John Charles Mears was born c1827 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, son of John Mears and Sarah. He married (1) Miriam Pompton (1830-65) and they had 2 daughters, Sarah and Catherine, before arriving in Sydney on 5 July 1855 by the vessel ’Blenheim’. He married (2) Ann Harrop (-1891) on 23 July 1875 at St Silas Church of England, Waterloo, NSW. He married (3) Jessie Dickson (-1920) on 27 May 1892 in Redfern, NSW. John Charles Mears died on 10 January 1911 at his residence ’Blenheim’ Marrickville Road, Marrickville, NSW, aged 83 year and he was buried in the Anglican Section of Rookwood Cemetery. John Charles Mears left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £1,383. He lived at Botany Street, Waterloo (1868).
Mears was a member of the committee engaged with the preparations for the Duke of Edinburgh’s visit to Waterloo in 1868. He was the chairman of the Improvement Committee in 1868.
Local government service
John Charles Mears was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1866-68 representing East Ward.
‘Suburban Municipal Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 February 1866, p. 5, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13125986