George Wood

Produce Merchant

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1870 1877
Mayor Alexandria 1874 1874
  • Alexandria Town Hall in 1943 (Alexandria, 'the Birmingham of Australia': 75 years of progress, 1868-1943, published by Alexandria Municipal Council, 1943).

Family background

George Edward Wood was born 15 August 1836 at London, Middlesex, England, the son of James John Wood and Elizabeth Ann Povey. He immigrated with his parents and siblings on the ship “Alfred” which arrived at Sydney on 29 January 1842. George Edward Wood married Sarah Thomson (1837-1914) on 25 March 1856 at Redfern, NSW, and they had one son. George Edward Wood died at Newtown on 20 September 1905, aged 69 years; he was buried at Rookwood Cemetery in the Church of England section. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £3,241. George Edward Wood lived in Wyndham Street, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

During George Wood’s years on Alexandria Council the property based system of plural voting and the absence of payment (for municipal office) meant participation in local affairs was inaccessible to wage and salary earners.

Local government service

George Wood was an alderman on Alexandria Council 1870-77 representing the East Ward. He served as mayor in 1874.


Advertising’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 March 1870, p. 4,


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