Kevin Edward Dwyer

Dyer, Building Contractor

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1947 1948
Mayor Alexandria 1948 1948
Alderman City of Sydney 1948 1956

Family background

Kevin Edward Dwyer was born on 19 July 1913 at Goondiwindi, Queensland. In 1935 at Redfern, Sydney, Kevin E Dwyer married Pearl E O’Donnell (d.1982), and had three sons and a daughter. He died at Alexandria on 22 August 1982. A requiem mass was held at Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Waterloo, before his interment in the Catholic Lawn cemetery at Botany. He lived in Gerard Street, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

Kevin Edward Dwyer was employed at Felt and Textiles as a dyer from 1931 until 1949; after leaving Parliament he started a second hand timber yard with J.W Sergeant in 1951. Clerk at Balmain Electric Light Corporation; he was transferred to Sydney County Council 1948. In 1953, it was reported that ‘Alderman K. E. Dwyer, who was briefly MLA for Redfern is now a building contractor’. In 1950, Dwyer became one of the inaugural trustees of the Camperdown Memorial Rest Park. He was a member of Erskineville Bowling Club.

Parliamentary service

Dwyer was successful at a Redfern by-election, caused by the death of Mr Noble, MLA, in 1949. Dwyer was elected member of the Legislative Assembly for Redfern from 1949 to 1950.

Local government service

Kevin Dwyer was Alderman of the Alexandria Municipal Council from 1947 to 1948, representing the East Ward. He served as Alexandria’s mayor in 1948.

He was elected to the Sydney Municipal Council in 1948. He represented Newtown Ward, 4 December 1948 to 1 December 1950, Alexandria Ward, 2 December 1950 to 4 December 1953; for City (Macquarie) Ward, 5 December 1953 to 30 November 1956. Dwyer was a member of the Finance Committee, 1949-52, the City Planning and Improvements Committee, 1949-52 and the Health and Recreations Committee, 1953-56. He sat on the Works Committee in 1952 and again between 1953 and 1956 and served as its Vice-Chairman in 1953. Dwyer was the Deputy Lord Mayor in 1954 and in 1956.


City of Sydney Archives: Aldermen’s Files

Parliament of NSW. Former Members, Mr Kevin Dwyer

”Advertising’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 March 1947, p. 11,

‘Labor of love: or pay?’, The Sun, 20 October 1953, p. 11,

Society of Australian Genealogists: AGCI index


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