James Blackley was born c1832 at Egerton, Kent, England, the son of John Blackley and Susannah Gates. He married Ann Hemming (1828-98) on the 23 June 1855 at Bermondsey, London, England and they had four sons and six daughters, all born in Australia. Blackley and his wife immigrated to Sydney, NSW in 1857 on board the ship ‘Matoaka’. Blackley died at Alexandria, NSW, on the 25 December 1882, aged 50 years; he was buried at Rookwood Cemetery. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £1,180. He lived at Raglan Street, Alexandria.
Occupation & interests
Blackley was a carpenter. Self-employed, he was attracted to municipal office by a combination of public service and self interest.
James Blackley was a Freemason and a member of the Prince Alfred Lodge.
Local government service
James Blackley was an alderman on Alexandria Council 1868-71.