John Nelson

Carpenter & Builder

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1880 1882
  • Waterloo Municipal Council stamp (City of Sydney Archives A-00310569)

Family background

John Nelson lived at Raglan Street, Waterloo.

Occupation & interests

By Notice dated 8 March 1881, John Nelson, of Raglan Street, Waterloo, builder and contractor, assigned all his estate, property and effects to the Southern Branch of the Australian Joint Stock Bank, in trust for all his creditors. In the following months the machinery, tools of trade an timber used by Nelson in conjunction with his business were offered up for sale and at a later dated Nelson’s property in Raglan Street, consisting of four dwelling houses, workshop, and a new building suitable for a sawmill of factory were offered for sale by auction. Nelson was declared Insolvent on 6 October 1882 and he resigned as an alderman of Waterloo Council.

Community activity

In August 1882, Alderman Nelson and the Mayor waited on the Minister for Mines to request that the continuation of Elizabeth Street leading to Botany Road, and already taken over as a main road, should be repaired; and that a heap of 70 tons of stone which has been piled up in front of the Town Hall, should be removed. Nelson was on the committee formed in connection with the establishment of a library in the new town hall.

Local government service

John Nelson was elected 1 November 1880 in lieu of Alderman Robert Vescys, deceased. Nelson was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1880-82. He resigned in October 1882.


‘Municipal Election’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 November 1880 p. 2,

‘Advertising’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 March 1881, p. 1,


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