George Stokes

Tramway Employee

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1917 1928
Mayor Alexandria 1923 1923
  • Alexandria Town Hall in 1943 (Alexandria, 'the Birmingham of Australia': 75 years of progress, 1868-1943, published by Alexandria Municipal Council, 1943).

Family background

George James Stokes was born c1862 at Tipperary, Ireland, the son of John Stokes and Mary. He immigrated to Australia with his mother and siblings on board the ship ‘Strathdon’ which arrived at Sydney on 19 December 1871 – his father John Stokes was awaiting the family in Grafton, NSW. George Stokes married Mary Gertrude Healey (1858-1945) on 30 April 1888 at Sydney, and they had two sons. Stokes died at Alexandria on 14 September 1931, aged 69 years; he was buried at Rookwood Cemetery in the Roman Catholic section. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £298. George Stokes lived at 65 Henderson Road, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

Stokes worked as a tramway starter with the Newtown Branch of the Tramway Department.

Community activity

George Stokes was a Trustee of the Erskineville Park Trust.

Local government service

George Stokes was an alderman on Alexandria Council 1917-28 representing the East Ward. He served as mayor in 1923.


‘The Councils’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 July 1917, p. 8,


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