Charles Muzio Deane

Shipbroker, Accountant

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Darlington 1864 1868
Mayor Darlington 1864 1868
  • Darlington Council seal (Civic Collection 2006.032.2)

Family background

Charles Muzio Deane was born 23 April 1832 at Hobart, Tasmania, the son of John P Deane and Rosalie Smith. He married Jane Poole Stevens (1836-1910) 27 June 1857 at St Thomas’s Church, North Sydney, and they had eight children. Deane died 13 July 1915, aged 84 years, at his residence ‘Viola’ in Waimea Street, Burwood, and he was interred in the Church of England Section of Rookwood Cemetery. He left a Will and his estate and assets were valued at £1,317. Charles Muzio Deane lived at 30 Bridge Street, Darlington.

Occupation & interests

In early life Charles Muzio Deane was associated with the firm of Messrs Montefiore Joseph and Co (shipping agents). About 1871 he was appointed cashier and accountant to the Prothonotary of the Supreme Count, a position he retained until retirement in 1896. As a musician Charles Muzio Deane was in the foremost rank and he was first violinist at most of the musical societies. He started up and was the Manager of Cargo United Quartz Mining and Crushing Company situated near Orange. In the pioneer days of volunteering he did five years service, for which he received a Government land grant of 50 acres.

Community activity

In 1864 Charles Muzio Deane with others, headed a petition for the incorporation of Darlington as a municipality. The petition was granted and he was elected one of the alderman. Deane was Chairman of the Finance Committee and in 1868 the Council’s Returning Office. About 1872 he moved to Burwood and when the Burwood Municipality was formed, he was elected an alderman here in 1874.

Local government service

Charles Muzio Deane was an alderman on Darlington Council in 1864-68. He was mayor 1864-68. He was also an alderman on Burwood Council 1874-77.


‘Advertising’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 26 September 1864, p. 4,

‘Late Mr C. M. Deane’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 July 1915, p. 10,

Papers of Charles Muzio Deane, 1864-1875 relating to the ownership of the vessels Sea Witch and Day Spring of Sydney and to ownership of land and trade in Fiji and the New Hebrides, State Library of NSW, *D 388,
Ann K. Wentzel, ‘Deane, John Philip (1796–1849)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1966, accessed online 9 January 2018.


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