James Fox

Stove Filler

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1935 1948
  • Alexandria alderman James Fox (Alexandria, the Birmingham of Australia: 75 years of progress, 1868-1943)

Family background

James Fox was born on 11 February 1886 at Oldham, Lancashire, England, the son of John Thomas Fox and his wife Elizabeth Tetlow. He immigrated to Australia on board the ship ‘Commonwealth’ which arrived at Sydney on 11 February 1914. He married Lydia Heness (1886-1963) at Sydney, Australia, on 30 March 1918. Fox died at South Sydney Hospital on 22 May 1951, aged 65 years; he was cremated at Eastern Suburbs Crematorium. He left no Will. James Fox lived at 74 Suttor Street, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

James Fox was a member of the Sheet Metal Working and Stove Makers Union and he was the secretary of the Stove Makers and Porcelain Section. A staunch Labor man, Fox was explicitly anti- Communist, socially conservative with close links with the trade union movement.

Local government service

James Fox was an alderman on the Alexandria Council 1935-48 representing the West Ward.


;Municipal and Shire Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 4 December 1934, p. 16, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/17139508


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