Patrick Vincent Stokes

Engine Driver, Publican

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman City of Sydney 1925 1926
Alderman City of Sydney 1934 1945
Lord Mayor City of Sydney 1925 1926

Family background

Patrick (Paddy) Vincent Stokes was born in Braidwood, NSW, on 15 August 1884, the son of Patrick Stokes, a farmer, and his wife Bridget, née Daly. He was unmarried. Miss Cecilia Walsh acted as Lady Mayoress during his mayoralty. He died at Lewisham on 6 April 1945 and was buried at Rookwood Cemetery after a funeral ceremony at St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral.

Occupation & interests

Paddy Stokes was educated at Braidwood public school. He obtained his engine-driver’s certificate in 1908 and became secretary of the Braidwood branch of the Federal Engine-Drivers’ and Firemen’s Association. He worked as an estate agent and auctioneer before becoming a hotel keeper. He was the publican of Foster’s Hotel in Sydney, 1929–33, the Family Hotel at Bega, 1934–35, and the Victoria Hotel at Canowindra. From 1922 to 1924 Stokes was a member of the central executive of the ALP and was a member of the federal executive in 1926.

Parliamentary service

Stokes represented the Monaro region and was elected member of the Legislative Assembly for Goulburn from 30 May 1925 to 7 September1927. He was the Minister for Agriculture from May to October 1927.

Local government service

Paddy Stokes was elected Alderman for Belmore Ward, 2 December 1918 to 31 December 1927 and for Phillip Ward, 3 December 1934 to 6 April 1945. He was a member of the Health and By-Laws Committee, 1919-24 and 1936, the Electric Lighting Committee, 1919-20 and the Finance Committee, in 1921, 1927, and 1937-45. He belonged to the Electricity Supply Committee, 1922-24 and 1927, the Electricity Committee, 1935, and 1937-42, the Works Committee, 1935-36, the City Planning and Improvements Committee, 1936-44 and the Markets Special Committee, 1942-43. Stokes was Lord Mayor in 1925 and 1926. He was a member of the Australian Labor Party.


City of Sydney Archives: Aldermen’s Files: Photo: CRS 54/34; 54/66; 54/95; 54/175; and 71/242; SRC 353

Parliament of New South Wales, Former Member Mr (Paddy) Patrick Vincent Stokes

Radi, Heather et al 1979, Biographical Register of the NSW Parliament 1901-70, ANU.


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