James Geary


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1914 1916
  • Alexandria Town Hall in 1943 (Alexandria, 'the Birmingham of Australia': 75 years of progress, 1868-1943, published by Alexandria Municipal Council, 1943).

Family background

James Oliver Geary was born in 1849 at Frithelstock, Devon, England, the son of Leonard Geary and Sarah Dunn. He married (1) Mary Maria Locke (1849-1910) at St John’s Methodist Church, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada, and they had two sons and three daughters. Geary and his wife and two children arrived at Sydney on the ship ‘Earl Dalhousie’ on 7 May 1877. He married (2) Eva Isabella Carruthers (-1965) on 27 February 1913 at Redfern, NSW. James Oliver Geary died at Burwood, NSW, on 19 June 1935, aged 86 years; he was buried in the Old Wesleyan Section at Rookwood Cemetery. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £5,791. James Oliver Geary lived at ‘Australia’ 52 Fountain Street, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

Geary was a stonemason.

Local government service

James Geary was an alderman on the Alexandria Council 1914-16 representing the South Ward.


‘The Polling’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 February 1914, p. 10, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/15473283


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