Richard Driver

Publican And Victualler

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman City of Sydney 1843 1853

Family background

Richard Driver was born at Richmond, NSW, in 1803, son of publican John Driver (d. 1810) and his wife Elizabeth. On 17 June 1823 he married Elizabeth (d.1864), daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Powell at Richmond, NSW, and had five sons and four daughters. He died on 12 May 1868. He was buried at Devonshire Street Cemetery and was transferred to the old Church of England Cemetery at Rookwood.

Occupation & interests

John Driver had one of the first NSW publicans’ licenses issued by Governor Macquarie in 1810. From June 1830, his son Richard Driver was the publican of the Three Tuns Tavern which had three successive locations: the corner of Hunter Street, the corner of King and Phillip streets, and the corner of Elizabeth and King streets. His son Richard Driver Junior (1829-80), known as Dicky Driver, was a life long teetotaller and sportsman who became a solicitor, law reformer, MLA, and, in 1859, legal adviser to the Corporation of Sydney.

Community activity

In 1842, Richard Driver senior was Steward of the Anniversary Dinner at the Royal Hotel. He was a member of the Committee of the Mutual Protection Association and the Australian Cricket Club and chairman of the Licensed Victuallers Association. He was the auditor of the Australian Floral and Horticultural Society and, in 1845, Judge of the Floral and Horticultural Exhibition at the George Street market.

Local government service

Richard Driver was a Councillor for Bourke Ward from 7 October 1843 to 31 December 1853 when the Council was replaced by a three member Commission.


Bede Nairn, ‘Driver, Richard (1829–1880)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 18 January 2013.

City of Sydney Archives: Aldermen’s Files

Martin, A W & Wardle, P 1959, Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales, ANU

Society of Australian Genealogists: Rookwood Index

State Records of NSW: Publicans Licenses



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