Isaac Ellis Ives

Warehouse Owner

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman City of Sydney 1893 1898
Mayor City of Sydney 1896 1897

Family background

Isaac Ellis Ives was born at Great Waltham, Essex, England, in 1839, the son of Isaac and Susana, née Field. He married Margaret Henrietta Weston at Redfern, New South Wales in January 1858 and had two sons and a daughter. Margaret died in 1863 and in 1865 he married Elena McDonald and had four sons and three daughters. He died at Mosman New South Wales on 7 December 1906 and was buried with other local pioneers at St Thomas’ Church of England at North Sydney.

Occupation & interests

Isaac Ives left home at an early age to travel to London. He arrived in Sydney in January 1857 under contract to Tooth & Co. and worked at their Kent brewery. He visited Queensland in early 1860 to report on Tooth stations. He was the manager of Argyle Bonded and Free Warehouses at The Rocks for Messrs Tooth, Mort and Croft between 1860 and 1865, then for JS Mitchell until 1876, when he purchased the business. He visited England during 1884 and 1885. His home was in Blues Point Road, North Sydney.

Community activity

Ives was the Chairman and promoter of the North Shore Ferry Company.

Parliamentary service

Ives was elected MLA for St. Leonards between 1885 and 1889.

Local government service

Isaac Ives was Alderman for Gipps Ward, 27 November 1893 to 30 November 1898. He was the Chairman of the Disposal of Refuse Committee and the Electric Lighting Committee, 1896-97. During these years he also served as Mayor.


City of Sydney Archives: Aldermen’s Files; Photos: CRS 80/3 and THC 88/620.

Connolly, C N 1983, Biographical Register of the New South Wales Parliament 1856-1901, ANU

James, Michael, 1988, North Sydney 1788-1988, Allen & Unwin

Parliament of New South Wales, Former Members Isaac Ellis Ives

Society of Australian Genealogists: AGCI index; Cemetery transcripts


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