William Day

Boat-builder, Election Official

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman City of Sydney 1869 1875
  • Alderman William Day's father Thomas Day (Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW)

Family background

William Day was born in Sydney on 21 February 1825, son of Sydney born boat–builder Thomas Day (1795-1868) and his first wife Susannah, née Stubbs (died 1833). William Day married Anne Gertrude Souter in 1859 and had at least six sons and a daughter. He died at Paddington on 8 November 1887. A memorial at St James Church of England Church commemorates his time as Warden and Trustee of the Parish.

Occupation & interests

William Day was born into a family of boat-builders residing at Monument House, Kent Street, and later, when his father married his second wife Jane Fairweather in 1833, at Rose Cottage, 95 John Street, Pyrmont. He first worked as a boat-builder and later became a returning officer at the Hyde Park hustings. In 1859, he was working with his father at 24 Sussex Street. By 1863, his brother Thomas had joined his father’s boat-building business and William was a JP and was living at 5 Pyrmont Street. In 1867 his address was 66 Union Street, Pyrmont. From 1873, he kept the Western Tea House in Alma Street, Pyrmont

Parliamentary service

William Day was elected to the Legislative Council on 10 May 1861 but did not take his seat and ceased to be a member on 13 May.

Local government service

William Day was Alderman for Brisbane Ward from 17 May 1869 to 30 November 1875.


Fitzgerald, Shirley & Golder, Hilary 1994, Pyrmont & Ultimo: Under Seige, Hale & Iremonger

Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW: Manuscripts catalogues. Day Genealogies A1781-1

Parliament of NSW. Former Members, Mr William Day



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