William James

Grocer, Civil Servant

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Waterloo 1881 1882
  • Waterloo Municipal Council stamp (City of Sydney Archives A-00310569)

Family background

William George James was born on 30 June 1849 in Woolloomooloo, NSW, son of William Walter James and Lucy Fowler Phillips. He married Harriet Lavinia Crause on 16 January 1878 in Sydney, NSW. There were 7 daughters and 2 sons. William George James died on 14 August 1942 at his residence,’Crossmont’ 1 Union Street, Mosman, NSW, aged 93 years and he was privately interred at Waverley Cemetery. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £4,167. William James George had a shop at the corner of Botany Road and Raglan Street, Waterloo (1881).

Occupation & interests

James was a grocer and civil servant.

Community activity

William James was present at the ceremony in connection with the laying of the foundation stone for the Waterloo Town Hall on 20 August 1881.

Local government service

William George James was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1881. He resigned in February 1882 and was replaced with William Briggs Cole.


‘Municipal Nominations’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 3 February 1881, p. 6, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/28385030

‘Waterloo Town Hall’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 August 1881 p.6, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13493105


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