William Bryant was born on 16 March 1819 in Beneden, Kent, England, son of William Bryant and Ann Austen. At the age of 19 he arrived in Sydney on 26 June 1838 on the vessel ’Westminster’. His stated occupation was farm labourer. Bryant married Ann Jane Gilbert (1822-77) on 15 December 1840 in Sydney and between 1841 and 1866 they had twelve children (9 sons, 3 daughters). William Bryant died on 29 August 1896 at his residence in Marian Street, Redfern, NSW, aged 77 years. He was buried in the Old Wesleyan Section at Rookwood Cemetery with his wife. William Bryant lived at Wyndham Street, Waterloo. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £841.
Bryant as Waterloo Mayor presented the Duke of Edinburgh with an address pledging the municipality’s loyalty to Queen Victoria on his visit to Waterloo.
Local government service
William Bryant was elected as one of the nine inaugural alderman on Waterloo Council. He was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1860-67. He was mayor in 1863 and 1867.
‘Council Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 1860, p. 2, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13042511
‘The Duke of Edinburgh at Waterloo’, Empire, 12 February 1868, p. 2, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/60850312