Joseph Parry

Condiment Manufacturer

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1897 1905
Mayor Waterloo 1900 1901
  • Waterloo Municipal Council stamp (City of Sydney Archives A-00310569)

Family background

Joseph Parry was born c1848 in England, the son of Joseph Parry. He arrived in Sydney on 10 January 1876 by the vessel ’St Osyth’. He married Henrietta Maria Moran (1849-1935) on 7 September 1880 in Sydney. Parry died on 21 October 1913, at his late residence, ’Kiahbitah’ 7 Darley Road, Randwick, aged 65 years, and he was buried in the Randwick General Cemetery. He lived at 66 Pitt Street, Waterloo.

Occupation & interests

Joseph Parry was one of Sydney’s oldest manufacturers and merchants. Prior to coming to Australia he was the manager and buyer for a large firm of flour and grain merchants in London, where he was well known and respected in commercial circles. He started business in George Street, Sydney, about 1876 and he was the proprietor of a large factory in Waterloo. Joseph Parry was a partner in the firm J Parry & Co, condiment manufactures & flour merchants. The firm which was registered on 15 January 1903 was situated at 66 Pitt Street, Waterloo.

Community activity

Joseph Parry was a justice of the peace (JP). During the plague epidemic, Parry had very successful sanitary work carried out. Citizens organised a banquet for Parry at Waterloo Town Hall on 23 September 1901 at which he was presented with a cigar box as a mark of the residents esteem.

Local government service

Joseph Parry was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1897-1905. He was mayor in 1900 and part of 1901.


‘Municipal Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 February 1897, p. 9,

‘Waterloo’s Precautions’, Evening News, 9 March 1900, p.4,

‘Alderman Banqueted’, Evening News, 25 September 1901, p.7,


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