List of mayors, lord mayors and administrators of Sydney
|Lord Mayor of City of Sydney|
|Style||The Right Honourable Lord Mayor|
|Appointer||Sydney City Council|
|Term length||4 years|
|Inaugural holder||Ald. Charles Windeyer (Mayor)
Ald. Sir Thomas Hughes
|Formation||1842 (as Mayor)
1902 (as Lord Mayor)
|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.
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. 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|
|3||James Robert Wilshire||1843||1844|
|7||Joshua Frey Josephson||1848||1848|
|10||William Edward Thurlow||1851||1852|
|n/a||Gilbert Elliot||n/a||Chief Commissioner||1854||1856|
|Frederick Orme Darval||Commissioner|
|12||George Thornton||Mayor of the City of Sydney||1857||1857|
|26||Stephen Styles Goold||1874||1874|
|28||Charles James Roberts||1879||1879|
|32||Thomas Playfair||1 January 1885||31 December 1885||364 days|||
|33||John Young||1 January 1886||31 December 1886||364 days|
|34||Alban Joseph Riley||1887||1887|
|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|
|48||James Joynton Smith||Independent||1918||1918|
|50||Sir Richard Watkins Richards||Independent||1919||1920|
|51||William Patrick Fitzgerald||Labor||1920||1920|
|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|
|Henry Edgar Morton||30 October 1928||1 year, 243 days|
|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|||
|62||Arthur McElhone||Independent||22 October 1935||31 December 1935||70 days|||
|63||Archibald Howie||Civic Reform||1 January 1936||31 December 1937||1 year, 364 days|||
|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|
|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|
|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|||
|n/a||Tony Pooley||n/a||Commissioners of the City of Sydney||6 February 2004||27 March 2004||50 days|
|Lucy Turnbull AO|
|81||Clover Moore||Clover Moore Independent Team||Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney||27 March 2004||incumbent||13 years, 177 days|||
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|||
|Francis Joseph Dixon||1959||1961|
|Nicholas Shehadie||Civic Reform||Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney||1969||1973|
|Ross Bonthorne||Civic Reform||Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney||1989||1991|
|Lucy Turnbull AO||Living Sydney Independents||18 September 1999||7 April 2003||3 years, 201 days|||
|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|
|Marcelle Hoff||Clover Moore Independent Team||2008||2009|
|Kerryn Phelps AM||Clover Moore Independent Team||23 September 2016||27 June 2017||360 days|||
|Independent||27 June 2017||18 September 2017|
|Jess Miller||Clover Moore Independent Team||18 September 2017||Incumbent||2 days|||
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. 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).
|#||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|||
|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|||
|9||William Glazebrook Layton||1 July 1924||31 May 1931|||
|10||Roy Hendy CMG||1 June 1931||28 February 1956|||
|11||Edward William Adams||1 March 1956||July 1962|||
|12||Jack Hercules Luscombe CBE||July 1962||30 March 1974|||
|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|||
|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|||
|Chief Executive Officer||May 2005||April 2006|
|22||Monica Barone||7 August 2006||incumbent||11 years, 44 days|||
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