John Vincent Moran


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Darlington 1893 1906
  • Darlington Council seal (Civic Collection 2006.032.2)

Family background

John Vincent Moran was born 19 July 1859 at Glebe, NSW, the son of Lawrence Moran and Margaret Mooney. He married Josephine Locke 17 February 1896 at Golden Grove, NSW, and they had two sons and two daughters. Moran died 3 March 1944 at the home of his daughter, 32 Gillies Street, Wollstonecraft, NSW, aged 85 years, and he was interred in the Macquarie Park Cemetery. He did not leave a Will. John Moran lived at ‘Lockleigh’, Rose Street, Darlington; also ‘Hypatia’, Canterbury Road, Lewisham.

Occupation & interests

John Vincent Moran was one of Australia’s first amateur photographers and he worked in the Photographic Department of the Government Printing Office for over 40 years. He was one of the earliest exponents of colour photography, and also assisted in the establishment of the fingerprint system of crime detection in Australia.

Community activity

Moran was actively involved in St Kieran’s Roman Catholic Church, Golden Grove. He was vice-president of the Darlington Cricket Club. Moran was a justice of the peace (JP).

Local government service

John Vincent Moran was an alderman on Darlington Council in 1893-1906. He resigned on 2 October 1906.


‘Advertising’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 14 February 1893, p. 2,

‘Mr J V Moran’, The Daily Advertiser, 16 March 1944, p. 2,

‘Colour Photograph Pioneer Dies’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 March 1944, p. 4,


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