Biographies of the Early Aldermen
Charles Henry Ibbotson.
Alderman 1894 – ?.
Charles Henry Ibbotson was a coach builder. His father is thought to be George Ibbotson of Marrickville yet a Mr B. Ibbotson tendered to Council in June 1863 to supply ashlar (at nine inches by nine inches at 15 shillings per perch). Charles Ibbotson married Kate Ellen Waterman in 1883, and they lived between Alice and Maria Streets in Camdenville. They had many children over the next 15 years, Charles, Stanley, Sarah, Katie, Clarence, Harold and Eva.
He was elected to the Council in February 1894. In August that year he was asking about having 4 rather than 6 inch kerbing in Enmore Road. In September 1896 he was asking for a trachyte crossing in Gladstone & Phillip Streets in Enmore rather than the traditional freestone kerbing which was provided by the Schwebel quarries down near Cooks River. Trachyte crossings became a trend.
Charles Ibbotson was prevented from attending an August 1895 Council meeting because of the sudden death of his 2 year old, Clarence, through accident. Again in September 1896 he was absent due to his father dying that day.
The family lived between Camden and Alice Streets up until at least 1905.