Thomas Sheely


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1923 1925
  • Waterloo Municipal Council stamp (City of Sydney Archives A-00310569)

Family background

Thomas James Sheely was born 13 September 1895 in Ashfield, NSW, son of Michael Sheehy and Julia Creighton. He married Nancy Irene Devine (1905-1961) on 15 October 1921 in Randwick, NSW and there was a son of the marriage. Sheehy died on 24 September 1960, late of Blackwall, NSW, aged 66 years and he was buried in the Catholic Section of Point Clare Cemetery. He lived at 60 Young Street, Redfern (1930).

Occupation & interests

Two groups of Independents, in the inter-war years, Progressive and Labor, battled for control of Waterloo Council. Progressive Sheely told Labor Mayor Connolly in 1924 he was ashamed of the Council because it couldn’t conduct its business properly and is the laughing stock of the whole state.

Community activity

Thomas Sheely was a justice of the peace (JP).

Local government service

Thomas James Sheely was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1923-25.


‘The Councils Polling Day’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 December 1932, p. 10,

‘See Me Outside’, The Sun, 31 December 1924, p.8,


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