James Joseph Lahiff

French Polisher

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Glebe 1927 1939
Mayor Glebe 1935 1935
  • Alderman James Lahiff in 1931 (City of Sydney Archives, SRC18348)
  • Alderman James Lahiff (City of Sydney Archives, SRC19014. Originally from The Mayor's Report, 1935-36-37, SRC 352.09441 GLEB)

Family background

James Joseph Lahiff was born at Sydney in 1876, son of Michael Lahiff and Hannah. In 1906 he married Margaret Walsh at Newtown. There were five sons and a daughter of the marriage. He died at 18 Albert Street Glebe on 14 August 1958, aged 82 years. Margaret Lahiff died on 3 May 1954, aged 77 years.

Occupation & interests

Lahiff was listed in the electoral roll as a french polisher.

Community activity

Lahiff in 1931 had sought money from the government for relief works and for warm clothing in winter. Once in winter, and again in summer, local people went upstairs in Glebe Town Hall where certain items were laid out on tables. Men received a shirt and boots while women and children received underwear, shoes and a few yards of dress material. In 1935 Lahiff convened a meeting seeking to improve conditions for the unemployed. Lahiff was patron on Glebe District Cricket Club and Glebe Rowing Club.

Local government service

Glebe Council under Mayor Lahiff in 1935 sought more police protection in Glebe especially on greyhound racing meeting nights. Councillors claimed it was dangerous to cross Glebe Road, Bridge Road or Wigram Road due to taxi-cab traffic dashing about the municipality.


Hogan, Michael 2004,  Local labor: a history of the Labor Party in Glebe, 1891-2003, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW

Sydney Morning Herald 3 December 1928 p. 14

Sydney Morning Herald 20 March 1931 p. 16

Sydney Morning Herald 21 June 1935 p. 10; 2 September 1935 p. 9

Sydney Morning Herald 16 August 1958 p. 64


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