William Powell was born on 19 July 1823 in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, son of Thomas Powell and Esther Hughes. He married Martha Tilbrook (1828-1885) on 2 February 1850 at St John the Baptist, Hoxton, Middlesex, England. William Powell arrived in Sydney on 21 November 1854 by the vessel ’Kate’. His wife and son, Edward accompanied him and a second son, Albert was born in quarantine upon arrival in Sydney. There were a further 3 sons and 3 daughters born in Sydney. One son William Albert Powell (1860-1940) was also an alderman for Waterloo, NSW. William Powell died on 31 October 1877 at his residence, Botany Street, Waterloo, NSW, aged 57 years and he was buried in the Old Church of England Section of Rookwood Cemetery. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £100. William Powell lived at George Street, Waterloo (1865) and Botany Street, Waterloo (1875). His son William Albert Powell was also an alderman on Waterloo Council.
The business of Waterloo Council during the years Powell served as an alderman was largely concerned with laying down the municipalities basic infrastructure, forming streets, kerbing and guttering them, arranging for gas, water and sewerage to be connected to housing. The minutiae of these transactions is found in Council proceedings.
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Elected on 30 April 1863 in lieu of Alderman Hawkesly, who resigned. William Powell was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1863-66 and 1874-76.
‘Municipal Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald 5 February 1862, p. 5, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13224205