Civic Reform Association

Political party in New South Wales

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Civic Reform Association

Founded 20 January 1920
Dissolved c. 1991
Ideology Australian conservatism
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The Civic Reform Association (CRA), also known as the Civic Reform Movement, the Civic Reform Party or simply Reform, was an Australian ratepayers’ organisation and local political party which contested elections for the City of Sydney.[1][2]

The party was formed as the Citizens’ Reform Association by approximately seventy people at the Sydney Town Hall on 20 January 1920. Its aim was to remove the administration of the City of Sydney from the control of the Australian Labor Party.[3]

In 1960, the party officially changed its name to the Civic Reform Association.[4]

The following members of the association served in the ensuing years as Lord Mayor of Sydney:
David Gilpin[5] 1923–1924; Ernest Marks 1930, Joseph Jackson[6] 1931, Sir Samuel Walder[7] 1932; Sir Alfred Parker 1934–1935; Archibald Howie 1936–1937; Stanley Crick[8] 1940–1942; Reg Bartley 1943–1944 & 1946–1948; William Neville Harding 1945; Sir Emmet McDermott[9] 1969–1972; David Griffin 1972–1973; Sir Nicholas Shehadie 1973–1975; Leo Port 1975–1978; Nelson Meers 1978–1980; and Hugh Dixson 1988-1989 Jeremy Bingham 1989–1991. Parker Henson served as Chairman of the Sydney County Council.[10] Alex Rigby served as president from 1971 until 1973.[11]

Electoral results[edit]

Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Council control
(term)
1941
12 / 20

Civic Reform majority
1944 4,032 34.44

References[edit]

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  1. ^ Dictionary of Sydney.
  2. ^ .mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit;word-wrap:break-word}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:”””””””‘””‘”}.mw-parser-output .citation:target{background-color:rgba(0,127,255,0.133)}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-free.id-lock-free a{background:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/65/Lock-green.svg”)right 0.1em center/9px no-repeat}body:not(.skin-timeless):not(.skin-minerva) .mw-parser-output .id-lock-free a{background-size:contain}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-limited.id-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .id-lock-registration.id-lock-registration a{background:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg”)right 0.1em center/9px no-repeat}body:not(.skin-timeless):not(.skin-minerva) .mw-parser-output .id-lock-limited a,body:not(.skin-timeless):not(.skin-minerva) .mw-parser-output .id-lock-registration a{background-size:contain}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-subscription.id-lock-subscription a{background:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg”)right 0.1em center/9px no-repeat}body:not(.skin-timeless):not(.skin-minerva) .mw-parser-output .id-lock-subscription a{background-size:contain}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:url(“//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4c/Wikisource-logo.svg”)right 0.1em center/12px no-repeat}body:not(.skin-timeless):not(.skin-minerva) .mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background-size:contain}.mw-parser-output .cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:none;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;color:#d33}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{color:#d33}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#2C882D;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right{padding-right:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .citation .mw-selflink{font-weight:inherit}html.skin-theme-clientpref-night .mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{color:#18911F}html.skin-theme-clientpref-night .mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error,html.skin-theme-clientpref-night .mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{color:#f8a397}@media(prefers-color-scheme:dark){html.skin-theme-clientpref-os .mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error,html.skin-theme-clientpref-os .mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{color:#f8a397}html.skin-theme-clientpref-os .mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{color:#18911F}}“CITIZENS’ REFORM ASSOCIATION”. The Sydney Morning Herald. 17 March 1928. p. 21 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ “A CIVIC REFORM ASSOCIATION”. The Register. Adelaide. 21 January 1921. p. 6. Retrieved 27 June 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ Golder, Hilary. “A short electoral history of the Sydney City Council” (PDF). City of Sydney. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 March 2024.
  5. ^ “LORD MAYOR BLAMES REFORM”. The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 December 1924. p. 12. Retrieved 27 June 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ “DEADLOCK”. The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 December 1934. p. 15. Retrieved 27 June 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ “PERSONAL NOTES”. The Sydney Morning Herald. 2 January 1933. p. 6. Retrieved 27 June 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ “MR. STANLEY CRICK AN ALDERMAN”. The Courier-Mail. Brisbane. 19 November 1935. p. 14. Retrieved 27 June 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ “Lord Mayor of Sydney”. The Canberra Times. 8 October 1969. p. 3. Retrieved 27 June 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ Sydney’s Alderman – William Parker Henson. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  11. ^ “CITIZENS’ REFORM OFFICERS”. The Sydney Morning Herald. No. 34, 848. New South Wales, Australia. 30 August 1949. p. 4. Retrieved 10 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia.



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