William Moon was born 5 November 1829 in Mountfield, Brighton, Sussex, England, son of Jesse (John) Moon and Ann Ralph. He immigrated to Sydney, Australia, with his parents and siblings, arriving on 17 March 1839 by the vessel ’Prince Regent’. He married Harriet Baker (1834-1889) on 14 September 1853 in Sydney, NSW, according to the rites of the Wesleyan Church and they had 7 children. William Moon was accidentally killed on 20 March 1871 at Sans Souci, NSW, following the discharge of a gun while duck shooting. He was buried in the Old Wesleyan Section at Rookwood Cemetery. He left no Will, however after letters of administration his estate and assets were assessed at £4,200. He lived at Wellington Street, Waterloo. His brothers David Moon and Thomas Moon were also aldermen for Waterloo Council.
Occupation & interests
William Moon was often engaged in professional clay pigeon shooting matches. During Moon’s first term as Mayor in 1868 the business of Council was largely preoccupied with laying down the basic infrastructure of Waterloo municipality, particularly the extension of Elizabeth Street.
Local government service
William Moon was an alderman on Waterloo Council in 1863-71, representing North Ward. He was mayor in 1868 and 1870-71. William Moon resigned in January 1871.
‘Municipal Elections’, Empire, 12 February 1863, p. 8, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/60522710
‘Coroner’s Inquest’, The Sydney Morning Herald 31 March 1871 p. 2, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/28418002
‘Borough Councils’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 24 June 1868, p. 5, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13168355