William Bayles

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William Bayles
Photograph of William Bayles, mayor of Melbourne.png
21st Mayor of Melbourne
In office
Preceded by George Wragg
Succeeded by William Williams
Personal details
Born 1 November 1820
Hunderthwaite, Yorkshire,
Died 8 October 1903
Melbourne, Victoria

William Bayles (1 November 1820 – 8 October 1903), was a mayor of colonial Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Bayles was the second son of William Bayles of Hunderthwaite, Yorkshire, was born in 1820, and emigrated to Tasmania in 1846. Removing to Melbourne in 1852, he went into business as a merchant and shipowner, and was Mayor of Melbourne in 1865, in which year he retired from active business. In 1864 he was elected to the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Villiers and Heytesbury, and was Commissioner of Trade and Customs in the short-lived Sladen ministry from May to July 1868. He had for some years past taken no part in public life. He married, in 1854, Isabel, third daughter of Arthur Buist, of Macquarie River, Tasmania.[1] He died on 8 October 1903 in Melbourne, Victoria.[2]


  1. ^ Mennell, Philip (1892). "Wikisource link to Bayles, Hon. William". The Dictionary of Australasian Biography. London: Hutchinson & Co. Wikisource 
  2. ^ "DEATH OF ALDERMAN BAYLES". The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956). Melbourne, Vic.: National Library of Australia. 9 October 1903. p. 6. Retrieved 5 June 2012.