John R. King

Railway Carriage Builder

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Newtown 1895 1907
  • Jubilee souvenir of the municipality of Newtown, 1862-1912 (City of Sydney Archives LIB-00017635)

Family background

John Rossell (or Russell) King was born in London in 1862, as the eldest son of John King (1833-1910) and the grandson of Thomas King, both from Worcester, England. His mother Emma was also from Worcester. After migrating to Sydney, the family lived at the Daniel Lambert Hotel in Newtown, at the corner of Newtown and Missenden Roads, by April 1876. John R. King married Elizabeth McNamara, second daughter of James McNamara, of Walcha, on 4 July 1887 at St Barnabas’ Church.

The couple lived at Missenden Road, Newtown. Elizabeth died on 18 June 1939, aged 77. John Rossell King died on 27 April 1946, aged 84, at his residence at O’Connell Street, Smithfield. He was survived by six of their children – Edward, Lilian, Claude, Ada, Thomas, and Patience, while one son named John had predeceased him.

Occupation & interests

John R. King was noted as a railway carriage builder and coach builder.

Local government service

John Rossell King was an alderman on Newtown Council in 1895-1907, representing O’Connell Ward.


‘Family Notices’, Evening News, 8 April 1876, 4,

‘Family Notices’, Evening News, 5 August 1887, 4,

‘Advertising’, The Australian Star, 24 October 1894, 1,

‘Family Notices’, Sunday Times, 9 February 1896, 1,

‘Family Notices’, The Daily Telegraph, 22 February 1896, 1,

‘Family Notices’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 April 1946, 14,


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