Metro Murals

We have worked closely with our local historian and local artist Brad Robson to bring to life murals of prominent locals on the travelator entry nearest ALDI. 

Learn more about the people in these portraits and how they shaped our history...

Mary Reiby (1777-1853)
Mary Reiby is recognised as Sydney’s first successful business woman. Mary Reiby was born Molly Haydock in 1777 in Lancashire, England. At the age of 14, Mary was arrested for horse stealing and sentenced to 7 years transportation to the colony of New South Wales, arriving in Sydney in October 1792. Mary married in 1794 to Thomas Reiby, a 25-year-old free settler and junior officer for the East India Company’s ship, Britannia.

The couple operated an early, very successful cargo business on the Hawkesbury before moving back to Sydney and building a house and trading in what is now Reiby Place, off Macquarie Place at Circular Quay. Having assumed responsibility for her husband's enterprises after his death in 1811 and subsequently expanding them, Reiby earned a reputation as an astute and successful businesswoman in the colony of New South Wales. She moved to Newtown in the 1840s and built Reiby House (now demolished) and Stanmore House, Enmore Road which still exists. 

In later life, Mary became known for her charitable work and interest in the church and education. She is remembered today on Australia’s twenty-dollar note, which is a depiction based on a tiny miniature which is held at the State Library of NSW and is the only known portrait of her in existence. Images of the schooner Mercury and a building in George Street, Sydney, both of which Reiby owned are also shown on the banknote.

Lilian Fowler (1886-1954)
Lilian Fowler was a formidable woman whose clarity of convictions, confidence and outstanding organisational skills helped her smash through the glass ceiling of politics. Fowler opened up opportunities for women while helping the most marginalised people in society.

She was the first female Alderman in NSW, elected in 1928 to Newtown Council. She was the first female Mayor in Australia and among the first women members of the NSW Parliament. She was a large woman, blunt in speech and remembered for that confidence, force and capacity to control which is alleged to be 'mannish'.

One of her key achievements as an alderman in the Newtown Municipal Council (1928–48) and as mayor (1938–39) was the creation of a number of children's playgrounds in the inner west. Lilian Fowler Place in Marrickville and Lilian Fowler Reserve in Newtown are named after her.

Thomas Holt (1811-1888)
Thomas Holt emigrated to Sydney in 1842. He was a businessman and politician and also a director of numerous colonial companies including the Sydney Railway Company. Holt invested extensively in pastoral land and by 1860 had acquired more than 3 million acres (12,000 km2) in New South Wales and Queensland. 

In 1864 Thomas Holt built the "The Warren" a castellated Victorian Gothic mansion on land overlooking the Cooks River in Marrickville. The mansion was complete with its own art gallery, bathing sheds and Turkish baths for his own personal use. Holt stocked the grounds with imported European rabbits for breeding and hunting, alpacas, llamas and salmon. 

Holt was a supporter of free-trade and had a liberal political philosophy. Throughout his political career he campaigned for education, gaol and immigration reform. In later life he was a founder of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, a member of the Royal Society of NSW and a patron of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW. One of his favourite causes was an adequate supply of water for Sydney, which was essential for future development.