Colin Edgar Elphick


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Glebe 1944 1948
Mayor Glebe 1945 1945
  • Glebe Council logo 1896 (City of Sydney Archives A-00333228)

Family background

Colin Edgar Elphick was born in 1900, son of James Elphick and Annie. In 1934 he married Jessie Maude Robertson at Sydney. He died at Sydney on 21 March 1970, 69 years. Jessie Elphick died in 1974.

Occupation & interests

Elphick worked as a telegraphist at the Sydney GPO, whose members belonged to the Post and Telegraph Officers Association, the first industrial organisation to be formed among government employees in Australia.

Community activity

Glebe Labor aldermen in the 1940s, remained like their collegues in the preceding decade, anti-Communist, socially conservative, predominantly Catholic, and likely to belong to a moderate union.

Local government service

Colin Elphick was part of the changing of the guard on Glebe Council in the 1940s, and in the leadership of local Labor branches. Elphick was one of 12 Official (McKell) Labor candidates electted in 1944, and with the position of mayor being rotated among senior members, Elphick was elected mayor in 1945. Glebe had returned a member to the NSW Legislative Assembly from 1856 but in 1941 in an electorate redistribution the seat of Glebe was abolished.


Hogan, Michael 2004,  Local labor: a history of the Labor Party in Glebe, 1891-2003, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW

Sydney Morning Herald, 4 December 1944, p. 6

‘Rain Adds To Family’s Troubles’, The Sun, 16 November 1945, p.¬† 2,

Sydney Morning Herald, 23 March 1970


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