William James Cox


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman City of Sydney 1912 1915
  • William James Cox, 1874-1934 (City of Sydney Archives, NSCA CRS 54/299)
  • A. Cox Cleaner & Dyer, the business started by Alderman William Cox's father (City of Sydney Archives, NSCA CRS 51/1826)

Family background

William James Cox was born in Sydney about 1874, son of Alfred and Rachel Cox. He died at Manly on 4 January 1934, survived by his wife Jane.

Occupation & interests

William Cox took over his father’s cleaning and dying business at 61 William Street, Woolloomooloo. In September 1916 he made a claim on Sydney Council because his premises were due to be resumed for the widening of William Street. This happened in March 1919 when he retired. He was a member of the Manly Bowling Club.

Community activity

After his retirement, Cox devoted himself to public activities and charitable work. He was a Trustee of the Sydney United Friendly Societies Dispensary and Medical Institute. He was a prominent Mason and a Grand Master of M.V.O.O.F.

Local government service

William Cox was Alderman for Bligh Ward, 2 December 1912 to 30 November 1915. He was a member of the Works Committee and the Health and By-Laws Committee from 1913 to 1915.


City of Sydney Archives: Aldermen’s Files; Photo: CRS 54/299; NSCA CRS 51/1826 Demolition books 1906-1949; Archives Investigator

Daily Telegraph 21 November 1912

NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Society of Australian Genealogists ACGI index


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