Charles Cains

Publican, Contractor

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1872 1874
  • Waterloo Municipal Council stamp (City of Sydney Archives A-00310569)

Family background

Charles Cains was born on 30 April 1829 in Bitton, Gloucestershire, England, son of William Cains and Tamara Bryant. He married Amelia  (1820-94) in England prior to 11 November 1853 when he arrived with his wife in Sydney on the vessel ’Maidstone’. Three children accompanied them, William, Mary Ann, and Frederick an infant; a fourth child Elizabeth was born after arriving in Sydney. Charles Cains died on 6 October 1897 at his residence 64 Raglan Street, Waterloo, aged 67 years. He was buried with his wife in the Old Church of England Section of Rookwood Cemetery. Charles Cains left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £3,551. He lived in Botany Road, Waterloo.

Occupation & interests

Charles Cains was the publican of the ’Clifton Hotel’, Botany Road, Waterloo in 1871-74.

Community activity

Cains, as a member of the Council Finance Committee he examined the costs and expenses incurred by Waterloo Council in laying down Waterloo’s basic infrastructure.

Local government service

Charles Cains was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1872-74.


‘Borough Council Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 February 1872, p. 5,

‘Borough Councils’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 27 February 1873, p. 7,


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