John Arkell Earl

Undertaker, Carpenter

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Darlington 1868 1871
  • Darlington Alderman John Arkell Earl and his wife (Private Collection)

Family background

John Arkell Earl was born 17 March 1807 in Richmond, NSW, the son of Johnathon Earl and Elizabeth Coker. He married Margaret Diggin (1811-94) in 1827, and they had four sons and six daughters. J A Earl died 3 January 1880 at the residence of his son-in-law, Downshire Street, Sydney, aged 73 years, and he was interred in Petersham cemetery. He left no Will. Earl lived on Rose Street, Darlington.

Occupation & interests

John Earl was an undertaker from 1863-70 working as the foreman and manager for the funeral director James Curtis, of Hunter Street, Sydney. As boys, Earl and Curtis served their apprenticeship to the brother-in-law of John Earl, Thomas O’Shaughnessey who was the founder of the business.

Local government service

John Arkell Earl was an alderman on Darlington Council in 1868-71.


Additional family history information on John Arkell Earl courtesy Frances Fitzpatrick.

‘Municipal’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 February 1868, p. 6,

‘Death of an old Catholic lady’, Freeman’s Journal, 5 May 1894, p. 18,


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