James Ralph


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1887 1914
Mayor Alexandria 1891 1891
Mayor Alexandria 1903 1903
Mayor Alexandria 1914 1914
  • 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 Ralph was born on 16 August 1845 at Parkes, NSW, the son of Richard Ralph and Hanora Casey. He married Mary Ann Morehouse (1852-1917) on 3 May 1876 at Bathurst, NSW and they had two sons and two daughters. Ralph died at Burwood, NSW, on 25 July 1933, aged 87 years; he was buried at Woronora Cemetery in the Methodist section. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £2,768. He lived in Raglan Street, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

Ralph was the first president of the Association of Master Butchers which was formed in 1885. He was a Freemason and a member of Captain Cook Lodge.

Local government service

James Ralph was an alderman on Alexandria Council 1887-1917 representing East Ward. He served as mayor three times: 1891, 1903 and 1914, and on several occasions was the Returning Officer.


‘Borough of Alexandria’, NSW Government Gazette, 21 January 1887, p. 467, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/219933418

‘Alexandria Council’, The Daily Telegraph, 21 July 1922, p. 8, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/245733073


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