James Reilly


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1908 1910
  • 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 Joseph Reilly was born c1855 at County Cavan, Ireland, the son of Thomas Reilly and wife Catherine. He married (1) Ann McCann (1853-99) on 22 June 1882 at Woollahra, NSW, and they had three sons and two daughters. He married (2) Winifred Ryan (1868-1957) in 1928 at Newtown, NSW, and they had two daughters. Reilly died at Marrickville, NSW, on 19 May 1928, aged 73 years; he was buried at Rookwood Cemetery in the Old Catholic Mortuary. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £4,533. James Reilly lived in Belmont Street, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

Reilly was a builder. He immigrated to Sydney via New Zealand and Brisbane.

Community activity

Reilly was a Freemason and a member of St Patrick’s Branch, No 38, H A C B Society in 1882, and for many years he was a trustee of the branch.

Local government service

James Reilly was an alderman on Alexandria Council 1908-10 representing the South Ward.


‘Local Government’, The Sydney Morning Herald: 3 February 1908, p. 8, https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/1314609


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