Alexander Gordon Caldwell

Waterman And Council Employee

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Glebe 1941 1947
  • Glebe Council logo 1896 (City of Sydney Archives A-00333228)

Family background

Alexander Gordon Caldwell was born in 1880, son of George Caldwell and Agnes. In 1912 he married Eliza Alice Jackson at Newtown. There was a son and a daughter of the marriage. Eliza died 1914, aged 28 years .In 1915 he married Blanche Elizabeth Maling at Newtown. There was one child of the marriage, Dorothy.He died at Glebe on 27 July 1947, aged 67 years. Blanche Caldwell died 28 August 1938, aged 62 years.

Occupation & interests

Caldwell’s occupation was described as motor driver in 1930, and then was employed by Glebe Council until dismissed in 1938. He unsuccessfully sought reinstatement. He worked as a watchman in 1943.

Community activity

Caldwell, like most Labor aldermen of the 1940’s, was anti-Communist, socially conservative, likely to belong to a moderate union and happy to co-operate with Sussex Street. But he was something of an exception in that he was not Catholic.

Local government service

Caldwell was elected in the February 1941 recount of the December 1940 Glebe municipal elections as a Lang Labor candidate, and re-elected in December 1944 as an Official (McKell) Labor candidate for a three year termbut died on 27 July 1947. He is remembered in the Caldwell Playground at Forest Lodge.


Hogan, Michael 2004,  Local labor: a history of the Labor Party in Glebe, 1891-2003, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW, pp. 137-38

Sydney Morning Herald, 16 December 1938, p. 6

Sydney Morning Herald, 17 December 1938, p. 17

Sydney Morning Herald, 5 February 1941, p. 12

Sydney Morning Herald, 29 July 1947, p. 22


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