Samuel Lees

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The Honourable
Samuel Edward Lees
38th Mayor of Sydney
In office
1 January 1895 – 31 December 1895
Preceded by Sir William Patrick Manning
Succeeded by Isaac Ellis Ives
Lord Mayor of Sydney
In office
1 January 1904 – 31 December 1904
Preceded by Allen Taylor
Succeeded by Thomas Hughes
Alderman of the Sydney City Council
In office
1 December 1879 – 30 November 1909
Member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales
In office
13 August 1895 – 18 July 1898
Personal details
Born (1843-01-01)1 January 1843
Sydney, Colony of New South Wales
Died 14 June 1916(1916-06-14) (aged 73)
Potts Point, New South Wales, Australia
Spouse(s) Sarah Amy Davies
(m. 1871)
Occupation Businessman, politician and philanthropist

Samuel Edward Lees (1843 – 14 June 1916) was an Australian politician.

Born in Sydney to painter and glazier Samuel Lees and Caroline Whitehead, he attended William Street National School but was mostly self-educated. He was apprenticed as a printer and ultimately owned his own printing works from around 1869, expanding into several other interests including building companies in the 1880s. On 30 September 1871 he married Sarah Amy Davies, with whom he had five children. From 1879 to 1909 he was a member of Sydney City Council, serving as mayor in 1895 and 1904. In 1887 he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly as the Free Trade member for Nepean, serving until 1895 and then again from 1898 to 1901. Lees died in 1916 at Potts Point.[1][2]


  1. ^ "Samuel Edward Lees". Sydney's Aldermen. Sydney City Council. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mr Samuel Edward LEES (1843 - 1916)". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
Parliament of New South Wales
Preceded by
Thomas Smith
Member for Nepean
Succeeded by
Thomas Smith
Member for Nepean
Civic offices
Preceded by
Sir William Patrick Manning
Mayor of Sydney
Succeeded by
Isaac Ellis Ives
Preceded by
Allen Taylor
Lord Mayor of Sydney
Succeeded by
Thomas Hughes