Tom Pawley


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Newtown 1926 1928
Alderman Newtown 1932 1934
  • Jubilee souvenir of the municipality of Newtown, 1862-1912 (City of Sydney Archives LIB-00017635)

Family background

Medway Thomas Barnabus Rowland ‘Tom’ Pawley was born 15 December 1878; his parents were Rowland Pawley and Elizabeth Medway. He was married to Zelpha Rose Walker in 1899; they had six children including Rawson George Pawley (also an alderman on Newtown Council).¬†Tom Pawley’s¬†grandfather was Matthew Medway. Tom Pawley died on 30 April 1937.

Community activity

Tom Pawley was a Grand Master of the National Independent Order of Oddfellows, a justice of the peace (JP) and an honorary probation office under the Neglected Childrens Act. He was also on the board of the Newtown Friendly Society Dispensary and a nominator and representative at the Anglican Synod.

Local government service

Tom Pawley was an alderman on Newtown Council 1926-28 and 1932-34, representing Camden Ward.


Oddfellows’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 September 1923, p. 8

‘Mr M T Pawley’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 May 1937, p. 11


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