Harry Leo Patrick Wright

Locomotive Fireman, Train Driver

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Erskineville 1936 1948
Mayor Erskineville 1943 1943

Family background

Henry Leo Patrick Wright (later known as Harry) was born to James and Mary Wright in the Newcastle area in 1890. He lived at 32 Charles Street, with his wife Helena Bedelia Wright. Wright died at Gosford on 21 April 1967 aged 77. He was buried in the Kincumber South Roman Catholic cemetery.

Occupation & interests

Wright was a locomotive fireman and train driver. He also steered mail and express trains, and later electric trains. He was known as a ‘lily white’ for his role during the Great Strike of 1917. He recived a silver lily white medal designed by Newtown jeweller William Trantum in 1918. The Amalgamated Society of Engineers commissioned and issued the medal to its members who remained out on strike.


Local government service

Wright was an alderman on Erskineville Council in 1936-48. He was mayor in 1943.


‘This alderman slipped’, Daily Advertiser, 16 August 1947, p. 1, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/144838975

‘The Thomases of Menangle’, Don Dorrigo Gazette, 25 July 1952, p. 7, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/178026564

‘Family Notices’, Sydney Morning Herald, 24 April 1967, p. 24


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