William Henry Smith


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1923 1926
Alderman Alexandria 1937 1948
Mayor Alexandria 1925 1925
Mayor Alexandria 1941 1942
  • Alexandria alderman William Henry Smith (Alexandria, the Birmingham of Australia: 75 years of progress, 1868-1943)

Family background

William Henry Smith was born on 2 November 1880 at Wagga Wagga, NSW, the son of Samuel Martin Smith and Ellen Mary Warran. He married Anastasia Castle (1880-1962) on 16 December 1903 at Wagga Wagga, NSW, and they had five children. Smith died at Redfern, NSW, on 25 March 1953, aged 72 years; he was buried at Botany Cemetery in the Church of England section. He left no Will. Smith lived in Mitchell Road, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

Smith was secretary of the Federated Miscellaneous Workers’ Union of Australia, NSW branch for 22 years. He was a Freemason and a foundation member of the Masonic Lodge, Alexandria.

Community activity

Smith was on the church council of the Church of England, Erskineville.

Local government service

William Smith was an alderman on Alexandria Council for two terms – 1923-26 and 1937-48 – representing the South Ward. He served as mayor in 1925 and 1941-42.


‘Results of New South Wales Council Polls’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 December 1937, p. 8, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/17439948


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