Henry Hargraves

Commission Agent

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Darlington 1875 1887
Mayor Darlington 1876 1878
  • Darlington Council seal (Civic Collection 2006.032.2)

Family background

Henry Hargreaves was born 22 May 1826 at Grindleton, Yorkshire, England, the son of Henry J Hargreaves and his wife Margaret. He married Elizabeth (1828-1895) C1850 in Yorkshire, England before immigrating to Australia, arriving in Brisbane, Qld in 1862 by the ship ‘Rajasthan’, with his wife and five children. Hargreaves died 13 June 1907, aged 81 years, at his residence 39 Forbes Street, Newtown, and was interred in the Anglican Section of Waverley Cemetery. He left a Will and his estate and assets were valued at £4,776. Henry Hargreaves lived at Ivy Street, Darlington and Forbes Street, Newtown.

Occupation & interests

Henry Hargreaves held a publicans license in respect of the Royal Albert Hotel at Darlington in 1889. He was a justice of the peace (JP)

Community activity

On 3 December 1877 when he was the Darlington Mayor, Hargraves laid the foundation stone for Darlington Public School and on 6 May 1878 he chaired the ceremony opening the school. Hargreaves was a Trustee of Victoria Park. In 1878 a deputation from the ratepayers presented Henry Hargreaves with an address and testimonial expressing the ratepayers’ appreciation of his indefatigable endeavors to promote the welfare and progress of the borough, more particularly his energy and assistance in furthering the improvements of Victoria Park, of which he was a Trustee, and the public school.

Local government service

Henry Hargraves was an alderman on Darlington Council in 1875-87. He was mayor in 1876-78. He was also the Council’s Returning Officer 1878-79 and 1883.


‘Borough of Darlington’, NSW Government Gazette, 12 February 1875, p. 445, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/223653503

‘News of the Day’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 December 1878, p. 5, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/28391711


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