Thomas Pracey

Horse Trainer (trotters)

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1946 1948
Mayor Waterloo 1948 1948
  • Waterloo Alderman Thomas Pracey (Truth, 23 October 1949, p. 13)

Family background

Thomas Richard Pracey (also Pracy) was born on 12 February 1908 in Waterloo, NSW, son of Thomas R Pracy and Mary Stone. He married Maud Maria Ryan on 12 July 1930 in Sydney and they had 5 children. Thomas Richard Pracy died on 12 July 1930, late of Condell Park, NSW, aged 77 years and he was cremated at Rookwood Crematorium. He lived at 149 Phillip Street, Waterloo (1949).

Occupation & interests

Thomas Richard Pracy was described as a man of many parts. Apart from his civic role he had been a horse trainer, dabbler in various commodities from real estate to costly gems and motor cars, and lastly financial juggles before he was declared bankrupt in 1949. Pracy was given a three year good behaviour bond in March 1953 after he had pleaded guilty to five charges of false pretences (cashing five cheques with a Waterloo shopkeeper).

Local government service

Thomas Richard Pracy was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1946-48. He was mayor in 1948.


‘Municipal Nominations’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 November 1947, p. 17,

‘Ex-Mayor (Broke) Claims Trotting as his Waterloo’, Truth 2 October 1949, p. 11,

‘Ex-Mayor Tells How He ‘Sent Off’ £14,000′, Truth, 23 October 1949, p. 13,


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