Benjamin Radford


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1877 1879

Family background

Benjamin Radford was born in c1827 in Bristol, Somerset, England, son of John Radford and Martha Walsh. He married (1) Sarah Collins Wyatt (1822-1885) on 20 July 1848 in Bristol, Somerset, England and they had 5 sons and 3 daughters. Benjamin, his wife and one child arrived in Australia c1852; the seven other children were all born in Sydney. He married (2) Catherine Duffy (1827-1901) on 13 September 1889 at Moss Vale, NSW. Benjamin Radford died on 7 October 1914 at Hornsby, NSW, aged 87 years and he was buried in the Methodist Section of Rookwood Cemetery. He lived at Pitt Street, Waterloo (1876).

Community activity

At a time when there was no Methodist Church at Botany, Benjamin Radford began a Sunday School in his tanning yard loft. He was also involved in the building of a church and when this was completed the Sunday School was moved from the tanning yard into the new church and Radford was the first Superintendent. He was also a class leader and choir conductor. He also worked wholeheartedly to get the first public school at Botany.

Local government service

Benjamin Radford was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1877-79. He resigned in 1879.


‘Municipal Nominations’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 February 1877, p. 11,

‘Benjamin Radford’, The Methodist, 14 November 1914, p. 11,


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