William John Alleyn was born at Glebe in 1869, son of William Alleyn and Bridget née McNamara. On 25 July 1894 he married Margaret Clare Riach at St James, Forest Lodge. There were five daughters and two sons of the marriage. He died on 6 June 1937, aged 67 years. Margaret Alleyne died on 17 July 1943, aged 70 years.
Occupation & interests
Alleyne was employed in the Railways and Tramways Department’s massive locomotive workshops at Eveleigh, a workplace steeped in craft traditions and craft union militancy. especially in 1917. From 1908 Eveleigh, with 3,000 employees, was manufacturing steam locomotives as well as servicing and repairing the NSW rail fleet.
Alleyne first stood for Glebe Council as a Labor candidate in 1917. Like the majority of Glebe Labor aldermen since 1925 Alleyne was Catholic, anti-Communist and socially conservative. He was a Justice of the Peace (1913).
Local government service
William Alleyn was an alderman on Glebe Council from 1929 to 1931. The corridors of Glebe Town Hall were crowded with Labour enthusiasts awaiting the outcome of pre-selection for the 1928 municipal elections which as described was being like ‘a horse race whose pedigree was all important, and he then traced in chronological order, the association of his forebears with the Labor movement’. Alleyn easily topped the vote count.
Hogan, Michael 2004, Local labor: a history of the Labor Party in Glebe, 1891-2003, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW, pp. 65-66
Sydney Morning Herald, 8 August 1928, p. 16