Historical information

Thomas Wilson (1838-1923) was a local councillor in Brighton (in its three phases as Borough, Town and City) for 57 years in 1866-79 and 1894-1923 representing the central ward. He was elected as mayor seven times (in 1869, 1895-96, 1905, 1912-13 and 1919). He was also a land speculator and both Wilson and his father William Wilson owned considerable land in the area. William Wilson sold land on the corner of Wilson and Carpenter Streets to the Council for its Town Hall. Thomas Wilson also represented the council on the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works, of which he had been a member for 22 years.

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