George Sparkes

House Agent, Storekeeper

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Camperdown 1879 1889
Alderman Camperdown 1891 1905
Mayor Camperdown 1887 1888
Mayor Camperdown 1898 1898
Mayor Camperdown 1904 1904

Family background

George Sparkes was born in Ireland in 1843. married in 1870 at Auckland, New Zealand to Emily Ellen Curran (1848-1917). They had three sons and two daughters.  One of his sons, William Henry Sparkes, was also an alderman on Camperdown Council. George Sparkes died on 25 July 1917, aged 74 years.

Community activity

George Sparkes was a Secretary of the Free Trade Association of Newtown.

Parliamentary service

Sparkes stood unsuccessfully as Independent candidate for Newtown in 1898 and 1904.

Local government service

George Sparkes, an aldermen on Camperdown Council from 1879 to 1908, recalled a large tract of the municipality, Sydney University, RPA Hospital, were not rateable, and Camperdown Council never had sufficient revenue to properly administer the area. The loan to build its town hall, resulted it being sold in 1901 and demolished in 1917.


Sydney Morning Herald, 15 November 1887, p. 3

Evening News, 15 November 1887, p. 3

Australian Town and Country Journal, 7 January 1888, p. 13,

Evening News, 13 February 1917, p. 8


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