John Faulkes

Carpenter, Builder

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1869 1872
Mayor Waterloo 1872 1872
  • Waterloo Municipal Council stamp (City of Sydney Archives A-00310569)

Family background

John Faulkes was born c1823 in Oakham, Rutlandshire, England. He married Ann Dagley (1822-1918) at Hinckley, Leicestershire, England in 1850 and there were four children; 1 son and 3 daughters. John Faulkes, accompanied by his wife and one daughter, arrived in Sydney on 9 January 1855 by the vessel ’Queen of England’.  Faulkes died on 19 December 1891 at his residence 52 Rochford Street, MacDonaldtown, NSW, aged 68 years and he was buried in the Old Wesleyan Section of Rookwood Cemetery. He lived in George Street, Waterloo.

Occupation & interests

On 28 July 1871, John Faulkes was fined 5s and 5s costs for commencing a building in Clarence Street, Sydney, in default two days gaol. He was declared Insolvent in October 1872 and his assets were auctioned off at his George Street, Waterloo, premises on 8 January 1873.

Local government service

John Faulkes was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1869-72, representing East Ward, and was mayor in 1872. He was elected Chairman of the Improvement Committee for Waterloo Council on 17 February 1871. Faulkes resigned in October 1872.


‘Municipal Nomination’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 February 1869 p. 8,


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