Thomas Collier was born on 16 July 1840 in Logie Buchan, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, son of Thomas Collier and Jane Souter. Together with his parents and siblings, he arrived in Sydney on 15 September 1874 on the vessel ’Telegraph’. Collier married Margaret Newton (1840-1905) in Glen Innes, NSW on 15 September 1874 and they had five children; Thomas (1875), Alexander G (1877), George L (1879), Mary (1882) and Helen (1885). Thomas Collier died on 11 October 1900 in Waterloo, NSW and he was buried in the Old Presbyterian Section of Rookwood Cemetery. He died intestate and after letters of administration his estate and assets were assessed at under £133. Thomas Collier lived at 77-79 Wellington Street, Waterloo.
Occupation & interests
Thomas Collier, builder, Waterloo, was declared bankrupt on 8 October 1895.
Thomas Collier was a justice of the peace (JP). Thomas Collier was a prominent member of the Builder’s Exchange, an office bearer and prominent member of St Luke’s Presbyterian Church, Redfern. He was also a Parliamentary returning officer for the electorate of Waterloo.
Local government service
Thomas Collier was an alderman on Waterloo Council 1891-95. He was mayor in 1893-94.
‘Municipal Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 February 1891, p. 6, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13813326