Robert Iredale

Ironmonger, Draper, News Agent

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Paddington 1864 1866
Mayor Paddington 1866 1866

Family background

Robert Iredale was born in Gateshead, England, in 1815. He arrived in Australia in 1842 on the Arkwright. He was married to Sarah Peel in England and they had three sons and one daughter. Robert Iredale was the nephew of Lancelot Iredale, who was an alderman on the City of Sydney Council. Robert Iredale’s grandson was the cricketer Frank Iredale.

Occupation & interests

Robert Iredale was the nephew of Lancelot Iredale, and he was also an ironmonger, in partnership with Frederick Lassetter. He also worked as a draper and as a news agent.

Community activity

Robert Iredale was a Wesleyan, as was his uncle Lancelot. Robert Iredale of Paddington laid the foundation stone for the Wesleyan Day and Sabbath Schools on Bourke Street in Surry Hills on 17 November 1862.

Local government service

Robert Iredale was an alderman on Paddington Council from 1864 to 1866. He was the Mayor of Paddington in 1866.


The information about this alderman was compiled in collaboration with Woollahra Library and Information Service.

‘Advertising’ The Sydney Morning Herald 29 June 1860, p. 8,

‘Wesleyan Day and Sabbath Schools, Surry Hills’, Empire 18 November 1862, p. 5,

‘Famous Firm’s Story’,The Daily Telegraph, 17 March 1923, p. 13,

G. P. Walsh, ‘Iredale, Francis Adams (1867–1926)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1983, accessed online 29 January 2019.

Heathfield, Frances and Mutton, David 2012, Eight iron bolts: Lancelot Iredale: glimpsing his life and family, Balmain, NSW


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