James Larkin Snr


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Cook 1864 1869
Mayor Cook 1864 1865
Alderman Camperdown 1870 1882

Family background

James Larkin was married in 1841 to Irish-born Rosanna (Rose) Fraine (1823-1911); they had six sons and a daughter. He arrived in Sydney in 1833 from Dublin.

James’s sons Thomas (1849-1937) and James Jnr (1841-1927) were also aldermen on Camperdown Council.

Occupation & interests

James Larkin Snr (1814-94) was a labourer at the Tooth’s Brewery near Central. After working as a Tooth’s brewery labourer, he became a grocer in Parramatta Road.

Local government service

James Larkin Snr was a member of Cook Municipal Council 1863 to 1869, and after its amalgamation with Camperdown (1870), served as a Camperdown alderman from 1870 to 1880.  His son Thomas filled the vacancy left by him on council in 1881.


Australian Town and Country Journal, 12 March 1881, p. 13

Obituary, Freeman Journal, 21 April 1894, p. 19

‘Death of a Pioneer’ , Evening News, 17 April 1894, p. 6, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/114079324


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