William Thomas Pinhey

Pharmacist And Coroner.

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Glebe 1861 1870
Alderman Glebe 1873 1875

Family background

William Townley Pinhey was born on 26 March 1820 at Shoreham, Sussex, England, son of naval doctor William Townley Pinhey and Mary. On 18 March 1843 at Sydney he married Mary Bell Thomas, who died on 2 Novemmber 1872. On 11 September 1875 he married Mary Elizabeth Bingle at Newcastle. He died at 128 Glebe Road Glebe on 27 October 1895, aged 75 years. Mary Pinhey died on 22 June 1897, aged 72 years.

Occupation & interests

Educated at Christ’s Hospital, London he was apprenticed to a London pharmacist, and employed in Sydney by druggist Ambrose Foss, and as clerk for solicitor George Allen. He did not complete an apprenticeship in either pharmacy or law. He added drugs to William Lipscomb’s grocery, W Maitland from 1845 to 1849, and then conducted operated on his own account as chemist and druggist in Sydney from 1850 and remained in business until 1877. Pinhey was founder of the Pharmaceutical Society of NSW, and its secretary. He left an estate of 1,503 pounds sworn for probate purposes.

Community activity

Pinhey took an active part in the affairs of Anglican churches where he worshipped. He was a churchwarden of St Marys Maitland 1845-47, a churchwarden of Christ Church St Laurence 1856-59, and a City Coroner in the 1870s.

Local government service

Pinhey developed contacts in medicine, law, industry and commerce, and was called upon on a number of occasions to be chairman of public meetings in Glebe on important issues. In 1867 Pinhey argued the ‘effluvia which arose from the Swamp (Blackwattle) was at times intolerable giving rise to miasmatic and other fevers and placing Glebe in an unenviable position in mortality tables of the Statistical register’. He urged the government to reclaim the swamp.


Haines, Gregory & Pharmaceutical Society of New South Wales 1976,  The grains and threepennorths of pharmacy: pharmacy in N.S.W. 1788-1976, Lowden Pub, Kilmore, Vic

NSW Legislative Assembly V & P 1885-86, 8. p. 955: 1887-88, 2, p. 1025

Sydney Mail 26 October 1867 p. 5

Sydney Mail 9 November 1895 p. 961

Sydney Morning Herald 14 February 1861 p. 4

Sydney Morning Herald 28 October 1895 p. 1


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