John Navin


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1885 1896
Mayor Waterloo 1895 1895
Mayor Waterloo 1902 1902
  • Waterloo Municipal Council stamp (City of Sydney Archives A-00310569)

Family background

John Navin was born c1842 in Portland, Tipperary, Ireland, son of Patrick Navin and Norah. He arrived in Sydney on 15 March 1854, with two younger brothers, James and William (their parents were already residing in Sydney) by the vessel ’Rodney’. He married Bridget Brogan (1850-1902). John Navin died on 18 July 1904 at his residence 101 Phillip Street, Waterloo, NSW, aged 64 years and he was buried in the Old Catholic Mortuary Section of Rookwood Cemetery. He lived in Boundary Street, Waterloo (1897).

Occupation & interests

Navin was a dairyman.

Community activity

John Navin was vice chairman of the Dairymen’s Protective Association and President of the St Vincent de Paul Society at Mount Carmel. In July 1903, Navin was banqueted by the alderman and citizens of Waterloo in recognition of his 20 years service in council. He was a justice of the peace (JP). In 1894 Navin, as nominee of the Anti Humbug Association, addressed electors at the Forresters Hall, Botany Street, Waterloo.

Local government service

John Navin was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1885-96 and 1898-1904. He was mayor in 1895 and 1902.


‘Dairymen’s Protective Association’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 18 November 1880 p.5,

‘Municipal and Shire Nominations’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 February 1885 p.4,

‘Alderman Navin at Waterloo’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 June 1894, 7,


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