Robert Prophitt


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1926 1928
  • Waterloo Alderman Robert Prophitt (The Daily Telegraph, 10 December 1928, p. 3)

Family background

Robert Prophitt was born on 7 June 1889 in Sydney, son of Benjamin J Prophitt and Ellen. He married Jennie Evelyn Bissell on 10 September 1910 in Sydney and they had 2 daughters. Robert Prophitt died on 9 December 1928 in Royal South Sydney Hospital after being accidentally shot in the abdomen, aged 38 years and he was buried in the Church of England Section of Rookwood Cemetery. He lived at 56 Walker Street, Waterloo (1925).

Occupation & interests

Prophitt was a labourer. His death in 1928 was the outcome of a disturbance in a hotel in Elizabeth Street, Waterloo, during which he attempted to act as a peacemaker. A subsequent trial found that his death was accidental.

Community activity

Robert Prophitt was a justice of the peace (JP)

Local government service

Robert Prophitt was elected 22 June 1926 in lieu of Alderman Rouhan, who resigned. Prophitt was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1926-28.


‘Waterloo Council Election’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 June 1926, p. 8,

‘Murder Charge Follows Shooting in Hotel Bar’, The Daily Telegraph, 10 December 1928, p. 3,


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