Samuel Sparks


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1862 1864

Family background

Samuel Sparks was born c1800 in Norfolk, England. He married Ann Porter (1817-94) in c1840 in Nottingham, England. They had five daughters and two sons all born in Sydney (1841-58). Samuel Sparks lived on the Waterloo Estate at the time of his death on 5 June 1873, aged 73 years, and he was buried in the Wesleyan Section of Rookwood Cemetery.

Occupation & interests

In December 1849 Samuel Sparks leased a considerable portion of the waste land belonging to the Waterloo Estate for the purpose of grazing cattle.

Community activity

Spark’s participated in Waterloo Council’s negotiations to establish a public pound in 1862, and to obtain a lease from the trustees of the Waterloo Estate.

Local government service

Samuel Sparks was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1862-64.


‘Municipal and shire nominations’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 February 1862, p. 5,

‘Municipality of Waterloo’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 November 1862, p. 8,


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