William Percy McElhone


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman City of Sydney 1908 1915
Alderman City of Sydney 1918 1927
Lord Mayor City of Sydney 1922 1922
  • Alderman William Percy McElhone MBE, Lord Mayor of Sydney 1922, portrait by William Beckwith McInnes, 1938 (City of Sydney Civic Collection, Accession No: 1988.367)
  • William Percy McElhone, 1871-1932 (City of Sydney Archives, NSCA CRS 54/96)

Family background

William Percy McElhone was born in Sydney on 22 December 1871, the fourth son of Alderman John McElhone (1833-98) and his wife Mary Jane (d.1894), née Browne. In 1906 at Randwick, he married Donalda MacInnes. He died on 20 April 1932, survived by his wife.

Occupation & interests

William McElhone was educated at St Aloysius College, Sydney, and served his legal apprenticeship under HS Williams, for many years a Solicitor to the Water Board. He was admitted to practise as a Solicitor on 20 August 1898. He was joined as a partner by the late Mr John Meillon and later by Mr A Barnes and his nephew F E McElhone. He was a senior partner in the legal firm of Messrs. WP McElhone and Company. He represented Australia at the Olympic Conference in 1926. He belonged to a family which provided long service to Sydney Council: his father was Alderman from 1878 to 1882, his brother Arthur Joseph McElhone (1868-1946), was Alderman from 1899 to 1946 and Lord Mayor in 1935, and his nephew John Fitzroy McElhone (1900-70) was Alderman for Fitzroy Ward from 1946 to 1963. He was a keen golfer and a member of Blue Mountains Golf Club.

Community activity

William McElhone was a member of the Red Cross Society for sick and wounded soldiers. He was a founding member of the Australian Board of Cricket Control, a Trustee of the Sydney Cricket Ground, and President of the Cricket Association.

Honours & awards

William McElhone was created an M.B.E. in 1920.

Local government service

William McElhone was Alderman for Bligh Ward, 9 July 1908 to 30 November 1915 and for Lang Ward, 2 December 1918 to 31 December 1927. He was a member of the Works Committee, 1909-10 and in 1927, the Electric Lighting Committee, 1909-27, the Finance Committee, 1909-12 and 1919-21. He was a member of the Health and By-Laws Committee, 1919-29 and served as Lord Mayor in 1922.


City of Sydney Archives: Aldermen’s Files; Photos: CRS 54/96; 54/169; 54/281; 54/560; and THC 88/334; 88/367 and 89/914

Society of Australian Genealogists: AGCI Index

Who’s Who in Australia 1927-1928



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