Edward Setchell

Railway Worker, Metal Merchant

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1926 1931
  • Alexandria Town Hall in 1943 (Alexandria, 'the Birmingham of Australia': 75 years of progress, 1868-1943, published by Alexandria Municipal Council, 1943).

Family background

Edward Albert Setchell was born on 31 March 1893 at Erskineville, NSW, the son of William Samuel Setchell and Mary Philpott. He married Margaret McNeil Lawrie (1895-1962) on 1 October 1913, at Sydney and they had three sons. Setchell died at Newtown, NSW, on 22 September 1961, aged 76 years; he was cremated at Eastern Suburbs Crematorium. he lived at 150 Church Street, St Peters.

Occupation & interests

Setchell was a Metal Merchant. He started his career as a shop boy with NSW Railways, Eveleigh Branch. In 1914 he was promoted to Fireman in the Locomotive Branch.

Local government service

Edward Setchell was an alderman on Alexandria Council 1926-31 representing the West Ward. His father William, grandfather (also named William) and uncle George also served as aldermen on Alexandria Council.


Setchell, Edward Albert, Railway Personal History Card, State Archives NSW, NRS-12922-1-[11/16707]-[418], https://search.records.nsw.gov.au/permalink/f/1ebnd1l/ADLIB_RNSW114752504

‘Alexandria By-Election’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 March 1926, p. 26, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/16281641


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