Laurence Hiles


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1879 1881
  • Alexandria Town Hall in 1943 (Alexandria, 'the Birmingham of Australia': 75 years of progress, 1868-1943, published by Alexandria Municipal Council, 1943).

Family background

Laurence Hiles was born c1826 at Blagdon, Somerset, England, the son of William Hiles and Frances Wookey. He married (1) Catherine Ganes (1830-92) on 8 July 1848 at Bristol, Gloucester, England, and they had five sons and seven daughters. Hiles and family immigrated to Australia on the ship ‘Herefordshire’ which arrived at Sydney on 27 May 1857. He married (2) Jane Alice Curzon (1827-1936) on 25 December 1893 at Sydney, and they had two sons and a daughter. Laurence Hiles died at Waterloo, NSW, on 12 December 1906, aged 81 years; he was buried at Rookwood Cemetery in the Old Church of England section. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £3,427. Hiles lived at Mitchell Road, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

Laurence Hiles was a Freemason and a member of the Iron Duke Lodge.

Local government service

Laurence Hiles was an alderman on the Alexandria Council in 1879-81.


‘Advertising’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 1879, p. 2,


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