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, http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/166800302
‘Death of an old Catholic lady’, Freeman’s Journal, 5 May 1894, p. 18, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article115549282