Biographies of the Early Aldermen
James F. Fallick M.L.A.
Alderman from 1902.
James Fallick was born in 2nd. May 1853 at Porchfield near Cowes on the Isle of Wight. He arrived in New Zealand in 1874 and in NSW two years later, lived in Unwins Bridge Road and worked as a bricklayer and builder. He married Elizabeth Ann Wild in 1877 and had five children including Minnie and Phillip. He was associated with Sydenham Methodists and possessed landed property on the west side of Australia Street in 1880.
He was Mayor of MacDonaldtown in 1884, then Alderman (1886-93) and Mayor of St. Peters in 1888. (But according to the surely incorrect ‘Town & Country Journal’ of 12th. August 1899 he was a St. Peters Alderman in 1871).
His building business flourished. Unfortunately we do not know of the dealing which went on with Alderman Gibbes’ company for the building of the controversial St. Georges Hall in 1887. It was the largest hall in the metropolitan district until Sydney’s Centennial Hall and was completed the following year. And James Fallick was 24 years old!
He also is said to have built the Trocadero skating rink at 69-77 King Street and the second addition to the Colonial Secretary’s building on Bridge Street. He visited the ‘Home Country’ in 1893 and 1896 and was M.L.A. for Newtown 1901-04.
He was made an alderman in Newtown on William Dolman’s death in 1902. He died in Chatswood on 1st. May 1926. Elizabeth died in 1944.