James Hackett was born c1863 in Strathborough, Waterford, Cork, Ireland. He immigrated with his mother and sister to Sydney on 28 June 1865 by the vessel ’Trebolgan’. An elder brother died on the voyage. He married Mary Elizabeth Dawes (known as Elizabeth) (1863-97) on 24 October 1882 at St David’s Church of England, Balmain, NSW. There were six children; 1 son and 5 daughters. The family lived at Lachlan Street, Waterloo. He died at his residence 9 Bowral Street, Kensington on 24 August 1933, aged 71 years and he was buried at Waverley Cemetery. An administration of his estate and assets was assessed at £1,400.
Hackett was a member of the Council’s Finance Committee in 1900. In 1901 Hackett was elected to represent the Mount Carmel Young Men’s Club at the Commonwealth Convention of Literary and Debating Societies. James Hackett was a justice of the peace (JP).
Local government service
James Hackett was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1900-08 and 1914-19 representing South Ward.
‘Borough of Waterloo\’, NSW Government Gazette 20 February 1900, p. 1452, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/221014774
‘Mount Carmel Young Men’s Club’, Freeman’s Journal, 16 March 1901, p.11, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/111082904