Richard Martin


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Redfern 1945 1948
  • Redfern Council seal (Civic Collection 2006.032.7)

Family background

Richard Martin was born to parents Richard and Agnes Martin in 1893 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He served in the Royal Scots Fusiliers of the British Army during World War 1 before moving to Sydney.

He married Martha Campbell and they had a daughter named Edith. They lived at 83 Redfern Street, Redfern. Martin worked as a publican at the Empress Hotel, which also operated from 83 Redfern Street.  He died ‘suddenly’ at his residence on 21 January 1948 and was cremated the following day at Woronora Crematorium.

Occupation & interests

Richard Martin served in the Royal Scots Fusiliers of the British Army during World War 1, possibly as a Corporal in the 5/6th Battalion. He was a publican at the Empress Hotel at 83 Regent Street, Redfern from 1934 until his death in 1948. The pub was known to locals as the ‘Big E’. It was one of only a few Sydney pubs where Aboriginal people were permitted to drink from the 1950s to the 1970s.

Local government service

Richard Martin was elected an alderman of Redfern Council in 1945, serving until his death on 21 January 1948.


‘Family Notices’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 January 1948, p. 14

Gilchrist, Catie, ‘The Empress Hotel, Redfern’, Dictionary of Sydney, 2015,

Licences Transferred, The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 May 1934, p. 5

The National Archives (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), WO 372/13/148962, British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920, Royal Scots Fusiliers, Richard Martin, Regimental no. 487



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