William Ellis

Engine Driver

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1917 1922
Alderman Alexandria 1925 1928
Alderman Alexandria 1932 1934
Mayor Alexandria 1926 1926
  • Alexandria Town Hall in 1943 (Alexandria, 'the Birmingham of Australia': 75 years of progress, 1868-1943, published by Alexandria Municipal Council, 1943).

Family background

William Charles Ellis was born on 16 June 1880 at Waterloo, NSW, the son of William Henry Ellis and Teresa Ann Brown. He married Mary Louise Victoria Harris (1881-1970) on 11 January 1902 at Waterloo, and they had eight sons and three daughters. William Ellis died at Balmain. NSW on 8 September 1963, aged 83 years; he was buried in the Methodist section of Botany Cemetery. William Ellis lived at 37 Suttor Street, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

As a long serving alderman William Ellis became an influential figure locally, and gained a good measure of social recognition in the municipality.

Local government service

Following the death of Alderman Ernest Bishop, Ellis was elected an alderman on Alexandria Council; he served three terms representing the West Ward: 1917-22, 1925-28 and 1932-34. He served as mayor in 1926.


The Councils’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 July 1917, p. 8, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/15744589

Ellis, William Charles, Railway Personal History Card, State Archives NSW, NRS-12922-1-[11/16603]-[131], https://search.records.nsw.gov.au/permalink/f/1ebnd1l/ADLIB_RNSW113737368


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