Robert Stapleton


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Paddington 1929 1933
Mayor Paddington 1933 1933
  • Robert Stapleton in 1933 (Sydney Morning Herald, 2 October 1933)

Family background

Robert Record Stapleton was the husband of Sylvia Stapleton, Paddington’s first female alderman. They had two young children – a boy and girl. He died suddenly in 1933 aged only 36 years old.

Occupation & interests

Robert Stapleton was engaged in the building trade.

Community activity

According to his obituary published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 2 October 1933, Robert Stapleton ‘was regarded as one of the ablest of the younger men in the Lang Labour party. He was a good debater, and at the last State elections he unsuccessfully contested the Woollahra seat against the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly (Sir Daniel Levy). He had been a member of the Paddington Council for several years, but this was his first term as Mayor.’

Local government service

Robert Record Stapleton was an alderman on Paddington Council in 1929-33; he was mayor in 1933. He died in early October 1933 while Mayor and his wife, Sylvia Stapleton was appointed as an Alderman on the council later that same month.



The information about this alderman was compiled in collaboration with Woollahra Library and Information Service.

Sydney Morning Herald, 2 October 1933 p. 6


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