John Arkell Earl

Undertaker, Carpenter

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Darlington 1868 1871

Family background

John Arkell Earl was born 17 March 1807 in Richmond, NSW, the son of Johnathon Earl and Elizabeth Cocker. He married (1) Margaret Diggin (1811-1894) and they had two sons and two daughters, and (2) Jane Helena Read (1836-1909) and they had two sons and three daughters. Earl died 3 January 1880 at the residence of his son inlaw, Downshire Street, Sydney, aged 73 years, and he was interred in Petersham cemetery. He left no Will. John Arkell 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 two 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.


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


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