Patrick McMahon

Auctioneer, Wine And Spirit Merchant

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman City of Sydney 1883 1889

Family background

Patrick McMahon was born about 1837, a native of County Tipperary, Ireland. He married his first wife Catherine Clarke on 28 September 1854 at Sydney. He later married Johanna, daughter of Thomas England in Sydney in 1864 and they had at least three sons born in Paddington. He died on 4 May 1895, aged 58. His wife Johanna was born in Limerick and died on 3 July 1896 aged 62. They are buried with their son Jeremiah in the Old Catholic section of Rookwood Cemetery.

Note that the genealogical details above are speculative and need confirmation.

Occupation & interests

Patrick McMahon arrived in Sydney in 1854, possibly as an 18-year-old Bounty immigrant on the Caroline. He joined auctioneers William Dean and Co, becoming manager of the timber branch. He then purchased and, in partnership with his three sons, extended the Macquarie Bond. In 1883 he was a licensed victualler of the Waratah Hotel. In 1885 he was a wholesale wine and spirit merchant at 71-73 Macquarie Street. He was granted several general building contracts with the Sydney City Council during the 1880s.

Local government service

Patrick McMahon was Alderman for Fitzroy Ward, 1 December 1883 to 1 December 1889.


City of Sydney Archives: Aldermen’s Files; Photos: CRS 54/391; 54/417; 54/473; NSCA CRS 51/2731, Demolition Books, 1900-1949

State Records of NSW: Bounty Index

Sydney Mail 30 November 1889



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