List of mayors, lord mayors and administrators of Sydney

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Lord Mayor of City of Sydney
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Clover Moore in May 2012.jpg
Incumbent
Cr. Clover Moore
Independent

since 2004
Style The Right Honourable Lord Mayor
Appointer Sydney City Council
Term length 4 years
Inaugural holder Ald. Charles Windeyer (Mayor)
Ald. Sir Thomas Hughes
(Lord Mayor)
Formation 1842 (as Mayor)
1902 (as Lord Mayor)
Deputy Jess Miller
Website Lord Mayor of Sydney

The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Sydney is the honorific title of the head of Sydney City Council which is the local government body for the City of Sydney, the local government area covering the central business district of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The Lord Mayor has been directly elected since 2004, replacing the previous system of being internally elected by the Councillors, and served a four-year term. The most recent election was held on 10 September 2016, at which the incumbent Lord Mayor, Clover Moore, Independent, was re-elected.[1]

Background

The office of Mayor of Sydney along with the Sydney municipality was created 20 July 1842 pursuant to the Sydney City Incorporation Act 1842 by Governor Sir George Gipps, of the New South Wales Legislative Council. This replaced the previous system under an Act of 1833, whereby three police commissioners were responsible for local conditions. The office of Mayor was elevated to Lord Mayor in 1902 by King Edward VII, and as part of this process received the honorific The Right Honourable (The Rt Hon.).

Vestments of office

As head of the council, the Lord Mayor is entitled to wear the chains and robes of office, as befitting the ancient status of lord mayor of a large city. In 1902 the Sydney Chamber of Commerce commissioned the first link of a mayoral chain. In 1903, the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Harry Rawson presented the first Lord Mayor, Thomas Hughes, with the chain of office. It features the coat of arms of the Sydney Chamber of Commerce and the Stock Exchange and a pendant depicting the coat of arms of Sydney. Successive mayors each added a medallion, on which was embossed their term of office. By 1945, this practice had ended because of the size and weight of the chain. Today, the chain is worn with the robes of office only for rare civic ceremonies; a smaller collar being worn for most civic duties.

The original civic robe for the Mayor of Sydney in 1842 was purple, trimmed with ermine and worn with a court dress hat. The current robes worn by the Lord Mayor and Deputy Lord Mayor are black, trimmed with ermine, and worn with bicorne hat, lace jabot and white gloves. They are worn rarely and only at major civic functions.[2] Recently, it has become the custom not to wear the robes.

List of mayors, lord mayors and administrators of Sydney

# Officeholder Party Title Term start Term end Time in office Notes
1 Charles Windeyer Mayor of the City of Sydney 1842 1842
2 John Hosking 1842 1843
3 James Robert Wilshire 1843 1844
4 George Allen 1845 1845
5 Henry McDermott 1846 1846
6 Thomas Broughton 1847 1847
7 Joshua Frey Josephson 1848 1848
8 Edward Flood 1849 1849
9 George Hill 1850 1850
10 William Edward Thurlow 1851 1852
11 Daniel Egan 1853 1853
n/a Gilbert Elliot n/a Chief Commissioner 1854 1856
Frederick Orme Darval Commissioner
John Rae
12 George Thornton Mayor of the City of Sydney 1857 1857
13 John Williams 1858 1858
14 George Smith 1859 1859
15 James Murphy 1860 1860
16 John Sutherland 1861 1861
17 James Oatley 1862 1862
18 Thomas Spence 1863 1863
19 William Speer 1864 1864
20 John Woods 1865 1865
21 John Sutton 1866 1966
22 Charles Moore 1867 1869
23 Walter Renny 1869 1870
24 Michael Chapman 1871 1872
25 James Merriman 1873 1873
26 Stephen Styles Goold 1874 1874
27 Benjamin Palmer 1875 1876
James Merriman 1877 1878
28 Charles James Roberts 1879 1879
29 Robert Fowler 1880 1880
30 John Harris 1881 1883
31 John Hardie 1884 1884
32 Thomas Playfair 1 January 1885 (1885-01-01) 31 December 1885 (1885-12-31) 364 days [3]
33 John Young 1 January 1886 31 December 1886 364 days
34 Alban Joseph Riley 1887 1887
35 John Harris 1888 1889
36 Sydney Burdekin 1890 1891
37 Sir William Patrick Manning 1891 1894
38 Samuel Edward Lees 1895 1895
39 Isaac Ellis Ives 1896 1897
40 Sir Matthew Harris 1898 1900
41 Sir James Graham   Independent 1901 31 December 1901
42 Thomas Hughes   Independent 1 January 1902 31 December 1902 364 days
Thomas Hughes   Independent Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney 1 January 1903 31 December 1903 364 days
Samuel Edward Lees   Independent 1 January 1904 31 December 1904 365 days
43 Allen Taylor   Civic Reform 1 January 1905 31 December 1906 1 year, 364 days
Thomas Hughes   Independent 1 January 1906 31 December 1908 2 years, 365 days
Sir Allen Taylor   Civic Reform 1 January 1909 1 May 1912 3 years, 121 days
44 George Thomas Clarke   Independent 1912 1912
45 Sir Arthur Cocks   Civic Reform 1913 1913
46 Richard Watkins Richards   Independent 1914 1915
47 Richard Meagher   Labor 1916 1917
48 James Joynton Smith   Independent 1918 1918
49 John English   Labor 1919 1919
50 Sir Richard Watkins Richards   Independent 1919 1920
51 William Patrick Fitzgerald   Labor 1920 1920
52 William Lambert   1921 1921
53 William McElhone   Independent 1922 1922
54 David Gilpin   Civic Reform 1923 1924
55 Patrick Vincent Stokes   Labor 1925 1926
56 John Harold Mostyn   1927 1927
n/a Edmund Patrick Fleming n/a Commissioners of the City of Sydney 1 January 1928 30 June 1930 2 years, 180 days
John Garlick
Henry Edgar Morton 30 October 1928 1 year, 243 days
Gordon Bennett
57 Ernest Marks   Civic Reform Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney 1 July 1930 31 December 1930 183 days
58 Joseph Jackson   1 January 1931 31 December 1931 364 days
59 Sir Samuel Walder   1 January 1932 31 December 1932 365 days
60 Richard Hagon   Independent 1 January 1933 31 December 1933 364 days
61 Sir Alfred Parker   Civic Reform 1 January 1934 18 October 1935 1 year, 290 days [4]
62 Arthur McElhone   Independent 22 October 1935 31 December 1935 70 days [5]
63 Archibald Howie   Civic Reform 1 January 1936 31 December 1937 1 year, 364 days [6]
64 Sir Norman Nock   Independent 1 January 1938 31 December 1939 1 year, 364 days
65 Stanley Crick   Civic Reform 1 January 1940 31 December 1942 2 years, 364 days
66 Reg Bartley   1 January 1943 31 December 1944 1 year, 365 days
67 William Harding   1 January 1945 31 December 1945 364 days
Reg Bartley   1 January 1946 14 December 1948 2 years, 348 days
68 Ernest Charles O'Dea   Labor 14 December 1948 9 December 1952 3 years, 361 days
69 Pat Hills   9 December 1952 30 November 1956 3 years, 357 days
70 Harry Jensen   1 December 1956 3 December 1965 9 years, 2 days
71 John Armstrong   4 December 1965 3 November 1967 1 year, 334 days
n/a Vernon Treatt n/a Chief Commissioner 14 November 1967 26 September 1969 1 year, 316 days
John Shaw Deputy Chief Commissioner
William Pettingell Commissioner
72 Sir Laurence Emmet McDermott   Civic Reform Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney 27 September 1969 September 1972 2 years, 340 days
73 David Griffin   September 1972 24 September 1973
74 Sir Nicholas Shehadie   24 September 1973 26 September 1975 2 years, 2 days
75 Leo Port   26 September 1975 26 August 1978 2 years, 334 days
76 Nelson Meers   27 August 1978 19 September 1980 2 years, 23 days
77 Doug Sutherland   Labor 20 September 1980 26 March 1987 6 years, 187 days
n/a Sir Eric Neal n/a Administrator 26 March 1987 6 April 1987 11 days
Chief Commissioner 6 April 1987 31 December 1988 1 year, 269 days
Sir Nicholas Shehadie Deputy Chief Commissioner
Norman Oakes Commissioner
78 Jeremy Bingham   Civic Reform Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney 3 January 1989 18 September 1991 2 years, 258 days
79 Frank Sartor   Living Sydney Independents 18 September 1991 7 April 2003 11 years, 201 days
80 Lucy Turnbull AO   7 April 2003 6 February 2004 305 days [7][8]
n/a Tony Pooley n/a Commissioners of the City of Sydney 6 February 2004 27 March 2004 50 days
Garry Payne
Lucy Turnbull AO
81 Clover Moore   Clover Moore Independent Team Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney 27 March 2004 incumbent 13 years, 240 days [9]

List of deputy lord mayors of Sydney

The following individuals have been elected as Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney, or any predecessor titles.

# Officeholder Party Title Term start Term end Time in office Notes
Stanley Crick Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney 1947 1947
John James Carroll   Labor 1948 1950 [10]
Jack Byrne   1950 1952
Frank Green   1952 1953 [11]
Kevin Dwyer   1953 1954
Anthony Doherty   1954 1955 [12]
Kevin Dwyer   1955 1956
1956 1957
1957 1958
Jack Byrne   Labor 1958 1959
Francis Joseph Dixon   1959 1961
Henry Burland   1961 1963
Clifford Noble   1963 1964
Henry Burland   1964 1965
Joseph Bradford   1965 1967
Nicholas Shehadie   Civic Reform Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney 1969 1973
Barrett Lewis   1973 1974
Leo Port   1974 1975
Andrew Briger   1975 1976
Barrett Lewis   1976 1977
Nelson Meers   1977 1978
Jeremy Bingham   1978 1980
Joseph Bradford   Labor 1980 1981
Bill Hartup   1981 1982
Joseph Bradford   1982 1983
Stanley Ashmore-Smith   1983 1984
1984 1985
1985 1986
1986 1987
Ross Bonthorne   Civic Reform Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney 1989 1991
Henry Tsang   Labor 1991 1999
Lucy Turnbull AO   Living Sydney Independents 18 September 1999 7 April 2003 3 years, 201 days [7][8]
Dixie Coulton   7 April 2003 6 February 2004 305 days
John McInerney   Independent Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney 27 March 2004 2005
Verity Firth   Labor 2005 2006
Chris Harris   Greens 2006 2007
Tony Pooley   Labor 2007 2008
Marcelle Hoff   Clover Moore Independent Team 2008 2009
Phillip Black   2009 2010
Marcelle Hoff   2010 2012
Robyn Kemmis   2012 2015
Irene Doutney   Greens 2015 2016
Kerryn Phelps AM   Clover Moore Independent Team 23 September 2016 27 June 2017 360 days [13][14][15]
  Independent 27 June 2017 18 September 2017
Jess Miller   Clover Moore Independent Team 18 September 2017 Incumbent 65 days [16]

List of Town Clerks, General Managers, and Chief Executive Officers

The first Town Clerk of Sydney was appointed on 3 September 1842 on a provisional basis by the Governor, pending the election of aldermen. When the council was dismissed in December 1853 and replaced by a board of three commissioners, the post of town clerk was left vacant.[17] The Local Government Act, 1993 removed the requirement that the administrative head of a council be a "Town or Shire Clerk" and specified that the head was to be known as the General Manager. The Sydney City Council had previously recognised the changing nature of role in appointing their first General Manager in December 1992. In May 2005, the title of General Manager was changed to Chief Executive Officer (CEO).[18]

# Officeholder Title Term start Term end Time in office Notes
1 Richard O'Connor Provisional Town Clerk 3 September 1842 16 November 1842 74 days
2 Charles Henry Chambers Town Clerk 16 November 1842 27 July 1843 253 days
3 John Rae 27 July 1843 December 1853
4 Charles Henry Woolcott Town Clerk 1857 1887 [19]
5 Henry J. Daniels 1887 31 January 1898
6 John R. Palmer 19 July 1898 4 October 1899 1 year, 77 days
7 Robert Anderson 24 October 1899 25 January 1901 1 year, 93 days
John R. Palmer Acting Town Clerk 19 February 1901 31 December 1901 315 days
8 Thomas Huggins Nesbitt Town Clerk 1 January 1902 30 June 1924 22 years, 181 days [20][21]
9 William Glazebrook Layton 1 July 1924 31 May 1931 [22]
10 Roy Hendy CMG 1 June 1931 28 February 1956 [23]
11 Edward William Adams 1 March 1956 July 1962 [24]
12 Jack Hercules Luscombe CBE July 1962 30 March 1974 [25][26]
13 Leon Parmeter Carter OBE 1 April 1974 August 1992
14 Graham Joss Acting Town Clerk 17 August 1992 4 December 1992 109 days
15 Katie Lahey AM General Manager 14 December 1992 25 August 1995 2 years, 254 days [27][28]
16 Greg Maddock 1 February 1996 January 2001
17 Murray Douglas February 2001 June 2001
18 John Kass Acting General Manager July 2001 October 2001
19 Robert Domm General Manager November 2001 September 2004
20 Petar Vladeta Acting General Manager October 2004 March 2005
21 Peter Seamer General Manager March 2005 May 2005 [29]
Chief Executive Officer May 2005 April 2006
22 Monica Barone 7 August 2006 incumbent 11 years, 107 days [30]

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