James Patrick Connelly was born on 13 April 1870 at Bathurst, NSW, the son of James Connelly and Ann Frances. He married Maria Jane Robinson (1872-1961) on 23 November 1892 at Sydney, and they had two sons and a daughter. Connelly died at Crows Nest, NSW, on 22 October 1934, aged 64 years; he was buried in the Church of England Section at Rookwood Cemetery. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £200. Connelly lived at William Street, Alexandria.
Occupation & interests
James Connelly operated a small business closely identified with the community. He was elected under the banner of “Non-Political” in 1932. He belonged to a business fraternity whose notion of independence was difficult to reconcile with the reality of their political lives.
Connelly was a Justice of the Peace (JP).
Local government service
James Connelly was an alderman on Alexandria Council for two terms, representing the Beaconsfield Ward: 1920-23 and 1932-34.
‘Municipal Elections’, The Daily Telegraph, 3 February 1920, p. 8, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/239667669