George Bretnall was born 25 November 1816 in Brandon, Suffolk, England, son of George Bretnall and Mary Ann. He married (1) Charlotte Bunking (1816-46) in 1840 in Shoreditch, Middlesex. There were two more children, Charlotte and George. After his wife’s death in 1846 in Hackney, London, George married (2) Sarah Ann Parrett in 1849 in Shoreditch, Middlesex and there were two children from this marriage, William and Frederick. In 1855 George Bretnall and his family immigrated to Sydney on board the vessel ’Constitution’. Sarah Ann Bretnall died in 1857 in Chippendale. Bretnall again married (3) Elizabeth Nelson (nee Robinson) (1814-95) on 7 January 1859 at the Congregational Church, Cleveland Street, Redfern. George Bretnall died at his residence in Smith Street, Summer Hill, on 2 January 1887, aged 71 years. He was buried in the Independent Old Ground at Rookwood Cemetery. He left no Will. George Bretnall, builder, lived at 40 Botany Road, Alexandria in 1883.
Occupation & interests
Bretnall & Poulton (George Bretnall, A Poulton) builders, 35-37 Botany Road, Waterloo.
George Bretnall was the District Secretary for the Grand United Order of Oddfellows in the early 1880s.
Local government service
George Bretnall was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1883 and prior to this he was an alderman on Alexandria Council for several years.
‘Council Nominations Borough of Waterloo’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 February 1883, p. 3, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13527705