James Hackett

Cab Proprietor, Horse Trainer

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1900 1908
Alderman Waterloo 1914 1919
  • Waterloo Municipal Council stamp (City of Sydney Archives A-00310569)

Family background

James Hackett was born c1863 in Strathborough, Waterford, Cork, Ireland. He immigrated with his mother and sister to Sydney on 28 June 1865 by the vessel ’Trebolgan’. An elder brother died on the voyage. He married Mary Elizabeth Dawes (known as Elizabeth) (1863-97) on 24 October 1882 at St David’s Church of England, Balmain, NSW. There were six children; 1 son and 5 daughters. The family lived at Lachlan Street, Waterloo. He died at his residence 9 Bowral Street, Kensington on 24 August 1933, aged 71 years and he was buried at Waverley Cemetery. An administration of his estate and assets was assessed at £1,400.

Occupation & interests

Hackett was a cab proprietor and horse trainer.

Community activity

In 1901 Hackett was elected to represent the Mount Carmel Young Men’s Club at the Commonwealth Convention of Literary and Debating Societies. James Hackett was a justice of the peace (JP).

Local government service

James Hackett was an alderman on Waterloo Council for two terms, in 1900-08 and 1914-19, representing South Ward. Hackett was a member of Waterloo Council’s Finance Committee in 1900.


‘Borough of Waterloo\’, NSW Government Gazette 20 February 1900, p. 1452, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/221014774

‘Mount Carmel Young Men’s Club’, Freeman’s Journal, 16 March 1901, p.11, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/111082904


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