Thomas Collier

Builder & Contractor

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1891 1895
Mayor Waterloo 1893 1894
  • Waterloo Municipal Council stamp (City of Sydney Archives A-00310569)

Family background

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 and contractor of Waterloo, was declared bankrupt on 8 October 1895.

Community activity

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,

‘Death of Mr Thomas Collier, JP’, The Sydney Morning Herald,15 October 1900, p. 7,


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