George Anderson

Builder, Policeman, Businessman, Commission Agent, Fellmonger, Wool Merchant

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1883 1906
Mayor Waterloo 1886 1886
Mayor Waterloo 1891 1892

Family background

George Anderson was born on 1 November 1844 in Lancaster, England, son of Eugene Anderson and Susan Morton. He was educated at the National School. In 1859 he moved to Auckland, New Zealand, where he joined his uncle in business. He married (1) Mary Anne Walsh in New Zealand in 1861. Served in the Waikato Wars, New Zealand, 1863-64. He emigrated to NSW in 1866 and married (2) Florence Epsley on 29 March 1902 at Hamilton, NSW. George Anderson died in Stanmore, NSW on 13 April 1919, aged 75 years and he was buried in the Church of England Section of Rookwood Cemetery. He lived at Henderson Road, Alexandria, in 1897.

Occupation & interests

Adams was an apprentice carpenter in England in 1858. After arrival in NSW in 1866 he became a foreman with Hudson Brothers and c1876 he joined the Police Force. Anderson was a Free Trader with much success in his investments in land and property. After receiving money from Britain in 1888, he established the Rose Valley scouring works which he continued until 1890. Wool Merchant, Pitt & Cleveland Streets, Redfern.

Community activity

As mayor he presided at a Waterloo Town Hall meeting celebrating the dedication of Waterloo Park covering 7 acres. Elected President of Redfern Social which met monthly to engender comradery among local residents. Commissioner to the Melbourne Centennial Exhibition in 1888. Royal Commissioner in the case of William Creswell in 1899. George Anderson was a justice of the peace (JP).

Parliamentary service

MLA; Member for Waterloo 1894-1904.

Local government service

George Anderson was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1883-1906 representing South and East Wards. He was mayor in 1886 and 1891-92.


‘Council Elections :The Sydney Morning Herald 13 February 1883, p. 2,

‘Alderman George Anderson, JP’, The Daily Telegraph, 19 July 1894, p. 5,

Parliament of NSW, Former Member George Anderson


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