Albert Patrick Henry

Pawnbroker, Real Estate Agent, Bookmaker

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Erskineville 1917 1937
Mayor Erskineville 1920 1920
Mayor Erskineville 1924 1924
Mayor City of Sydney 1930 1930

Family background

Albert Patrick Henry’s birth was registered at Murrurundi in 1877 as the child of Daniel and Mary Ann Henry. He was known as ‘Pop’. In 1902, he married Mary Cowan in Sydney. His address in 1917 was 120 Erskineville Road, Erskineville. There were six children still alive at the time of death at his home at 76 Erskineville Road, Erskineville on 21 September 1950.

Occupation & interests

Albert ‘Pop’ Henry was regarded as one of the tough ward bosses and was a key figure in the local Labor Party. He was a real estate agent, and also acted as a bookmaker on the Flat at Randwick Racecourse. In February 1947, he was fined £50 for demanding ‘key money’ from tenants wanting to rent a property in Union Street, Newtown. At his death, the value of his real estate was over £3,400.

Local government service

Albert Patrick ‘Pop’ Henry was an alderman on Erskineville Council in 1917-97. He was mayor in 1920, 1924 and 1930. He had a spaniel dog that accompanied him to council meetings.


NSW Government Gazette, 19 September 1924, p 4429,

‘Municipal and shire nominations’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 November 1934, p. 18,

Erskineville Landlords And Council’, The Daily Telegraph, 26 November 1937, p. 7,

‘Master And Dog Civic Identities” The Labor Daily, 2 December 1937, p. 4,

State Archives of NSW, NRS 13660, Supreme Court, Probate Packet, Series 4 No 373650



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