Longley Brearley

Fuel Merchant

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Redfern 1908 1919

Family background

Longley Brearley was born to parents John and Sarah Ann Brearley in the village of Roberttown in Yorkshire, England in 1869. Brearley arrived in Sydney aboard the Rialto on 14 December 1883. He was 14 at the time.

He married Esther Wheeler in Canterbury in 1897 and during the early 1900s, they lived at 34 Eveleigh Street, Redfern. Their son, John Wilson Wheeler Longley, was born in 1898 at their residence, followed by Edith in 1900 and Eva in 1904. John Brearley served in the Light Horse, February 1918 Reinforcements of the First Australian Imperial Force.

From the 1930s, the couple lived in Hurstville and then Kogarah. Brearley died a year after his wife on 29 October 1942 at St George Hospital.

Occupation & interests

Brearley’s immigration record indicates he was employed as an errand boy in York, before arriving in Sydney in 1883. He worked as a wood and coal merchant while living in Redfern. In later years he was listed as a fuel merchant until he became a carrier or driver from at least 1930.

Community activity

Longley Brearley was a Justice of the Peace (JP).

Local government service

Brearley was elected alderman of the Golden Grove Ward of Redfern Council on 1 February 1908; he was an alderman on Redfern council 1908-19.


‘Justices Of The Peace’, Evening News, 4 January 1902, p. 3 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article113875004

‘Longley Brearley – Date of Death 29/10/1942, Granted On 21/01/1943′, State Archives and Records, Series 4-275438 http://search.records.nsw.gov.au/items/559527

‘Suburban Candidates’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 January 1911, p. 13 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article15236257




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