John Joseph Shannon


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Glebe 1932 1939
  • Glebe Alderman John Shannon in 1937 (City of Sydney Archives)

Family background

John Joseph Shannon was born on 12 February 1899 at Mackay Queensland, son of Henry Shannon and Elizabeth Mary. On 12 September 1919 he married Lillian Florence May Lewis at Sydney. He died at Kincumber on 30 July 1956, aged 57 years. Lillian Shannon died on 6 November 2002, aged 103 years.

Occupation & interests

During his time on Glebe Council, Shannon worked as a labourer.

Community activity

Throughout the 1930s Shannon and other Glebe people –  Diver, Fitzpatrick, Foley, Holt, Lahiff McCormack, McDowell and Ward – won election after election. However Glebe Labor politics took on an entirely new complexion during the 1940s as new names dominated local branches, and on Glebe Council until 1948.

Local government service

John Shannon moved that Glebe Council place on record its appreciation of the capable manner in which Sergeant Sherringham and Glebe police kept order at the elections on 4 December 1937. He voted with Mayor McCormack, and three other Glebe aldermen in May 1939 for he contract system for street cleaning and garbage collection. The Labour Party policy was the use of day labour, and therefore Shannon was expelled from the Heffron Party.


Hogan, Michael 2004,  Local labor: a history of the Labor Party in Glebe, 1891-2003, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW

Sydney Morning Herald 4 January 1932 p. 6

Sydney Morning Herald 27 May 1939 p. 17

Sydney Morning Herald 1 August 1956


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