Joseph Warner

Blacksmith, Labourer

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1914 1915
Alderman Waterloo 1926 1928
  • Waterloo Municipal Council stamp (City of Sydney Archives A-00310569)

Family background

Joseph Edward Warner was born in Waterloo on 8 May 1871, son of William Charles Warner and Mary Roche. He lived at 171 Botany Street, Waterloo. Warner died in hospital on 26 July 1966, aged 94 years and he was buried in the Catholic Section of Botany Cemetery. He was married to Florence Acacia Thompson (-1959) in 1900 in Newtown; there were seven children.

Occupation & interests

Joseph Edward Warner was arrested on 10 October 1915 for using insulting words during a Sunday speech in the Domain. He was fined £2 or one month’s imprisonment; he chose the latter as a matter of principle. He was a blacksmith and labourer.

Community activity

With the outbreak of World War 1, the mayor proposed that the Town Hall and Waterloo’s parks be placed at the disposal of the military authorities. Warner expressed his disapproval and unlike the other alderman refused to sing ’God Save the King’ and ’Rule Britannia’.

Local government service

Joseph Edward Warner was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1914-15, representing West Ward. Warner was ousted from the position of alderman in November 1915 as he was serving a term of imprisonment. Warner nominated for the 1920 and 1922 elections but was unsuccessful. He was again elected as an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1926-28 representing West Ward.


‘Municipal and shire nominations’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 January 1914, p. 26,

‘Motion to oust an alderman’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 November 1915, p. 3,

‘Waterloo Council Election’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 December 1925, p. 12,

‘Loyal Council’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 august 1914, p.14,


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