Thomas Carter


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Erskineville 1890 1895
Mayor Erskineville 1892 1892
  • Council of the Municipality of Erskineville Sign, no date (City of Sydney Archives Collection)

Family background

Thomas Carter was born about 1840 to Joseph and Elizabeth Carter. In 1868, he married Clarissa Elizabeth Clayton in Sydney. In 1892, his residence was in Malcolm Street Macdonaldtown. He died from pneumonia on 2 January 1905 when visiting his son at Kianga Bodalla.

Occupation & interests

Thomas Carter was a justice of the peace (JP). He was a fruiterer or fruit merchant. He also owned numerous parcels of land including houses let to tenants in Erskineville, particularly in Malcolm Street. In 1894, he transferred all of his real estate to his wife Clarissa Elizabeth Carter. This seems to have been a ploy in case of impending bankruptcy since cautions regarding the validity of the transfers were noted on the title documents. Nevertheless, he did not file for bankruptcy.

Local government service

Thomas Carter was an alderman on Erskineville Council in 1890-95, representing Middle Ward. He was mayor in 1892.


‘Deaths’, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 January 1905, p 4,

Certificates of Title Volume 762 folio 88; Volume 839 folio 8


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