Harold John Vidler

Clerk, Carter And Commercial Traveller

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Erskineville 1911 1912

Family background

Harold John Vidler was born in February 1882 and though his birth was registered at Ashfield, his death certificate stated he was born at Jamberoo. He married Emily Mary Jones in 1907 and they had nine children. By 1962 Vidler was living at 33 Queen Elizabeth Crescent, Vincentia. He died on 13 July 1962 at Lottie Stewart Hospital, Dundas. He was buried in the Anglican cemetery, Woronora next to his wife.

Occupation & interests

Vidler was employed for several years by H Curry, Land Appeal Court Commissioner and later by William White (as a bread carter?). Vidler served several years in the 6th Regiment of Australian Rifles reaching the rank of corporal and ‘secured marksmanship’. He was a Labor supporter. His address in 1911 was 24 Pleasant Avenue, Erskineville but by 1913, he had moved to Glenfarne Street, Bexley. He later worked as a commercial traveller.

Community activity

Vidler was a Labor supporter and secretary of Erskineville Labor League in 1911. He was a member of Bexley Grand United Order of Oddfellows when he died.

Local government service

Harold John Vidler was an alderman on Erskineville Council in 1911-12, representing Middle Ward. He was elected as alderman for Bexley Municipality in February 1914.


‘Alderman H J Vidler’, Truth, 26 February 1911, p. 9, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article168733265

‘Advertising’, The Sydney Morning Herald,  23 January 1911, p. 4, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15246724

‘Alderman H J Vidler’, Truth, 26 February 1911, p. 9 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article168733265

‘Municipality of Bexley – Declaration of Poll’, St George Call, 7 February 1914 p 3,  http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/163232258

State Archives of NSW, NRS 13660, Probate Packet, Series 4 No 333139


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