Reg Bartley

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Reginald James (Reg) Bartley (3 February 1899 – 16 January 1982)[1] was a businessman, company director[2] and Lord Mayor of Sydney in 1943–1944 and 1946–1948.[3] He was succeeded by Ernest Charles O'Dea. A Civic Reform Association member, Bartley was attacked by a member of the Communist Party of Australia over a proposal to demolish "Maramonah", a mansion in central Sydney, inhabited by 600 squatters, in order to build a park. Bartley's plan was eventually taken up, and the site of the mansion is now a park in King's Cross. Bartley later said that he regretted the incident had become one between "communists and lawful authority".[2]

In March 1946 Bartley was instrumental in moving to demolish the Sydney Mint and the Hyde Park Barracks, stating that they should "make way for modern structures".[4]

Bartley's service to the City of Sydney is commemorated by the naming of Reg Bartley Oval at Rushcutters Bay[5] and Bartley Street, Chippendale.[6] The City of Sydney Florence Bartley Library was named in honour of Bartley's wife and Lady Mayoress Florence.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BARTLEY Reginald James". Ryerson Index. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Spearritt, Peter (2000). Sydney's Century. UNSW Press. p. 84. ISBN 0-86840-513-2. 
  3. ^ "Reginald James Bartley, Sydney's Aldermen - City of Sydney". City of Sydney. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  4. ^ Lucas, Clive. "The Mint Restoration" (PDF). National Trust of Australia. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  5. ^ "Reg Bartley Oval". dunbarrovers.com. 3 January 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Streets of Sydney". City of Sydney. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  7. ^ "Florence Bartley Library". cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
Civic offices
Preceded by
Stanley Crick
Lord Mayor of Sydney
1943-1944
Succeeded by
William Neville Harding
Preceded by
William Neville Harding
Lord Mayor of Sydney
1946-1948
Succeeded by
Ernest Charles O'Dea