Robert Anderson

Perambulator Manufacturer

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Erskineville 1892 1900
Mayor Erskineville 1894 1894
Mayor Erskineville 1897 1897
  • Council of the Municipality of Erskineville Sign, no date (City of Sydney Archives Collection)

Family background

Robert Anderson was born about 1836. He lived at 82 Union Street. He died at his son’s residence, ‘Ferndale’, 1 Bridge Street, Erskineville on 22 January 1911. He was buried in the Presbyterian cemetery, Rookwood.

Occupation & interests

Robert Anderson manufactured perambulators (prams) in partnership with Robert Kearney until 31 January 1876. He then operated his own works at 43 Parramatta Street, Glebe (later Broadway). Along with infant perambulators, he also built invalid’s wheelchairs, rocking horses and children’s bicycles. He won prizes for his products at various exhibitions in Sydney. In 1888, he offered the prize of a baby carriage to any woman who could answer the riddle, ‘Why is Anderson’s Perambulator Factory like a kangaroo? And why are basket Perambulators like a Laundress who married a Sydney Dealer?’ Sadly, the answer to this riddle is not available.

Community activity

Robert Anderson was a member of Day Spring, No 1 Division, Sons and Daughters of Temperance.

Local government service

Robert Anderson was an alderman on Erskineville Council in 1892-1900, representing was an alderman on Erskineville Council in 1892-1900, representing Middle Ward. He was mayor in 1894 and 1897.


‘Business Announcements’, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 February 1876, p 3,

‘Advertisements’, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 March 1887 p 14,

‘Advertisements’, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 August 1888, p 9,

‘Funerals’, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 January 1911, p 14; 24 January 1911, p 14


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