Freeman Pepper was born 3 April 1853 at Barroden, Northamptonshire, England, the son of Robert Pepper and Sarah Dexter. He immigrated to Sydney, NSW, with his parents in 1855 on board the ship ‘Lloyds’. Pepper married Lucy Ann Mitting (1850-1926) 27 September 1877 at Sydney, NSW, and they had four sons and two daughters. Freeman Pepper died 14 October 1898, aged 45 years, at his home in Henry Street, Penrith, and was interred in the Old Church of England Section of Rookwood Cemetery. He left a Will and his estate and assets were valued at £284. Pepper lived at the corner of Darlington Road, and Codrington Street, Darlington.
Occupation & interests
Freeman Pepper was president of the Fire Brigade at Darlington. He was a Freemason and a member of the Forresters’ Order for 27 years. For some years he was inspector of brickwork for the Railways Department, and used to lecture on brickwork at the School of Arts, Sydney. At the time of his death he was bailiff of the small debts and district courts at Penrith.
Freeman Pepper was a justice of the peace (JP).
Local government service
Freeman Pepper was an alderman on Darlington Council in 1883 and 1885-89. He resigned in February 1890.
‘Suburban Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 1883, p. 5, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13519203
‘Local and General’, Nepean Times, 22 October 1898, p. 4.