Harold Charles Splatt was born at Glebe in 1904, son of George Splatt and Margaret Cecilia. In 1930 he married Alice Cecilia Peninton at Glebe. There was a daughter of the marriage. He died at 47 Darghan Street Glebe on 25 August 1968, aged 64 years, Alice Splatt died 5 October 1985, aged 79 years.
Occupation & interests
Manufacturing, heavy industry, transport and commerce were significant areas of local male employment at the 1947 census. Splatt worked for Brady & Sons, Roller Shutters, in Bridge Road Glebe, and also as a labourer.
Splatt was prominent in moves to establish a kindergarten within the Lyndhurst precinct, where he lived. He is remembered with the Splatt Playground at Broughton Street Kindergarten, formally opened on 22 May 1951 under the Kindergarten Union.
Local government service
Splatt, as mayor in 1941, was appointed chief warden of National Emergency Services. Previous chief Warden, Stephen McCormack, refused to resign and his supporters sought to force their way into a meeting at Glebe Town Hall in May 1941. Scuffles broke out and police were called. Splatt said his appointment was necessay if co-operation of Glebe Council was to be secured. He wa re-elected in December 1944.
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‘Storm Over Warden For Glebe’, The Sun, 15 May 1941, p. 3, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article231453127
‘Need Tact To End N.E.S. Row’, The Sun, 16 May 1941, p. 7, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article231453284
Sydney Morning Herald, 16 May 1941, p. 9, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/17749410
Sydney Morning Herald, 4 February 1944, p. 6
Sydney Morning Herald, 26 August 1968
Splatt Playground [Brougham St kindergarten], Cardigan St Glebe, 1949-1951, City of Sydney Archives A-00132872, accessed 03 Nov 2021, https://archives.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/nodes/view/761099
Splatt Playground [Brougham St kindergarten], Cardigan St Glebe, 1949-1952), City of Sydney Archives A-00132873, accessed 03 Nov 2021, https://archives.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/nodes/view/761101