William Leo Allen


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1886 1902
Mayor Alexandria 1894 1894
  • 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 Leo Allen was born 14 May 1852 at Hobart, Tasmania, the son of John Allen and Mary Anne Butler. He married (1) Hannah Booth (1856-93) on 5 October 1877 at Waterloo, NSW, and they had one son and four daughters. He married (2) Elizabeth Ann Goldfinch (1867-1943) on 6 April 1909 at Sydney and they had three sons and two daughters. Allen died at Waterfall, NSW on the 13 October 1912, aged 60 years; he was buried at Rookwood Cemetery. He left no Will and lived at Queen Street, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

William Leo Allen was a typical alderman of his time, male, middle class, self employed and conservative in outlook.

Local government service

William Leo Allen was an alderman on Alexandria Council 1886-1902 representing Beaconsfield Ward. He served as mayor in 1894.


‘Municipal Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 July 1886, p. 2, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13639363


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