Neil Livingston

Builder And Contractor

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Darlington 1891 1902
  • Darlington Council seal (Civic Collection 2006.032.2)

Family background

Neil Livingston was born 13 May 1845 at Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland, the son of Archibald and Flora Livingston. He married (1) Agnes Gardiner (1845-1904) 17 June 1870 at Bridgeton, Glasgow, Scotland, and they had three sons and five daughters. Livingston, his wife and three children immigrated to Sydney in 1879, where the remaining five of their children were born. After Agnes died in 1904 he married (2) Catherine Grace Macphail 4 April 1907 at Dapto, NSW. Neil Livingston died 24 May 1930, aged 85 years, at his home ‘Oban’, Mason Avenue, Cheltenham, NSW, and he was interred in Waverley Cemetery. He left no Will. Neil Livingston lived at 180 Rose Street, Darlington.

Occupation & interests

Neil Livingston was a builder. He was involved in the construction of the Strand Arcade between George and Pitt Streets, Sydney in 1892 and his other buildings included several substantial churches, one being St Saviour’s Anglican Church in Redfern in 1900.

Community activity

Upon his arrival in Sydney in 1879, he established the Glebe Presbyterian Church’s Young Men’s Sabbath Morning Fellowship Association, and he maintained his involvement with Christian activities into old age. He was a member of the Darlington branch of the Australian Protestant Defence Association in 1902.

Local government service

Neil Livingston was an alderman on Darlington Council in 1891-1902. He retired in 1903.


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