Thomas Braid

Railway Carriage Builder, Railway Inspector

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Erskineville 1877 1880
Mayor Erskineville 1900 1900
  • Council of the Municipality of Erskineville Sign, no date (City of Sydney Archives Collection)

Family background

According to his death notice, Thomas Braid was born about 1836. His intestate file shows he was originally from England. It is uncertain when he arrived in NSW. Thomas Braid  does not appear to have married. He died at his residence ‘Wrenthorp’, Swanson Street on 5 June 1907. He was buried in Sutherland cemetery.

Occupation & interests

By 1877, Thomas Braid was a railway carriage builder at the corner of George Street and Erskineville Road. In April 1878, his tender to supply six 6-wheeled composite carriages for the Southern and Western lines plus 4 for the Northern line was accepted. By June 1879, he had joined the NSW Railways as an inspector.

Local government service

Thomas Braid was an alderman on Macdonaldtown (Erskineville) Council in 1877-80. He was mayor in 1878.


NSW Government Gazette, 16 April 1878, p 1595,

State Archives NSW, Register of salaried officers 1856-1890, NRS 19407

Australian Cemeteries Index website,


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