Cornelius Hannan

Produce Merchant

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1873 1893
Alderman Alexandria 1895 1898
  • Alexandria Town Hall in 1943 (Alexandria, 'the Birmingham of Australia': 75 years of progress, 1868-1943, published by Alexandria Municipal Council, 1943).

Family background

Cornelius Hannan was born in 1829 at Meadstown, Farahy, Cork, Ireland, the son of Michael Hannan and Julia McCarthy. He immigrated to Australia, arriving at Sydney on 15 October 1850 on board the ship ‘Kate’. Cornelius Hannan married Julia Carroll (1841-1921) at Sydney on 4 October 1862, and they had two sons and three daughters. Cornelius Hannan died at Redfern on 4 February 1898, aged 68 years; he was buried at Rookwood Cemetery in the Catholic section. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £178. Cornelius Hannan lived in Euston Road, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

As a long serving alderman and self employed businessman, Cornelius Hannan became an influential figure in his community and gained a good measure of social recognition.

Local government service

Cornelius Hannan was first an alderman on the Alexandria Council 1879-93 representing the South Ward. Hannan was declared bankrupt in 1893 and resigned from council; Ernest Banner was elected to replace him. In 1895 Hannan was again elected as a representative for the South Ward when Alderman William Marr moved to South Africa and served until his death in February 1898.


‘Advertising’, The Sydney Morning Herald 12 February 1883, p. 5,

‘Bankruptcy of a produce merchant’, The Australian Star, 25 October 1893, p. 6,

‘Municipal elections’, The Australian Star, 30 December 1895, p. 3,

‘Death of an alderman’, Evening News, 7 February 1898, p. 2,


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