alderman Joshua Frey Josephson

1849

Alderman Edward Flood

1850

Alderman George Hill

1851 - 1852

Alderman William Edward Thurlow

1853

Alderman Daniel Egan




City Commissioners 1854 - 1856

1854 - 1856

Gilbert Elliot (Chief)

 

Frederick Orme Darval

 

John Rae

Mayors of the City of Sydney 1857 - 1902

1857

Alderman George Thornton

1858

Alderman John Williams

1859

Alderman George Smith

1860

Alderman James Murphy

1861

Alderman John Sutherland

1862

Alderman James Oatley

1863

Alderman Thomas Spence

1864

Alderman William Speer

1865

Alderman John Woods

1866

Alderman John Sutton

1867 - 1869

Alderman Charles Moore

1869 - 1870

Alderman Walter Renny

1871 - 1872

Alderman Michael Chapman

1873

Alderman James Merriman

1874

Alderman Stephen Styles Goold

1875-1876

Alderman Benjamin Palmer

1877-1878

Alderman James Merriman

1879

Alderman Charles James Roberts

1880

Alderman Robert Fowler

1881 - 1883

Alderman John Harris

1884

Alderman John Hardie

1885

Alderman Thomas Playfair

1886

Alderman John Young

1887

Alderman Alban Joseph Riley

1888 - 1889

Alderman John Harris

1890 - 1891

Alderman Sydney Burdekin

1891 - 1894

Alderman Sir William Patrick Manning

1895

Alderman Samuel Edward Lees

1896 - 1897

Alderman Isaac Ellis Ives

1898 - 1900

Alderman Sir Matthew Harris

1901

Alderman Sir James Graham

1902

Alderman Sir Thomas Hughes




Lord Mayors of the City of Sydney 1902 - 1927

1902 - 1903

Alderman Sir Thomas Hughes

1904

Alderman Samuel Edward Lees

1905 - 1906

Alderman Allen Arthur Taylor

1907 - 1908

Alderman Sir Thomas Hughes

1909 - 1912

Alderman Allen Arthur Taylor

1912

Alderman George Thomas Clarke

1913

Alderman Sir Arthur Alfred Clement Cocks

1914 - 1915

Alderman Richard Watkins Richards

1916 - 1917

Alderman Richard Denis Meagher

1918

Alderman James Joynton Smith

1919

Alderman John English

1919 - 1920

Alderman Sir Richard Watkins Richards

1920 (from 16 March)

Alderman William Patrick Fitzgerald

1921

Alderman William Henry Lambert

1922

Alderman William Percy McElhone

1923 - 1924

Alderman David Gilpin

1925 - 1926

Alderman Patrick Vincent Stokes

1927

Alderman John Harold Mostyn

City Commissioners 1930

1 Jan '28 - 30 June '30

E.P. Fleming

30 Oct '28 - 30 June '30

J. Garlick

1 Jan '28 - 30 June '30

H.E. Morton

30 Oct '28 - 30 June '30

Brig. General H. Gordon Bennett




Lord Mayors of the City of Sydney 1930 -1967

1930

Alderman E.S. Marks, MLA

1931

Alderman Joseph Jackson, MLA

1932

Hon. Samuel Walder, MLC

1933

Alderman R.C. Hagon

1934

Alderman Alfred L. Parker

1935

Sir Alfred L. Parker

1935 (Oct - Dec)

Alderman Arthur McElhone

1936 - 1937

Hon. Archibald Howie, MLC

1938

Alderman Norman L. Nock

1939

Sir Norman L. Nock

1940 - 1942

Alderman Stanley S. Crick

1943 - 1944

Alderman R.J. Bartley

1945

Alderman W. Neville Harding

1946 - 1948

Alderman R.J. Bartley

1949 - 1952

The Hon. E.C. O'Dea, MLC

1953

Alderman Patrick Darcy Hills

1954 - 1956

Alderman Patrick Darcy Hills , MLA

1957 - 1964

Alderman Frederick Jensen

1965

Alderman Henry Frederick Jensen, MLA

1966 - 1967

Alderman John Armstrong




Commissioners 1969

14 Nov '67 - 26 Sept '69

Hon. Vernon Haddon Treatt, MM, QC, BCL Chief Commissioner

 

J.A.L. Shaw, CBE, DSO, BE, Deputy Chief Commissioner

 

W.W. Pettingell, CBE., Commissioner




Lord Mayors of the City of Sydney 1969 - 1987

1969 - 1971

Alderman Laurence Emmet McDermott

1972

Sir Laurence Emmet McDermott, KBE

1972 - 1973

Alderman David Griffin, CBE

1973 - 1975

Alderman Nicholas Shehadie, OBE

1975 - 1978

Alderman Leo Port , MBE

1978 - 1980

Alderman Nelson John Meers

1980 - 1987

Alderman Douglas William Sutherland, AM



Administrator 1987

6 April '87 - 6 April '87

Sir Eric Neal, AC



Commissioners 1987 - 1988

6 April '87 - 31 Dec '88

Sir Eric Neal, AC, Chief Commissioner

 

Sir Nicholas Shehadie, OBE, Deputy Chief Commissioner

 

Norman Oakes, AO, Commissioner




Lord Mayors of the City of Sydney 1989 - 2003

1989 -1991

Councillor Jeremy Bingham

1991 -2003

Councillor Frank Ernest Sartor

2003 -2004

Councillor Lucinda Mary Forrest Hughes Turnbull




Commissioners 2004

06 Feb '04 - 27 Mar '04

Lucinda Mary Forrest Hughes Turnbull

Anthony Robert Pooley

Garry Payne




Lord Mayors of the City of Sydney 2004 -

2004 -

Councillor Clover Moore

Original Source: Perdon, R., Sydney's Aldermen: a biographical register of Sydney City Aldermen 1842-1992, Sydney City Council, Sydney, 1995.

Last updated: Thursday, 30 January 2014