Patrick Joseph O’Leary


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Glebe 1941 1948
  • Glebe Council logo 1896 (City of Sydney Archives A-00333228)

Family background

Patrick Joseph O’Leary was born at Sydney in 1916, son of Dennis and Julie O’Leary. In 1941 he married Olive Rose Best at Glebe. He died at Glebe on 8 March 1972, aged 55 years.

Occupation & interests

Patrick O’Leary worked as a grocer in Glebe.

Community activity

Many Glebe Labor aldermen were disciples of Lang. But in reality there was little difference of ideology between Official Labor and Lang Labor. Both were explicitly anti-Communist, socially conservative, strongly Catholic and with strong links to the union movement.

Local government service

The 1941 election represented a changing of the guard on Glebe Council, and n the leadership of local branches. O’Leary was elected as a Lang Labor candidate in 1941-43, and as a McKell Labor candidate from 1944 to the last year of Glebe Council in 1948.


Hogan, Michael 2004,  Local labor: a history of the Labor Party in Glebe, 1891-2003, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW

Sydney Morning Herald, 5 February 1941, p. 12

Sydney Morning Herald, 4 December 1944, p. 6

Sydney Morning Herald, 9 March 1972, p. 30


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