William Stephens – First President of Souths

William Stephens

William Stephens – First President of South Brisbane Cricket Club

William Stephens, MLA, Alderman, and former mayor South Brisbane (1888-1889).

b. 1857 – d. 1925

Founding Member and the First President of South Brisbane District Cricket Club in 1897.

Son of a Baptist Minister and also a member of Parliament of Qld (MLA).

William Stephens MLA

If you are around Annerley, you may notice that there is a municipality in the area called ‘Stephens’ which is named after his family, i.e. Stephens RSL.

If you remember the Clansmen Restaurant in Waldheim St, Annerley, which was opposite the Junction State School, you may be interested to know that the house was owned by Stephens father and then William.

It is apparently the site of an old rifle range also!

The eldest of 11 Children, he was described as a versatile man who owned a Tannery (smelly), and a newspaper. His father died when he was 20 and he was required to manage his fathers considerable estate on behalf of his mother and siblings.

He was a councillor for over 30 years, including 7 terms as chairman. He was elected as first Mayor of South Brisbane and twice more after that.

Married in 1900, built ‘Waldheim’ (German word meaning home in the forest – refer Waldheim St if you know Annerley) and then another house ‘Knutsford, in 1907.

Thomas Blacket Stephens, Father of William Stephens with 2 of his children.